As you’re reading this, a power plant in Iceland and a waste recovery facility in Switzerland are sucking CO2 from ambient air and selling it to other businesses. The plant in Iceland even claims to be the first in the world with negative emissions. Behind both projects is a technology developed by the Swiss company Climeworks.
Climeworks, founded in 2010 by two mechanical engineers, has developed a CO2 collector with a novel CO2 filter, that has already been deployed commercially in several world firsts.
Able to manufacture plants that are modular, scalable, and can be located independently of emission sources, Climeworks is ready to be one of, hopefully, many commercial and technological solutions that will help meet climate targets. In fact, the company’s mission is “to capture 1% of global emissions by 2025.”
Climeworks founders Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher in front of a CO2 capture module in Switzerland / Credit: Climeworks
Earlier this year, Climeworks technology was used for the first time in a waste recovery facility in Switzerland. The carbon capture system is powered with the waste heat of the plant and the 900 tonnes of CO2 captured annually are sold to a nearby greenhouse.
CO2 is a valuable agricultural fertiliser that can increase the growth of vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers by up to 20 per cent. Before the installation of the new technology, a truck had to cover large distances to fill up…
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