Carbon-capture technology moves to commercialization


Klaus Lackner examining machine

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.

Until now, technologies being developed to capture CO2 from the air have been constrained by the cost of capture and the ability to harvest the gas at scale. The technology being deployed by SKH addresses both issues, bringing the cost of capture comfortably below $100 per metric ton at scale — the lowest in the industry — making it both commercial and impactful toward reducing global warming.