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Built by Swiss Climeworks and Icelandic Carbfix, the Orca plant can extract 4,000 tonnes of Co2 from the air each year.

The Orca plant in Iceland is the largest plant in the world that sucks Co2 from the air. Built by Swiss Climeworks and Icelandic Carbfix, the Orca plant can extract 4,000 tonnes of Co2 from the air each year.

Orca is derived from the Icelandic word “Orka” which means “energy”. The factory has four units, each consisting of 2 metal boxes similar to shipping containers. The factory uses fans to suck the Co2 into a collector with filter material. The collector closes once the filter material is filled with Co2. The temperature is raised to 80-100 degrees Celsius to release the Co2 from the material.

The high concentration Co2 is mixed with water, the mixture is then injected at a depth of 1000 meters into the nearby basalt rock for mineralization. According to Carbfix, the Co2-water mixture turns to stone in about two years and to sulfur hydride in four months.

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