Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Science & Technology: Geothermal Powered Carbon Capture Plant Operating at Hellisheidi

Climeworks flicks switch on 'world first' atmospheric carbon capture plant (Business Green)

Just months after launching a groundbreaking commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich, Swiss Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) pioneers Climeworks today announced another world first in the form of a facility that will capture carbon dioxide directly from the air and store it underground.

Climeworks has partnered with Reykjavik Energy to open the first working pilot combining direct air capture of carbon dioxide with underground, permanent storage - a system it claims can provide an economically viable and scalable way to prevent dangerous global warming.

Sited at an existing geothermal power plant in Iceland and running as part of the CarbFix2 project, the Climeworks system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground, where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.

The technology is powered by the clean heat from the Hellisheidi geothermal plant, the company said.

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