The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Black & Veatch USD 2.5 million in federal funding to build a Global Thermostat DAC project which will capture 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the atmosphere per year – currently, no existing DAC system has this level of capacity.
DAC technology can extract CO2 directly from the atmosphere, but current carbon removal operations are costly and energy intensive. The DOE will award a total of USD 12 million to fund six R&D projects aimed at improving this clean energy technology by increasing the amount of CO2 captured by DAC, decreasing the cost of materials and improving design and operational efficiency to help drive deployment. Advancing DAC technologies will be an important step in helping the Biden-Harris Administration reach its goal of net-zero emissions and carbon neutrality by 2050.
Three of the six projects will explore DAC operations in three distinct geographical locations, with varying climates. As part of the effort, Black & Veatch will develop an initial engineering design (Technology Readiness Level 6) for a large-scale DAC system to be placed in three locations: Odessa, Texas; Bucks, Alabama; and Goose Creek Illinois. The company will serve as the prime contractor, responsible for project management and balance of plant engineering. Black & Veatch will leverage Global Thermostat’s DAC technology, an innovative technology capable of achieving negative emission solutions.
“This DOE-funded cost-share project will enable Black & Veatch and our partners to scale Global Thermostat’s technology and ready it for global commercial adoption for CO2 sequestration and CO2 utilisation such as producing carbon neutral synthetic e-fuels, and for carbon negative power generation applications,” says Jason Rowell, director of global decarbonisation solutions with Black & Veatch.
Black & Veatch recently completed a technology assessment of Global Thermostat’s modular DAC units for an unnamed client, which provided the engineering leader with deep insight into the technology’s readiness, scalability, maturity plan and path to commercialisation. The initial engineering design project is expected to start in the latter half of 2021 and last 18 months.
“This award is yet another steppingstone towards our intimate knowledge of the technology and its path to commercialisation, while deepening our understanding of the technical and economic aspects for deployment at scale,” says Algert Prifti, CCUS technology manager with Black & Veatch. “This allows us to further expand our strategy to develop DAC technology for commercial-scale operations in North America and around the world.”