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Carbon Centric goes international

Carbon Centric and Kalka have entered into a collaboration to establish carbon capture at Iceland’s only waste incinerator. This is Carbon Centric’s first project announced outside of Norway.

Approximately 10,000 tonnes of CO2 can be captured from the incineration plant annually. The goal is for the capture plant in Reykjanesbær to be operational in 2025.

The project will benefit from Carbon Centric's standardized carbon capture concept. Kalka will have one of the world’s first full-scale carbon capture plants for waste incineration.

Growing international portfolio

Carbon Centric will build, own, and operate the capture plant, bringing the total number of announced projects in their portfolio to four.

Image: Digital model of the carbon capture plant next to Kalka's waste incinerator.

Iceland is an ideal location for carbon capture due to good energy availability, local storage opportunities and local CO2 use applications. We are happy to collaborate with Kalka to add carbon capture to Iceland’s only waste incinerator, says Fredrik Häger, CEO at Carbon Centric.

Improved utilization

Kalka serves an important role for the international airport and surrounding municipalities to handle waste that can’t or shouldn’t be recycled. Today, the plant has enough waste heat to power the carbon capture plant. By separating the CO2 from the flue gas, the waste heat can be utilized while turning CO2 into a commodity that can be sold in the use market or permanently stored. Both alternatives can provide a positive climate impact.

Over the past 3-4 years carbon capture has changed from a footnote to a headline in the waste incineration discussion. Carbon Centric is doing very important work by taking the concept from R&D to commercially viable solutions. Of course it’s very exciting for us to have an opportunity to be early adopters of this technology. There is no doubt in my mind that a few years down the line there will not be an incineration plant in the world that’s not capturing its CO2, says Steinþór Þórðarson, Managing Director at Kalka.

Image: Fredrik Häger, CEO of Carbon Centric and Steinþór Þórðarson, Managing Director of Kalka

Standardized and modular design is key

For small and medium sized incinerators, there can be significant barriers to entering the carbon capture market. That is why Carbon Centric offers a standardized and modular capture concept. This way, smaller projects are more viable and allow incinerators to install carbon capture already today.

Kalka is a good example of a small waste incinerator that can be an early mover with carbon capture through our approach, says Fredrik Häger in Carbon Centric.

For more information, please contact:

Kenneth Juul, Chief Commercial Officer, Carbon Centric AS +47 99 00 82 69

Steinþór Þórðarson, Managing Director, Kalka Sorpeyðingarstöð sf. +354 698-3490

Carbon Centric AS

  • Established in 2021 by an entrepreneurial team and the power producer Østfold Energi

  • Specializes in developing climate-positive projects with carbon capture from waste and bio-incineration

  • Sells turnkey capture plants, in addition to providing carbon capture as a service

  • Collaborates with technology partners KANFA and Slåttland Mechanical

  • Has four announced projects in the portfolio with annual capture capacity up to 200,000 tonnes of CO2 from 2025. The company also has significant international ambitions

Kalka Sorpeyðingarstöð sf.

  • Established in 1978 as a joint venture of the municipalities in the Suðurnes area; Reykjanesbær, Grindavík, Suðurnesjabær and Vogar

  • Current incineration plant was commissioned in 2004

  • Handles around 20.000 tonnes of waste per year, 12.500 tonnes by incineration

  • In recent years Kalka has widened its scope from being purely a waste incineration plant to deliver a wide range of waste management services


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