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Natural Resources Canada
2010/20
April 19, 2010

Unique CO2 Technology Facility Officially Opens


OTTAWA — The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, today officially opened the CanmetENERGY CO2 Research Facility (CanCO2). This integrated and efficient pilot-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) capture facility simultaneously removes pollutants while purifying and compressing CO2 for transport, storage or use. The CanCO2 is located at the Natural Resources Canada Ottawa Research Centre in Bells Corners.

 “Today, we are showcasing innovative technology and demonstrating that government and private industry collaboration not only works but is essential in the development of clean energy technology,” said Minister Paradis. “Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY has shown leadership in the development of carbon capture and storage technology, supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020, a target that reflects the importance of aligning with the U.S.”

The Zero Emission Technologies group at Natural Resources Canada’s Ottawa Research Centre has developed a CO2 capture and compression unit suitable for separating CO2 generated by an oxy-fuel (burning of fuel and pure oxygen) power plant and also from other industrial sources. The CanCO2 is a trailer-mounted modular unit that is transportable and suitable for field testing and pilot-scale demonstrations.

As a portable near-zero emission test platform, this advanced facility is in demand by industry and research organizations to optimize, reduce costs, evaluate and test technology options for CO2 capture from a host of fossil fuel-fired plants.

With this project, the Government of Canada continues its commitment to clean energy technology development by investing in projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce high-quality jobs for Canadians.

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Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis today officially opened the CanmetENERGY CO2 Research Facility located at the department’s Ottawa Research Centre. Minister Paradis says the Government of Canada is committed to clean energy technology development and is investing in projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce high-quality jobs for Canadians.

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