Pilot projects initiated by the Olivine Foundation

Projects below are in execution or planned
ProjectShort description ObjectivesPhase and
link for details
CountryInvolved organisationsEstimated budget
Green BeachesStudy effects of enhanced weathering using an 'olivine reactor' in tidal waters.Use the sea as a huge sink for CO2
Draft proposal Maasvlakte Rotterdam, the NetherlandsUtrecht University,
Manpower 0.7 fte
Material 170,000 €
"Het groene schouwpad"Olivine on Inspection paths along RailwaysCompensation of CO2 emissions of construction projects
2010, evaluated in 2012,
Ambitions realised
Railways in the NetherlandsMovares,
Volker Rail
Capture CO2 in CitiesStudy the olivine application options (part of Rotterdam Climate Initiative)Insight and commitment of a.o. local authorities2012, Final Report publishedCity of Rotterdam, the NetherlandsDeltares,
Greensand Civiel
Application & export opportunitiesExport of cheap and abundant olivine material.
Increase of local CO2 capturing rate under ideal circumstances (temperature and beaches!)
Development of national olivine opportunities

Ecological and biochemical aspects
Abstract discussed with authorities.

Read the Thesis by Elise Droste
Sultanate of OmanDept. Earth Sciences
Nickel recoveryDemonstration of using Nickel hyperaccumulators (Alyssum family) Proof of "alternative" Ni-mining with
limited experiments of phytomining and Ni-extraction
Nickel mining, or .... nickel farming?

Pilot started in 2015.
Project description
CyprusAmiandos Asbestos Mine,
Cypriotic authorities,
Reducing emissions in rice fieldsMeasurement methods, rates and agronomic effects
Demonstration for local authorities and universitiesTesting by IRRI in collaboration with Can Tho
2015 Proposal ready
VietnamWageningen University,
Can Tho University,
Vietnam Fertiliser Association
Various subsidy source investigation