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Climeworks direct air capture plant in Hinwil, Switzerland; photo © Climeworks

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One way to address the problem of global warming?

Help the world lower its carbon emissions.

There’s no “one size fits all” approach to tackling the issue, but we’re using the biggest tool in our toolbelt: digital technology.

We recently teamed up with Swiss eco-tech company Climeworks to help them achieve their bold vision: filter 1% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the air by 2025.

Creating a digital solution

Climeworks filters CO2 directly from ambient air through an adsorption-desorption process using Direct Air Capture (DAC)—the world’s first commercial carbon removal technology. But to make the impact they were aiming for, they needed to scale their offering.

They chose Accenture as their technology partner to help implement a digital plant solution.

Tech + human ingenuity 

The goal was to implement a pilot digital plant solution at the Climeworks plant in Hinwil, Switzerland. This plant pumps extracted CO2 into a nearby greenhouse, making the vegetables grow 20% faster.

Using intuitive dashboards and predictive analytical models and applications, our powerhouse, global team collaborated to help improve insights from industrial plant data and enhance decision-making in the plant.

From project sponsorship to management to implementation, the end-to-end project team collaborated to deliver valuable results for Climeworks. They include:

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As the project lead, Stéphane Piqué served as the primary interface between the Climeworks and Accenture teams, actively engaging in each step of the project to monitor progress on key objectives. Learn more about Stephane’s role.

Rene Wiedemann helped ensure Accenture’s sponsorship of the Climeworks project. Learn more about Rene’s role.

Andrew Smith helped lead and motivate the teams as they developed and delivered the digital solution. Learn more about Andrew’s role.

Gary Boyle served as the technical lead for the project, ensuring the digital solution met Climeworks’ needs—whether that was having an intuitive user interface in which to interact with the solution or executing analytical models developed by the analytics team. Learn more about Gary’s role.

Maikel van Verseveld leads Accenture’s Industry X group, a team that uses data and insights to help clients reach the next level of efficiency and unlock additional value for the future. Maikel helped lead and champion the Climeworks project.

Xiang Zhao translated Climeworks’ requirements from engineering language into data science language and led the analytics team to deliver a tailor-made solution. Learn more about Xiang’s role.

A cloud-based groundwork for the future

Our team created a Microsoft Azure cloud-based digital plant user interface for Climeworks, giving them the ability to use analytics to visualize core functionality. It gives them insight into everything from asset summary and time to failure to production forecasting and energy consumption statistics.  

The digital plant infrastructure lays the groundwork for Climeworks to gain better control of their plants in the field, optimize their operations and improve maintenance.

Read more about how we helped Climeworks apply leading-edge technology to filter global CO2 emissions—and make an impact on the effects of global warming.

Harness the power of change to make a real impact in the world. Join us.

 

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