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Direct Air Capture (DAC) Pre-Commercial Technology Prize

Open Date:

12/13/2022

Close Date:

9/26/2023

Upcoming Milestones:

Phase 1 'Develop' opened March 9, 2023, 9:01 a.m. PST and closes Sept. 26, 2023, 2 a.m. PDT.

Phase 2 'Design' opens November 14, 2023, 5 a.m. PST and closes July 1, 2024, 2 a.m. PDT. Only Phase 1 winners can compete for Phase 2.

Phase 3 'Deliver' opens September 10, 2024, 5 a.m. PDT and closes July 17, 2025, 2 a.m. PDT. Only Phase 2 winners can compete for Phase 3.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Cooperative
  • Educational Institution
  • General Public
  • Local Government
  • Native/Tribal Entity
  • Non-profit
  • Private Sector
  • State Government

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Environmental Clean-up
  • Health and Safety
  • Technical Assistance

Reserved for Energy
Communities?

No

Bureau/Office

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy

Overview

The Direct Air Capture (DAC) Pre-Commercial Technology Prize awards up to $3.2 million in cash prizes and $800,000 in technical assistance vouchers to teams that identify a critical need in the DAC industry, develop a solution to address this gap, and test the idea to a degree of scale. It focuses on the steps of ideation and entrepreneurship needed to prepare technologies and businesses for commercialization.

The DAC Pre-Commercial Technology Prize (DAC Technology Prize) is part of a suite of interconnected competitions in the American-Made DAC Prize program. Understanding that there are several steps to move from an idea to a marketable product, the DAC Prizes are a suite of prizes that work together to advance carbon dioxide removal technologies and the incubators that make this process possible.

Direct air capture is technically challenging compared to other carbon capture systems, which prevent the release of additional emissions. However, it is an increasingly important tool in counterbalancing hard-to-decarbonize sectors. Because of this, the DAC Technology Prize focuses on developing DAC technology innovations, such as novel materials or systems integration, that will accelerate opportunities and successes in the industry.

Who Can Compete? Competitors or teams who meet eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply to the initial phase of the prize. Diverse, multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged; competitors interested in collaborating can connect on HeroX on the “Teams” page.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Direct Award
Total Amount Available:
$4000000.00
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:
11

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

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