Direct Air Capture

The OITC has potential to become a first of its kind DAC-CCS pilot test site

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Direct Air Capture

Direct air capture is a technology to capture CO2 from the atmosphere.

The CO2 can be permanently stored in deep geological formations or used in the production of fuels, chemicals, building materials and other products containing CO2.


Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology with CO2 sequestration has potential advantages over other negative emission technologies (NET) like afforestation and bio energy with CCS, such as lower land and water footprint and the possibility of locating plants close to suitable storage or utilisation sites, eliminating the need for long-distance CO2 transport.

DAC is the most suitable technology to reduce emissions from distributed emission sources like the transport sector which is Australia’s third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (96 Mt CO2-e per year) and aviation sector that emits around 9.99 Mt of CO2-e per year.

Without DAC, combined with carbon storage, the target of net zero emission is hard to achieve.


Testing DAC units at CO2CRC's Otway International Test Centre

The OITC is one of the most advanced field scale CCUS research sites globally with a state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities for CO2 capture, COsequestration, monitoring and validation.

The OITC is dedicated to delivering innovative research, products and services designed to improve the cost-effectiveness and demonstrate the environmental integrity of CCUS technologies and methodologies.

The infrastructure of the the OITC is ideal with the field testing of DAC technology providers.

With seven purpose-drilled wells for permanently monitoring the stored CO2. The OITC has maintained an operational safety record of zero lost time injury for more than 14 years making it ideally suited for DAC technology demonstration and development with geological storage.

Key benefits

The OITC infrastructure has been proven for a variety of research and demonstration projects and is ideal for DAC-CCUS pilot testing and demonstrating
Highly instrumented subsurface facilities; CO2 injection can commence within 6-9 months of project startup
Full operational support tailored to customer requirements
The OITC can support multiple DAC units with fully flexible operation, can be tailored for either short or long-term operation
Potential to support continuous DAC-CCU R&D in the future to increase carbon utilisation besides sequestration
Optimising DAC and CO2 sequestration operation to reduce the cost of DAC-CCS

Collaborate with CO2CRC

CO2CRC is actively looking for partners to explore DAC-CCUS at the Otway International Test Centre. If you would like to be involved in a a first of a kind demonstration contact us below:

Level 3, 289 Wellington Parade South, East Melbourne, VIC 3002 Australia 

+61 3 8595 9600

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