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Climeworks and Svante collaborate in development and supply for direct air capture

Key take-aways:

  • Climeworks and Svante have signed a collaboration and supply agreement to further advance commercial-scale solutions for direct air capture.

  • Svante will provide Climeworks with contactor blocks incorporating first-of-its-kind filter technology.

  • Both companies agree to collaborate on three major CO₂ removal projects in a critical step toward developing direct air capture hubs in the U.S. capable of capturing megatons of CO₂.

Climeworks' Orca plant in Iceland, the world's first and to date largest direct air capture and storage facility.
Climeworks' Orca plant in Iceland, the world's first and to date largest direct air capture and storage facility in commercial operation, in collaboration with storage partner Carbfix.

Climeworks has signed a collaboration and supply agreement with Svante Technologies Inc. (Svante), a leading carbon capture and removal solutions provider. The companies agreed to jointly plan the supply of Svante’s contactor blocks for three major Climeworks projects, intending to lead to a commercial-scale supply agreement, whereby Climeworks would purchase Svante’s contactor blocks for its planned megaton direct air capturing hubs in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Energy selected Climeworks to develop three of these hubs, in Louisiana, California, and North Dakota, making the company eligible for a total of more than USD 600 million in government funding.

Combined forces for global carbon removal

The collaboration allows both partners to agree on intermediate goals, and to jointly proceed to the next phase of development. “Delivering large-scale direct air capture required us to approach this collaboration with flexibility on the development of project specifications while retaining rigorous accountability for the success of the overall project,” says Claude Letourneau, President and CEO of Svante. “We’ve been closely collaborating with Climeworks over the past three years, and because of that proximity, we felt comfortable entering into this kind of arrangement. The combination of our advanced technologies represents a significant step forward in the nascent direct air capture industry, playing a critical role in meeting the world’s net-zero ambitions.”

Svante is in the final stages of building its commercial filter manufacturing facility, The Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture and Removal, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Centre is equipped to supply both the industrial point source post-combustion carbon capture market and the direct air capture market. Svante has anticipated and prepared for the event where the agreement with Climeworks takes up a significant portion of the Centre’s capacity and has secured additional coating capacity with its partner, 3M. 

Best-in-class technology for Climeworks’ large-scale direct air capture projects

With the extended collaboration, Climeworks secures best-in-class technology supporting its scale-up journey. A crucial part of the direct air capture process involves filter material trapping CO₂ from the ambient air, and Svante’s filter technology will further enhance the performance of the carbon dioxide capturing process.

Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-CEO of Climeworks
We are focusing on the massive growth of our carbon removal technology to create climate impact. Svante is one of the key players in the ecosystem to support us in our journey to scale to a gigaton capacity.

About Svante

Svante is a purpose-driven, leading carbon capture and removal solutions provider. The Vancouver, Canada-based company manufactures nanoengineered filters and modular rotary contactor machines that capture and remove CO₂ from industrial emissions and the air in an environmentally responsible manner. Svante is on the 2024 Global Cleantech 100, the XPRIZE Foundation’s XB100 – World’s Top 100 Deep Tech Companies and was ranked second among private companies in the Corporate Knights’ Future 50 Fastest Growing Sustainable Companies. For more information, visit and follow Svante on LinkedIn at

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