Mission Zero turns on UK’s first DAC to support SAF production
Carbon removal technology developer Mission Zero Technologies (MZT) announced that it has turned on the first Direct Air Capture (DAC) system in UK.
The remotely-operated electrochemical plant will recover 50 tonnes of high-purity CO2 from the atmosphere using water and solar electricity generated on Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) site.
TERC will use the CO2 to validate the end-to-end production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from atmospheric carbon.
The centre’s goal is to certify this fuel so that it can be rapidly scaled to decarbonise UK aviation.
One of only two commercially-financed DAC systems operational in the world, the plant was sold to the University of Sheffield’s Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC), a world-leading zero-carbon energy research institution.
The deployment is an important step for scaling DAC, recognised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a critical technology for humanity to meet its 1.5C obligations.