Carbon capture and utilization is one of the most promising technologies in the fight against climate change, and the Government of Canada is making investments in R&D to support its development.
As part of Natural Resources Canada’s Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program, the Government of Canada is providing up to $10 million to the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre in Calgary — a state-of-the art research facility that will allow new technologies to be tested on a near-commercial scale.
Among the first to use the new centre will be finalists for the NRG COSIA Carbon X-PRIZE, who will be able to test their innovative ideas to re-imagine carbon and create new industries and a cleaner energy future.
What success will look like
The new facility at the Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary will provide a venue where research scientists from industry, academic institutions and governments come together in a major urban location to:
- collaborate on innovative carbon-use technologies at a large industrial scale
- test the conversion of carbon dioxide into usable products that would result in new revenue opportunities
This research could bring new building materials, fuels and consumer goods to market.
Researchers will be able to test technologies utilizing between 1 and 25 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day.
- The Carbon XPRIZE Competition challenges companies to develop new technologies converting CO2 emissions from electricity generation and oil and gas production into new products.
- This is an example of federal-provincial collaboration to advance shared priorities for action under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
- This investment will help Canada meet its international Mission Innovation commitment to double its funding for clean energy and clean technology research and development, to $775 million by 2020.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr (L), and Alberta’s Economic Development and Trade Minister, Deron Bilous (R), recently signed a new Alberta–Canada collaboration agreement on clean energy research and technology in Ottawa.