Iceland’s Orca Plant Captures Carbon From Air, Turns It Into Rock

Sept. 13, 2021
Orca can suck 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide out of the air every year.

A new plant can suck the equivalent of 870 cars’ worth of emissions from the air every year, according to an article from The Guardian. Iceland’s Orca plant is reportedly the world’s largest with the ability to suck 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the air annually and inject it deep into the ground where it is mineralized.

The plant is the work of Switzerland’s Climeworks and Iceland’s Carbfix. According to The Guardian, it consists of four units, each made up two metal boxes resembling shipping containers. Fans draw air into a collector with filter material inside where it is heated; highly concentrated CO2 gas is collected, mixed with water and injected into basalt rock. The plant reportedly cost between $10M and $15M to build.

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