World largest direct air carbon capture plant

World largest direct air carbon capture plant in Iceland

World largest direct air carbon capture plant
Swiss company Climeworks launched Orca, the world’s largest direct air capture and storage plant that permanently removes CO2 from the air.
The plant, named Orca, after the Icelandic word “orka” meaning “energy”.
The plant is located in proximity to the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant by ON Power near Reykjavik, Iceland.

Highlights :

  • The world’s largest plant that can directly suck in Carbon Dioxide from the air has started operating in Iceland.
  • The plant in Iceland will be able to capture up to 4,000 tons of Carbon dioxide per year that equates to the emissions from about 870 cars.
  • It will employ high-tech filters and fans to extract carbon dioxide directly from the air.

About Orca’s construction :

  • The construction of Orca started in May 2020 and is based on advanced modular technology.
  • These units are powerful and compact with minimal physical footprint.
  • This has made it possible for Orca to be operational in under 15 months.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, that equates to the emissions from about 870 cars. The plant cost between US$10 and 15m to build, Bloomberg
There are currently 15 direct air capture plants operating worldwide, capturing more than 9,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, according to the IEA.

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World largest direct air carbon capture plant

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