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Saipem launches “Bluenzyme” – an enzymatic carbon capture solution

Saipem launches “Bluenzyme” – an enzymatic carbon capture solution
An artist's rendering of Saipem's innovative plug-and-play Bluenzyme 200 carbon capture process. Using a proprietary technology, these modular units are designed to capture carbon dioxide and compress it for transport, offering efficient and cost-effective solutions for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) applications (image courtesy Saipem).

Italy-headed Società Azionaria Italiana Perforazione e Montaggi S.p.A (Saipem), a global energy and infrastructure engineering and construction company has launched "Bluenzyme", an innovative pre-engineered line of carbon dioxide capture solutions based on the proprietary enzymatic technology “CO2 Solutions by SAIPEM”.

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According to Saipem, Bluenzyme is an innovative plug-and-play solution based on the use of enzymes, which ensures a carbon capture process with reduced environmental impact and therefore more sustainable than traditional processes.

The first industrialized product is Bluenzyme 200 with a nominal capture capacity of 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2 ) per day. It is designed as a ready-to-use package aimed at small and medium emitters,

Powerful enzymatic solvent

The “CO2 Solutions by SAIPEM” technology that characterizes how Bluenzyme works, uses a non-toxic, non-volatile solvent based on the use of the carbonic anhydrase enzyme – the most powerful natural catalyst for the capture of carbon dioxide and naturally present in the human body and in all living organisms for the organic exchange of CO2 during respiration.

After an in-depth analysis of how this natural enzyme works, Saipem developed a high-performance industrial solution for CO2 capture that the company says “is more environmentally sustainable than traditional processes, and more cost-effective.”

This is possible because the technology is suitable for the use of recoverable heat from low-temperature sources.

Modular cost-efficient Plug’n’Play

Bluenzyme is a plug-and-play system applied to post-combustion emissions from new or existing plants. It is designed for different industrial sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, energy, and cement production, and, other hard-to-abate sectors.

The system is a modular and flexible product, easily adaptable to most facilities thanks to its compact design. The modules are manufactured offsite, with standardized production processes and stringent quality controls, and are then installed on-site.

This modular approach and the adoption of a dedicated supply chain reduce project execution time, costs, and risks, making Bluenzyme a cost-effective, sustainable, and rapidly available industrial solution.

We are proud to be able to offer our customers the Bluenzyme 200 solution, an off-the-shelf product based on proprietary technology that is the result of our relentless commitment to research and development of increasingly flexible, efficient, and sustainable solutions. Bluenzyme 200 represents a concrete solution to allow companies to reach their ESG goals and move closer to the target of a zero-carbon future that Saipem is striving to achieve, commented Fabrizio Botta, Chief Commercial Officer at Saipem.

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