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New CarbFix paper out in GCA

New paper on the CarbFix project was just released in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta titled "Reaction path modelling of in-situ mineralisation of CO2 at the CarbFix site at Hellisheidi, SW-Iceland" and describes reaction path modelling of the CarbFix1 CO2-injections at Hellisheiði, at about 500 m depth and 30-50°C.

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Field visit from the S4CE project

Yesterday a group of scientists from the EU funded Horizon project S4CE (Science for Clean Energy) visited the CarbFix injection site, and the Hellisheidi Power Plant. The project aims on developing methods for improved measurements, monitoring and controlling of the potential risks of subsurface operations related to CCS and unconventional hydrocarbons, with the CarbFix injection site being one of the four field sites of the project.

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New CarbFix paper out in Nature Communications

New paper on the CarbFix project was published in Nature Communications today, titled "High reactivity of deep biota under anthropogenic CO2 injection into basalt". The paper is led by Rosalia Trias at Institut De Physique Du Globe in Paris, and describes the early response of the deep biota during the CarbFix1 CO2-injections at Hellisheiði, at about 500 m depth and 20-50°C.

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CarbFix and Climeworks join forces with the world’s first negative emission plant using direct air capture

CarbFix and Climeworks have now joint forces through the CarbFix2 project, which is funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020, to open the first negative emission plant using direct air capture at the CarbFix injection site. The direct air capture (DAC) module is situated at the Hellisheidi Power Plant, where it captures CO2 directly from ambient air. The captured CO2 is released from the CO2 filters in the DAC module using low-grade waste heat from the geothermal plant. It is then dissolved in water, and pumped towards the CarbFix injection site at Hellisheidi where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock, forming solid carbonate minerals for safe and permanent storage.

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Generous grants for climate projects

Reykjavík Energy along with the University of Iceland and other international scientific institutions have received two EU grants for climate projects to the combined amount of EUR 12.2 million. The grants will fund further development of methods fixing CO2 as a mineral in basaltic rock, now with special emphasis on the sea-bed.

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The CarbFix 2 project

There are exciting times ahead for the CarbFix project - the CarbFix 2 project was officially started on the 1st of August 2017.

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CarbFix among the 11 greatest engineering innovations of 2016

CarbFix was ranked number 7 in a list of the 11 greatest engineering innovations of 2016 by Popular Science.

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CarbFix inspiring young scientists

Last summer Annika Day, an 11 year old girl from San Antonio, read an article about CarbFix and became interested in the project. When she got the opportunity to visit Iceland in November 2016 she got in touch with us; her hope was that she could spend some of her holiday designing a Science Fair project based on CarbFix. Armed with questions, enthusiasm, and ideas, Annika visited the University of Iceland to meet some of the scientists working on the CarbFix project.

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CarbFix presented at COP22

CarbFix was presented in two workshops in the Nordic Pavillion at the COP22, UN Climate negotiations in Marrakech on November 7-18, 2016.

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CNBC story on CarbFix

CNBC recently published a story on how the CarbFix method can be used to store CO2 in rocks.

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