A facility in rural Wyoming is aiming to sequester 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2030, making this far and away the most ambitious carbon capture project to date.
A sprawling field in rural Wyoming will soon be filled with dozens of what look like giant green shipping containers.
Each of these mechanical units is to be fitted with state-of-the-art carbon removal technology; including giant fans to draw in polluted air, sorbent liquid to isolate carbon, and a full blown deep underground storage network to dispose of the mix. This is easily the most ambitious project of its kind, on the largest scale.
Once running at full capacity, it plans to capture 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere. For context, that’s roughly the same amount generated by a million gas-powered cars over a 12-month period. As we said, ambitious… but equally necessary.
It’s widely accepted by environmental scientists that meeting the terms of the Paris Agreement at this stage will require us to actively sequester a sizable chunk of existing emissions – 10 gigatons annually by 2050, to be exact. Hence the rapid change of pace here.
The company heading up operations is aptly called CarbonCapture, and its technology is already in use throughout an Iceland-based commercial plant, though comparatively, it captures only 4,000 tons of CO2 per year.