Carbon Capture and Utilization

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Funding CO2 innovation in Alberta 

Renewable forms of energy represent a growth opportunity for Alberta. As such, we, along with our sister organization Emissions Reduction Alberta, invest in technologies that give Alberta a leading edge.

This program focuses on carbon capture and utilization innovation to convert carbon dioxide into useful products with significant commercial value and market demand through cost-competitive and environmentally sound technology solutions.

By investing in transformative carbon dioxide utilization technologies, we will contribute to Alberta’s greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation and economic diversification efforts.

How the program works 

We pursue emerging clean technology innovations in carbon capture, utilization, and hydrogen generation. (See focus areas below.)

Our objectives are connected with the Alberta Research and Innovation Framework 2030 targets, which include: 

  1. A 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas intensity;
  2. A 30 percent increase of electricity being supplied by renewable energies by 2030; and 
  3. A 25 percent increase Alberta’s clean tech sector.

Focus areas

  • Carbon Capture: wind integration and optimization, advanced solar energy (thermal and PV), advanced geothermal energy integration, dedicated biomass generation, and hydrokinetic and run-of-river power generation
  • Carbon Utilization: energy storage for system optimization, smart grid technologies for enhanced distributed generation, distributed energy resource optimization, and grid flexibility technologies for reliable and sustainable grid operation
  • Hydrogen Generation: power generation with CO2 capture for use, industrial waste heat integration, and low emission power generation such as small modular nuclear reactors.

How project funding works

Most funding is provided through a combination of open competition and a continuous intake process. Contact the program director for more information.

Who is the program open to?

This program is open to researchers, innovators, small and medium sized enterprises, large companies and others who are seeking funding, expertise and/or sector leadership to advance technology development from TRL 3–7.