Climeworks expands in the USA


Zurich – Climeworks intends to bring its technology for the direct recovery of carbon dioxide from the air to North American projects. The company has applied to participate in three U.S. Department of Energy projects. In anticipation, Climeworks plans to hire over one hundred employees.

Climeworks, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, plans to participate in the North American Department of Energy’s offensive to remove carbon dioxide (CDR) by direct air capture (DAC). According to a media release, the company has applied to participate in three proposed sites through the Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs program: in Louisiana, California and the northern Great Plains. “In anticipation of several projects,” Climeworks plans to hire more than a hundred employees in the U.S. soon.

Each of these projects reportedly targets megatons of capacity by 2030. Together with some of North America’s leading carbon storage and energy infrastructure organizations, Climeworks will provide its expertise and technology, he said. Elsewhere, its systems have already completed a total of 120,000 hours of operation, he said.

“In addition to the promising political and economic environment, the U.S. offers access to renewable energy infrastructure and advanced CO2 storage sites,” Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-managing director of Climeworks, is quoted as saying in the release. “In addition to the DAC plant projects currently in the planning phase, we will be a key contributor to building a supply chain, serving large companies as CDR customers, and leveraging the skilled U.S. workforce to create thousands of green jobs in the future.” ww