First plant that captures CO2 and transforms it into rock/Primera planta que captura el CO2 y lo transforma en roca

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We have already mentioned that some scientists believe that, even if we stop emitting carbon dioxide tomorrow, the consequences of climate change will not stop due to the large amount of CO2 that has already accumulated in the atmosphere, which is why it is necessary not to not only stop emitting but also remove the existing CO2.

Ya hemos comentado alguna vez que algunos científicos opinan que, incluso dejando de emitir dióxido de carbono mañana mismo, las consecuencias del cambio climático no se detendrán debido a la gran cantidad de CO2 que ya se ha acumulado en la atmósfera, por ello es preciso no solo dejar de emitir sino retirar el CO2 existente.

There are several projects in development for this purpose but the Swiss company Climework has inaugurated the first viable plant in the world that collects carbon dioxide from the environment and traps it underground, which currently removes 4,000 tons of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent to the emissions of nine hundred gasoline cars.

Existen varios proyectos en desarrollo para este fin pero la compañía suiza Climework ha inaugurado la primera planta viable en el mundo que recoge el dióxido de carbono del ambiente y lo atrapa bajo la tierra, que actualmente retira 4.000 toneladas de CO2 al año, que es el equivalente a las emisiones de novecientos automóviles de gasolina.

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Something similar to air conditioning units but the size of a container with a large number of fans placed on top of each other, which suck the air from the environment, capturing the carbon dioxide through filters, the resulting carbon dioxide is mixed with water and injected under earth under pressure where it will remain for millions of years.

Algo parecido a los aparatos de aire acondicionado pero del tamaño de un contenedor con un gran número de ventiladores colocados unos encima de otros, que aspiran el aire del ambiente capturando el dióxido de carbono mediante filtros, el obtenido se mezcla con agua y se inyecta bajo tierra a presión donde permanecerá durante millones de años.

The choice of Iceland as the place to build this plant is not coincidental. On the one hand, Iceland has a lot of volcanic activity and volcanoes are precisely one of the largest sources of emissions, on the other hand, the subsoil is composed mainly of basalts, which are volcanic porous rocks ideal for retaining CO2.

La elección de Islandia como lugar de construcción de esta planta no es casual, por un lado Islandia tiene mucha actividad volcánica y precisamente los volcanes son una de las mayores fuente de emisión, por otro lado el subsuelo está compuesto mayoritariamente de basaltos que son rocas volcánicas porosas ideales para retener el CO2.


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The company's plan is that in the future the large carbon dioxide-emitting industries in the world will hire its services to deposit their emissions in its facilities in Iceland to, in this way, reach the scale of gigatonnes removed because ultimately the atmosphere is the same for everyone and its pollution affects us all equally.

El plan de la compañía es que en un futuro las grandes industrias emisoras de dióxido de carbono del mundo contraten sus servicios para depositar sus emisiones en sus instalaciones de Islandia para, de esta manera, alcanzar la escala de gigatoneladas retiradas que al fin y al cabo la atmósfera es la misma para todos y su polución nos afecta a todos por igual.

What I like most about the solution is that it does not try to limit the emissions of companies, which would imply a significant cost of adaptation both in time and money, but that companies currently in operation can continue emitting and Climework will be in charge of removing the CO2 and bury it forever.

Lo que mas me gusta de la solución es que no intenta limitar las emisiones de las empresas lo que implicaría un coste importante de adaptación tanto en tiempo como en dinero, sino que las empresas actualmente en funcionamiento pueden seguir emitiendo y Climework se encargará de retirar el CO2 y enterrarlo para siempre.

More information/Más información
https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/climate-energy/how-icelands-carbfix-is-harnessing-power-turning-co2-into-stone-2023-10-30/

https://www.bbc.com/mundo/articles/c3gx8ze2ylmo

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Incredible. In my opinion, the way forward is to remove the CO2 from the atmosphere because it's impossible to reduce emissions significantly without greatly impacting our quality of life.

That's fascinating! It makes sense chemically to store it in basalts. I guess the big question is where are they getting the energy to run the units? Ideally geothermal would be great if it could produce enough the Icelandic vents.
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