Ms. Figueres visits Hellisheidi Power Plant and learns about CarbFix

03.11.2014

Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), visited Hellisheidi Power Plant on November 1st in order to learn about CarbFix.

Páll Erland, Managing Director of ON, Hildigunnur Thorsteinsson, Managing Director of Research and Development at Reykjavik Energy and dr. Edda S.P. Aradóttir, Project Manager of CarbFix met with Ms. Figueres after she had specifically requested to receive an introduction to CarbFix and recent results obtained within the project during her visit to Iceland.

Ms. Figueres was very interested in the CarbFix injection method as it has been proven to result in immediate solubility storage of injected CO2 followed by between 80-90% mineral storage within only 1 year from injection, hence greatly increasing the safety of geological carbon storage compared to conventional supercritical storage of CO2. In the case of supercritical CO2 storage, solubility storage is generally believed to take ca. 100 years whereas mineral storage takes 10,000-100,000 years, if it occurs at all. 

In addition to be impressed by CarbFix, Figueres was also impressed by Iceland’s achievements when it comes to the nation’s carbon footprint from district heating. CO2 emissions due to district heating in Iceland have dropped down to near zero after the nation switched from coal based heating to direct use of geothermal energy for house heating.