Caltech research project using Captura’s technology awarded grant by Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center

Water ripples

A Caltech research project run by Caltech Professors and Captura Co-Founders Harry Atwater and Chengxiang (“CX”) Xiang has been awarded a 7.78MDKK ($USD 1.12M) grant by the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center. The project focuses on the ocean’s capacity for absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere. It aims to quantify the rate of CO2 drawdown resulting from the removal of CO2 from seawater via Captura’s proprietary electrochemical-based Direct Ocean Capture system. 

By using modelling and building a test unit, the project aims to gain a better understanding of the behavior of CO2 at the air/ocean water interface and in the shallow ocean layer. This information will help guide future developments in the Direct Ocean Capture field and support the Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of Captura’s carbon removal solution. 

The mission of the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center is to generate new science and early-stage technologies for capture and conversion of CO2, either into inert carbon – for instance stored in material products – or for use in a circular economy. A main part of the center’s role is to call for new ideas within innovative, interdisciplinary research in areas that complement the center’s ongoing research on CO2 capture and conversion. 

Read the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center’s full press release here