Saipem and Novozymes to create more sustainable CO₂ capture

Source: press release, 13 December 2021

The partnership will develop new biotech solutions aimed at carbon capture through enzymes
The partnership will develop new biotech solutions aimed at carbon capture through enzymes (illustration: Novozymes)

Saipem and Novozymes, provider of biological solutions, have signed a collaboration agreement for the development of innovative solutions for enzymatic carbon capture.

As part of the agreement, Saipem, which owns an enzyme-based CO2 capture technology that can also contain costs, will be responsible for providing process, mechanical and equipment design, while Novozymes will provide enzymes while further optimising the process through enzymes innovation.

Enzymatic carbon capture is more sustainable in environmental terms and more cost-effective compared to traditional CO2 capture processes. In fact, it is based on the use of enzymes that require the input of heat at lower temperatures and a significantly moderate use of chemicals, energy and, consequently, cuts down the production of harmful waste. Furthermore, this process is more reliable, as the carbonates and enzymes, being low corrosion materials, minimise the deterioration of equipment.

Saipem and Novozymes are mutually satisfied with the signed agreement which constitutes an important step towards realising innovative solutions for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, thanks to Saipem’s expertise in COcapture and storage technologies and Novozymes’ cutting-edge enzymes solutions, the two companies can make the enzymatic carbon capture process highly competitive in the market of traditional amine processes.