On Thursday October 12th, CRI was honored to receive a visit from First
Minister of Scotland, Ms. Nicola Sturgeon, to Carbon Recycling
International's George Olah CO2-to-methanol plant.
The First Minister came to Iceland to attend the Arctic Circle Assembly, an
annual gathering in Reykjavik of governments, organizations and
corporations with an interest in securing a sustainable future for the
Director of Sales and Marketing at CRI, Ómar Sigurbjörnsson, took Ms.
Sturgeon and her staff on a tour of the production plant and explained
CRI's unique process, which produces renewable methanol by combining
CO2 and hydrogen, generated from water with electricity from renewable
sources. The plant is the first of its kind and demonstrates the technical and
economic feasibility of production of low carbon intensity fuels and
chemicals with carbon capture and utilization.
When asked about the potential for collaboration between Scotland and
Iceland in a subsequent interview with Icelandic Channel 2 TV, Ms. Sturgeon
said "...I went to visit Carbon Recycling International out near the
Blue lagoon, and learned a lot there about how they're using CO2 to
create methanol clean energy. There's a lot for us to learn there."
At the Article Circle Assembly, the Minister remarked “...with
Scotland employing almost 60,000 people in low carbon industries,
there is still scope for significant further growth. Our northern
nation neighbours are obvious partners in this. Scotland is taking an
increasingly prominent role in the work of the Arctic Circle Assembly
and associated cooperation, and I believe there are clear benefits for
us all by forming closer ties.”