Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage R&D Call: Investing $319 Million in a Net-Zero Economy

Our carbon footprint negatively affects the environment we live in through many ways. Not only is it the underlying factor of human-induced climate change, but it also contributes to air pollution, toxic acid and rain, coastal and ocean acidification, and it increases the melting rate of glaciers and polar ice. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) plays a pivotal role in helping Canada reach its goal of having net-zero emissions by 2050. CCUS helps fight against climate change by capturing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes and combustion of fossil fuels. It can be leveraged to produce low-carbon products and fuels such as hydrogen. It can also be used to achieve carbon dioxide removal via negative emission technologies.

The Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) Call (CCUS RD&D) aims to support the RD&D of next-generation CO2 capture technologies and processes that can significantly reduce capital and/or operating costs of capturing CO2 and increase applicability to different emission sources, sizes, and CO2 concentrations compared to commercially available, amine-based CO2 capture technologies.

Type of Funding Available

The Government of Canada is investing $319 million over seven years for research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to advance the commercial liability of CCUS technologies.

The CCUS RD&D Capture is open to RD&D projects that request between $500,000 and $2,500,000 (comprising of 75% total project costs) and demonstration projects that request between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 (comprising of 50% total project costs), both over a period of up to five years. These are non-repayable contributions for both types of projects.

Eligible Applicants

The CCUS RD&D Capture focus area is available to:

  1. Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including:
    • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as electricity and gas utilities, electricity system operators, transmissions owners and operators, companies, industry associations, research associations, and standards organizations
    • Indigenous organizations and groups
    • Community groups
    • Canadian academic institutions
  2. Provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and their departments and agencies where applicable

Eligible Projects

CO2 capture process development (including novel cryogenic and hybrid processes)

  1. Materials development and CO2 capture chemistry (e.g., advances solvents, adsorbents, metal-organic frameworks, covalent organic frameworks, membrane materials, hybrids)
  2. Membrane-based separation technologies
  3. CO2 purification and treatment (including compression for the purpose of purification)
  4. Applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning, or other computational methods for development of CO2 capture – materials and processes
  5. Design improvement to increase input flexibility (e.g., range of flue gas compositions) and operability (e.g., quicker start-ups, better energy integration)

Projects must be advancing early-stage and pre-commercial technologies between Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 and 7, with the potential for significant improvement in system cost and performance, rendering them ready for technology transfer, scale-up, and commercialization.

Projects that replicate operating commercial CCUS facilities as well as technologies or techniques that remove air contaminants (particulate matter, SOx, NOx, metals, etc.) from flue gas are ineligible.

Project Timeline

  • Deadline to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI): October 3, 2022
  • EOI review process by expert panel: Fall 2022/Winter 2023
  • Successful applicants invited to submit Full Project Proposals: Winter 2023

Deadline

The deadline to apply is October 3, 2022.

Call EVAMAX today to get started on your application!

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