Unveiling the Green Revolution: Carbon Capture, Methanol Production, and Sustainable Innovations

CXOToday has engaged in an exclusive interview with Mr. R C Mehta, Founder and promoter at Hi-Gee Tech


Can you shed some light on the environmental benefits of carbon capture technology?

Carbon capture technology plays a crucial role in addressing the environmental challenges posed by greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), a primary driver of climate change. This technology is designed to capture CO2 emissions stemming from various sources, such as industrial processes and power generation, preventing their release into the atmosphere. As a result, it substantially contributes to environmental preservation by diminishing air pollution, mitigating global warming, and supporting the transition towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future. Below are some detailed explorations of the environmental benefits:

  • Mitigation of Climate Change: Carbon capture technology reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which is essential for combating global warming and meeting climate goals.
  • Improved Air Quality: It captures not only CO2 but also harmful air pollutants like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), leading to cleaner air and better public health.
  • Support for Sustainable Energy: The application of carbon capture technology in power generation, particularly in fossil fuel-based power plants, helps transition to more sustainable energy sources. It allows for the continued use of existing infrastructure while significantly reducing emissions.
  • Carbon Storage and Utilization: Captured CO2 can be stored underground (carbon sequestration) or used in various applications, contributing to a circular and sustainable economy.
  • Preservation of Ecosystems: By curbing global warming, carbon capture technology helps protect ecosystems, biodiversity, and vulnerable species from the adverse effects of climate change.

In summary, carbon capture technology offers a multifaceted approach to addressing environmental concerns. It directly tackles greenhouse gas emissions, leading to a reduction in climate-altering effects, improved air quality, and support for sustainable energy transitions. Additionally, the captured carbon can be utilized in various ways, contributing to a more circular and eco-friendly economy. Ultimately, the adoption of this technology is a significant step toward a more sustainable and environmentally responsible future.


What are the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions, and what are the technologies addressing these sources?

 Primary Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

  • Fossil Fuel Combustion in Power Plants: Power generation from fossil fuels, such as coal, natural gas, and oil, is a significant source of CO2 emissions. These power plants produce electricity for various purposes.
  • Transportation: The transportation sector, which includes cars, trucks, ships, airplanes, and trains, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The combustion of gasoline and diesel fuels in internal combustion engines releases CO2 and other pollutants.
  • Industrial Facilities: Industrial processes, including manufacturing, chemical production, and mining, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Emissions come from energy use, chemical reactions, and various industrial operations.
  • Agriculture: Agricultural practices, particularly livestock farming and rice cultivation, emit methane (CH4), a potent greenhouse gas. Additionally, the use of synthetic fertilizers releases nitrous oxide (N2O), another significant greenhouse gas.

Technologies Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions:

  • Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCU): CCU technology involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and repurposing them for various applications, such as enhanced oil recovery, mineral carbonation, and renewable fuel production. CCU offers environmental benefits by reducing emissions and creating value from captured carbon.
  • Renewable Energy Sources: Wind, solar, and hydropower are renewable energy sources that offer cleaner alternatives to fossil fuels for electricity generation. They produce little to no direct greenhouse gas emissions during energy production.
  • Electric Vehicles (EVs): EVs, including cars and buses, use electricity instead of gasoline or diesel. When powered by clean energy sources, EVs produce no tailpipe emissions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.

Energy Efficiency Technologies: Improving the energy efficiency of buildings, appliances, and industrial processes reduces the amount of energy needed, which, in turn, lowers greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy production.

What are the long-term growth prospects and scalability of carbon capture and methanol production in high-emission industries, particularly in the context of sustainable practices?

Carbon capture and methanol production hold immense growth potential in high-emission industries. As the world increasingly focuses on sustainable practices and emissions reduction, these technologies are becoming more critical. They are scalable solutions that can be implemented across various industries to reduce emissions. With advancements in technology and increasing awareness of sustainability, the long-term prospects for carbon capture and methanol production remain promising and vital for achieving carbon neutrality. Achieving carbon neutrality, a key target for many organizations and nations, relies on technologies like carbon capture and methanol production to reduce emissions and transition to greener energy sources.


