Saipem launches Bluenzyme, a sustainable solution for CO2 capture

Sep 08 2023

The company has launched a pre-engineered line of CO2 capture solutions based on proprietary enzymatic technology for small to medium emitters.

Bluenzyme is a plug-and-play solution based on the use of enzymes, which ensures a carbon capture process with reduced environmental impact and is therefore more sustainable than traditional processes. The first industrialised product is Bluenzyme™ 200, with a nominal capture capacity of 200 tonnes of CO2 per day 

The “CO2Solutions by SAIPEM” technology that characterises how Bluenzyme works, uses a non-toxic, non-volatile solvent based on the use of the carbonic anhydrase enzyme, the most powerful natural catalyst for the capture of carbon dioxide, which is naturally present in the human body and in all living organisms for the organic exchange of CO2 during respiration.

After an in-depth analysis of how this natural enzyme works, Saipem developed a high-performance industrial solution for CO2 capture that is more environmentally sustainable than traditional processes, and more cost-effective. This is possible because the technology is suitable for the use of recoverable heat from low temperature sources.  

Bluenzyme is a plug-and-play system designed for different industrial sectors including oil & gas, petrochemicals, energy and cement production, and, in general, for hard-to-abate sectors whose decarbonization represents an important milestone and challenge for the achievement of carbon neutrality targets. The product is applied to post-combustion emissions from new or existing plants.  

It is a modular and flexible product, easily adaptable to any plant thanks to its compact design. The modules are manufactured offsite, with standardized production processes and stringent quality controls, and are then installed on-site. This modular approach and the adoption of a dedicated supply chain reduce project execution time, costs, and risks, making Bluenzyme a cost-effective, sustainable, and rapidly available industrial solution. 

Fabrizio Botta, Chief Commercial Officer at Saipem, commented, "We are proud to be able to offer our customers the Bluenzyme™ 200 solution, an off-the-shelf product based on proprietary technology that is the result of our relentless commitment to research and development of increasingly flexible, efficient and sustainable solutions. BluenzymeTM200 represents a concrete solution to allow companies to reach their ESG goals and move closer to the target of a zero-carbon future that Saipem is striving to achieve." 



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