Energy department gives a boost to direct air capture research

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, March 30, 2020

 The Energy Department announced Monday it is providing $22 million for research to achieve “breakthroughs” in technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the air. The funding applies to research of materials and chemical sciences, along with field testing of prototypes. Eligible applicants for the funding include universities, nonprofits, and industry, with a 20% cost share.

“Accelerating success in direct air capture of carbon dioxide would strengthen America’s energy security and open new avenues for commercial applications,” said Chris Fall, director of DOE’s Office of Science. “While we’ve seen real progress in this field, both basic and applied research are needed to develop highly effective direct air capture technologies on a large scale.”