The Quartz project is a pilot product by the energy firm Climeworks put forward as a solution of achieving the 2o C emission target by EU. The carbon capture plant would mimic the natural process of carbon filtering and locking — photosynthesis — utilized by plants in nature and will demonstrate a safe, economically-viable and highly scalable carbon removal technology.
The utility has begun operational testing for a pilot greenhouse project in Zurich Switzerland, with the ambitious plan of offering a way removing 900 tonnes of carbon from ambient air, and solutions to unlocking a negative emissions future.
The commercially viable Direct air capture plant would scrub CO2 from the atmosphere through a one step process known by Climeworks as cyclic absorption- desorption process.
The first of it kind, the commercial pilot plant would scrub carbon from the atmosphere around area of installation, releasing Oxygen into the atmosphere; and serving as a one of the very few artificial processes with negative emissions.
CarbFix2 is a joint project partly funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and led by Iceland’s multi-utility company Reykjavik Energy. The collaborative research project centres around one of the world’s largest geothermal power plants in Hellisheidi, Iceland, where CO2 is currently injected and mineralized at an industrial scale.
The DAC module installed on site will first capture CO2 from ambient air; which bind to its filter. The saturated filter is heated by low-grade waste heat and mixed with water.
The carbonated water used as feedstock for the green house plants, or pumped underground, reacted with basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.
“The potential of scaling-up our technology in combination with CO2 storage, is enormous. Not only here in Iceland but also in numerous other regions which have similar rock formations. Our plan is to offer carbon removal to individuals, corporates and organizations as a means to reverse their non-avoidable carbon emissions,” said Christoph Gebald, Founder and CEO at Climeworks.
basaltic bedrock : Photo by Arni Saeberg
Climeworks DAC installed pilot captures CO2 from ambient air for permanent storage underground, thus creating a carbon removal solution which some scientific studies indicate is essential to achieving the two-degree climate target.