Focusing at first on the facility in Switzerland, the teams worked together to build a digital plant solution that would help optimize operations by moving from reactive to proactive issue management. For example, the digital plant allowed for the real-time monitoring and detection of anomalies related to critical components; the optimization of energy consumption and the ideal balancing of performance, cost, and life cycle; and the correlating of CO2 production outputs and forecasts with weather and other factors.
The collaboration helped Climeworks make major strides on its scale-up roadmap. And one that promises to have a significant impact on global climate action —and help live up to the company’s vision of inspiring one billion people to be a part of their mission to remove CO2 from air.
Additionally, the successful digital plant solution is now used at the Orca plant in Iceland—the first in a planned program of scaling by building more facilities.
Most importantly, Climeworks has successfully taken major steps toward scaling their much-needed climate technology to fight global warming. Specifically, direct air capture combined with storage (DAC+S) produces Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) to achieve climate targets. All solutions need to work together in harmony to maximize progress toward the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.