Captura Corporation – the ocean carbon removal startup aiming to reduce man-made emissions, has announced a new partnership. The company and Deep Sky – a Montreal-based venture commercializing carbon removal and storage solutions at scale, are joining forces to install a Direct Ocean Capture pilot facility in Quebec.
The facility will remove 100 tons of carbon dioxide from the ocean annually and will be located in Eastern Quebec in 2024. It will also be powered by the region’s vast renewable hydroelectric energy.
The project’s goal is to validate the technology for commercial rollout in Canada and eventually lead to the development of facilities capable of removing up to one million tons of CO2 annually. The roll-out of commercial facilities is projected to happen gradually from capturing between 100,000 and scaling up to one million tons annually when the technology develops.
The development is Deep Sky’s first pilot technology partnership and Captura’s first international partnership to deploy its solution outside the US. It is also part of Deep Sky’s mission to develop Canada into a world-leading hub for carbon removal. Captura’s business model is to license its technology to partners globally to enable rapid and widespread deployment of the carbon removal solution.
“Eastern Canada provides an ideal location for deployment of Captura’s technology… It has abundant renewable energy to power the system, a skilled workforce from the region’s oil and gas sector that has the expertise to build and operate DOC systems, and significant sequestration potential to permanently store the CO2. This is a tremendous opportunity for Canada to become a leader in Direct Ocean Capture infrastructure and we’re thrilled to be working with Deep Sky to bring our technology to the country,” commented Steve Oldham, Captura CEO.
Back in May 2023, Captura partnered with AltaSea at the Port of Los Angelis to install its ocean CO2 removal system that has the capacity to capture 100 tons of carbon from the ocean per year. That was the company’s first partnership to roll out its 100-ton capacity technology which is the next scale-up from its pilot project operating at Newport Beach, having a capacity of eliminating just a ton of CO2 from the ocean.
Deep Sky is a state-backed venture, aiming to remove gigatons of CO2 from the air. The company was founded by Fred Lalonde and Joost Ouwerkerk who created online travel agency Hopper, the most downloaded travel app in North America. Both Deep Sky and Captura have strong experienced management and expertise to provide the critical need of scaling carbon removal.
“Climate change is the biggest existential threat to humankind… Wildfires, global droughts, and record hurricanes are just the beginning. We’re serious about building large-scale carbon removal infrastructure to save our planet, and Captura’s scalable, durable and measurable technology stood out as a clear choice for Deep Sky’s first official technology partnership,” said Fred Lalonde, Deep Sky co-founder.