The world’s first plant, which separates carbon dioxide from oxygen, recently started to work in Zurich. Climeworks plants are not only useful for the environment as they copy what trees do for the atmosphere. These plants can also be helpful, above all, in agriculture.
The plant performs the function of trees: fans absorb the air and filter carbon dioxide. During the process, heat is released, which is supplied to a greenhouse through the underground pipeline. The capacity of the plant in Switzerland is still small – 900 tons of CO2 per year. It is, approximately, the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere by 200 cars. Scientists have estimated that to process only 1% of carbon dioxide emissions in the world by 2025, we need 750,000 installations. In 30 years, the company plans to expand the production and make it ten gigatons of CO2 per year.
New opportunities can be used, above all, by farmers. Increasing of the CO2 level in the greenhouses boosts photosynthesis, which can improve productivity up to 20%. With the use of Climeworks plants, greenhouses can generate CO2 directly from the air. It will reduce the cost of transporting carbon dioxide. Watch the video for more detailed information: