Three Alberta clean energy projects get $880,000 CCEMC funding

Projects support biofiltration, biocarbon and farmers implementing GHG offsets.

June 3, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

Two University of Calgary projects tackle oil sands clean energy issues. Photo: GFWC

EDMONTON — The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. (CCEMC) is funding three new initiatives with a combined value of more than $1 million through its Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program.

The program is managed on behalf of CCEMC by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, a publicly funded, board-governed corporation based in Edmonton that develops research projects that help solve industry challenges.

A University of Calgary project valued at $689,100 involves the optimization of small methane biofilters for controlling low volume point-source emissions.

The filters containing naturally occurring microbes that live on methane gas would reduce low-volume methane emissions at oil and gas field sites, landfills and livestock feedlots/sludge lagoons. The project includes a market study, pilot projects and development of a monitoring protocol to measure biofilter performance.

Another project by the university worth $57,500 will create ‘activated’ biocarbon from wood-residue to support water remediation in the oil sands. The research team is working on turning aspen wood residue from logging operations in northern Alberta into a novel type of ‘activated’ adsorbing biocarbon.

The third project, by The Prasino Group, a consulting company based in Calgary, is valued at $336,730 and involves a program that will help Alberta farmers aggregators and verifiers implement offset projects and design scalable approaches to maximize greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

The CCEMC is committing more than $880,000 to support three projects.

CCEMC is a not-for-profit corporation based in Sherwood Park, Alta., adjacent to Edmonton that operates independently of government, providing funds to support the discovery, development and deployment of innovative clean technology. Funding comes from industry.

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