November 10, 2021 | Carbondale, IL
A student-led team from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale was awarded $250,000 from the Musk Foundation as one of 23 X-Prize winners. The team’s research is focused on capturing CO2 from the atmosphere through collected biomass followed by application of Thermaquatica’s patented OHD process to retain the organic carbon in liquid form. The carbon-rich liquid is then pumped into a deep sub-surface environment for permanent sequestration. Early research shows that deep underground microbes are consuming the liquid carbon mixture. This novel form of Direct Air Capture (DAC) relies on natural processes for capture, conversion, and storage of carbon.