The world’s first commercial facility that can extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and resell it for commercial purposes opened today (May 31) in Switzerland. This technology could help cut 1 percent of global fossil fuel emissions by 2025, according to the company that developed the new system.
Climeworks — a spin-off company from the Swiss science, technology, engineering and mathematics university ETH Zurich — built the plant near the village of Hinwil, at a site between a waste incineration plant and a large greenhouse.
Agricultural firm Gebrüder Meier Primanatura, which runs the greenhouse, will use the atmospheric carbondioxide (CO2) to enhance the growth of lettuce, the company said. The waste incineration plant will provide the heat and renewable electricity needed to run the facility, the company added.