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Research & development

Carbfix started out as an academic research project and R&D continues to be the driving force of the company.

Seawater

Carbfix has developed the scientific basis for using seawater to dissolve CO2 prior to injection, significantly expanding the applicability of the technology. Carbonate precipitation has been confirmed in the laboratory with a field site demonstration of mineral storage to follow later in 2021.

Rock chemistry

Efficiency

The Carbfix technology requires both water and energy. Significant efforts are being undertaken to increase efficiency at every step of the chain. This involves simulations of dissolution of gas mixtures under pressure as well as the behavior of gas-charged fluids injected into the subsurface.

Monitoring

Innovative approaches have been developed to monitor the fate of the injected gas mixture confirming the rapid mineralization process. This involves regular sampling and tracer tests using adjacent monitoring wells, a combination of chemical and tracer analyses, geochemical calculations, isotope analyses and physical evidence.

Geothermal

An innovative EU funded research project which aims to provide a clean, safe, and cost-efficient non-carbon and sulfur-emitting geothermal energy across Europe and the World. Pilot demonstrations are planned in Iceland, Germany and Turkey.

CarbFix2

EU funded research project to advance capture and injection of impure CO2 streams into the subsurface, integration of with a direct air capture technology, mineral storage using seawater injection into submarine rocks, and lowering the overall cost of the CCS chain.

Science 4 Clean Energy

EU funded project for fundamental studies of fluid transport, reactivity and quantification of emissions, micro-seismic events, and testing of cement casings. Field sites are the Carbfix site in Iceland, Cornwall UK, and St. Gallen Switzerland.