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What does CarbonCapture do?

We make modular, renewable energy-powered Direct Air Capture (DAC) machines that can be connected in large arrays to remove massive amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.


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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; negative emissions technologies like DAC are critical to reaching the Paris Agreement goals. To keep global warming to under 1.5°C by 2100, leading studies show that negative emissions will need to remove in the order of 10-15 gigatons a year by 2050.


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How does CarbonCapture’s technology work?

CarbonCapture’s DAC machines draw in large amounts of air using powerful fans. The air is first dehumidified and filtered through a reactor that contains zeolites, which capture CO2 as well as any remaining water (“adsorbtion”). After the zeolites reach their capacity, a vacuum is pulled and the reactor temperature is raised, releasing concentrated CO2 and water into collectors (“desorption”). The reactor is cooled, and a new cycle begins.


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What makes CarbonCapture’s technology different?

CarbonCapture has developed a set of technical innovations that enable, for the first time, the use of zeolites for capturing CO2 as part of a commercial DAC system. A class of molecular sieves, zeolites are inorganic, inexpensive, long-lasting, and non-toxic. Moreover, they are already manufactured in very large quantities for multiple industrial applications, eliminating a major barrier to economically scaling DAC to gigaton levels.


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Do you use your technology to reduce industrial emissions?

We're exclusively focused on removing CO2 from the atmosphere; we don't use our technology to reduce emissions from smokestacks.


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Who are your customers?

Our customers are organizations that seek the gold standard for carbon offsets: CO2 captured directly from the atmosphere and permanently locked away.


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Where are you based?

We're based in Los Angeles, California, where we're building our team, developing our technology, and manufacturing our systems.