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NY Times on Iceland’s CarbonFix project

Well heads at Hellisheidi power plant of Reykjavik Energy (source: flickr/thinkgeonergy, creative commons)
Francisco Rojas 10 Feb 2015

The New York Times covers CarbFix and the ambitious project to try to capture CO2 underground and help fight global warming.

Following our earlier coverage on Carbon capturing technology, the New York Times newspaper has recently covered CarbFix, the pilot program operating at Iceland’s Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Station with the help of the University of Iceland.

In essence, the main aim is to capture carbon dioxide generated by the power plant, combine it with water and then reinject it underground, were it will react with the underground materials and turn into calcite, potentially giving thermal plants the ability to reduce or eliminate green house gas emissions.

The project happening in Iceland is by no means the only one, but according to the NYT, “The CarbFix project differs from this conventional approach by using water along with carbon dioxide, and by injecting them into volcanic rocks. The technique is designed to exploit the ability of CO2 to react with the rocks and turn into solid minerals.”

The main issue at the moment is that this process results in high costs, and may not be the most attractive solution. Regardless, this is a research that could yield great results for the energy sector worldwide.

The NYT also posted a very interesting video in the article worth watching.

To read the full article and watch the video, please follow the link below:

Source: New York Times