Orca

Orca is Climeworks' new large-scale carbon dioxide removal plant in Iceland

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Capture capacity

Up to 4’000 tons of CO₂ per year

Orca
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2017
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2021
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20'000
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The world’s largest climate-positive direct air capture plant: Orca!

From vision to reality: on the 8th of September 2021, we launched Orca, the world’s first and largest climate-positive direct air capture and storage plant, making direct air capture and storage a reality.

We improved the capture capacity of Orca by applying a new technology design. The facility consists of eight collector containers, with an annual capture capacity of 500 tons each. The containers are arranged around a central process hall that accommodates all electrics, such as the processing unit, allowing us to operate and control the facility from afar.  

The heat and electricity required to run the direct air capture process is supplied by the Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant. An important aspect was that Orca is smoothly integrated into the beautiful Icelandic landscape. We therefore chose earthy colours and natural materials that give it a natural touch. 

Status
Operational
Date
September 2021
Goal
Significant scale-up of Climeworks’ carbon dioxide removal capacity

The virtual tour of the Orca plant

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Nathalie Casas, Head of Technology at Climeworks
Nathalie Casas, Head of Technology at Climeworks
«Orca is Climeworks’ biggest facility to date. We are grateful for the pioneers that enabled us to increase the carbon dioxide removal capacity in Iceland. This facility demonstrates that carbon dioxide removal on a large scale is both possible and necessary.»

Orca in the news

What The Economist says
Shortly after 6pm on September 9th, the Orca carbon-capture plant, just outside Reykjavik in Iceland, switched on its fans and began sucking carbon dioxide from the air.

Read what: Reuters says
The world's largest plant that sucks carbon dioxide directly from the air and deposits it underground is due to start operating on Wednesday, the company behind the nascent green technology said.

What the The Financial Times says
The start-up behind the world’s biggest direct carbon capture plant said it would build a much larger facility in the next few years that would permanently remove millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.