Sirona Technologies, Cella Аnd Great Carbon Valley To Partner On Kenyan DAC Hub

Sirona Technologies, Cella Аnd Great Carbon Valley To Partner On Kenyan DAC Hub - Carbon Herald

Sirona Technologies, Cella Mineral Storage (Cella), and Great Carbon Valley (GCV) have announced a pioneering partnership that is set to establish one of the first Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hubs in Kenya, signaling the growing pace of the techhnology’s development in the country. The three companies plan to build a carbon capture plant together with the goal of making it operational in 2026.

The local government has been providing continuous support and attracted companies that are looking for rapid deployment of the technology and Sirona is an example of such a company. The Belgian startup, founded in 2023, focuses its efforts on designing and building a low capex, scalable and modular DAC technology with a strong focus on first principles and continuous product iteration that CEO Thoralf Gutierrez brings from his experience at Tesla.

He commented on the partnership by saying “Building low cost machines that are rapidly deployable is our core focus and will be key to scaling direct air capture at the speed required to meet our climate goals”. 

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Carbon mineralization company Cella will be tasked with the storage of carbon by injecting it in the basalt formations where it will be permanently locked. After maturing their technology in the U.S., they started operations in Kenya in 2024.

Corey Pattison, Co-founder of Cella, expressed confidence in the partnership’s potential impact. “Our decision to launch operations in Kenya is validated by the strong momentum we are witnessing. Teaming up with Sirona and GCV reinforces our commitment to pioneering innovative solutions for carbon storage.”

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Project development will be managed by GCV and the company’s founder and CEO Bilha Ndirangu emphasized the importance of building a robust carbon removal ecosystem in Kenya: “Beyond fighting climate change, we will also contribute to building a climate positive growth track record for Africa. The DAC Hub will develop a local value chain in cleantech in Kenya, including the stimulation of the renewable energy sector and the local technical job market. Doing so, we will have many co-benefits for surrounding local communities.”

The recently unveiled DAC Hub has multiple advantages when it comes to its location. Positioned along the Great East African Rift Valley, the area’s basalt formations provide excellent conditions for CO2 storage. Additionally, the region holds immense potential for renewable energy sources, providing ample power to support the energy-intensive DAC technology.

The Kenyan government’s proactive approach has attracted other companies to the country with Octavia Carbon operating since 2022 and Climeworks also announcing a partnership with GCV in September 2023.

Read more: Climeworks And Great Carbon Valley To Launch DAC Projects In Kenya

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