3M and Svante to jointly develop and produce carbon dioxide removal products

3M is partnering with Canada’s Svante Technologies Inc to develop material that can trap carbon dioxide (CO2) found in the atmosphere and permanently remove it.

3M and Svante are to jointly develop and produce carbon dioxide removal products
3M and Svante are to jointly develop and produce carbon dioxide removal products - Image: Svante.

The joint development agreement (JDA) between 3M and Svante focuses on the development and manufacture of solutions using parallel channel structured adsorbent technology for the carbon dioxide removal (CDR) industry.

Svante has already developed a process for coating solid sorbents onto laminate sheets and stacking into high-performance filters, which are available for both industrial point-source capture (from hydrogen, cement, steel, aluminum, pulp & paper plants, and refineries) and for direct air capture. 

3M Ventures, the venture capital arm of 3M, recently participated in Svante's Series E fundraising round, which raised US$318 million to accelerate the manufacturing of Svante's carbon capture and removal technology.

"Similar to how we tripled production of N95 respirators during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are eager to take on the challenge of scaling the production and supply of carbon removal materials over the next decade and beyond to meet global demand,” said Ray Eby, president of 3M's Personal Safety Division. “Our deep expertise in filtration technology, extensive global R&D community and our unwavering commitment to create world-changing solutions give us the confidence to scale these carbon-adsorbing solutions with the necessary speed to combat climate change.”

“3M is another great addition to our network of world-class strategic partners and investors,” said Claude Letourneau, Svante’s president and CEO. “3M’s 120+ years of expertise in producing materials science-based solutions at scale is unparalleled and will aid us in our efforts to capture millions of tons of CO2 from diverse sites around the world.”

Because of the wide range of markets that the company serves, Letourneau says Svante's technology can be applied to 85% of the total carbon capture and removal segment.

“With 51 technology platforms across 3M, we’re innovating and creating new technology capabilities to meet the growing needs of the carbon capture and removal market,” said Fabrice Moguet, senior vice president of research and development for 3M's Safety and Industrial Business Group. “To fulfill Svante's needs and help combat climate change, we'll need to scale to thousands of miles of technical material over the next few years, and we're excited to manufacture our first products in the United States for Svante’s DAC applications."