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Direct atmospheric carbon capture and conversion


This topic focusses on Direct Atmospheric Carbon Capture and Conversion, which is a technology that can help reaching climate neutrality by 2050 by i) creating the carbon sinks required to balance out residual emissions in 2050 and/or ii) using carbon captured from the air as a raw material to replace other fossil raw materials.

The scope of this topic is to establish the technological feasibility of Direct Atmospheric Carbon Capture and Conversion, including the environmental, social and economic benefits with the goal of establishing this concept as a viable technology to fight climate change the potential technologies require major technological breakthroughs, for example by

  • Increasing knowledge of existing/develop new oxygen-tolerant catalysts for photo/electro-reductive conversion of carbonates/carbamates; or
  • Developing thermal chemical conversion technologies for direct atmospheric carbon capture and conversion; or
  • Developing photo(electro)chemical conversion technologies for direct conversion of atmospheric CO2 to direct atmospheric carbon capture and conversion.

Technological concepts supported under this topic should i) combine capture and conversion in a single step, eliminating the need to regenerate absorbents or adsorbents and/or ii) be able to enable decentralised production of chemicals and fuels using solar energy devices.

Projects that include research into the use of direct air capture for enhanced oil recovery will not be considered.