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Sorbead®: CO2 Dehydration for Carbon Capture and Storage

BASF offers the chemistry and knowledge to support the full carbon capture workflow and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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OASE® Blue

CO2 Capture

BASF’s OASE® technologies are an industry leader in gas treatment. OASE® blue was developed specifically as an optimized large-scale post-combustion capture technology. Low energy consumption, low solvent losses and a highly flexible operating range make OASE® blue the paramount technology for flue gas carbon capture.

BASF Catalysts & Adsorbents

CO2 Purification

BASF has a diverse portfolio of catalysts and adsorbents capable of removing impurities common to CCS applications. These impurities include but are not limited to H2O, O2, and CO.

Purification can be implemented in various stages of the process depending on the specific project needs.


CO2 Dehydration

Sorbead® is an amorphous, aluminosilicate gel with unique properties that make it the ideal H2O adsorbent for carbon capture and storage. Leveraging decades of manufacturing experience has allowed BASF to develop the ideal adsorbent for carbon capture and storage. Sorbead® easily meets pipeline specifications while also providing a lower energy, lower cost, and longer lifetime solution.

A comprehensive package of technology, products, and services

With worldwide experience and expertise, BASF delivers high-quality products, technologies, and reliable support to help our customers optimize performance and maximize profitability.

The services we provide:

  • Process design package
  • Media
  • Performance warranties
  • Troubleshooting & process optimization
  • Sample analyses
  • On-site support

BASF works with preferred partners, including NOV, to deliver optimum packaged solutions to end users and project owners

BASF Sorbead® is the Ideal Adsorbent for Carbon Capture and Storage

Sorbead is an amorphous, aluminosilicate gel with unique properties

Compared to other adsorbent materials Sorbead provides:

  • Smaller bed size required
    • High surface area
  • Longer material lifetimes for CO2 capture
    • High crush strength, acid resistant, water stable
  • Lower CapEx and OpEx costs
    • Low heat of adsorption
  • Less down time necessary
    • Quick start up/shut down and ease of operation
Video BASF Sorbead WS is liquid water stable and protects the rest of the bed from incidental carry-over events.

How does Sorbead® directly compare to alternative CO2 drying solutions?

BASF offers various adsorbent solutions, but Sorbead® is uniquely suited for CO2 capture applications

Molecular Sieve

BASF molecular sieve adsorbents are crystalline aluminosilicates that are ideally suited for low dewpoint and cryogenic applications. These materials require high regeneration temperatures.

Unstable under acidic conditions and high regeneration temperatures. Not recommended for CO2 capture applications.

Activated Alumina

BASF F-200 is a smooth sphere of activated alumina produced by BASF’s unique manufacturing process. F-200 is an excellent desiccant for drying a wide variety of liquids and gases.

Not acid resistant, so much larger bed sizes are necessary for CO2 capture applications.


Gycol (TEG) dehydration is commonly used for various applications but is less ideal than adsorbents for CO2 capture.

Why adsorption?

Sorbead® technology is a more sustainable alternative to traditional glycol units


Sorbead: No rotating equipment; small plot space; long life (5+ years)

Glycol: Requires pumps for solvent circulation; chemical storage required


Sorbead: No makeup between change outs

Glycol: Frequent chemical makeup/discard


Sorbead: Lower regen temperature (170°C); high turndown rates; fast start-up

Glycol: Higher regen temperature (200°C); limited turndown rates; long start-up time


Sorbead: No BTX/Acid Gas Emissions; no chance for Chemical spills

Glycol: Potential BTX/Acid Gas emissions and TEG spills


BASF has a long history of providing Sorbead for CO2 dehydration applications:

Company Delivery Date Gas Rate (MMSCFD) % CO2 in Feed
US Gas Plant 1 1984 50 98
US Gas Plant 2 1987 20 98
Malaysia Gas Plant 2004 100 50
Thailand Gas Plant 2008 200 23
US Gas Plant 3 2016 150 92
Canada Gas Plant 2018 13 90

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Recent News & Media

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Shell qualifies BASF Sorbead® Adsorption Technology for Carbon Capture and Storage Applications

Shell and BASF are collaborating to accelerate the transition to a world of net-zero emissions.

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Choosing the ideal CO2 drying solution for CCS applications

Aluminosilicate adsorbents provide a reliable, low-energy solution for CO2 dehydration prior to transport, storage or usage

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