Operating the world's largest carbon absorption machine in Iceland

The world's largest carbon capture machine billed as a tool to reduce climate change in Iceland, has been launched at a cost of $ 15 million, which was built by Zurich-based company Climeworks at the Hellisheiði power plant in Iceland.


The machine, called Orca, will capture 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually as part of efforts to reduce levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, equivalent to the annual emissions of about 790 cars.


Orca consists of a range of mineral air purifiers that absorb carbon dioxide from the surrounding air, before extracting it using a chemical filter, and then storing the carbon dioxide underground, reducing the number of greenhouse gases that reach the atmosphere.


The gas can be stored permanently in deep geological formations, or used to make fuels, chemicals, building materials, and other products.


Jan Forzbacher, co-CEO, and co-founder of Climeworks said, Orca had delivered a scalable, flexible, and repeatable blueprint.


Forzbacher said, achieving net-zero emissions globally is still a long way to go, but with Orca, we believe Climeworks has taken an important step closer to achieving this goal.

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