- “Nature’s way” of carbon storage: Converting CO2 into stone
- Carbfix’s innovative technology for carbon storage
- Urgent need for action on climate change in the UK
The technique is referred to as “Nature’s way” of carbon storage because it provides a safe and permanent underground repository for the pollutant gas, which is responsible for rising temperatures and extreme weather.
Carbfix dissolves the greenhouse gas emissions from industrial plants in water, which is then injected deep underground into porous rock formations like volcanic basalt, where it mineralizes and fills the cavities.
“Nature’s way” of carbon storage, the corporation calls it.
Carbfix is currently seeking to significantly expand its operations given the global potential.
The United Kingdom’s climate is warming along with the global average, and last year it reached 40 degrees Celsius for the first time on record; grassfires destroyed dozens of homes, and more than 3,000 extra fatalities occurred during heatwaves.
Kristinn Ingi Larusson, head of business development at Carbfix, described the procedure as “relatively straightforward and simple”.
“We dissolve CO2 in water and inject it back into the bedrock. Where it mineralizes and remains for millennia,” he explained.
Therefore, we are contributing to the problem of climate change that we all face.
Mr. Larusson noted that basalt, one of the three necessary “ingredients” along with CO2 and water, made up 5% of the world’s landmass and 70% of the ocean floor.
He stated, “The basic analogy is that you are utilizing water as a mode of transportation.
“Water is the transport, while CO2 is merely a passenger on board.
“The water continues to flow, whereas the passenger leaps from the train and remains atop the bedrock.”
Mr. Larusson added, “These are solid carbons that have been mineralized and will remain there forever.”
“It is nature’s method of storage.
Over ninety percent of all CO2 on earth is deposited in the ground beneath us.
Therefore, what we are doing is merely imitating what Mother Nature has been doing for millions of years.
“The only distinction is that we are accelerating the procedure. We are not adding any substances or chemicals. This consists only of water and CO2.
Therefore, permanent storage of CO2 is 100% safe.
He added, “We have an answer. We do not claim that this is the silver bullet, but it is a technology we should investigate.
Our goal is to expand and commercialize the concept.
He emphasized the urgency of the circumstance by stating, “There is no time. We must act immediately or face a very catastrophic scenario.”
The government has pledged to reduce emissions by 68% by 2030, but a climate watchdog has labeled the tempo of action “worryingly slow” and raised concerns about the rate of decarbonization in industry, transport, buildings, and fuel supply.
The Climate Change Committee (CCC) stated that since the UK government was ordered to be more forthcoming about its net zero plans, it appeared less likely that it would meet the legally mandated environmental goal.
Lord Deben stated that his final update as chairman of the CCC was “not a report that suggests satisfactory progress” and accused ministers of squandering time by avoiding making tough decisions.