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Mission Zero-led consortium wins £3M government contract to pilot breakthrough DAC technology

Mission Zero Technologies (MZT) has been chosen to begin trialling their ground-breaking Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology previously developed with support from the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP). Phase 1 of the project saw the completion of the R&D work, FEED activities, and deployment planning exercise; Phase 2 will see this realised into a working pilot plant alongside partners Optimus and O.C.O Technology Ltd. The project’s £3 million funding is part of a wider pool of funding for emerging climate technologies recently released through BEIS.

Chris West, CEO, Optimus

“Reversing climate change is the imperative of our generation, what could be more exciting to be involved in than a process that efficiently hoovers CO₂ directly from the atmosphere! Having worked with Mission Zero now for almost 2 years, we have been inspired by their purpose from day 1 and are very excited to make our engineering design contribution towards the realisation of the pilot plant in phase 2 of this race.”

DAC is a carbon capture technology approach that focuses on removing CO₂ directly from the atmosphere around us. Typically this requires significant amounts of heat and electricity and large capital commitments, making the economics and commercialization timelines challenging. MZT, a London-based startup, is disrupting the status quo with a modularised DAC technology that is projected to reduce both energy consumption as well as capture costs by over 4 times compared to today’s commercial offerings, with a roadmap to dropping below the $100/ton price point at commercial scales.

Through a partnership with Optimus and O.C.O, phase 2 will extend the application of this technology to reuse the CO₂ in creating Manufactured LimeStone, a valuable building material.

Mission Zero Technologies