Baker Hughes And HIF Global Collaborate On Direct Air Capture Technology

Agreement Enables Pilot Testing To More Quickly Scale-Up Deployment Of Direct Air Capture Solutions

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Baker Hughes and HIF Global, an eFuels company, will cooperate on the development of technology to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) directly from the. HIF Global and Baker Hughes intend to test Baker Hughes’ Mosaic atmosphere CO2 direct air capture (DAC) technology pilot units to accelerate DAC deployment at commercial scale.

Acquired by Baker Hughes in 2022 to enhance its carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) portfolio, Mosaic Materials is focused on developing a proprietary DAC technology using metal-organic framework materials that can be used to separate CO2 from the atmosphere.

HIF Global 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 CO2 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.

“Groundbreaking technologies like Mosaic that enable efficient, low-cost CO2 capture from our atmosphere represent the future of CO2 recycling,” said Cesar Norton, HIF Global CEO. “Cooperation with our partner Baker Hughes on this important DAC initiative accelerates our plan to capture 25 million tons [22.7 million tonnes] per year of CO2 and combine it with green hydrogen to produce 150,000 barrels per day of eFuels and decarbonize more than 5 million vehicles in use today.”

Baker Hughes’ portfolio of CCUS solutions, technologies, and services includes pre-front-end engineering design (FEED) and FEED consultation, project design, capture and purification, fit-for-purpose CO2 compression technology, well design and construction for storage, carbon transportation and injection, and monitoring and site stewardship.

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