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.

The Clean Technology program invests in projects to adapt, develop and deploy innovative clean technologies to benefit Albertans and contribute to the growth of the province’s low-carbon economy. In each of our priority focus areas, we look for projects and activities that can reduce environmental impacts, support Alberta’s energy transition, generate jobs in a clean tech economy, and engage industry, researchers and communities to participate in their future energy systems.  

We are excited about the emerging technology pathways that can support cross-sectoral industries to reduce or mitigate carbon emissions, decarbonize fuel systems or create novel materials required in new clean technologies. Our carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) focus can help Alberta to demonstrate its leadership in supporting many industries to decarbonize, including supporting the growing hydrogen economy in Alberta. From lithium to vanadium, novel metals, minerals and materials extraction and utilization leverages Alberta’s existing natural resource skills and infrastructure to build new clean tech supply chains in Alberta.  

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.

How project funding works

Most funding is provided through a combination of open competition and continuous intake process. Contact 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.

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.

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.