The oil and gas industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity is driven by the need for more efficient production, improved safety and as long-term sustainability. Therefore, the industry is pursuing clean energy transition, alongside which there has been a growing interest in technologies such as green hydrogen, fuel cells, and carbon capture and storage (CCS). In the last three years alone, there have been over 534,000 patents filed and granted in the oil and gas industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Environment Sustainability in Oil & Gas: Syngas CO2 sequesteration. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 256,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the oil & gas industry, there are 40+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Syngas CO2 sequestration is a key innovation area in environmental sustainability

Syngas formation is a key stage in several industrial processes in the energy and metallurgy sectors. The syngas or synthesis gas is a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and oxides of carbon. It has become important, in light of global warming, to capture carbon during the production phases of the above-mentioned industries. Hence, industry leaders are actively pursuing the development of syngas CO2 sequestration technology.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 30+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established oil & gas companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of syngas CO2 sequestration.

Key players in Syngas CO2 sequestration – a disruptive innovation in the oil & gas industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to syngas CO2 sequestration

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Exxon Mobil 295 Unlock Company Profile
RAG-Stiftung 164 Unlock Company Profile
Honeywell International 136 Unlock Company Profile
Air Liquide 132 Unlock Company Profile
BASF 59 Unlock Company Profile
Linde 50 Unlock Company Profile
Saudi Arabian Oil 34 Unlock Company Profile
TotalEnergies 32 Unlock Company Profile
IFP Energies nouvelles 32 Unlock Company Profile
Schlumberger 30 Unlock Company Profile
Arkema 23 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson Matthey 23 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 22 Unlock Company Profile
Halliburton 21 Unlock Company Profile
General Electric 21 Unlock Company Profile
Haldor Topsoe Holding 21 Unlock Company Profile
Shell 19 Unlock Company Profile
Iogen 18 Unlock Company Profile
Petroliam Nasional Bhd 18 Unlock Company Profile
Dow 16 Unlock Company Profile
1304338 Alberta 16 Unlock Company Profile
JGC Holdings 15 Unlock Company Profile
Pilot Energy Solutions 15 Unlock Company Profile
Fujifilm Holdings 14 Unlock Company Profile
Calix 13 Unlock Company Profile
Air Products and Chemicals 11 Unlock Company Profile
Eni 11 Unlock Company Profile
Chevron U. S. A 11 Unlock Company Profile
Rosneft Oil 9 Unlock Company Profile
Baker Hughes 9 Unlock Company Profile
Dangote Industries 9 Unlock Company Profile
Aker Solutions 8 Unlock Company Profile
3M 8 Unlock Company Profile
G4 Insights 8 Unlock Company Profile
Ceca 8 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Chemical Group 7 Unlock Company Profile
Maire Tecnimont 7 Unlock Company Profile
China Petrochemical 6 Unlock Company Profile
Apache Nitrogen Products 6 Unlock Company Profile
Equinor 5 Unlock Company Profile
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Leaders in patent filing for syngas CO2 sequestration include ExxonMobil and Flour. Energy companies, industrial gas vendors, and technology licensing companies lead the CO2 sequestration technology development. ExxonMobil is engaged in R&D to improve existing CCS technologies and bring down the cost of carbon capture. It operates the Shute Creek gas processing facility, which is the largest active CCUS unit in the world.

Fluor offers technology licensing and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) solutions for CCS projects. Its post-combustion carbon capture technology, Econamine FG Plus, offers efficient and cost-effective CCS implementation for clients. The company’s other CCS technology offerings include the Fluor Solvent Process and the Improved Econamine technology, which is specifically suitable for addressing the winterisation issue in carbon capture.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the oil & gas industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Top 20 Oil & Gas Themes 2022.

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.