Carbon Engineering Ltd
CE was founded more than a decade ago with the mission to develop and commercialize affordable and highly scalable carbon removal technology. Today, our technology is proven, the leading commercial markets are ready, and we’ve formed key strategic partnerships to deploy our technology around the world. We’re now engineering the largest DAC plant in the world – a facility that will capture one million tons of CO2 directly from the atmosphere each year. It’s our goal to have this first plant ignite an industry by demonstrating that megaton-scale Direct Air Capture technology is feasible, available, and affordable. We envision fleets of Direct Air Capture facilities working alongside renewable electricity, energy efficiency, and clean innovations in all sectors to fully tackle the climate challenge.
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- Air and Climate
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- Globally (various continents)
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Carbon Engineering (CE) is an independent Canadian company based in Squamish, B.C.
Incorporated in 2009 and privately owned, CE is funded by private investors including Bill Gates and Murray Edwards. CE grew from academic work conducted on carbon management technologies by Professor David Keith’s research groups at the University of Calgary and Carnegie Mellon University.
CE has been well supported within the clean-tech innovation system. To date, CE has led projects funded by Sustainable Development Technologies Canada (SDTC), British Columbia Innovative Clean Energy Fund (BC ICE), Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), Industrial Research Assistantship Program, and the US Department of Energy (DOE).
Intellectual property (IP) is crucial to CE’s growth strategy. All IP is owned by CE and is managed by Fish and Richardson, a leading global IP firm.
Carbon Engineering was founded in 2009 with a mission to develop and commercialize technology that can capture industrial-scale quantities of CO2 from atmospheric air, and thus enable low-carbon fuel production. CE has developed core direct air capture and “air to fuels” technologies, and is now in the commercialization and scale-up process.
CE is in the midst of several stages to develop, demonstrate, and deploy air capture and air to fuels. Pilot demonstration of direct air capture.
CE’s end-to-end air capture pilot was commissioned in Squamish, B.C., Canada in 2015. Pilot scale equipment - including our air contactor, pellet reactor, slaker, and oxy-fired calciner - was designed with our vendors and partners to accurately replicate the performance of commercial-scale modules. We are still operating this DAC pilot for extended testing and optimization efforts through 2017, and when running, the plant captures and purifies roughly 1 tonne of CO2 per day.
Pilot demonstration of air to fuels.
Over the course of 2017-2018, CE is adding water electrolysis and fuel synthesis to the DAC pilot in Squamish, B.C. This will enable testing and demonstration of air to fuels, and to optimize the integration between the various components. Much like the DAC pilot, the purpose of this effort will be testing and experimentation. When operating, the A2F pilot will produce roughly 1 barrel of fuel per day, which will undergo quality testing with our partner organizations.
Air to fuels commercial validation.
Through 2018-2019, CE will run a commercial validation project, to test the last remaining integration risks at a larger, more commercial scale. With data from the DAC and A2F pilots, and the commercial validation effort, CE’s team will also complete the engineering design for the subsequent full commercial scale A2F facilities that CE aims to deploy.
Broad commercial deployment
Following commercial validation, CE will move to deploy full scale, commercial air to fuels facilities, that directly synthesize liquid fuels and supply them to end users within existing transportation fuels infrastructure and markets. CE envisions building individual facilities with a capacity of 2000 barrels per day, and deploying first projects in leading markets such as British Columbia and California where existing Low Carbon Fuel Standards favour fuels such as CE’s which have ultra-low life-cycle carbon emissions.