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The Hope for Our Climate is Underway in Iceland


It seems that all we hear about, is how damaging our actions are, but not what we are doing to try and fix it. Well, we are trying to fix it and, the good news is, this new project has the potential to boost the Climate fight! 


Climeworks continues to make large-scale carbon dioxide removal a reality with the rapid construction of its new direct air capture and storage plant Orca. 

  1. Orca sets high standards for the emerging carbon dioxide removal industry by providing accessible, fully measurable and permanent CO2 removal 

  2. The construction on Orca has begun and will be finalized in spring 2021: the modular design of Climeworks’ CO2 collectors makes it possible to implement large-scale industrial constructions at speed 

  3. First pictures from the construction site below, show progress… 



“Orca” is the name of Climeworks’ new direct air capture plant in Iceland. It will take carbon dioxide removal to the next level: it combines Climeworks’ direct air capture technology with the underground storage of carbon dioxide provided by Carbfix on a much larger scale, capturing 4’000 tons of CO2 per year. 

In addition to emissions reduction efforts, which prevent new CO2 from entering the atmosphere, climate scientists agree that removing historic emissions is crucial to limit global warming to 1.5°C. 

To restore a healthy balance of CO2 in the atmosphere, pure carbon dioxide removal solutions are needed at large scale. By providing accessible, permanent and fully measurable CO2removal, Orca sets high standards for the emerging carbon dioxide removal industry. 

Orca will permanently remove CO2 from the atmosphere on behalf of corporations or institutions as well as individuals. A unique subscription-based program enables anyone to join the innovative community of nearly 3’000 pioneers from 54 countries around the world who are already leading the way to a climate-positive world.

If you want to join, here’s the link –


By scaling up its direct air capture and storage technology, Climeworks is making a permanent CO2 removal solution more easily attainable. 



Due to the modular nature of the Climeworks technology it is possible to achieve short construction times, which will be a key enabler for scaling the technology in the future. The construction of Orca comprises two phases: phase one started in October and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. It includes the infrastructure and the foundation for the new generation of Climeworks’ CO2 collectors. Phase two involves the installation of the plant and machinery in Iceland and is expected to be finalized by spring 2021.  

Orca, once complete, will remove over 4’000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year, making it the largest direct air capture and storage plant to date. Orca is being built close to ON Power’s Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant in Iceland, meaning that all the energy required to run the direct air capture process at Orca will come from purely renewable sources. Underground storage of CO2 is performed by Carbfix.


Quote from Christoph Gebald, co-CEO and co-founder of Climeworks: “Breaking ground on the construction of Orca marks an exciting milestone for Climeworks and an important step in the fight against climate change. Climeworks’ new plant Orca demonstrates that scalable, pure carbon dioxide removal via direct air capture is possible. And we are excited to be a vital part in kickstarting the carbon dioxide removal industry.”



Climeworks empowers people to reverse climate change by permanently removing carbon dioxide from the air. 

One of two things happens to the Climeworks air-captured carbon dioxide: either it is returned to earth, stored safely and permanently away for millions of years, or it is upcycled into climate-friendly products such as carbon-neutral fuels and materials. The Climeworks direct air capture technology runs exclusively on clean energy, and the modular CO2 collectors can be stacked to build machines of any size. 

Founded by engineers Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, Climeworks strives to inspire 1 billion people to act now and remove carbon dioxide from the air.

Together we can build a climate-positive world. Join us! 

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