World’s Largest Carbon-Sucking Plant Starts Making Tiny Dent in Emissions

By Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir and Akshat Rathi

12 Sep 2021 · 5 min read

In Iceland's barren landscape, a new container-like structure has risen alongside plumes of steam near the Hellisheidi geothermal power plant. Its job is to undo some of the damage carbon-dioxide emissions are wrecking on the planet.

The facility, called Orca and built by Swiss startup Climeworks, will suck CO₂ out of the air. Icelandic startup Carbfix will then pump it deep into the ground, turning it into stone forever. Of the 16 installations Climeworks has built across Europe, Orca is the only one that permanently disposes of the CO₂ rather than recycling it.

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