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Codexis Announces Carbon Capture Progress at ARPA-E Summit
Date:2/28/2011

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit today in Washington, DC, Codexis, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDXS) will announce significant progress towards developing economical, commercial scale technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.  The program is supported by an ARPA-E Recovery Act program grant. Coal-fired power plants are major emitters of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas.

"Current carbon capture technology is inefficient and costly, hindering large scale deployment," said Alan Shaw, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer.  "It can nearly double the cost of electricity produced by a coal-fired power plant, and decrease the amount of total plant electricity output. Using Codexis technology, power plant operators may be able to use more efficient capture methods to decrease the cost of carbon capture.  This, in turn, could lead to wider adoption of this important technology solution."

The data will be presented today in a poster session and tomorrow in a presentation by James Lalonde, Ph.D., Codexis' Vice President of Biochemistry and Engineering Research and Development. Codexis is jointly developing the technology with CO2 Solution, Inc., Quebec, Canada.  

The grant supports development of custom enzymes to decrease energy needed to capture CO2 from coal-fired power plants.  Enzymes developed by Codexis under the grant have been shown to be functional and stable in relatively inexpensive and energy efficient solvents for 24 hours at temperatures up to 75 degrees Celsius.  Use of these solvents with fully developed enzymes is expected to reduce the energy needed to capture CO2 within the plant by 30%.  

This performance is essential to reaching a key goal of the program – using improved technology to reduce the incremental c
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