Utilities Middle East
CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE GAINS MOMENTUM
A new $15mn plant that will take carbon dioxide from the air and permanently turn it into stone underground and mineralised for long-term storage could be a game changer in the drive to clean energy
Last month, it was announced that world’s first and largest climate-positive direct air capture and storage plant had begun operations in Iceland. Named ‘orca’, the plant was launched by Zurich-based carbon capture start-up company
The system safely removes CO2 from the air, mixes it with water, and then pumps it deep underground where it is trapped in stone through a natural mineralization process.
The newly inaugurated plant has the capacity of capturing 4000 tons of CO2 every year.
Located on a rural site east of reykjavik, and adjacent to hellisheiði geothermal power plant, Orca is composed of stacked collector units on concrete footings.
The $15mn Orca plant is the size of two