Carbon capture and storage

Baker Hughes, HIF Global To Collaborate on Direct Air Capture Technology

Deployment of Mosaic DAC pilot units are envisaged for a pair of HIF eFuel facilities.

The partners look to deploy pilot Mosaic DAC systems in Chile and Texas.

Baker Hughes and eFuels company HIF Global have agreed to cooperate on the development of direct air capture (DAC) technology to capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere. The duo intends to test Baker Hughes’ Mosaic DAC technology pilot units to accelerate DAC deployment at commercial scale.

Acquired by Baker Hughes in April 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 (MOF) materials that can be used to separate CO2 from the atmosphere. Baker Hughes is leveraging its capabilities, including modular design and material science, to develop and scale Mosaic’s technology with the goal to enable DAC with higher efficiency and lower cost.

“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 chief executive officer. “Cooperation with our partner Baker Hughes on this important DAC initiative accelerates our plan to capture 25 million tons per year of CO2 and combine it with green hydrogen to produce 150,000 B/D of eFuels and decarbonize over 5 million vehicles in use today.”

HIF has two sites where it anticipates possible deployment of the 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 into 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 early 2024.