Baker Hughes, an energy technology company, has joined a strategic partnership with and invested in NET Power to advance the technical and commercial deployment of NET Power’s low-cost, electric power system that generates no atmospheric emissions and inherently captures all carbon dioxide (CO2). The partnership, which brings together industry expertise to enable the global deployment of NET Power’s technology solution, already includes McDermott; Constellation; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, a subsidiary of Occidental; and 8 Rivers Capital.
Baker Hughes will apply its advanced technology capability to develop supercritical CO2 turboexpanders and other critical pumping and compression technology for NET Power plants. In addition, Baker Hughes will bring its system integration and process knowledge experience to the partnership in support of accelerating market deployment.
NET Power is working with clients worldwide to develop utility-scale NET Power plants, with initial projects aiming to come online in the next 4 years.
Global goals for net-zero carbon emissions and the growing need for low-cost CO2 that can be either sequestered or utilised in industrial processes is creating the right market conditions for the adoption of clean and reliable energy generation. NET Power’s technology uses natural gas and oxygen to fuel a supercritical CO2 cycle that generates electricity, while also capturing CO2. The clean power plants enabled through this technology will operate with high efficiency and produce only electricity, water, and pipeline-ready or sequestration-ready CO2 that will be permanently locked away from the atmosphere.
To rapidly deploy this solution, NET Power will license its technology to global customers seeking to decarbonise the energy and industrial sectors. NET Power’s zero-emission, flexible and rapidly-dispatchable energy can also help balance variable power sources like solar and wind, helping the world decarbonise faster and with lower cost.
“We are excited to join other global leaders and innovators to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by advancing step changes in critical infrastructure, including clean integrated power,” says Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes. “NET Power’s emissions-free power technology solution is driven by advances in clean power efficiency and carbon capture which are key enablers and demonstrate the vital role climate technology plays in enabling the energy transition.”
“Having recently demonstrated the NET Power technology with the synchronisation of our La Porte, Texas, plant to the grid, NET Power now welcomes Baker Hughes into NET Power,” says Ron DeGregorio, CEO of NET Power. “Our focus now shifts excitedly to full commercialisation and global deployment, and the world-class experience of Baker Hughes fully completes and strengthens the NET Power team’s plan to deliver this innovative clean-energy system.”
With the addition of Baker Hughes, NET Power has added a key energy technology and services supplier with advanced market-leading technology and scalability, helping to solidify its commercial deployment pathway.