Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) says that two successful projects have emerged from Round 3 of its Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses.
ERA is awarding $5 million to Mangrove Water Technologies and $5 million to CarbonCure Technologies to support commercialization of their technologies in Alberta.
If successful, these two technologies could deliver emissions reductions of almost 2 million tonnes of CO₂e per year by 2030, ERA said.
ERA launched the $35-million Grand Challenge in 2013 “to find the world’s most innovative technologies” that turn carbon dioxide emissions from a waste stream into valuable products in Alberta. The three-round approach was designed to accelerate unique, promising, and impactful solutions in the emerging field of carbon dioxide utilization, ERA said.
All contributions from ERA are required to be matched with private dollars. Funding for the Grand Challenge comes from the carbon price paid by Large Final Emitter (LFE) industrial facilities in Alberta.
The Mangrove Water Technologies solution uses CO₂ to turn waste products from oil and gas operations into valuable chemicals, reducing GHG emissions in the oilsands mining industry. This technology will be commercially demonstrated at a Canadian Natural Resources Limited mining site in Alberta. The company estimates an annual market of $450 million across the oil sands mining industry, with GHG reduction potential of 1.4 million tonnes CO₂e per year by 2030.
CarbonCure’s technology injects CO₂ into concrete where it is permanently stored as a mineral. The addition of CO₂ also strengthens the concrete, which allows the industry to achieve production efficiencies and cost savings to offset the cost of the technology. CarbonCure’s masonry and ready mix concrete applications are commercially available today, with technology installations at a dozen concrete plants across Alberta.
In the final phase of the Grand Challenge, CarbonCure will expand its portfolio and commercialize additional technologies to offer a complete solution across the cement, concrete, and construction industry. With broad market adoption, the technology portfolio could provide an estimated 530,000 tonnes per year by 2030 in Alberta. It is also expected to save 554 million litres of water annually.