About the Pilot and Demonstration Project
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The overall goal is to design, build and continuously operate an industrial scale CO2 capture plant and sell atmospheric CO2 to a customer. The plant will be operational by end-2016 and annually capture 900 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, enhancing the growth of tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce in a nearby greenhouse of Gebrüder Meier by up to 20 percent. The plant is constructed as part of a three-year pilot and demonstration project with Gebrüder Meier and Zweckverband Kehrichtverwertung Zürcher Oberland KEZO (a municipal waste disposal company) as project partners. The project is supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). 

Scope & Objective

The main goal of the project is to industrialize Climeworks’ unique Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology and to build and continuously operate an industrial scale plant that captures CO2 from ambient air. Another goal is to determine the plants’ operational costs, which is currently controversially discussed in the research community. This is an important finding in order to define business models for implementing the technology internationally. More about the scope & objective...

Facts & Figures 

The DAC plant built in this project has a capacity of supplying up to 900 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere per year, which is a sufficient amount for the 4-hectare greenhouse. The energy demand for operating the DAC plant is expected to be in the order of 1'800 - 2’500 kWh of thermal energy at a temperature of 100°C plus 350 - 450 kWh of electricity per ton of CO2 captured from air. More about the facts & figures…

Partners

  • Climeworks AG (DAC plant design and operation)
  • Zweckverband
 Kehrichtverwertung Zürcher Oberland - KEZO (Energy supplier)
  • Gebrüder Meier (CO2 customer)
  • Swiss Federal Office of Energy - SFOE (Supporter)

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