Negative emission power plant goes live in Iceland

Oct 25, 2017, 7:05 AM EDT
(Source: Carbon Visuals/flickr)
(Source: Carbon Visuals/flickr)

The world’s first power plant that consumes more carbon dioxide than it emits became operational in Iceland last week. The project by Climeworks, not only soaks up 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air annually, but also buries the trapped gases in the form of limestone.

The pilot program, though, has its own limitations, one of them being the high operating cost, which crosses $600 for the extraction of just one ton of CO2 from the air, notes Inhabitat.

The approach of generating power simultaneously with cleaning the air could prove handy to meet our energy requirements while controlling global temperatures and climate change, writes Popular Mechanics