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Energy Innovation Program - Carbon capture, utilization and storage RD&D Call


Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) provides an important pathway to emissions reductions for energy and industrial activities under conditions where neither electrification nor low carbon fuels are able to provide technically or economically feasible low-carbon solutions.

As part of Budget 2021, the government is investing $319 million over seven years into research, development, and demonstrations to advance the commercial viability of CCUS technologies. These funds will support businesses, academia, non-profits, government, and federal laboratories on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050. In 2021-22, OERD ran a call for proposals with up to $50 million in support for FEED studies for large-scale CCUS facilities. The CCUS RD&D call will focus on earlier-stage RD&D activities across three different focus areas. There will be individual intake processes for each focus area, as outlined in the timelines below. Separate and detailed guidance will be provided for each focus area on the opening date of the expression of interest phase.

Focus Areas & Timelines

Capture: To drive down the cost and enhance performance of capture technologies for different emission sources.
Expression of Interest: Open July 7, 2022
Closed as of October 3, 2022
Applications currently under review

Storage & Transportation: To characterize and develop safe, permanent subsurface CO2 storage, and technologies that support safe and efficient transportation of CO2 and storage opportunities across Canada.
Expression of Interest: Will open fall/winter 2022

Utilization: To expand the strategic uses of CO2, and support the development of cost and energy efficient utilization pathways.
Expression of Interest: Will open winter 2022/spring 2023

CO2 Capture RD&D

Carbon capture technologies have been deployed and demonstrated at large scale at various sites in Canada, account for a significant portion of the cost of deploying CCUS, and most of the current conventional capture technologies are suited for larger-emission sources. 

The CCUS RD&D Capture focus area aims to support the RD&D of next-generation CO2 capture technologies and processes that have the potential to significantly reduce capital and/or operating costs of capturing CO2 and increase applicability to different emission sources, sizes, and CO2 concentrations compared to commercially available, amine-based CO2 capture technologies.

Key dates – Capture Focus Area

  1. Deadline to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI): October 3, 2022
  2. EOI review process by expert panel: Fall 2022/winter 2023
  3. Successful applicants invited to submit Full Project Proposals: Winter 2023

If you feel you are ready to apply, and have read the Applicant Guide carefully, please download the fillable PDF EOI, and submit the EOI and any required documentation to:

Information Session

An information session was held in English on August 17, 2022

  • Download the presentation here

If you were unable to attend, please email us and we can send you a recording of the session.

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