MONTRÉAL and UTRECHT (December 19, 2023) — Deep Sky, a Montreal-based gigaton-scale carbon removal project developer, and ReCarbn, a Netherlands-based DAC company, have partnered to deploy carbon removal technology in Canada. ReCarbn will deliver and install a DAC unit with the capacity to remove 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
As the world’s first gigaton-scale carbon removal company, Deep Sky will operate a DAC system from ReCarbn as part of its Alpha Lab test facility. The system will be located in Quebec in 2024 and will tap into the region’s vast reserves of renewable hydroelectric energy.
ReCarbn technology uses a circulating solid sorbent mechanism, which reduces the energy consumption needed. ReCarbn circulates the sorbent between reactors to reduce energy consumption and boost productivity compared to conventional fixed bed technologies. These unique features of ReCarbn’s direct air capture product set it apart from others in the market.
Once in operation, the partners will monitor the performance of the DAC unit at Deep Sky’s Alpha facility. Data will be collected on the performance of the unit in terms of carbon dioxide removal (CDR), energy consumption, and more. Together, the partners aim to validate the technology for commercial deployment in Canada as part of Deep Sky’s mission to develop Canada into a world-leading hub for carbon removal.
“Deep Sky continues to gather the top DAC technology providers in the world,” said Damien Steel, Deep Sky CEO. “ReCarbn’s unique use of a circulating solid sorbent mechanism reduces the energy consumption needed, which is a key differentiator we look for in all of our partnerships. With the addition of ReCarbn’s tech at our Alpha Lab facility in Canada, we’re one step closer to commercialized carbon removal at scale.”
“ReCarbn aims to accelerate the development of Direct Air Capture and shares a goal with Deep Sky to ultimately remove gigatons of CO₂ from the atmosphere,” said Guus Dubbink, ReCarbn CEO. “Our partnership is a natural fit. Deep Sky specializes in on-the-ground project development, which requires specific expertise and local insights. This enables ReCarbn to focus on our main objective: further improving our technology. We love to see project developers like Deep Sky make an immediate impact, as this is what the Direct Air Capture industry needs to grow.”
Together, Deep Sky and ReCarbn are committed to developing and deploying cutting-edge carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. High-quality CDR is essential for achieving net zero emissions goals and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Powered by renewable energy, Deep Sky’s facilities are strategically located in Quebec, a region with an abundance of hydroelectric power, immense wind power potential and a vast territory with the rich geological makeup required for carbon capture.
Montreal-based Deep Sky is the world’s first gigaton-scale carbon removal company, removing billions of tons of carbon from the atmosphere and permanently storing it underground. As a project developer, Deep Sky brings together the most promising direct air and ocean carbon capture companies under one roof to bring the largest supply of high quality carbon credits to the market and commercialize carbon removal and storage solutions like never before. With $75M in funding, Deep Sky is backed by world class investors including Investissement Québec, Brightspark Ventures, Whitecap Venture Partners, OMERS Ventures, BDC Climate Fund, and more. For more information, visit deepskyclimate.com.
ReCarbn is developing Direct Air Capture technology that is affordable and easily scalable, with the potential to remove gigatons of CO₂ from the atmosphere. The technology stems from over a decade of research by Professor Wim Brilman at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. This research has yielded a pilot plant with a capacity of 3.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, developed as part of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation funding programme. ReCarbn has successfully transitioned from its roots to an independent entity as an official university spin-off, backed by venture capital fund OostNL and the Dutch government (Netherlands Enterprise Agency). For more information, visit www.recarbn.eu.