Carbon capture and storage

Baker Hughes Signs Agreement To Acquire Compact Carbon Capture Technology

As part of the agreement, Baker Hughes will accelerate the development of Compact Carbon Capture’s technology, aiming for global commercial deployment.

Drawing of carbon capture system
3C says its industrial-scale plants have a capacity to capture between 20,000 and 250,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
Credit: 3C.

Baker Hughes announced it is acquiring Compact Carbon Capture (3C), a pioneering technology-development company specializing in carbon capture. The acquisition underpins Baker Hughes’ strategic commitment to lead in the energy transition by providing decarbonization for carbon-intensive industries, including oil and gas.

“The addition of 3C to our energy technology portfolio complements our strategy, technology, and manufacturing strengths in the area of carbon capture,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, chairman and chief executive officer of Baker Hughes. “This agreement highlights our deliberate and disciplined approach to invest in the energy transition. We are positioning our portfolio for new energy frontiers, and we believe there will be strong growth potential of carbon capture for both industrial applications and oil and gas projects. By incubating 3C’s technology, we can develop a roadmap to provide one of the industry’s lowest cost per ton carbon capture solutions.”

The advancement of carbon-capture technology is widely considered critical to delivering the additional CO2 emissions reduction needed to meet global 2050 climate targets. In the energy and industrial sectors, carbon-capture technology is among the most viable decarbonization paths for both retrofitting existing assets as well as for greenfield projects. 3C says its technology can address CO2 capture from different emission sources and can contribute significantly to the decarbonization of customers’ operations.

3C’s technology differs from traditional solvent-based carbon capture by using rotating beds instead of static columns, effectively distributing solvents in a compact and modularized format. The rotating-bed technology enhances the carbon-capture process, resulting in up to 75% smaller footprint and lower capital expenditures. In addition, 3C’s modular and scalable configuration can be deployed into existing brownfield applications and can be optimized for a broad range of capacity and applications, including offshore and industrial emitters.

As part of the agreement, Baker Hughes will accelerate the development of 3C’s technology, aiming for global commercial deployment.

“Our technology plays an important role in the energy transition, and we believe this agreement with Baker Hughes is the right step to grow,” said Torleif Madsen, chief executive officer of 3C. “As we focus on our long-term vision to develop the world’s leading carbon capture offerings, we will leverage Baker Hughes’ strong brand and technology position in the energy industry to further expand our solution by complementing it with world-class turbomachinery and process solutions and access to a global customer base. This is an immense opportunity and we are proud to join the Baker Hughes team.”