280 Earth Plans To Bring Atmospheric CO2 Levels Back To 280 Parts Per Million

280 Earth Plans To Bring Atmospheric CO2 Levels Back To 280 Parts Per Million - Carbon Herald

A new direct air capture company was launched this year aiming to help return atmospheric levels of CO2 back to pre-Industrial ones. 280 Earth is a direct air capture technology venture, a spin out of Alphabet’s X lab, the moonshot factory – an innovation lab and a separate division within Alphabet, inventing breakthrough technologies with the hope to radically change the world. It is also backed by Sergey Brin, a co-founder of Google along with Larry Page.

After officially launching in January 2024, 280 Earth plans to commercialize a flexible, cost-efficient direct air capture technology, capable of extracting CO2 from the air at large scale – similar to other companies in the space. The company, however, considers its technology to be overcoming main challenges related to DAC technology – energy intensity and high costs. 

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280 Earth’s approach uses waste heat from sources like data centers to help it capture and remove CO2 from the air more efficiently. In an interview for Bloomberg, John Pimentel, SVP of Business Development at 280 Earth, shared that the company’s approach is not to compete with renewable energy that could go to the grid but rather use new renewables capacity specifically created for 280 Earth’s facilities. 

“…when we think about locating mega-scale plants, a million tons and larger, we look for several criteria: first, proximity to where the CO2 can be sequestered; second, the capability to generate new electricity and third, the waste heat component that helps our system run more efficiently,” commented for Bloomberg Mr Pimentel. 

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The company is also in the final stages of commissioning its first 500-ton commercial demonstration plant in The Dalles, Oregon. It plans to deliver a 5,000-ton module in 2025 and have a 10 million tons of DAC capacity operating by 2030.

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