CLIMEWORKS and Northern Lights have agreed to explore the possibility of capturing CO2 using direct air capture and permanently storing it in an offshore reservoir in the North Sea.
The Northern Lights CO2 transport and storage project is part of Norway’s full-scale CCS project, Longship, which aims to permanently store CO2 in an offshore saline aquifer off the coast of Norway.
Climeworks uses renewable energy and waste heat to power its modular air capture units, and has a net CO2 removal efficiency of more than 90%. It already has a partnership with Carbfix in Iceland where the CO2 captured from the air is stored via mineralisation in basalt.
Climeworks and Northern Lights will assess the potential of a full-chain CO2 removal project which would enable carbon negative operations using the Northern Lights infrastructure.
Christoph Gebald, co-CEO and co-founder of Climeworks, said: “We are pleased to explore a full-chain carbon dioxide removal project together with Northern Lights, offering ideal conditions for safe and permanent storage of CO2 captured by our direct air capture technology.”
Børre Jacobsen, Managing Director Northern Lights, said: “There is growing awareness of the need to build capacity to remove CO2 from the atmosphere to achieve net zero by 2050. We are enthusiastic about this collaboration with Climeworks. Combined with safe and permanent storage, direct air capture has the potential to get the carbon cycle back in balance.”
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