Heirloom Unveils America’s First Commercial Direct Air Capture Site   

Heirloom Unveils America’s First Commercial Direct Air Capture Site - Carbon Herald
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Heirloom, alongside U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, announced America’s first commercial Direct Air Capture (DAC) site. The facility will use limestone rocks to pull carbon from the atmosphere. 

Located in Tracy, California, the DAC site was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Secretary Granholm, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Koulanakis, as well as business representatives, elected officials, and community members. 

“Heirloom Carbon Technologies (…) is the blueprint for how America can beat climate change,” Granholm said at the event. 

“This first commercial direct air capture facility is the closest thing on Earth that we have to a time machine because it can turn back the clock on climate change by removing carbon dioxide that has already been emitted into our atmosphere,” said Heirloom’s CEO and Co-Founder, Shashank Samala. 

The capacity of Heirloom’s limestone-based tech has gone from one kilogram of carbon to up to one million, or 1000 metric tons, in two years, Samala also said. 

Projects like this DAC site help remove CO2 from the air while creating well-paid jobs and expanding the economy in the Central Valley, said California Governor Gavin Newsom. 

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The Heirloom site helps advance Biden’s 2050 net zero targets and California’s 2045 state net zero goals. 

The facility is fully powered by locally supplied renewable energy and is constructed with union labor. It has been operational for almost 1,000 hours and is actively capturing carbon, which will be permanently sequestered in concrete through a partnership with CarbonCure Technologies

The Heirloom Tracy site has a capture capacity of up to 1,000 tons of carbon annually and will deliver net removals to early Heirloom CO2 credit buyers such as Microsoft, Stripe, and Shopify.

During the ceremony, Heirloom also introduced a community governance model, which will bring together climate technology sector representatives and the local community at quarterly meetings. The process aims to gather community feedback on the site’s operations.

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