We face a multi-faceted climate challenge, requiring a collective of measures:
Not adding to an already worsening situation is an important first step. We have to slow and ultimately stop the rise in the atmospheric CO2 levels. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels and setting higher efficiency and cleaner emission standards is essential.
Next, we need to clean up legacy emissions. Addressing emissions from past activities is critical to returning the atmospheric CO2 concentration back to pre-industrial levels.
Ultimately, we need to close the carbon cycle to successfully regulate and maintain atmospheric CO2 levels.
Direct Air Capture is a critical technology for addressing this challenge.
280 Earth’s DAC system pulls CO2 from ambient air through four simple steps:
Using large fans, air is pulled
into the capture system.
CO2 in the air attaches to
our sorbent, a proprietary
solid compound that has
been designed for the
The sorbent is moved into a
separate vacuum chamber
and heated, separating the
CO2 from the sorbent.
Storage & Usage
CO2 can be used in
products or permanently
280 Earth’s technology is designed to optimize operational costs and allow greater geographic flexibility.
Our approach is to build scalable DAC technology by focusing on:
Long Lasting Sorbent
We have created a stable, lower-cost, and longer-lasting sorbent capable of performing at low process temperatures.
Use of Waste Heat
Our sorbent’s low operating temperature enables the process to meet up to 80% of its thermal energy needs using low-grade waste heat from nearby industrial facilities, lowering system cost at scale.
We are focused on creating a standardized 5,000-tpa DAC module. To create large installations on a single site, multiple 5,000-tpa modules will be connected, increasing reliability and scaling speed.
ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE
280 Earth has validated its sorbent technology and the core process in laboratory, prototype, and pilot testing.
A 5,500-tpa commercial demonstration facility plant is under construction in The Dalles, Oregon. The first phase (500 tpa) of operation will begin in the first half of 2024. This will allow 280 Earth to de-risk and validate its engineering and design work.
Learnings from the commercial demonstration facility will confirm a standardized 5,000-tpa module design. 280 Earth is actively investigating multiple site locations for large commercial-scale DAC facilities.