In addressing excess atmospheric carbon dioxide to limit the most severe effects of climate change, it is no longer sufficient to solely focus on slowing down carbon dioxide emissions with improved energy efficiency and added renewable energy sources. While such decarbonization efforts should be accelerated, it is now urgent that we recapture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and make the world’s infrastructure not only carbon neutral, but also capable of reducing the total carbon circulating within the atmosphere, ocean, and biosphere systems. The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) is advancing carbon management technologies that can capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air in an outdoor operating environment. Our aim is to demonstrate systems that over time increase in scope, complexity, reliability and efficiency while lowering the cost of carbon dioxide capture from air. We also consider the economic, political, social and environmental ramifications that will arise with the availability of an affordable air capture technology. It is our long-term goal to make the CNCE the intellectual leader in this new field of sustainable energy infrastructure design critical to achieving a carbon negative energy economy.
To advance carbon management technologies that can capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air in an outdoor operating environment.