Creation date: October 18, 2017
Media over the world covered the launch of the CarbFix2 project, which received €2.2 million from EU's Horizon 2020 programme to test a ground-breaking technology that allows the extraction of CO2 from thin air and to permanently bury it underground in the form of a carbonate rock.
The project centres around one of the world's largest geothermal power plants in Hellisheidi, (Iceland). There, cleantech company Climeworks has installed a direct air capture (DAC) module to capture CO2 from ambient air. The greenhouse gas is then sent to more than 700 meters underground, where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock and forms solid minerals, creating a permanent storage solution.
CarbFix2 is a continuation of another EU-funded project, CarbFix, which was carried out in 2011-2014, and which laid the foundations for the carbon storage technology that is now being further tested.
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