EDMONTON—The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation has announced plans to fund 13 new clean technology projects led by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
According to CCEMC, the projects aim to advance carbon capture and storage efforts, enhance energy efficiency and reduce emissions from fossil fuels.
Combined, the projects are valued at more than $34-million, with CCEMC investing more than $6-million across all projects.
“Great ideas can come from anywhere,” CCEMC Chair Eric Newell said in a statement. “(SMEs) are incredible sources of creative ideas that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrate that clean technology is an increasingly important element of our economy.”
According to the Canadian Clean Technology Industry Report, clean technology is now employing more than 52,000 people across Canada and generating more than $10-billion in revenues.
“Investing in technology is critical to reducing emissions and a key theme of Alberta’s Climate Change Strategy,” Alberta Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Diana McQueen said. “I’m pleased that the clean energy fund has become a viable mechanism for Alberta businesses to pioneer technology that will help us achieve our climate change targets.”
Three carbon capture projects are receiving funding:
- Carbon Engineering Ltd., for direct air capture
- CO2 Solutions Inc., for optimization of enzymatic system for Co2 capture from oil sands production
- Sustainable Energy Solutions, for cryogenic carbon capture with energy storage
Six energy efficiency projects are receiving funding:
- E3P Technologies, Inc. for a high efficiency engine project
- Global Analyzer Systems Ltd., for a stack-top temperature reduction project
- Imtex Membranes Corp. for energy efficient membrane refining of olefins for the petrochemical industry
- Landmark Group of Builders for NetZero home design and demonstration for production housing
- Pahl’s Preventative Maintenance Corp. for pump jack optimization and GHG reduction
- Seal Well Inc. for permanent sealing of GHG emitting or sequestration wells with a bismuth-based metal alloy
Four projects to reduce emissions from fossil fuels are also receiving support:
- Hi-Tec Fuel Systems Ltd. for engineering of a natural gas dual fuel blend system for heavy duty diesel vehicles
- Lancaster Wind Systems Inc. for the LWS energy storage solution pilot project
- Salt Canada Inc. for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo aerobic landfill project
- Saltworks Technologies Inc. for a low energy produced water treatment project
The projects are at all stages of the innovation scale, according to CCEMC, from development to commercialization.
Combined, the organzation claims, the 13 projects reduce emissions by an estimated 676,000-tonnes over 10 years.