The United States Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, DOE NETL, has selected the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign’s Prairie Research Institute for an award of USD 3.6 million for Research & Development to support a Front End Engineering Design study on carbon dioxide removal technologies. The study will focus on the advancement of a direct air capture and utilization system, which can remove 5,000 tonnes per year of CO2 from ambient air and then permanently mineralize it in concrete products. If built, the designed system would be larger than any existing direct air capture system. DOE said that the advancement of DAC technology could play a critical role in conjunction with aggressive decarbonization in combatting the climate crisis and achieving Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The study will be launched at US Steel’s Gary Works in Gary in Indiana using a DAC technology developed by CarbonCapture Inc. The technology will use the plant’s waste heat, energy, and location, so energy and transportation costs can be minimized. Once CO2 emissions are captured from the atmosphere, the liquefied gas will be transported to Ozinga ready mix concrete plants utilizing CarbonCure’s CO2 removal and utilization technologies, which inject the CO2 directly into the concrete as it is being mixed. When injected, the CO2 immediately mineralizes and is locked away in the concrete, never to return to the atmosphere. Sargent & Lundy will provide the constructability review and costing of the DAC’s integration within the steel plant. Ecotek Group will design the infrastructure to connect the DAC system and the plant. This FEED study will also provide data for Visage Energy Corp to assess the impact on job creation, regional economic impact, and environmental justice issues. NETL is a US Department of Energy national laboratory that drives innovation and delivers technological solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. Through its world-class scientists, engineers and research facilities, NETL is ensuring affordable, abundant and reliable energy that drives a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle, enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans, advancing environmental justice and revitalizing the economies of disadvantaged communities. Leveraging the power of workforce inclusivity and diversity, highly skilled innovators at NETL’s research laboratories in Albany, Oregon; Morgantown, West Virginia; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania conduct a broad range of research activities that support DOE’s mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy and environmental challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. CarbonCapture is a US based climate technology company that develops modular direct air capture machines that filter carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The company also develops large-scale carbon removal projects using its proprietary DAC technologies, generating high-quality carbon removal credits for companies with net zero goals that seek to offset their hard-to-abate emissions. DAC-sourced carbon removal credits are the gold standard in offsets: measurable, verifiable, and permanent. CarbonCure Technologies, a fast-growing carbon dioxide removal tech company, is on a mission to annually reduce and remove 500 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030, equal to taking 100 million cars off the road each year. CarbonCure’s suite of technologies permanently store captured CO2 in concrete through carbon mineralization and Verra verified CarbonCure’s methodology in 2021. Ozinga is a fourth-generation family-owned American business in the construction materials industry. They make a positive impact on individuals, their families and the community for generations by providing concrete, aggregates and cement that help build a better future. The University of Illinois' Prairie Research Institute applies scientific expertise in geology, ecology and biodiversity, archaeology, water, weather and climate, pollution prevention, hazardous waste management, and sustainable energy to benefit the people, economy, and environment of Illinois. Sargent & Lundy is one of the longest-standing full-service architect engineering firms in the world. Founded in 1891, the firm is a global leader in power and energy with expertise in grid modernization, renewable energy, energy storage, nuclear power, fossil fuels and carbon capture. Visage Energy for the last three decades has been heavily involved in the energy and industrial sectors and providing advisory services in terms of stakeholder engagement, market analysis and technology commercialization.