Saipem and Denmark’s Novozymes have partnered up to develop innovative solutions to capture CO2 with enzymes.
Novozymes is a global leader in biotechnology and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Saipem is one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies headquartered in San Donato Milanese, Italy.
Both sides have signed a collaboration agreement, according to which they will be joining forces to advance Saipem’s existing enzyme-based CO2 capture technology. Saipem will also provide all the necessary mechanical and equipment design.
On its part, Novozymes will be responsible for providing enzymes and working on enzymes innovation to further optimize and improve the whole process.
The benefits of enzymatic carbon capture outweigh those of traditional means of capturing CO2 from the air in terms of cost-effectiveness and environmental impact.
For instance, the use of enzymes requires the input of less chemicals and heat at lower temperatures, as well as the moderate use of heat. This leads to a significant reduction of harmful waste products.
And seeing as how both enzymes and carbonates are low corrosion materials, this prolongs the life of the equipment, making the whole process more reliable.
Both companies have expressed their strong satisfaction with the signed agreement and confidence that it will serve as the first step to making enzymatic carbon capture a highly competitive process on the market of conventional amine processes.
Saipem has unique expertise in the realm of CO2 capture and storage (CCS), while Novozyme possesses cutting-edge know-how in the realm of enzymes.
The companies are hopeful that the financial and environmental benefits of their technology will help advance the fight against climate change and speed up the global transition to more sustainable processes while also preserving the planet’s resources.