Research and innovation

Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

With a working interest in approximately one-fifth of the world’s total carbon capture capacity, ExxonMobil is a leader in one of the most important next-generation low-greenhouse gas emissions technologies, capturing about 7 million tonnes per year of CO2. Since 1970, ExxonMobil has cumulatively captured more CO2 than any other company — accounting for more than 40 percent of cumulative CO2 captured.

CCS Technology Development

Reducing carbon emissions

CCS is the process by which carbon dioxide from power-plant combustion and other industrial sources that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere is captured, compressed and injected into underground geologic formations for safe, secure and permanent storage.

ExxonMobil is working to develop new CO2 capture technologies with a goal of reducing costs, complexity of operation and need for large initial capital allocations. For example, ExxonMobil and FuelCell Energy, Inc., have partnered to develop CO2 capture technologies using carbonate fuel cells. These novel approaches have the potential to be less costly and easier to operate than existing technologies, while being deployable in a modular fashion with applicability to multiple industry settings.

ExxonMobil is also developing sub-surface CO2 storage capability by leveraging decades of experience in the exploration, development, and production of hydrocarbon resources. This expertise is key to permanently storing CO2 deep underground in a safe and secure fashion.

Research and development highlights
Breakthroughs like the deployment of carbonate fuel cells at power plants are essential for reducing emissions, while at the same time increasing power generation and limiting costs to consumers.
Dr. Vijay Swarup
Dr. Vijay Swarup

Vice president for research and development at ExxonMobil


metric tons of carbon dioxide were captured by ExxonMobil for storage in 2017

All articles about carbon capture and storage

Cleaner power: reducing emissions with carbon capture and storage For more than 30 years, ExxonMobil engineers and scientists have researched, developed and applied technologies that could play a role in the widespread deployment of carbon capture and storage.

Carbon capture Article Nov. 15, 2018

Delivering the future of energy in Clinton At ExxonMobil’s research facility in Clinton, New Jersey, scientists and engineers develop breakthrough technologies, collaborating with universities, national labs and companies across the globe to solve the dual energy challenge — to provide energy to a growing global population while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy tech centers Article Nov. 14, 2018

Advanced carbonate fuel cell technology in carbon capture and storage Advancing economic and sustainable technologies to capture carbon dioxide from large emitters, such as power plants, is an important part of ExxonMobil’s suite of research into lower-emissions solutions to mitigate the risk of climate change.

Carbon capture Article Sept. 18, 2018

ExxonMobil releases Energy & Carbon Summary and Outlook for Energy IRVING, Texas--ExxonMobil today released its Energy & Carbon Summary: Positioning for a Lower-Carbon Future and its Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040. The reports highlight ExxonMobil’s analysis of 2 degree Celsius (2°C) scenarios and include sensitivity analyses on electric vehicle penetration and renewables deployment. 

Newsroom News Feb. 2, 2018

Carbon capture: finding a needle in a haystack The electricity we depend on in our daily lives is mostly generated by power plants that produce CO2 emissions when operating. And, while that byproduct is greatly reduced for plants running natural gas — instead of coal — as a fuel, scientists are hoping to curb those emissions even further through carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Carbon capture Energy Factor Nov. 16, 2017