Carbon removal: Climeworks project in Iceland suffers setback due to harsh winter

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Climeworks is aiming to remove 4000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air per year with its Orca plant, but Arctic conditions have put the project behind schedule



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12 April 2022

Orca plant.

Climeworks’s Orca plant, which is designed to suck carbon dioxide from the air

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The world’s biggest facility for removing carbon dioxide directly from the air is running behind schedule in Iceland, after punishing Arctic conditions froze machinery and forced the Swiss company behind it to make modifications.

Launched in September 2021, the Climeworks “Orca” plant to the east of Reykjavik was hailed by Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir as a “milestone in the fight against climate change”.

The pioneering direct air capture (DAC) facility works by using geothermal energy to power …



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