B.C. company captures carbon from the air, building new Texas facility

Captured carbon dioxide can be used to create gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel

Just over a year ago, The Weather Network was given a tour of Carbon Engineering, an air capture facility located in Squamish, British Columbia. Each year their Direct Air Capture facilities remove one million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to the work done by 40 million trees.

On our visit we were shown how innovative technology stores the captured carbon underground. Carbon Engineering staff even showed us how they were able to turn that captured carbon into a near carbon-neutral synthetic fuel that can eventually be processed into gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

“These fuels form an important complement to electric vehicles by providing a clean liquid fuel for transport sectors that are difficult to electrify and that require the high energy density of liquid fuels, such as long-haul transport, marine, and aviation,” states Carbon Engineering.

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A rendering of the Direct Air Capture facility that will be built in Texas. Credit: Carbon Engineering

In the year since our first visit a lot has happened, and we had a chance to catch up with Carbon Engineering’s CEO Steve Oldham to find out more about his new business ventures and partnerships. Their Direct Air Capture facilities can be built almost anywhere in the world in most climates and we received an update on the status of their plant that is being built in Texas, which will be the world’s largest direct air capture plant upon completion.

See the video above to learn more about Carbon Engineering.

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