Largest airborne CO2 capture plant launched in Iceland

UA plant capable of sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and petrifying it in rock was started on Wednesday near Reykjavik in Iceland, Swiss start-up Climeworks announced.

The factory called Orca, in reference to the Icelandic word “orka” meaning “energy”, can remove 4,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere per year, a still symbolic contribution for this pilot site to fight climate change.

The amount of CO2 captured over a year corresponds to emissions of approximately 1.75 million liters of gasoline, or the consumption of nearly 870 cars according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The facility, located near the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant near the Icelandic capital, consists of four units each consisting of two metal caissons, similar in appearance to containers used for shipping.

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