This technology consists of capturing CO2 directly in the air using a high-power fan, which is visible on the Pléiades Neo image. The air passes over thin plastic surfaces which a non-toxic potassium hydroxide solution circulates to trap the CO2 molecules in the form of carbonate salt.
Captured atmospheric CO2 is either safely and permanently stored in geological reservoirs or used to produce sustainable aviation fuel.
Satellite imagery supports sustainable solutions by mapping and monitoring human practices and supporting the new economy innovations. The Pléiades Neo image thus places this prototype in a geographical and historical repository while awaiting its proliferation in other places around the world.
Airbus encourages the development and deployment of direct air capture technology, among a number of technological pathways in support of the aviation industry’s decarbonisation ambitions. In November 2022, Airbus invested in Carbon Engineering Ltd., a Canadian-based climate solutions company, operating the largest Direct Air Carbon Capture (DACC) Research & Development facility in the world.
The Pléiades Neo image provides detailed information about the environment surrounding the research center. The facility is located at the mouth of the Squamish River between the commercial port and the docking area for driftwood. At the foot of the research center, beaches and a recreation area are being developed.