Project Hajar, a collaboration between Mission Zero Technologies and 44.01, wins the $1M XPRIZE Carbon Removal Milestone Award

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE). in history worth $100 million, funded by entrepreneur Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation.

Project Hajar combines two complementary technologies to release gigatons of CO2 Distance in the Al-Hajar Mountains of the Sultanate of Oman. The project, intended to be powered entirely by renewable energy, combines MZT’s proprietary direct air capture (DAC) electrochemical technology with 44.01’s permanent sequestration capabilities over mineralization in peridotite formations. CO2 is energy-efficiently collected from the air and then transferred to the subsurface peridotite – a mineral that is frequently analyzed for its CO2 Mineralizing potential and naturally abundant in Oman’s geology. Here, the natural weathering process is enhanced by the fastest mineral carbonation rates ever demonstrated in the area to achieve demonstrable and permanent carbon removal.

“Following the IPCC’s recent assertion that carbon removal is now necessary to meet our global climate goals, we are thrilled that XPRIZE has identified Project Hajar as a solution with the potential to scale up and have a significant impact achieve,” said Karan Khimji, co-founder and CCO as of 01/44. “The prize money will enable us to realize our vision for the Hajar project. The hard work starts now.”

Over 1,100 teams from around the world have registered for the competition and nearly 300 eligible projects were submitted for the Milestone Awards earlier this year. This required the teams to provide technical demonstrations of their proposed solutions at each scale and to project the economics and life cycle analysis for the implementation of their approach at both 1000 ton/year and megaton scales. 68 experts have been assigned to screen applications targeting approaches in four broad categories: Direct Air Capture (DAC), Ocean Based Solutions, Land Based Solutions and Mineralization – the Hajar Project includes both DAC and Mineralization (DACM). The shortlisted applications were then evaluated in detail by the 12 competition experts, who selected the 15 Milestone award winners.

“After a year, we are already seeing the positive impact of the award: hundreds of groups are working on a wide range of promising CO2 removal solutions. Not just ideas, but development and deployment plans, and that’s what we need. The pace and depth of carbon removal initiatives and other critical climate solutions has never been greater, but we still need more – more and deeper emissions reductions and more reliable, validated carbon removal solutions. That’s why we created this award in the first place,” explained Dr. Marcius Extavour, Senior Scientist and Vice President for Climate and Environment at XPRIZE.

The $80 million XPRIZE Carbon Removal Competition Grand Prize Pool is scheduled to be awarded in 2025 and will require all eligible teams to have delivered 1000 tonnes of verified carbon removal. Accordingly, the first phase of the Hajar project expects an early 2024 commissioning date for at least 1000 tCO2/year CO2 removal with dedicated on-site renewable energy. The decentralization required for 44.01’s onshore peridotite mineralization operations combines well with MZT’s modular and heat-free DAC process in a DACM model that can be scaled across Oman and the wider peridotite-rich region. The Hajar Project is intended to be the first commercial scale implementation of the combined DAC and mineralization processes, with pilot projects to be completed in advance.

“We are incredibly excited and honored that Project Hajar has received this recognition from the XPRIZE team and judges. Scaling carbon removal internationally is critical and this is a fantastic incentive to get us going,” said Shiladitya Ghosh, co-founder and CPO of MZT. “However, we know that this is only one piece of the puzzle – many common approaches are required. We will do our part to ensure that the race for the main prize remains exciting.”

Winning this award is seen as a shining endorsement of the UK and Oman-led climate innovation potential, as well as a catalyst for the rapid growth of both startups to deliver Project Hajar on the required timeframe. MZT and 44.01 have previously received support from corporate thought leaders in this space like Stripe and Shopify and are now only going from strength to strength. Both companies have exciting career opportunities open and welcome discussions with device vendors, project partners and collaborators to scale and disseminate their DACM approach internationally.

About Project Hajar:

The Hajar Project is an integrated Direct Air Capture and Mineralization (DACM) project between MZT and 44.01 in Oman. It leverages MZT’s modular, heatless, and electrochemical DAC technology along with 44.01’s accelerated mineralization process to unlock the gigaton-scale carbon sequestration potential within the Al Hajar Mountains. Visit https://www.project-hajar.com/ to learn more.

About MZT:

Based in London, UK, Mission Zero Technologies is a young and exciting DAC startup with patent-pending breakthrough technology and a mission to close the carbon cycle. Since its inception in the summer of 2020 through the spin-off of Deep Science Ventures, the company has received various awards and has been on several shortlists, including the 2020 Diamond List. MZT is currently developing its first pilot project in collaboration with OCO Technology for a 2023 launch in Thetford , UK, and is planning a first commercial project, Project Hajar, with 44.01. Visit https://www.missionzero.tech to learn more.

Around 44.01

44.01 is a team of passionate and committed environmentalists who are more determined and motivated than ever to make a difference in the fight against climate change. Their innovative process permanently removes CO2 turning it to stone and preventing it from being released into the atmosphere again and again. 44.01 does this by enhancing a nature-based mineralization process and using renewable energy to absorb the captured CO2 in peridotite rock. The climate crisis requires immediate attention and it is 44.01’s goal to have a positive global impact on the environment, people and society through the mineralization of gigatons of CO2 by 2040. Visit https://4401.earth to learn more.

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