In a major move towards curbing climate change and bring about a positive impact, Climework is working on Orca which will make large scale carbon dioxide a reality. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).
Orca, the beginning of a change
“Orca” is the name of Climeworks’ new direct air capture plant in Iceland. It will take carbon dioxide removal to the next level: 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 er year. The construction of the project has just started which will comprise of two phases i.e., phase one started in October 2020 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. It includes the infrastructure and the foundation for the new generation of Climeworks’ CO² collectors. Phase two involves the installation of the plant and machinery in Iceland and is expected to be finalised by spring 2021.
According to the statement by Climeworks, "To restore a healthy balance of CO2 in the atmosphere, pure carbon dioxide removal solutions are needed at large scale. By providing accessible, permanent and fully measurable CO2 removal, Orca sets high standards for the emerging carbon dioxide removal industry.
Orca will permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere on behalf of corporations or institutions as well as individuals. A unique subscription-based program enables 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."
Orca is being built close to ON Power’s Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant in Iceland, meaning that all the energy required to run the direct air capture process at Orca will come from purely renewable sources. Underground storage of CO² is performed by Carbfix.
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