NEG8 Teams Up With Walton Institute On AI Direct Air Capture Project

NEG8 Teams Up With Walton Institute On AI Direct Air Capture Project - Carbon Herald
Dr Indrakshi Dey, Head of the Programmable Autonomous Systems (PAS) Division at Walton Institute and Dr Adrian Costigan, Chief Commercial Officer, NEG8 Carbon. Photograph: Patrick Browne

NEG8 Carbon, a trailblazer in capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air, has joined forces with the prestigious Walton Institute. This collaboration aims to refine NEG8’s Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology by leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

NEG8 Carbon, the first company in Ireland specializing in DAC, has created innovative technology that extracts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

This captured CO2 can be either safely stored or reused, contributing to the fight against climate change.

The Walton Institute is a globally-recognized hub for excellence, renowned for its cutting-edge research and development in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with practical applications in the real world.

The joint project with Walton Institute will focus on a two-year initiative that utilizes machine learning, a branch of AI, to monitor and optimize the conditions for carbon capture.

NEG8 Carbon’s technology employs a special absorbent material to attract CO2 from the air. The effectiveness of the DAC unit is impacted by various external factors, such as air temperature, humidity levels, the condition of the absorbent material itself, and the affordability and accessibility of renewable energy sources.

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These variations, along with the unpredictable nature of energy market prices, make it difficult to determine the most efficient cycle for carbon capture.

The collaboration with Walton Institute will involve using predictive machine learning to analyze data on climate conditions, energy prices, and the state of the absorbent material. This will allow the project to identify the optimal cycles for releasing captured carbon and regenerating the absorbent material.

The AI control system is expected to provide unparalleled insights into the conditions required to maximize the lifespan of the absorbent material while minimizing the cost of its regeneration.

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Dr John Breen, Chief Technology Officer of NEG8 Carbon explains: “To fully realise the potential of machine learning, the system will need to interpret data over time to allow for precise predictions and “what if” functionality integrated into the system. This will give us incredible insight into the most efficient way to remove carbon from the atmosphere using NEG8 Carbon technology.

We are thrilled to partner with Walton Institute on this exciting project, a significant step forward as we advance our carbon capture technology.”

The two-year AI project by NEG8 Carbon and Walton Institute is set to start in Q3 of 2024.

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