Analysis and optimization of the air contactor for a new direct air capture technology

Carbon Engineering (CE) is currently building a demonstration plant to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere to combat climate change using a technique called direct air capture (DAC). This project will focus on determining the effectiveness of this plant at pulling carbon out of the atmosphere under various operating conditions, while also looking at contamination build up in certain parts of the plant. Determining the performance of this plant at different operating and environmental conditions, understanding this, and implanting improvements to CE’s plant design, will be key to making DAC cost effective as CE moves to a full sized commercial plant.

Faculty Supervisor:

Walter Merida


Luke Damron


Carbon Engineering


Engineering - mechanical


Environmental industry


University of British Columbia



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