An Iowa State University research team has won a $1 million award for its vision to remove carbon from the atmosphere. The ISU research team has developed a demonstration-scale pyrolyzer capable of sequestering thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year.
The milestone prize from XPRIZE provides $1 million to the carbon removal team at the Bioeconomy Institute to help advance its vision of using pyrolysis to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
XPRIZE announced 15 milestone awards on Friday to coincide with Earth Day, selecting the winners from a field of 1,133 teams seeking to combat climate change by finding innovative means of removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
The carbon removal team is also in the running for an even larger award from XPRIZE of up to $50 million that will be determined in 2025.
Read about all the award winners here.