First-ever DACC-A-THON student competition launched

Global CO2 Initiative is excited to share the successful launch of the first-ever DACC-A-THON student competition: A hackathon for direct air carbon capture.

GCI has partnered with the OpenAir Collective to create a yearly student competition in which teams optimize a direct air carbon capture (DACC) device. Students will begin with a base DACC device and improve the device, and the winning device will be shared as next year’s base DACC device. We hope that this event will inspire students to get involved in the CCUS field and provide them with the skills necessary to help the world meet its climate goals.

Our inaugural competition, Season 0, has 4 teams of U-M students working to maximize the amount of CO2 removed while minimizing energy use. This year’s teams will be working with the CYAN device, designed by OpenAir’s Dahl Winters, which uses a carbonation reaction to remove CO2 from the air. The students will be working to maximize the amount of CO2 removed while minimizing energy use. Their work will be summarized in a report which expert judges will review. GCI will provide updates in our newsletter.

Feel free to reach out to Lucca Henrion (lhenrion@umich.edu) or Alex Rees (avrees@umich.edu) for any questions or suggestions about the DACC-A-THON.