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April 29, 2019 “Lackner’s carbon-capture technology moves to commercializationASU Now. Skip Derra

Arizona State University and Silicon Kingdom Holdings (SKH) have announced an agreement to deploy carbon-capture technology developed by Professor Klaus Lackner, director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions.

The proprietary technology acts like a tree that is thousands of times more efficient at removing CO2 from the air. The “mechanical trees” allow the captured gas to be sequestered or sold for re-use in a variety of applications, such as synthetic fuels, enhanced oil recovery or in food, beverage and agriculture industries.

Unlike other carbon-capture technologies, SKH’s technology can remove CO2 from the atmosphere without the need to draw air through the system mechanically using energy-intensive devices. Instead, the technology uses…Read more on ASU Now

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Below is a selection of media which directly reference the endeavors of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State University.

May 2, 2019 “Arizona State University behind new push for “mechanical trees” to help capture CO2” ABC 15 Arizona. John Patrick


May 1, 2019 “Irish pair back carbon-capture pioneer’s plan” Independent.ie. John Reynolds


April 29, 2019 “Do ‘mechanical trees’ offer the cure for climate change?” Reuters. Sebastien Malo


Klaus Lackner in his lab

March 27, 2019 “Saving the world from thin airASU Now. Maureen O’Hagan


Feb 25, 2019 “Five Carbon Capture Techniques That Could Help Mitigate Global WarmingBloomberg Businessweek. Michael Belfiore


Feb 18, 2019 “A CO₂ sponge: Arizona scientist working to combat rising carbon dioxide levelsCronkite News. Lillian Donahue


Feb 6, 2019 “ASU researcher touts carbon capture device to fight climate change12News.com. Joe Dana


Jan 21, 2019 “Capturing CarbonArizona Illustrated. Arizona Public Media


Jan 11, 2019 “Creating a carbon economyASU Now. Scott Seckel


Mar 8, 2018 “Klaus Lackner didn’t set out to save the world, but he thinks his machine could helpAZCentral.com Alden Woods


Mar 6, 2018 “Klaus Lackner demonstrates CO2-capture technology” (video) AZCentral.com. Patrick Breen


Feb 6, 2018 “We Can Pull CO2 from Air, But It’s No Silver Bullet for Climate Change, Scientists WarnInside Climate News. Sabrina Shankman


Dec 22, 2017 “Can We Suck Enough CO2 From The Air To Save The Climate?Fast Company. Adele Peters


Dec 14, 2017 “The Materials Industry Is Pitching In to Reduce Greenhouse Gas EmissionsArchitect. Blaine Brownell


New Yorker article cover from 11-20-2017, "Can Carbon Dioxide Removal Save the world?" CO2 could soon reach levels that, it's widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe. by Elizabeth Kolbert

Nov 20, 2017 “Can carbon-dioxide removal save the world?” The New Yorker. Elizabeth Kolbert


Nov 16, 2017 “Carbon is a terrible thing to waste” ASU KED Talk. ASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development.


Nov 22, 2017 “The carbon catcher: Q&A with ASU’s Klaus LacknerASU Now. Kelsey Wharton


Nov 13, 2017 “Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?The New Yorker. Elizabeth Kolbert


July 19, 2017 “8 Ways to Sequester Carbon to Avoid Climate CatastropheEcoWatch. Mary Hoff


May 31, 2017 “ASU’s carbon capture, delivery technology garners algae industry awardASU Now. Joe Caspermeyer


May 24, 2017 “Science within Art: #ArtTreeLightworks News.


June 13th, 2016 “Meet the Scientists Cleaning Up Carbon Emissions” Bloomberg. Flora Lichtman, Katherine Wells, Lucy Wells


February 26th, 2016 “The Quest for Negative Carbon EmissionsWashington Post. Chris Mooney


January 6th, 2016 “The Quest to Hack Trees and Beat Climate ChangeWashington Post. Matt McFarland


December 1st, 2015 “ASU Researchers Look At Technology To Take Carbon Dioxide Out Of The AirKJZZ (Radio). Mark Brodie


November 13th, 2015 “Quest to boost microalgae growth promises more sustainable energyRenewable Energy World. Joe Kullman


October 27th, 2015. “Will hacking nature protect us from climate change?CNN. Thom Patterson.


August 30th, 2015. “Is an artificial tree part of the solution to climate change? These guys think so.“PRI”. Ari Daniel.


August 24th, 2015. “Branching out to help solve climate change.” Irish Times. John Holden.


August 4th, 2015. “Clean power plan to algae companies: Prove it.” Forbes Magazine. Jeff McMahon


June 21st, 2015. “Catch them if you can: the pragmatic ways to cut carbon emissions.” The Guardian. Brian Clegg


May 30th, 2015. “Techniques for removing carbon dioxide from the air.” Al-Hurra ITECH (video). Toufic Gebran


April 16, 2015. “How to efficiently capture carbon dioxide out of thin air.” Physics World. Tamela Maciel


April 13, 2015. “Klaus Lackner is pulling CO2 out of thin air.” Fast Company. Jon Gertner


March 26, 2015. “Negative carbon emissions.” Top of Mind (radio). Julie Rose


February 17, 2015. “ASU research center aims for negative carbon emissions.” ASU News. Rosie Gochnour


December 18, 2014. “Physicist turned carbon-catcher.” Symmetry Magazine. Rich Blaustein


December 14, 2014.  “The climate agreement in Lima isn’t enough. Here’s a better solution.” The New Republic. Jacob Bronsther


August 5, 2014. “Carbon dioxide scrubbing.” C-SPAN (video). Klaus Lackner

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