Carbon Engineering is building technologies to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere, and to use that CO2 in the synthesis of clean transportation fuels that displace crude oil. Our technology does this in a closed loop where the only major inputs are water and energy, and the output is a stream of pure, compressed CO2 ready for use or storage. Our system runs on a flexible combination of natural gas or clean electricity. CO2 produced from any natural gas use is captured and delivered along with our atmospheric CO2, so that new emissions are not incurred. Our air capture system pairs a wet scrubbing air contactor with a chemical regeneration cycle, and combines equipment with deep industrial precedent with our own novel and proprietary innovations. Eventually, as global transportation markets move to cut emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, we see an immense opportunity to deploy air to fuels facilities globally.
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.