The next step in greenhouse gas reduction: Capturing and repurposing carbon

Mar 15, 2017

Alberta took a major step toward filling a global need in green-house gas emission reduction, with the announcement of the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre (ACCTC) in Calgary this week.

The ACCTC is an Alberta facility that will be built using provincial and federal dollars to test cutting-edge global technology. The goal will be to turn carbon dioxide emissions into valuable, usable products that can create new revenue streams for Albertans and others. It will position Alberta and Canada as world leaders in the transition to a lower-carbon economy.

On Friday March 3, the Government of Canada announced it would it match provincial funding up to $10 million to build the state of the art facility. Owned and operated by InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, the ACCTC will be designed to test carbon conversion technologies, something technology innovators the world over have said is needed to get vital green-house gas reduction technologies to market.

The semi-finalists of the upcoming NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE will be among the first to test their technologies in the ACCTC.

The facility will be able to test carbon conversion technologies using flue gas obtained from natural gas combustion at large scales, giving these developers a chance to see how their innovations work in an environment that is as close to real world as can be.

It will also act as a beacon for innovation by drawing researchers and companies from across the globe to come to Alberta to help build technology clusters focused on carbon capture and reuse. Innovation will lead to growth and job creation for Albertans.

This partnership between Alberta and the Government of Canada could act as a model for future partnerships with other provincial jurisdictions. Most importantly, however, it underscores Canada’s global responsibility in helping accelerate the development of greenhouse gas reduction technologies that are relevant to Canadian industry, the health of Canadians and the global environment.

Planning has already begun to build the ACCTC, which will be housed at the Shepard Energy Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Construction will begin in June 2017 and the facility should be up and running by 2018.