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The purpose of direct air capture (DAC), commonly referred to as carbon capture, is to directly collect carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in order to lessen the consequences of climate change. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) of the United States Department of Energy has been working on this for a while. Currently, a startup business based in Knoxville named Holocene has been granted a license to further develop this technology, specifically a sustainable chemical intended for absorbing carbon from the air.According to Dr. Susan Hubbard, deputy for science and technology at ORNL, “ORNL is combating climate change by developing numerous technologies that reduce or eliminate emissions.” “But with billions of tons of carbon dioxide already in the air.

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