The world’s first commercial direct air capture (DAC) plant that captures atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) for supply and sale opened today (31 May 2017) near Zurich in Switzerland.
The commercial-scale DAC plant uses technology patented by Swiss company Climeworks that filters and captures pure carbon dioxide from ambient air. The gas has commercial potential in key markets such as commercial agriculture, food and beverage industries, the energy sector and the automotive industry.
Currently running as a three-year demonstration project, the Hinwil DAC plant is powered by waste heat from a municipal waste recovery facility. The plant will supply 900 tonnes of CO2 annually to help grow vegetables such as tomatoes and cucumbers in a nearby commercial greenhouse via an underground pipeline.