Dimensional Energy Selected as $20M Finalist in Carbon X Prize

The Dimensional Energy reactor in Gillette, Wyoming. A radar and building sit in the background with the company's logo on it.

Dimensional Energy Selected as $20M Finalist in Carbon X Prize

Dimensional Energy—a Rev member startup capable of capturing carbon dioxide and harnessing sunlight to convert the CO2 it into useful products like liquid fuel for air or surface transportation—has been selected as one of two finalists in the $20 million Carbon X Prize competition. The winner of the contest will be announced this summer.

Dimensional Energy brought their pilot reactor to Gillette, Wyoming, last fall for a long stretch of scaled-up testing. The group successfully demonstrated their technology with a 10-ton per year scale proof-of-concept solar fuels reactor that can turn carbon dioxide into a carbon-neutral fuel.

Since then, Dimensional Energy’s pilot reactor was moved from Wyoming to its new home in Tucson, Arizona – where ample sunshine exists – for the finishing touches in research.

“We found that our conversion had percentage numbers that were high and successful, validating the whole process for the Carbon X Prize finals,” said Jason Salfi, CEO and co-founder of Dimensional Energy.  

“We have validated all the modeling we’d been doing for years, but now at a larger scale. The reaction ran as close to equilibrium conversion as we modeled the entire time – for about 10 weeks – without any degradation in catalytic performance. We got it done.”

Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle.