Carbon capture an opportunity for Canada to lead the world

Could become a new large-scale industry for Canada while reducing our environmental footprint

Carbon capture an opportunity for Canada to lead the worldCanada’s largest oil sands producers are “in full-scale development mode” on a major joint project designed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and propel the sector down the path to net-zero. The companies have planned one of the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. It’s a key piece of what could become a…

How much, how fast: Research sheds new light on carbon storage

Groundbreaking work could help industry understand how to store carbon safely over the long term

How much, how fast: Research sheds new light on carbon storageA University of Alberta researcher is working to improve how carbon dioxide is stored and absorbed when it’s pumped underground for safe, long-term storage. By taking an up-close look at the processes of carbon capture and storage (CCS), Amy Tsai, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering, is getting a better idea of how CO2 is transported…

Effectiveness, public perceptions of carbon storage technology studied

Funding boosts project to help accelerate time to market for advances in carbon capture, storage

Effectiveness, public perceptions of carbon storage technology studiedCarbon capture and storage facilities can sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide emissions and prevent them from entering the atmosphere – but effective and cost-efficient monitoring technology is needed to ensure the CO2 being put into the ground is actually staying there. “The challenge here is that we want the CO2 to stay underground for…

Canadian oil and gas spend big on cleantech research and development

Investment ensures that environmental performance improvements move faster

Canadian oil and gas spend big on cleantech research and developmentA new report shows that Canada’s major oil and gas companies continued their steady drumbeat of big spending on cleantech research and development in 2020, despite facing unprecedented challenges related to the global pandemic. Together, Suncor Energy, Canadian Natural Resources, Imperial Oil, Syncrude and TC Energy invested approximately $1.1 billion in research and development in…

Why Canada should embrace carbon-capture projects

Carbon capture is key to reaching net zero emissions by 2050

Why Canada should embrace carbon-capture projectsFour hundred academics recently signed a letter to the federal government, condemning the next big thing in emissions reduction. They’re all wrong. Their target was Canada’s world-leading, greenhouse-gas-busting carbon capture and storage initiative. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) has been hailed as a key to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. The Alberta government kicked…

Carbon-capturing material could help industry reduce emissions, costs

Offers an efficient way to pull carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions

Carbon-capturing material could help industry reduce emissions, costsAlberta’s world renown in carbon capture and sequestration is set to receive another lift thanks to the promise of a material invented and tested in the province that offers an efficient way to pull carbon dioxide out of industrial emissions. A team from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering characterized a CO2-capturing microporous material…

Geothermal research could lead to Alberta solutions to reducing CO2

Engineers, geothermal company partnering to produce clean energy using captured carbon

Geothermal research could lead to Alberta solutions to reducing CO2Developing an ultra-clean source of energy by using carbon dioxide (CO2) instead of water to pump geothermal heat up from deep below the Earth’s surface is one of a list of possibilities behind a new partnership between a team of University of Alberta carbon sequestration engineers and a burgeoning geothermal startup. Alberta No. 1, Alberta’s…

Let’s be smarter on carbon capture. We won’t get to net-zero without it

There is a real opportunity to reduce GHG emissions through decarbonization

Let’s be smarter on carbon capture. We won’t get to net-zero without itCOP26 in Glasgow is likely to call for even more ambitious GHG emission reduction targets than the ones that have been consistently missed by virtually all countries. Canada’s existing target of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 is daunting enough as is. Strangely, much of the focus of carbon policy has been on reducing the amount…

Geothermal energy could be generated from captured CO2, study shows

Discovery that technology is viable moves it closer to becoming part of a low-carbon economy

Geothermal energy could be generated from captured CO2, study showsUniversity of Alberta research is making new strides in discoveries about capturing and storing carbon – while yielding a high-value end product from carbon dioxide. A process that injects the greenhouse gas deep below ground, then circulates it to extract heat and geothermal energy, has proven viable in a feasibility study by U of A…

The hamster wheel of Canada’s carbon conversation

We're going around and around faster and faster, but the momentum doesn't get us any closer to a carbon solution now or into the future

The hamster wheel of Canada’s carbon conversationCanadians need to keep calm and carbon on. It's sound guidance even for those who want to engage more deeply in the critical conversations around carbon that will be so key in shaping Canada’s economic and energy future. But how long Canadians can remain calm is uncertain. Right now, many are legitimately frustrated by the various echo…