In Iceland, they launched a DAC system, capturing CO2 from the atmosphere

In recent years, CO2 a huge topic. We see this mainly in the violent promotion of electric cars, but it is far from just this area. E.g. The European Union’s Green Deal seeks to bring restrictions to almost every conceivable area of ​​gas production except breathing. But there are also projects Dacian (Direct Air Capture), which go to the problem from the opposite end and solve the consequence, not the cause. The aim is to remove CO2 from the air and store it in some harmless form. Several pilot projects already exist and have been launched in Iceland. We first informed about it at the end of 2017, however, the construction of the “factory” did not begin until May 2020. Among the supporters of the project are, for example, Microsoft, Shopify and more than 8000 people.

It is the fault of the company Climework and bears the name Orca. It uses the principle of CarbFix, which eliminates CO from the air2 and with the help of water it pumps it into the subsoil, where it mineralizes in less than two years in reaction with it. In terms of energy, it is supplied by a nearby geothermal power plant from ON Power and the result of the whole process gives negative emissions. Orca should remove and store about 4,000 tons of CO each year2. If we have to convert it into cars, it is the annual emissions of about 2,000 petrol cars with a consumption of 6 l / 100 km and a mileage of 14,000 km.

The world will not save it, but the project builds on a modular concept that allows for easy scaling. Climeworks would like to expand projects using this technology to remove one million tons of CO2 (1 Mt) by the end of this decade. However, to put this in context, global emissions of 31 to 33 Gt CO2 are being talked about for 2020. So it’s really just a tiny fraction.

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