A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground

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A high-tech solution being tested in Iceland gets rid of waste carbon dioxide by pumping it 1,000m underground

The Hellisheidi power station, 25km (15 miles) outside Reykjavik, is Iceland's main geothermal plant. This mammoth structure is responsible for providing power to a country where 100% of the electricity comes from renewable sources. Not just an accomplished provider of green energy, Hellishidi is also the site for a scientific breakthrough; an experiment to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and turn it into stone, keeping this greenhouse gas out of the atmosphere and putting a dent in global warming.

Called CarbFix, the project is pioneered by an international consortium led by Reykjavík Energy, the French National Centre for Scientific Research, the University of Iceland and Columbia University.

Since experiments began in 2014, it's been scaled up from a pilot project to a permanent solution, cleaning up a third of the plant's carbon emissions.

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