Zurich, Switzerland (June 28, 2022) – The groundbreaking of Climeworks’ newest and largest direct air capture and storage plant represents a demonstrable step in the company’s ambitious scale-up plan: multi-megaton capacity by 2030, on track to deliver gigaton capacity by 2050.

In September 2021, Climeworks began operations of Orca, its first-of-a-kind plant, kick-starting the supply availability of high-quality carbon removal. POWER visited the Orca site in mid-June as part of a tour of Iceland’s geothermal power plants and resource parks.

Following a recent equity raise of $650 million, Climeworks is focused on rapidly scaling-up capacity on the market. It will concentrate on implementing large modular direct air capture and storage facilities, investing in technological development, and growing its organization globally.

Mammoth is Climeworks’ 18th project and its second commercial direct air capture and storage plant. It is designed with a nominal CO2 capture capacity of 36,000 tons per year when fully operational – an order of magnitude larger than its Orca project. Construction at the site in Iceland is expected to last 18-24 months before operations start.

Climeworks has broken ground at a site in Iceland for its latest direct air capture facility. The Mammoth project will capture carbon for injection into the ground, where it will be stored. Courtesy: Climeworks

Carbfix, Climeworks’ CO2 storage partner, will provide the permanent underground storage of carbon dioxide.

The Hellisheiði electricity power plant operated by ON Power will supply Climeworks’ Mammoth plant and the Carbfix CO2 injection sites with renewable energy to run the entire direct air capture and storage process.

Mammoth is designed to further expand supply and provide engineering experience for Climeworks’ 10x scale-up steps. It capitalizes on a very dynamic market demand – with several 10-year offtake agreements signed over the last months – and technology learnings from operating Orca.

“Today is a very important day for Climeworks and for the industry as construction begins on our newest, large-scale direct air capture and storage plant,” said Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-CEO of Climeworks. “With Mammoth, we can leverage our ability to quickly multiply our modular technology and significantly scale our operations. We are building the foundation for a climate-relevant gigaton-scale capacity, and we are starting deployment now to remain on track for this.”

“Based on most successful scale-up curves, reaching gigaton by 2050 means delivering at multi-megaton scale by 2030. Nobody has ever built what we are building in DAC, and we are both humble and realistic that the most certain way to be successful is to run the technology in the real world as fast as possible. Our fast deployment cycles will enable us to have the most robust operations at multi-megaton scale,” said Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO of Climeworks.