Baker Hughes licences SRI carbon capture technology

Mar 30 2021

Baker Hughes has entered into a global exclusive licensing agreement with SRI International to use SRI’s Mixed-Salt Process (MSP) for CO2 capture.

SRI has received support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE) and National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in developing its MSP technology.

The MSP developed by SRI currently has a technology readiness level of 4 as per the scale defined by the European Union as part of the Horizon 2020 framework program. The MSP combines readily available potassium and ammonia (NH3) salt solutions to enable reduced reboiler and auxiliary electric loads, emissions, and water usage. In addition, the MSP requires a smaller footprint than competing CCUS solutions.

“The Mixed Salt Process combines an efficient, post-combustion carbon capture process that uses a novel solvent formulation that relies on commodity chemicals. Our process has the benefits of a low manufacturing carbon footprint, reduced energy consumption and greater efficiency. The technology also differentiates itself from other state-of-the-art amine-based carbon capture technologies by negligible solvent-degradation and reduced water use, as well as the fact it uses a widely available and environmentally friendly solvent,” said Manish Kothari, president of SRI International. “As an energy technology company committed to the energy transition, Baker Hughes is the ideal partner to demonstrate the advantages and commercial benefits of our MSP solution.”

“Technology plays a key role in ensuring that new energy frontiers such as CCUS are cost-competitive and sustainable,” said Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes. “In this period of CCUS market formation we are strategically and purposefully investing in the development and industrialization of innovative technologies to be deployed in a cost-effective manner once the market reaches maturity. Once commercialized, the MSP has the potential to contribute to the advancement of CCUS, providing a lower-cost and energy-efficient carbon capture solution with reduced emissions, making it ideal for commercial applications.”

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