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European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency


Upscaling and optimizing subsurface, in situ carbon mineralization as an economically viable industrial option


The CarbFix2 EU-funded INEA project continues to impress worldwide. The project has received €2.2 million from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme to test a ground-breaking technology that allows the extraction of CO2 from thin air via the Climeworks plant to then permanently bury it underground in the form of a carbonate rock. The project thus captures carbon dioxide from the air which is then dissolved in water and turned into stone at the Hellisheidi geothermal plant in Iceland.

CarbFix2 started in August 2017 and runs until 31 January 2021. It is a continuation of another EU-funded project, CarbFix, which was carried out in 2011-2014, and which laid the foundations for the carbon storage technology that is now being further tested.

This award-winning project has featured on the BBC and BBC World and has welcomed numerous high-level visitors such as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel showcasing its success story. The project also appeared at the UN and continues to help reverse climate change and shape the EU Green Deal to try to ultimately make the EU climate-neutral by 2050. The project recently appeared on the "Down to Earth" Netflix travel around the world series with US actor Zac Efron, exploring healthy and sustainable ways to live.