The Direct Air Capture (DAC) Pre-Commercial Technology Prize is officially open! This prize, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, is now accepting submissions for innovative hard technology DAC solutions.

To compete for up to $3.2 million in cash prizes and $800,000 in technical assistance vouchers, innovator and entrepreneur teams must identify a critical need in the DAC industry, mature a breakthrough solution to address this gap, and test the idea to a specified degree of scale. 

Teams will win increasingly larger prizes as they successfully meet technology milestones over the course of three phases: Develop, Design, and Deliver. 

Learn more about the prize and how it fits into the suite of DAC Prizes. 

The deadline to apply for the first phase of the DAC Pre-Commercial Technology Prize is Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. EDT. Learn more about specific eligibility and submission requirements by reading the official DAC Pre-Commercial Technology Prize rules and following this HeroX channel for updates on the competition. 

Interested participants can join prize administrators for an informational webinar on May 16 at 3 p.m. ET for information about competition rules, eligibility, and more, as well as a live Q&A session. Register here