“Until now, research suggested it would cost $600 per ton to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere using DAC technology,” explains Keith, “making it too expensive to be a feasible solution to removing legacy carbon at scale. At CE, we’ve been working on direct air capture since 2009, running our pilot plant since 2015, and we now have the data and engineering to prove that DAC can achieve costs below $100 per ton. No prior research in the peer-reviewed literature provides a design and engineering cost for a complete DAC system– and this paper fills that gap.”
CE has embarked upon the next step of their plan: commercializing DAC technology and integrating it with the company’s AIR TO FUELS™ process. The latter takes CO₂ extracted from the air and employs water electrolysis and fuels synthesis to produce clean liquid hydrocarbon fuels. These non-fossil fuels are drop-in compatible with current transportation infrastructure from large-scale power plants down to ICE gas engines for personal transportation.. CE’s AIR TO FUELS™ technology doesn’t just work on paper, either, as the company has been capturing CO₂ from the air since 2015 and converting the recovered gas into clean fuels since December of 2017.
“CE’s vision is to reduce the effects of climate change by first cutting emissions, then by reducing atmospheric CO₂,” states Steve Oldham, CEO of CE. “Our clean fuel is fully compatible with existing engines so it provides the transportation sector with a solution for significantly reducing emissions, either through blending or direct use.” Oldham stresses that CE’s proven technology is scalable, flexible and most importantly – demonstrated to work as advertised. “Today, we’re actively seeking partners who will work with CE to dramatically reduce emissions in the transportation sector and help us move to a carbon-neutral economy.”