Carbon capture scheme viewed as breath of fresh air

A new project to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere has been launched with the scheme be described as “the future of CO2 recycling”.

Technology company Baker Hughes and HIF Global, eFuels company, HIF Global have announced on Tuesday their agreement to cooperate on the development of technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere (CO2 Direct Air Capture or DAC). More specifically, HIF Global and Baker Hughes intend to test Baker Hughes’ Mosaic DAC technology pilot units to accelerate DAC deployment at commercial scale.

Cesar Norton, HIF Global CEO, said, “Groundbreaking technologies like Mosaic that enable efficient, low-cost CO2 capture from our atmosphere represent the future of CO2 recycling. Cooperation with our partner Baker Hughes on this important DAC initiative accelerates our plan to capture 25 million tons per year of CO2 and combine it with green hydrogen to produce 150,000 barrels per day of eFuels and decarbonize over 5 million vehicles in use today.”

“Collaboration is key to supporting and accelerating the energy transition to address climate change, and we are pleased to work alongside HIF to support their significant efforts in deploying eFuels at scale, leveraging our Mosaic DAC technology,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and CEO of Baker Hughes. “This milestone agreement further illustrates the strength of Baker Hughes’ extended portfolio of Climate Technology Solutions, which includes a variety of CCUS technologies, and validates our strategy and commitment toward decarbonization.”

Acquired by Baker Hughes in April 2022 to enhance its carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) portfolio, Mosaic Materials is focused on developing a proprietary direct air capture technology using Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) materials that can be used to separate CO2 from the atmosphere.

HIF has two sites where it anticipates possible deployment of Baker Hughes’ Mosaic DAC technology. In Chile, the HIF Haru Oni eFuels Facility began producing its first fuels in December 2022 in Magallanes. The eFuels facility produces green hydrogen from wind electricity and water and combines the hydrogen with recycled carbon dioxide to produce eFuels, synthetic fuels that can be dropped-in to existing vehicles without any modifications to their engines. HIF Global is also completing the engineering for the first world scale eFuels facility in Matagorda County, Texas, and expects to begin construction in 2024.

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