The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced a $350,000 grant to support expansion of a Spokane Valley-based clean tech company that captures carbon emissions.
CarbonQuest Inc., headquartered in the city, has developed an innovative patent-pending technology called Building Carbon Capture System that can capture, separate, liquefy and store carbon that would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere when a large building is heated. The CO2 gas is converted to liquid that can be used for manufacturing of concrete blocks or used in wastewater treatment or in e-fuels. In Washington state, buildings are the second largest source of emissions behind transportation. CarbonQuest says buildings on average represent 70% of total emissions in cities.
CarbonQuest currently employs 12 people at its headquarters in Spokane Valley, with satellite offices in Seattle and New York. The $350,000 grant from the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund to Greater Spokane Incorporated will support CarbonQuest’s plans to significantly expand its office and lab space from its current 5,000 square foot space to 35,000-50,000 square feet. The clean tech startup hopes to grow to more than 100 well-paying jobs over time as demand grows alongside efforts to decarbonize the economy.
CarbonQuest takes its technology to NYC – Spokane Business Journal, Jan. 27, 2022