Microsoft to Launch a CarbonCapture Project in 2024

Mar 24, 2023
Updated • Mar 24, 2023

Microsoft wants to capture and remove more CO2 than its buildings produce

Microsoft is aware that it has plenty of buildings contributing to harmful emissions polluting our planet. To resolve this issue, it’s signed a new CarbonCapture contract to begin a project called Project Bison in 2024 that will hopefully capture and store CO2 below ground. By 2050, it wants to remove more of the gas than it releases.

This isn’t the first time we’re hearing about the desire for Microsoft to move towards greener solutions. It has so many data centers for its cloud computing, which is one of the main culprits for carbon emissions in the US. Now, it wants to become a solution more than a problem.

The goal is to capture CO2  from the surrounding air with a facility in Wyoming as a test. The equipment will draw the emissions in the air into the building, and then containers will store the gas underground. 

Now, I have two primary concerns about this project. While we don’t have too many details yet, I might be flying wildly off course here. Still, I’m a bit worried about the statement that it wants to remove more CO2 than it produced by 2030. From a biological and ecological standpoint, I hope this doesn’t include the version of the gas that plants and trees need and convert to oxygen for us. Carbon emissions is one thing, but Carbon Dioxide that plants need to survive is another. 

Perhaps just enough extraction to bring our planet to a healthy state again?

The other concern is the container plan. I mean, I don’t know how massive these containers are, but how much ground will Microsoft need to remove to have these storage facilities underground? Also, what is the long-term plan? Are they just going to keep stacking them forever?  

In any event, it’s nice to see that Microsoft is willing to do something about their emissions.


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  1. Shiva said on March 25, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Instead of being concerned about the plants that for them CO2 concentration is just the least of the problems among all the biotic and abiotic stresses that will arise (however very funny since at most Microsoft would like to compensate for its emissions), I would be concerned to delve into what is in between the terms carbon neutral and greenwashing.

    For your other questions you might try looking at some IEA, IRENA or IPCC reports. Or maybe there is also ChatGPI if you really are lazy. All online, free and especially helpful before writing an article.

    We will see if it is a serious project or a pebble in the pond.

    1. Someone said on March 25, 2023 at 6:08 pm

      yes !! lets ban the word “carbon” from schools and lets “mark” the people as facists, if they use it !
      Also lets ban all the people from their works, because its breathing and lets put robots instead.
      0 emmisions to everyone. Stop the humans being. Destroy the humans !

      Nice “1984” from G. Orwell novel, we will have ! Have an nice day ;)
      (just an friend, and I’m not an facist, either)…

      1. Shiva said on March 26, 2023 at 10:11 am

        On the contrary, I would suggest studying it better. And greenwashing is a term to describe a company (and for marketing now all companies call themselves ‘environmentally friendly’) that then in practice is not so ‘clean’. Or perhaps to certify itself as such it may resort to compensation schemes by purchasing clean credits.

        One could have written about the technology used (which has limitations) and other alternatives to achieve the same goal, the big companies and the cleverness they implement on the above topic and more.

        If I read instead that one is concerned about CO2 and plants and these other questions, one just has no idea about the big picture, about the technologies to mitigate and frankly about the troubles that will rain sooner or later.

      2. Someone said on March 26, 2023 at 8:59 pm

        if you think that I dont like ecology and microsoft in generall, i’m an person that loves guitars/electronic music, and all general electronic tech, has an big recycle movement on the past, and so, I’m more green than other persons. Also I dont like driving :) plus this is eco-friendly of course. Thanks for this article that you posted, also. My thoughts for zero emmisions, was that if companies like Microsoft has so anxiety about enviroment, might want to search better about what every day people thinking, than what goverments want to do. Again, have an nice time.

  2. Anonymous said on March 25, 2023 at 6:04 am

    Don’t worry about “removing more CO2 than it produces”. Humanity as a whole has been adding way more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, mainly from burning fossil fuels, than what current carbon capture technologies are able to pull back out. And no, we won’t run out of carbon dioxide for plants; they did just fine before the Industrial Revolution, after all.

    As for where they’re gonna put what they do capture, I haven’t read up on Microsoft’s project, but it’s common to put this into old oil and gas wells, and I’d imagine there are a number of these in Wyoming.

  3. Someone said on March 24, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    emissions, emissions… well, ecology is good thing, but when BIG boys going on the main stage, for “saving the planet”, things became more fake than it seems.. we will see.

    1. Deep_Fried_Desk said on March 25, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      The “big boys” love to run their mouth about ecology and protecting the environment and mostly making us peasants do it while they fly around in their private jets contributing to the contamination.

      Super awesome double standards.

      1. Someone said on March 25, 2023 at 6:03 pm

        you forgot about the millions-supercars from stars of Hollywood, and rockstars/bands on tour :)

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