The Alberta-based Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) has granted 24 winners some $12 million in funding for the first round of the organization’s international Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses.
The winners were selected from 344 submissions from 37 countries on six continents. The announcement was made at Zero 2014: A Conference for a Low Carbon Future, which ran April 15 – 17, 2014 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
More than a half dozen Canadian projects were accepted.
“While efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions around the world are making progress, we still need to pursue other strategies that can reduce emissions as global demand for fossil fuels grows,” said CCEMC Chair Eric Newell in an April 15, 2014 joint statement. “We applaud the leaders behind these projects who are taking action through developing new carbon utilization technologies,” he added.
The CCEMC launched the multi-year competition in 2013, with a goal to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by fostering the development of technologies that create new carbon-based, value-added products and markets. The funding comes from Alberta’s large industrial emitters, which must achieve specified reductions of greenhouse
Gases or pay a levy of $15 per tonne into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund.
“The CCEMC Grand Challenge will foster the innovation and collaboration required to accelerate the development of these critical technologies and help Alberta and the world to reduce GHG emissions,” said Paul Clark, chair of the CCEMC Grand Challenge Steering Committee, in the joint statement.
The selected projects are from Canada (seven), the U.S. (14) and the UK (three). Each winner receives $500,000 and access to a support team who will help them to develop their idea.
The CCEMC Grand Challenge projects are diverse and include, as examples, a fuel
cell, fertilizers, concrete, a product to treat wastewater, and one project that will create graphene – a “miracle material” that’s stronger than a diamond and conducts electricity a thousand times better than copper. They also include a variety of chemicals that are used to produce consumer goods familiar to every Canadian – like ski boots, fishing rods, and fleece jackets.
The winners of the first round of the CCEMC Grand Challenge are listed below.
Robert Gordon University – Integration of Advanced Hybrid Inorganic Membranes for Carbon Dioxide Conversion
University of Alberta – Novel Internal Dry Reforming Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology for CO2 Utilization
Enerkem Inc. – Valorizing Industrially Produced CO2: A Reliable and Cost Effective Solution for Carbon Capture and its Conversion to Marketable Products
RTI International – Captured-CO2 Catalyst for the Production of Ethylene Oxide (C3-PEO)
Liquid Light – Converting Carbon Dioxide into Chemicals and Fuels Using Clean, Domestic Sources of Energy in Alberta
E3Tec Service, LLC – Production of Dimethyl Carbonate (DMC) from Captured CO2 and Methanol
Institute of Gas Technology – Direct Catalytic Synthesis of Acetic Acid from CO2 AND CH4
University of British Columbia – A Coupled CO2 and Wastewater Treatment Process to Create High Value Gas/Oil Field Chemicals
University of California Riverside – CO2 Conversion to Methanol through Bi-reforming
Quantiam Technologies - Methano l+: Methanol from Carbon Dioxide and Green Hydrogen
McGill University – Chemical Transformation of Carbon Dioxide via Solar-Powered Artificial Photosynthesis
Pioneer Energy – High-Value Synthetic Chemicals and Gasoline Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Canada’s CO2 and Flare Gas Emissions
Solidia Technologies – Solidia Concrete - A Sustainable Method For Cement Production and CO2 Utilization
Blue Planet Ltd. – Carbon Capture and Mineralogic Sequestration: Addressing the World Wide Epidemic on a World Wide Scale
McGill University – Use of Carbon Dioxide in Making Carbonate-Bond Precast Concrete Products
New Sky Energy – Soda Ash and Bicarbonate from a Low Energy Natural Gas Sweetening Process
Skyonic Corporation - Skyonic SkyCycle Pilot Demontration
SOLID CARBON PRODUCTS
ARCTECH, Inc. – HUMASORB-L for Removal of CO2, NOx GHGs, along with SOx and Trace Metals from Fossil Fuel Combustion Gases and Recycling of CO2 into a Value Generation HUMASORB-CS, a Stable Multipurpose Water Filter
JRE Petroleum Services - CO2 to Graphene Reactors
CCm Research – High Efficiency Capture Using Novel Fibres in the Production of Soil Conditioning Agents
Carbon Cycle Limited – Process to Capture Carbon Dioxide and Produce Structured Calcium Carbonate and Fertilizer
Industrial Microbes, Inc. – Biological Co-fermentation of Carbon Dioxide and Methane to Malate
University of Maryland – An Innovative and Highly Efficient Microalgae-Based Carbon Sequestration System to Reduce CO2 Emission and Produce Valuable Byproducts Including Biofuels in all Climates
OakBio - Conversion of Industrial CO2 Emissions into Biofuels and Chemicals
Round two of the Grand Challenge launches in September 2015 and after a second international intake, five winners will each receive $3 million. From that group, a final winner of the competition will be awarded a $10 million grant in 2018 to establish a business that annually reduces greenhouse gas by one net megaton in Alberta.