Climeworks expands in the USA

20 April 2023 10:35

Zurich - Climeworks plans to bring its technology for direct carbon dioxide removal from the air to North American projects. It has applied to participate in three projects run by the US Department of Energy. Climeworks will hire more than a hundred employees in anticipation.

Climeworks, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), plans to be involved in the US Department of Energy’s offensive for carbon dioxide removal (CDR) through direct air capture (DAC). According to a press release, the company has applied to participate at three proposed sites within the context of the Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs program: Louisiana, California, and the Northern Great Plains. Climeworks plans to hire more than one hundred employees in the US soon “in anticipation of several DAC projects”.

According to the information provided, each of these projects aims at capacity of a megaton by 2030. Together with some of the leading North American CO2 storage and energy infrastructure organizations, Climeworks will provide its expertise and technology. Elsewhere, its systems are already said to have a total of 120,000 hours of real-world experience.

Jan Wurzbacher, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Climeworks, comments in the press release: “On top of the very promising political and commercial environment, the US offers access to renewable energy infrastructure and advanced CO2 storage sites.” He goes on to add: “On top of the DAC plant projects that are currently in the planning phase, we will strongly contribute to building up a supply chain, servicing major companies as CDR customers and leveraging the skilled US workforce to help create thousands of green jobs going forward.” ww

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