Baker Hughes is enhancing its broader carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) portfolio, having today (28th June) announced an investment in Electrochaea.

Through its investment in the growth stage company, Baker Hughes will be able to provide an integrated solution for customers across the carbon dioxide (CO2) value chain to enable the production of low carbon synthetic natural gas and captured CO2 and green hydrogen.

The above will be possible through Electrochaea’s bio-methanation process which is scalable and complementary to Baker Hughes’ already standing CCU portfolio.

As a result of the investment, the companies will now join effort to accelerate to scale up and industrialise the technology and develop the commercialisation of an integrated carbon capture and utilisation solution.

Once commercialised, the solution will allow customers to transform carbon emissions into clean synthetic natural gas. 

Commenting on the collaboration, Rod Christie, Executive Vice-President of Turbomachinery & Process Solutions at Baker Hughes, said, “The combination of these technologies provides an integrated method to decarbonize hard to abate sectors such as road transportation and heating.”

“This agreement is another deliberate step in our strategy to position Baker Hughes for new energy frontiers like CCU by investing in emerging technologies and combining them with our own proven capabilities. Together, we can develop and scale faster, providing integrated solutions that can effectively decarbonise a range of industries.”

Baker Hughes will draw from its portfolio of carbon capture technologies, including its Compact Carbon Capture design, to provide integrated solutions tailored to specific applications utilising both CO2 sources with biogenic origin, as well as sources based on combustion of fossil fuels, such as industrial plants.

Mich Hein, CEO of Electrochaea, added, “Delivering synthetic natural gas at grid scale would be a remarkable development for energy consumers. By combining Baker Hughes’ carbon capture technology process with biomethanation, customers could potentially deploy large scale plants to reduce the carbon impact of existing gas infrastructure.”