Can buildings capture CO2 from the air? Yes. At Soletair Power, we develop modular onsite CO2-capturing technologies for property owners to offset their buildings’ overall carbon emissions. Captured CO2 is mineralized into concrete resulting in permanent storage. The system also supplies CO2-lean air for the building residents which improves productivity and well-being. Our plug-and-play systems can operate in a low-heat environment inside buildings or on office premises. This technology enhances the energy efficiency of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and also offers a myriad of financial, environmental, and comfort-related benefits.
Benefits of retrofitting buildings with Soletair Power Direct Air Capture technology
The implementation of onsite carbon capture technology with built-in smart energy-efficient systems significantly slashes HVAC energy consumption. By optimizing the use of energy resources, buildings can operate more effectively, reducing the strain on the grid and lowering energy costs. This decreases operational expenses.
The financial advantages of retrofitting buildings with onsite negative emission technology are substantial. The property values increase, and the developer can leverage the potential sustainability incentives and obtain a strong return on investment (ROI). This is particularly significant for building owners and managers who seek to reduce their carbon footprint, sustainably and profitably.
Furthermore, the environmental impact of retrofitting buildings with onsite negative emission technology is considerable. By capturing CO2 from the air, reducing emissions, conserving resources, and aligning with eco-friendly practices, buildings can contribute to sustainability goals and help mitigate the effects of climate change. This is especially relevant in urban areas, where buildings account for a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions.
Enhanced air quality, reduced CO2 levels indoors, and regulated temperatures create a healthier, comfortable, and more productive indoor environment. This leads to increased satisfaction and well-being for building occupants, ultimately contributing to improved performance and overall quality of life.
Lastly, the extended lifespan of existing HVAC systems is a significant advantage of retrofitting buildings with onsite negative emission technology. By upgrading to more efficient systems, the need for premature renovations or costly demolitions is reduced, extending the life of the building and minimizing waste. This saves resources, and reduces the environmental impact of new construction.
Retrofitting buildings with distributed direct air capture systems will scale the deployment of carbon capture. Now in 2024, investment is picking up in carbon capture and removal, building off America’s comparatively large spending compared with the rest of the world. The Inflation Reduction Act makes tax benefits much more generous. Investors can get a $180 per ton credit for removing carbon from the air and storing it underground, for example. The EPA is considering dozens of applications for wells that can store carbon. And in places like Louisiana and North Dakota, local leaders are fighting to attract projects and investment. California has an ambitious climate plan that incorporates carbon capture and removing carbon directly out of the air.
Retrofitting building HVAC systems with onsite carbon capture negative emission technology offers a multitude of benefits, ranging from energy efficiency and financial advantages to environmental sustainability and improved occupant comfort. By investing in this innovative solution, building owners and managers can reduce their carbon footprint and be a part of the broad deployment of distributed DAC as a sustainable practice. Buildings can be a part of the fight against climate change and the direct air capture technology with permanent storage will be a significant part alongside reducing energy use and the rolling out of renewable electricity as we all work together to reach net zero.