Codexis has been selected to receive up to a $4.7m grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for development of technology to remove carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plant emissions.

This is the company’s first grant under the ARPA-E Recovery Act program. The grant supports development of biocatalysts for carbon capture from coal-fired power plants.

The technology is based on customized carbonic anhydrase biocatalysts that have the potential to enable cost effective capture of carbon dioxide, the company said. Codexis is developing this technology in collaboration with CO2 Solution of Quebec City, Canada.

The grant is part of a $106m award through the DOE’s ARPA-E program. DOE made the award to projects that are expected to change the way the country uses and produces energy and produce advanced biofuels efficiently from renewable electricity instead of sunlight; design new types of batteries to make electric vehicles more affordable; and remove the carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants in a cost effective way.