But what is this thing that could fix these problems? It’s called a Direct Air Capture Carbon Plant, and the company hopes to open the first one in the world next year.
The way carbon dioxide will be changed into useable fuel will occur by capturing air and then binding carbon dioxide to a filter. There, it will be heated, as well as the filter, to 100 degrees Celsius. This creates a pure gaseous carbon dioxide that can be used for many purposes around the world. This is the kind of CO2 that is used to make synthetic fuels and growing plants in greenhouses.
Not only can this help to bring down the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, the company plans on using as little energy as possible to produce it. They would like to use waste heat from other industries to convert the carbon dioxide.
Climeworks knows their environmental responsibility, which is shown through their new idea. They also see how the plant could help other industries profit. One of their warnings is, yes this will reduce the carbon dioxide in our air, but no, it should not be used to completely take over our current carbon dioxide reduction practices.