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Icelandic scientists turn CO2 to stone

Icelandic scientists have achieved the groundbreaking result of permanently immobilising CO2 in just two years by injecting it into the ground, where it turns to stone.

Icelandic scientists have achieved the groundbreaking result of permanently immobilising CO2 in just two years by injecting it into the ground, where it turns to stone.
The Carbfix project is carried out at ON Power's Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant and includes the injection of atmospheric CO2 into basaltic rocks, via wells that pass through basaltic lavas and hyaloclastites at depths between 400 and 800 m. New research findings, published recently in Science, confirm that most of the injected CO2 was mineralized in less than 2 years. AS carbonate minerals are stable, this approach avoids the risk of carbon leakage. The findings have generated global interest as this is potentially a valuable way to counter the damage done by burning fossil fuel. 

 

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