History and Trajectory

Carbon Engineering was founded in 2009 with a mission to develop and commercialize technology that captures industrial-scale quantities of CO₂ directly from the air. This captured CO₂ can be stored underground or synthesized into clean, affordable transportation fuels. These use cases can – respectively – counteract emissions too costly to eliminate at source, and provide sustainable fuels to cut emissions from the transportation sector.

At CE’s facility in Squamish, B.C., both Direct Air Capture (DAC) and AIR TO FUELS™ technologies have been proven and are now being scaled up into commercial markets.

CE is in the midst of several stages to develop, demonstrate, and deploy Direct Air Capture and AIR TO FUELS™ technology.

  • 2015: Pilot demonstration of DAC

    In 2015, CE constructed an end-to-end DAC pilot plant in Squamish, B.C., Canada. 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, and when running, the plant captures and purifies roughly 1 ton of CO₂ per day.

  • 2017: Pilot demonstration of AIR TO FUELS™ technology

    In 2017, CE incorporated fuel synthesis capability into the DAC pilot plant in Squamish, B.C., creating the world's first, scalable DAC/fuel synthesis plant. This allowed us to produce liquid fuels on site from CO₂ captured from the air, and will enable continued testing and refining of the fuel synthesis process. Much like the DAC pilot, the purpose of this effort is testing and experimentation. When operating, the pilot produces roughly 1 barrel of fuel per day, which undergoes quality testing with our partner organizations.

  • 2018-2021: Commercial validation

    Today, CE is running a commercial validation project to test the last remaining integration risks at larger scale and sell synthetic fuels to commercial customers. CE will use data from the DAC and AIR TO FUELS™ pilots, as well as the commercial validation effort, to complete the engineering design for the subsequent full scale commercial AIR TO FUELS™ facilities that CE aims to deploy.

  • 2021: Broad commercial deployment

    In 2021, following commercial validation, CE will move to deploy the first 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 clean fuels such as CE’s. 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.

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News and Updates

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