In the race to achieve a sustainable and resilient future, we stand at a defining moment. We are in a climate emergency and the moral imperative to reach net-zero is clear. How we get there, however, is not.
Simply cutting down emissions alone is not enough. We must ramp up and remove carbon that has accumulated in our atmosphere for hundreds of years. Direct Air Capture (DAC) is a key emerging technology that can capture CO2 directly from ambient air and we at Captur are dedicated to advancing DAC to achieve gigaton scale, smartly and quickly.
By taking on an ecosystem approach, Captur aims to address DAC’s current cost and complexity by focusing not just on process innovation but also what is needed (and most often overlooked) to make such a technology come to life: supporting infrastructure, road and pipeline networks, efficient energy sources, and communities.
By integrating DAC units with cooling towers, waste heat systems, and other existing industrial infrastructure, Captur can deploy faster and ramp up DAC capacity at a much lower cost. Fast-tracking this innovation by learning quickly across shorter development cycles is critical in ensuring a future where net zero is not just a goal but a reality.
Our Mission: Reinventing infrastructure into readily scalable carbon removal solutions
At Captur, we are on a mission to reshape the way we combat climate change by leveraging existing infrastructure and cutting-edge technology.
We envision a world where Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology seamlessly integrates with existing cooling towers, harnessing industrial infrastructure and waste heat to capture and remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere. This vision is driven by our belief that sustainability doesn’t have to mean starting from scratch. Instead, it can be achieved by enhancing and repurposing the assets we already have.
Existing industrial processes and infrastructure, often seen as part of the problem, can be transformed into a significant part of the solution. Cooling towers are a ubiquitous feature in industrial processes and power generation, where they dissipate excess heat into the environment. Using proven engineering principles to integrate direct air capture within these towers, we can capture CO2 emissions in large volumes and ramp up capacity remarkably faster and more reliably than other approaches.
We learn by doing. Our strong multidisciplinary team has built, scaled, and deployed hundreds of industrial cooling and chemical treatment systems across the world. With one of the world’s largest manufacturers of industrial cooling systems as a partner, we believe we can get things across the finish line.
Join us in this pioneering journey to combat climate change and secure a more sustainable future for generations to come. We would love to hear from you!
Why are we looking at cooling towers and existing infrastructure?
- Existing Infrastructure: Many industrial facilities, power plants, and other large-scale operations already have cooling towers as a part of their infrastructure. Retrofitting these existing cooling towers to incorporate DAC technology allows for the efficient use of already-established infrastructure, reducing the need and risk of additional construction.
- Heat Transfer: Cooling towers are designed to efficiently transfer heat from industrial processes, typically by using water or air as a cooling medium. DAC processes often require temperature control, and cooling towers can provide a convenient source of heat exchange.
- Scalability: Cooling towers are available in various sizes and configurations, making them adaptable to different industrial settings. This scalability allows DAC technology to be implemented on both small and large scales, depending on the needs of the facility.
- Efficiency Improvements: By capturing CO2 at the source and utilizing the waste heat from industrial processes, cooling tower-integrated DAC systems can improve the overall efficiency of industrial operations. This can lead to cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.
- Reduced Energy Requirements: Retrofitting existing cooling towers for DAC can potentially reduce the energy required for DAC operations, as some of the required infrastructure and energy-intensive components are already in place.
- Concentration of CO2: Cooling towers can be modified to increase the concentration of CO2 in the air that passes through them. This concentrated CO2-rich air can then be captured more efficiently using DAC technology, as the concentration of CO2 in ambient air is relatively low (around 400 parts per million or ppm).
- Synergy with Emission Sources: Many industrial processes that use cooling towers also produce significant CO2 emissions. By integrating DAC technology with cooling towers, it is possible to capture CO2 emissions directly at their source, which is often more cost-effective and energy-efficient than capturing emissions from the ambient atmosphere.
- Emission Reduction Synergy: Integrating DAC with cooling towers aligns carbon capture with processes that produce emissions. This integration can facilitate emissions reduction goals, making it easier for industries to meet environmental and sustainability targets.
- Shorter development cycles and better use of capital: Capital projects are ridden with risk, especially related to construction and set up delays. By integrating with existing equipment and industrial sites, the opportunity to learn faster, reiterate more and