Wyoming is known as one of the most conservative states in the US, but it could become a climate change hero when it finishes building the world’s largest direct air carbon capture facility.
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Called Project Bison, the facility’s goal is to remove five million tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide each year by 2030. It is a joint venture between Frontier Carbon Solutions and CarbonCapture. CarbonCapture will build the Wyoming facility and Frontier Carbon Solutions will sequester the carbon.
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Project Bison will operate similarly to smaller factories already at work in Switzerland, Iceland, the United States and Canada. Fans will push air through special filters that chemically bond with the carbon dioxide. When the filters are heated and placed under a vacuum, they will release CO2, which will then be compressed under high pressure.
The technology is still quite new and controversial. Currently, an Icelandic operation called Orca is the largest operating direct air capture facility. It captures only about 4,000 tons of carbon annually, which is equivalent to the emissions of 790 cars. Hardly enough to save the world.
On the other hand, even Bison’s contribution seems paltry when you look at the scale of the problem. The United States emitted about 5.130 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2019. Meanwhile, Bison’s removal of five million tons still leaves 5.125 million tons in the atmosphere. Of course, the idea is to scale this technology up. Fast. Until it helps save our species.
The Wyoming plant is currently under construction. The owners plan to begin capturing carbon in 2023, starting with 10,000 tons annually and quickly expanding.
“We plan to have our first DAC modules deployed by the end of next year and to continue to install capacity as quickly as the modules come off our production line,” said Adrian Corless, Carbon Capture’s CEO and Chief Technology Officer, in a Press release .
Via Singularity Hub
Lead image via Carbon Capture