German car manufacturer Audi has partnered with green tech company Krajete to remove carbon from the atmosphere using direct air capture (DAC).
The two companies will partner at an Austrian plant, using an inorganic filter material that can maximize the effectiveness of DAC technologies. The modular design of the filter makes sure it can be expanded and used for long-term scaling depending on the facility’s needs.
The site in Austria can filter 500 tons of carbon annually, and researchers plan to add another module before the end of 2022 that would significantly increase processing capabilities by as much as 1,000 tons of CO2 per year.
The captured carbon could be used for industrial applications or stored permanently.
Volkswagen Group, which owns Audi, aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
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