The Regional Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hubs program will develop four domestic direct air capture hubs. Each will demonstrate a DAC technology or suite of technologies at a commercial scale with the potential for capturing at least 1 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually from the atmosphere. Once captured, the CO2 will be permanently stored in a geologic formation or converted into new products. Learn more.

Artist's rendering of a Direct Air Capture CO2 removal system.
Artist's rendering of a Direct Air Capture CO2 removal system.
National Energy Technology Laboratory

$3,500,000,000 in Funding

Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Regional DAC Hubs Program received a combined $3.5 billion to help accelerate the demonstration and deployment of direct air capture technologies, supporting efforts to create good-paying jobs, reduce pollution, and reinforce America’s global competitiveness in clean energy technologies.

Program Announcements

Find details about the program’s funding opportunity below and read about the latest updates on the Regional DAC Hubs Program here.

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Letters of Intent due

February 17, 2023

Full Applications due

March 13, 2023

Expected Timeframe for DOE Selection Notifications

August 2023

Expected Timeframe for Award Negotiations

2024

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Carbon dioxide removal is a critical tool for cleaning up legacy carbon pollution that is already causing significant climate change-related damage in the form of more intense storms, floods, and wildfires. This program provides transformative investments needed to scale up the commercial use of direct air capture technologies that can remove carbon dioxide, which will bring jobs to regions across the country and deliver a healthier climate for all Americans.

This DAC Hubs Program will demonstrate the capture, processing, delivery, and sequestration or end-use of captured carbon. The program will also create pathways to develop a regional or interregional carbon network to facilitate sequestration or carbon utilization.

Recognizing that DAC is a nascent technology, OCED will work to ensure that the DAC and carbon dioxide removal industries deliver community benefits and minimize negative impacts, while transparently and rigorously addressing carbon transport and durable storage topics.
 

Eligible Uses

Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit entities, for-profit entities, tribal nations, state and local governmental entities, incorporated consortia, and unincorporated consortia. Download the full funding opportunity for more information on eligibility.

A regional direct air capture hub that:

  • Facilitates the deployment of direct air capture projects;
  • Has the capacity to capture and sequester, utilize, or sequester and utilize at least 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually from a single unit or multiple interconnected units;
  • Demonstrates the capture, processing, delivery, and sequestration or end-use of captured carbon; and
  • Could be developed into a regional or interregional carbon network to facilitate sequestration or carbon utilization.

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