Direct Air Capture Feasibility Analysis – The Eight-Fold Path


Direct Air Capture media technology is becoming increasingly efficient in both the adsorption cycle and the desorption cycle – with even more exciting technologies on the horizon.  We can conservatively assume from the rapid advancements on this front that future DAC media technology and methods will surpass even the highest expectations and achieve untold efficiencies in carbon capture and release.  The larger macro-scale problems hampering wide-spread DAC deployment, however, remain formidable and the decisive criteria that will determine real-world success are EIGHT-FOLD:


⚡ ENERGY [I]

Can a particular DAC solution be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming without becoming a sink-hole of electrical energy capacity and is this energy carbon-neutral so as to not exacerbate the problem with the solution?


🏁 PRODUCTIVITY [II]

Can a particular DAC solution actually produce substantial outputs of captured anthropogenic atmospheric Carbon Dioxide in a form that can be readily sequestrated so as to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming?


🏆 FEASIBILITY [III]

Can a particular DAC solution be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming without drastic modifications to economic, manufacturing or social paradigms?


🦶 FOOTPRINT [IV]

Can a particular DAC solution be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming without a large and unbecoming footprint upon regional landscapes or cityscapes?


💯 LIFE-CYCLE [V]

Can a particular DAC solution be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming with a corresponding asset useful life that is consequential?  Are the fixed assets modular, upgradable and/or flexible in their deployment parameters so as to remain relevant and able to easily integrate process improvements and/or technology enhancements?


📉 ECONOMICS [VI]

Can a particular DAC solution be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming at a reasonable cost that does not require the diversion of whole percentages of world-wide GDP?


💰 MONETIZATION POTENTIAL [VII]

Can a particular DAC solution be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming and allow for possible non-contradictory monetization scenarios which would enhance scaling or deployment efforts?


🚀 SCALIBILITY [VIII]

Can a particular DAC solution actually be productively scaled to make a meaningful, large-scale carbon-negative impact on the problem of global warming at the Gigaton-Scale?