Energy technology company Baker Hughes is accelerating development and scaling of its ‘next generation’ carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology following the acquisition of low-carbon solutions provider Mosaic Materials (Mosaic).
Baker Hughes will utilise its experience in modular design and material science to develop and scale Mosaic’s metal-organic framework (MOF) technology, which uses an adsorbent material to selectively capture CO2.
By creating an economical, scalable, and energy-efficient direct air capture (DAC) system, the company aims to advance the scope of its decarbonisation efforts to help meet climate goals and emission reduction targets, in addition to expanding the CO2 utilisation market.
Regarding a ‘multi-pronged approach’ as essential to overcoming climate change, Rod Christie, Executive Vice President, Turbomachinery & Process Solutions, Baker Hughes, added, “This is why we are investing in several emerging technologies, including Mosaic Materials, to develop a comprehensive and diversified portfolio that can significantly and efficiently reduce as well as eliminate CO2 across multiple industries.”
Baker Hughes has recently invested in a range of latest carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) solutions, including post-combustion capture, compression, subsurface storage and long-term integrity and monitoring.
Commenting on the acquisition, Nathan Gilliland, CEO, Mosaic Materials, said, “Joining Baker Hughes provides Mosaic Materials with the means and additional engineering expertise required to scale and commercialise our cost-competitive DAC technology.”
In addition to decarbonisation efforts, Mosaic’s MOF technology is also involved in ongoing agreements with NASA and US Navy to improve breathing air quality in confined spaces such as submarines and space missions.