Construction begins on ‘Mammoth’ direct air capture plant

Groundbreaking of Climeworks’ new Direct Air Capture plant in Iceland, called Mammoth
Climeworks announced the groundbreaking of its new Direct Air Capture plant in Iceland, called Mammoth. | Image: Climeworks

Swiss climate tech company Climeworks announced yesterday that it has broken ground on its biggest facility yet for capturing carbon dioxide from the air. The new Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant, named Mammoth, will significantly scale up the company’s operations in Hellisheiði, Iceland.

That’s where Climeworks built Orca, which was the largest DAC plant in the world when it came online last September. Orca can capture up to 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide a year, roughly equivalent to how much climate pollution 790 gas-guzzling passenger vehicles release annually. Mammoth, in comparison, can capture about nine times as much CO2 as Orca.

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Author: Justine Calma