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Sorbead®: CO2 Dehydration for Carbon Capture and Storage

Carbon capture from BASF OASE blue specialty amine product line and CO2 dehydration from BASF Sorbead® aluminosilicate gel product line provide the technology to separate, dehydrate, transport and store carbon dioxide to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

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BASF Sorbead® Aluminosilicate Gel Materials

BASF has over 60 years of experience designing Sorbead units for dehydration of natural gas and CO2, with more than 270 references world-wide.

Sorbead is an amorphous, aluminosilicate gel with unique properties which provide superior unit performance:

  • High surface area
  • High crush strength
  • Low attrition
  • Low heat of adsorption
  • Acid Resistant
  • Stable to water and liquid hydrocarbon
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Operational Benefits of Adsorption Technology


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


Sorbead: Outlet H2O 100 ppmv; <10 ppmv possible

Glygol: Outlet H2O 100 ppmv water


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

Technical Support

BASF understands that technical support are paramount for achieving customer success. With worldwide experience and expertise, BASF’s technical support team delivers high-quality, reliable support to help our customers optimize performance and maximize profitability.

The services we provide:

Process design package


Performance warranties

Troubleshooting & process optimization

Sample analyses

On-site support

Datasheets and Brochures

Recent News & Media

BASF Visuals Press Release Sorbead final

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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