Evaluating Direct Air Capture Technologies with PLEXOS

The Department of Energy’s (DOEs) Office of Fossil and Energy Carbon Management (FECM) is charged with Federal research, development and demonstration efforts on advancing technologies to meet the United States’ climate goals and minimizing the environmental impacts for fossil fuel use. One of their duties in order to support their mission is to remove carbon dioxide from power plants, industrial facilities, and the atmosphere utilizing DAC.

In recent years, carbon capture and storage (CCS) from the atmosphere has become an emerging research area for the office as they take steps to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. 

The U.S. government has provided funding and asked Kislear’s team to investigate direct air capture and its challenges.

The Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management uses capacity expansion modeling to plan and implement advanced technology like DAC. While its systems often focus on long-term efforts over the next 20 to 30 years, the office needed a shorter-term modeling tool to observe production cost.

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