History and Trajectory

Carbon Engineering was founded in 2009 with a mission to develop and commercialize technology that can capture industrial-scale quantities of CO2 from atmospheric air, and thus enable low-carbon fuel production. CE has developed core direct air capture and “air to fuels” technologies, and is now in the commercialization and scale-up process.

Our subsequent target is to build a “first of a kind” (FOAK) commercial air to fuels facility.

  • 1. Pilot demonstration of direct air capture.

    CE’s end-to-end air capture pilot was commissioned in Squamish, B.C., Canada in 2015. 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 through 2017, and when running, the plant captures and purifies roughly 1 tonne of CO2 per day.

  • 2. Pilot demonstration of air to fuels.

    Over the course of 2017-2018, CE is adding water electrolysis and fuel synthesis to the DAC pilot in Squamish, B.C. This will enable testing and demonstration of air to fuels, and to optimize the integration between the various components. Much like the DAC pilot, the purpose of this effort will be testing and experimentation. When operating, the A2F pilot will produce roughly 1 barrel of fuel per day, which will undergo quality testing with our partner organizations.

  • 3. Air to fuels commercial validation.

    Through 2018-2019, CE will run a commercial validation project, to test the last remaining integration risks at a larger, more commercial scale. With data from the DAC and A2F pilots, and the commercial validation effort, CE’s team will also complete the engineering design for the subsequent full commercial scale A2F facilities that CE aims to deploy.

  • 4. Broad commercial deployment

    Following commercial validation, CE will move to deploy 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 fuels such as CE’s which have ultra-low life-cycle carbon emissions. Eventually, 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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