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DAC Pre-Commercial EPIC Prize

Regional incubators develop creative and impactful plans to support entrepreneurs and innovators in the direct air capture (DAC) space.
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The Direct Air Capture (DAC) Pre-Commercial Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize awards cash prizes to regional incubator teams that submit creative and impactful plans to support entrepreneurs and innovators in the DAC space and create meaningful community engagement. It aims to support both emerging and established direct air capture incubators and accelerators in implementing those plans to develop strong clusters, resources, and connections for energy startups and entrepreneurs.

The DAC Pre-Commercial EPIC Prize follows the structure of the original EPIC Prize, created by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions, but applies a carbon capture focus to the competition. Teams win increasingly larger prizes as they make the most progress and impact over the course of three phases: Design It, Move It, and Prove It. 

Further details on the prize are forthcoming. Check back here for more details soon. 

 

Part of the DAC Prizes Suite

The DAC Pre-Commercial EPIC Prize is one of three interconnected competitions in the American-Made DAC Prize program. The DAC Prizes are a suite of prizes that work together to advance carbon dioxide removal technologies and the incubators that make this process possible. 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, the DAC Prizes offer up to $100 million split among three prizes: the DAC Pre-Commercial EPIC Prize, the DAC Pre-Commercial Prize, and the DAC Commercial Prize.

Learn more about the DAC Prizes and how each prize works. 

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