Leading tech cluster to accelerate ‘negative emissions’ through direct air capture research project

The project will explore the potential benefits of direct air capture technology on decarbonising entire value chains

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A leading tech cluster has unveiled plans to build a direct air capture research project in a bid to accelerate ‘negative emissions’ in Sweden.

The group which includes the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, the state-owned research organisation RISE Institute, the multi-stakeholder steering group Nordic DAC Group and other Swedish companies aims to develop a project, designed to explore the Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology concerning the entire value chain, technology, economy, business models, and regulatory issues for international cooperation.

The project, which will utilise technology developed by the Canadian direct air capture technology company Carbon Engineering Ltd, is scheduled to be running between 2021 to 2025 with a budget of 9 million SEK (£790,000).

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently stated the necessity of carbon dioxide removal technologies, which is thought to be necessary for almost all of the scenarios for which the global temperature increase can be limited to well below 2°C.

According to studies, the DAC technology can contribute to this and has the potential advantage that it can capture carbon dioxide out of the air, anywhere, at any time.