Battelle, Climeworks, Heirloom Carbon, Gulf Coast Sequestration Bid on Direct Air Capture Hub for Department of Energy
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COLUMBUS, Ohio ~ Battelle, a leading technology developer, has submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's Regional Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hubs program. The Project Cypress DAC Hub will advance the commercialization of Direct Air Capture and Storage (DAC+S), an innovative technology powered by renewable energy that verifiably removes carbon dioxide from the earth's atmosphere.

The prime recipient of the project is Battelle, who will collaborate with industry-leading partners such as Climeworks and Heirloom to bring their global expertise to this first-of-its-kind initiative. The Hub is proposed for a site in southwest Louisiana, where carbon captured from the ambient air would be safely and permanently stored underground by leading geologic storage company Gulf Coast Sequestration.

Project Cypress will make robust investments in the local community and region by creating a host of new jobs throughout the design, construction, and operation of the project. This two-way dialogue between stakeholders such as business groups, housing advocates, job training teams and new energy advocates will ensure that the community is intimately involved in shaping the characteristics and deployment of the project in order to maximize its benefits to the economy, environment, and local neighbors.

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Shawn Bennett, Manager of Battelle's Energy and Resilience Division said "This is the kind of project we've been working towards for decades and fits with our overall climate focus. Direct Air Capture technology is an important bridge to a future that greatly reduces the amount of legacy carbon dioxide in our atmosphere."

Dirk Nuber, Chief of Project Development at Climeworks added "Uniting Climeworks' experience in Direct Air Capture combined with storage and Battelle's decades-long experience in critical services and large project leadership is an exciting opportunity to bring high-quality carbon removal to Louisiana, and beyond."

Max Scholten from Heirloom also commented "We believe that Project Cypress will form the blueprint for what highly scalable, equitable and just deployments of Direct Air Capture technologies could look like going forward."

By siting Project Cypress in a region with a long history of fossil fuel production and related industrial activity, developers intend to leverage existing workforce skillsets to construct and operate Project Cypress; bringing fossil energy employees into energy transition jobs for southwest Louisiana. The Hub will combine leading DAC technologies with one of the most mature Class VI well applications for saline storage in Gulf Coast region.
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