Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture specialists Climeworks has begun operations at its direct air capture (DAC) and storage plant, Orca, the largest facility of its kind.
Capable of capturing 4,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the inauguration of Orca comes after the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) emphasised the need for immediate CO2 removal measures to be implemented.
Orca utilises modular and compact stackable container-size collector units, minimising the project’s carbon footprint while also allowing for straightforward replication at locations worldwide. The plant also runs fully on renewable energy, provided by ON Power’s Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant.
As carbon capture needs intensify and the project gains further interest from the market – indicated by partnerships with major players such as Microsoft and Swiss Re, Climeworks plans to increase its capture capacity ‘significantly’.
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