Meet the fossil fuel-funded startup attempting to take CO2 out of the ocean

A rendering of a water filtration system that sits atop a platform in the ocean.
A rendering of what a big “direct ocean seize” plant from Captura may appear like. | Picture: Caltech

An audacious new effort to drag carbon dioxide out of the Pacific Ocean as a method to combat local weather change is being backed by fossil gas giants and Large Tech. However the nascent expertise, referred to as “direct ocean seize” (DOC), nonetheless has an extended method to go to show that it really works — and that it gained’t trigger any new issues.

Caltech researchers based the startup Captura, which simply introduced a brand new mission at present. Captura was based in 2021 and gained a $1 million award from Elon Musk’s XPrize competitors the next yr. Now, with funding from the US’s largest gasoline utility, Captura’s organising its largest pilot mission but on the Port of Los Angeles.

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