As governments and businesses strive to meet net-zero targets and effectively address the climate crisis, they must significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, like carbon dioxide (CO2). Regulating and reducing ongoing CO2 emissions alone, however, will not be sufficient to avert the worst effects of global warming. Governments and businesses increasingly see active CO2 removal as a necessary lever in the fight against climate change.
Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies are key initiatives trying to tackle this challenge. Corning is applying its expertise to two primary technology approaches:
- Direct-air capture (DAC) technology aims to reduce CO2 already in the atmosphere. Some DAC facilities are already in operation and a significant number are currently in different planning phases globally. Most DAC facilities will leverage a process called adsorption. In this process, ambient air cycles through sorbent-coated structured media, like honeycomb substrates, to adsorb CO2. The CO2 is then desorbed and transported to be sequestered or utilized.
- Point-source capture technology aims to extract CO2 from energy intensive industrial exhaust sources. The CO2 is captured and then sequestered for permanent storage or utilization.
The carbon capture industry is rapidly expanding and advancing to meet the goal of pulling giga tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere by 2050.