DAC: the basic concept
Our direct air capture machines use solid sorbents that soak up atmospheric CO2 when cooled and release concentrated CO2 when heated. The captured CO2 can then be permanently stored underground or used to make synthetic fuels, low-carbon concrete, carbon black, or other industrial products that require clean CO2.
A modular open systems architecture
By integrating a modular technical design with open business practices, we're creating a generalized DAC platform for solid sorbents that allows for incremental upgrades, minimizes obsolescence, and speeds up development cycles.
Our platform is deeply modular, consisting of components designed for high volume manufacturing that 'stack' in nested tiers so that innovation can occur within a level without requiring changes in higher or lower levels.
A font of fundamental innovation
Our core processing unit
Our core shipping unit
Our core field unit
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need direct air capture technology
In order to achieve climate targets, we need to do everything we can to reduce emissions. Unfortunately, mitigation alone won’t get us to net zero. To keep global warming to under 1.5°C by 2100, studies show that negative emissions technologies like DAC will need to remove in the order of 10-15 gigatons a year by 2050.
What's the summary of your approach to addressing climate change
We develop DAC machines that filter CO2 out of the atmosphere. We also develop large-scale carbon removal projects where we deploy our DAC machines. Our product and technical strategies are based on a deeply modular, open systems architecture. By integrating a modular technical design with open business practices, we’re creating a DAC platform that:
- Allows for incremental upgrades, minimizes obsolescence, and speeds up development cycles
- Can accommodate a wide range of solid sorbents classes, including amines, MOFs, zeolites, and other novel and emerging materials
- Uses plug & play sorbent cartridges, enabling site-specific and seasonal optimization as well as accelerated deployments of emerging sorbent innovations
What do you mean by "deep modularity"
- Mass production and high-velocity design iteration, which leads to faster learning rates and associated cost reductions
- Rapid, inexpensive de-risking due to the ability to quickly field small modules that are not a demonstration, but rather the initial phase of a larger deployment
- Granular capacity expansion that can closely track rapid changes in demand
- Mixed environments: DAC farms that consist of older and newer models, allowing rapid deployment of innovations without the need to retire existing productive assets
What do you mean by "open architecture systems"
- Represent a wide range of solid sorbents classes, including amines, MOFs, hybrid solutions, and other novel and emerging materials
- Enable site and seasonal sorbent optimization with easy swaps
- Accelerate deployments of emerging sorbent innovations with easy upgrades
- Minimize supply chain risks due to sorbent bottlenecks due to interoperability