CarbFix is a collaborative research project led by Reykjavik Energy, that aims at developing safe, simple and economical methods and technology for permanent CO2 mineral storage in basalts.
The CarbFix Project
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.
There are exciting times ahead for the CarbFix project - the CarbFix 2 project was officially started on the 1st of August 2017.
CarbFix was presented in two workshops in the Nordic Pavillion at the COP22, UN Climate negotiations in Marrakech on November 7-18, 2016.
CarbFix has received world attention on today's publication in Science. Media around the world have published news of the project's groundbreaking results that permanent immobilization of CO2 can be achieved in two years by applying the
The CarbFix team had demonstrated that over 95% of CO2 captured and injected at Hellisheidi geothermal Power Plant in Iceland was mineralized within two years. This contrasts the previous common view that mineralization in CCS projects takes hundreds to thousands of years. Industrial scale capture and injection have been ongoing at the power plant since 2012.
The CarbFix2 project
The CarbFix2 project was started on the 1st of August 2017, with the goal to move the demonstrated CarbFix technology from the demonstration phase to a general and economically viable complete CCS chain that can be used through Europe and throughout the world. It is funded by the European Union through H2020.
The CarbFix2 project consists of seven distinct work packages (WP):
WP1 Project Management
WP2 Air Capture using waste heat
WP3 On shore injection
WP4 Off Shore injection
WP5 Economic/feasibility analysis of the entire CCS cycle
WP6 Dissemination and public engagement
CarbFix was founded by four partners in 2007: The University of Iceland, CNRS in Toulouse, the Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York and Reykjavik Energy. Since then, partners from over 20 institutes and universities, with over 100 people have contributed to the project, thereof a number of PhD and MS students as well as engineers and technicians.
Current activities within the CarbFix project are carried out by partners of the EU-funded project CarbFix2, which aims on moving the demonstrated CarbFix technology from the demonstration phase to a general and economically viable complete CCS chain that can be used through Europe and throughout the world.
Edda Sif Aradóttir - project manager, leader of WP1, WP6 and WP7
Bergur Sigfússon - innovation manager, deputy project manager
Sandra Ósk Snæbjörnsdóttir
Eric H. Oelkers - leader of WP4 and WP6
Chiara Marieni - postdoctoral researcher
University of Iceland
Sigurður Reynir Gíslason - leader of WP3
Martin Voigt - postdoctoral researcher
Deirdre Clark - PhD student
Fidel Grandia - leader of WP3
Dominique Kronenberg - leader of WP2
The external advisory board
Dr. Adrian P. Jones, RL Hayman Reader of Petrology, UCL, a founding member of the Deep Carbon Observatory
Dr. Juerg Matter, University of Southampton and coordinator of the Oman deep drilling project
Dr. Alexander Pisch, CNRS Research Associate and former R&D program manager at LafargeHolcim
Dr. Andrew Putnis, Director, TIGeR and Curtin University
Professor Dave Goldberg, LDEO
Dr. Helen Williams, University of Cambridge
Prof. Dr. Liane G. Benning, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences
Prof. Ralf R. Haese, Chair of Geological Carbon Storage & Deputy Director, University of Melbourne
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