EDMONTON—An Alberta-based not-for-profit organization has announced close to $10-million in funding for four projects targeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in the province.
According to the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), ATCO Gas, Genalta Power Inc. and Devon Canada will each receive a share of the funding for the projects that are estimated to reduce a combined 300,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over 10 years—the equivalent of removing some 60,000 cars from the road.
“The CCEMC is helping industry to remove barriers associated with energy efficient innovations,” CCEMC chair Eric Newell said in a statement about the funding.
“We anticipate that these projects will build broader awareness and spur adoption of energy saving technologies.”
ATCO Gas, a natural gas provider in Alberta, will receive $1.8-million from the CCEMC to incorporate combined heat and power (CHP) technology in commercial and institutional buildings in Alberta.
CHP uses natural gas to provide both heat and electricity to buildings, and ATCO plans to use the project to raise awareness about the technology and how it is best utilized in buildings like rec centres, greenhouses and apartment buildings.
Genalta Power is receiving $4.8-million for a waste-heat recovery project in the Peace Region in Alberta’s northwest.
That project will provide emission-free power from multiple waste energy sources and will serve as a template for industrial applications across the province.
Finally, Devon Canada will receive almost $3-million for a pair of projects in northeastern Alberta.
According to the CCEMC, the firm will receive approximately $900,000 to install a turbo-expander at its Jackfish 1 Thermal facility near Conklin, Alta., approximately 350 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.
Aimed to capture energy that is released through a throttling valve at the facility, the project will generate an estimated five to 10 per cent of the facility’s power requirements.
The second project at the facility, an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine, will be used to harness low-grade waste-heat from the glycol cooling process.
The ORC turbine uses the waste heat to generate electricity and will also generate an estimated five to 10 per cent of the facility’s power.
The CCEMC is providing nearly $2-million for the project.
The four projects have an estimated combined value of $29-million.
“Energy efficiency remains a cornerstone of our provincial efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and meet our climate change targets,” said Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Diana McQueen.
“Investment in projects that exemplify ingenuity and innovation are key to ensuring that Alberta continues to be a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gases.”