By presenting accessible, permanent, and fully measurable CO2 removal, Orca sets high standards for the developing carbon dioxide removal industry. Orca will permanently eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere on account of corporations, institutions and individuals.
FREMONT, CA: Climeworks, a Swiss company specializing in carbon dioxide air capture technology, announced Orca’s commencement, a new direct air capture plant in Iceland. It combines Climeworks’ direct air capture technology with the underground storage of carbon dioxide provided by Carbfix on a much larger scale, capturing 4000 tons of CO2 per year. Carbfix is a process that captures CO2 and other acid gases in water and then injects the water into the subsurface, where the gases are stored as stable minerals.
By scaling its direct air capture and storage technology, Climeworks makes a permanent CO2 removal solution more effortlessly attainable. “Breaking ground on the construction of Orca marks an exciting milestone for Climeworks and an important step in the fight against climate change,” Christoph Gebald, co-CEO and co-founder, Climeworks. “Climeworks’ new plant Orca demonstrates that scalable, pure carbon dioxide removal via direct air capture is possible. And we are excited to be a vital part in kickstarting the carbon dioxide removal industry.”
In addition to emissions reduction efforts, which stop new CO2 from entering the atmosphere, climate scientists agree that eliminating historic emissions is vital to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Pure carbon dioxide removal solutions are desired at a large scale to re-establish a healthy balance of CO2 in the atmosphere. By presenting accessible, permanent, and fully measurable CO2 removal, Orca sets high standards for the developing carbon dioxide removal industry. Orca will permanently eliminate CO2 from the atmosphere on account of corporations, institutions and individuals. A unique subscription-based program empowers anyone to join the innovative community of nearly 3000 pioneers from 54 countries around the world who are already leading the way to a climate-positive world.
The construction of the Orca will take six months and comprises two phases. Phase one began in October and is anticipated to be finished by the end of this year. It contains the infrastructure and the foundation for the new generation of Climeworks CO2 collectors. Phase two includes installing the plant and machinery in Iceland and is projected to be finalized by spring 2021. Owing to the modular nature of the Climeworks technology, it is likely to achieve short construction times, which will be a prime enabler for scaling the technology in the future.