Georgia Tech Researchers Awarded Total of $4.35 Million in 2020 for Direct Air Capture Projects

Researchers in Georgia Tech’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) are principal investigators on six new projects that have been awarded a total of $4.35 million for studies related to direct air capture science and technology. Direct Air Capture (DAC) is a technology that removes carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from ambient air for use as a feedstock for chemical processes or transformed into a durable substance so that it can be sequestered. Some of the proposed chemical transformations that are possible with this technology include liquid fuels that could serve as “drop-in” replacements for the petroleum-based fuels we use for transportation.

With these recent awards, Georgia Tech researchers, with the support of Georgia Tech’s Strategic Energy Institute (SEI), have launched the Direct Air Capture Center (DirACC)

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Fuels of the Future: Chemical Energy Carriers for a Decarbonized Economy

A petroleum refining facility. Image by SatyaPrem from a recently released white paper, SEI Executive Director Tim Lieuwen and Georgia Tech Professor Matthew Realff argue that federal research and development funding for expediting the decarbonization of energy should leverage existing infrastructure to minimize costs and speed the decarbonization of the energy sector.

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National Electric Energy Testing, Research & Applications Center (NEETRAC)

High voltage transmission hardware.

NEETRAC is a self-supporting, membership based center within the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Our goal is to help the electric utility industry solve the everyday problems associated with transmitting and distributing electric energy reliably and efficiently. NEETRAC staff and facilities, combined with the significant resources of Georgia Tech, can provide our customers with a wide array of analytical, engineering, research and testing services – on collaborative and proprietary projects.

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