Engineering | Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE)

What is Air Capture Technology?

Air capture technology is the collection of tools intended to manage and reduce the buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. CO­2 is the largest and most persistent heat-trapping gas and excess man made COemissions can cause potentially catastrophic and irreversible damage to our earth systems. While natural forces will remove some of the CO2 that is emitted to the atmosphere, a large fraction of today’s emissions will linger for thousands of years.

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Challenge Accepted

In order to meet the challenge of transitioning to a carbon negative energy economy, the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) focuses on developing the next generation of carbon management technologies.

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Meet the Team

The CNCE is directed by Dr. Klaus Lackner. His research interests include closing the carbon cycle by capturing carbon dioxide from the air, carbon sequestration, carbon foot-printing, innovative energy and infrastructure systems and their scaling properties, the role of automation, robotics and mass-manufacturing in downscaling infrastructure systems, and energy and environmental policy.

CNCE Faculty & Staff

The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) is advancing carbon management technologies that can capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air in an outdoor operating environment.

What are “negative carbon emissions”?

How does “carbon farming” work?

What do we do with excess carbon?

We’re not just aiming to bring carbon dioxide emissions down, we’re aiming to have negative carbon emissions — capturing more than we produce using our artificial “trees” and reusing it.

Take a look inside the CNCE as Dr. Lackner explains how carbon air capture technology works.

Like throwing trash into the street, each year we pump tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Our Center is developing technology poised to collect and reuse our carbon while cleaning the air.

We also consider the economic, political, social and environmental ramifications that will arise with the availability of an affordable air capture technology.

It is our long-term goal to make the CNCE the intellectual leader in this new field of sustainable energy infrastructure design critical to achieving a carbon negative energy economy.

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