In which high-emission industries is carbon capture and methanol production most promising and how does it help mitigate their environmental impact?

 High-emission industries such as steel production, cement manufacturing, and petrochemicals benefit greatly from carbon capture and methanol production. These industries are traditionally significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon capture technology mitigates their environmental impact by capturing CO2 emissions and converting them into valuable products like methanol, reducing their carbon footprint. This shift towards sustainability is essential in aligning these industries with global environmental goals.


Could you tell us more about Hi-Gee Tech’s role in the future of carbon capture technology and how it’s changing the game in reducing carbon emissions?

Hi-Gee is leading the way in innovating carbon capture technology, indicating its prominence in addressing emissions reduction challenges.

Cutting-Edge Solutions: We have developed patented, state-of-the-art solution that demonstrate our commitment to innovation in the carbon capture sector.

High CO2 Capture Efficiency: Hi-Gee technology achieves a remarkable carbon capture efficiency, capturing more than 90% of carbon dioxide emissions with much lower use of consumables and space as compared to other approaches currently available.

Value-Added Products: The captured CO2 can be effectively combined with hydrogen to produce valuable products, such as methanol, showcasing the practical and economic benefits of our technology.

Methane Slippage Minimal: Hi-Gee Tech’s technology also excels in minimizing methane slippage during the process of Bio Gas Upgradation to CBG, a crucial factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions effectively. In this process our technology also captures the CO2 as compared to other options where this CO2 also is eventually entering the atmosphere.

Compact and Horizontal Design: Our innovative design, featuring a horizontal and compact Rotating Packed Bed unit, is a noteworthy departure from traditional column technology. This design choice enhances economic viability and operational efficiency.

By pushing the boundaries of carbon capture technology, Hi-Gee technology is playing a pivotal role in revolutionizing emissions reduction efforts, demonstrating its commitment to addressing environmental challenges effectively.


The government has been pushing for the upgrading of biogas to compressed biogas. How does Hi-Gee Tech fit into this initiative, and what makes your technology the next generation solution for this industry?

Hi-Gee Tech’s expertise extends to the upgrading of biogas to compressed biogas (CBG). Upgrading biogas to compressed biogas (CBG) involves a multi-step process to purify and enhance the quality of biogas, primarily composed of methane and carbon dioxide, making it suitable for use as a clean and renewable fuel. Initially, the biogas undergoes desulfurization to remove hydrogen sulfide, followed by moisture removal to prevent equipment corrosion. Carbon dioxide is then removed through absorption, leaving a methane-rich gas. This methane-enriched gas is subsequently compressed to the desired pressure, for efficient storage and distribution. To ensure quality, the gas is thoroughly checked, and any remaining moisture is removed before storage and dispensing, ready for applications such as vehicle fuel. Hi-Gee technology enhances the efficiency of this process, making it more economically viable and environmentally friendly. By upgrading biogas, we contribute to the renewable energy sector and provide a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Our next-generation solutions are designed to streamline the upgrading process, reduce energy consumption, and make CBG production a more accessible and eco-friendly option. As mentioned in the earlier question, one more differentiator si that we are one of the only technologies that captures the CO2 during the upgradation process. This captured CO2 can then be used as a commodity.


What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators looking to make a positive impact in the clean energy and environmental technology *

“My guidance for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators committed to environmental improvement includes:

  • Acknowledge the Long Development Journey: Understand that environmental progress is a journey that often takes time. Be prepared for the fact that results may not materialize immediately. Instead, view every challenge as an opportunity for learning and continual improvement.
  • Seek Expert Advice as Needed: Don’t hesitate to reach out to experts in the field when faced with complex issues. Their insights and guidance can prove invaluable in navigating the intricacies of environmental technology and innovation.
  • Maintain a Persistent Approach to Funding: Securing financial resources is an ongoing process. Consistently follow up on funding opportunities, whether through investments, grants, or partnerships. A continuous approach to funding is essential to sustain your environmental initiatives.