CO2 Solutions Inc., an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with Husky Energy. Under the terms of the agreement, CO2 Solutions will install and operate a pilot unit capturing approximately 15 tonnes of CO2 per day at Husky’s Pikes Peak South, Saskatchewan heavy oil site on a once-through steam generator. Operation of the pilot unit is expected to commence in early 2015 with completion of testing expected in the third quarter of 2015.
Subject to a positive review by Husky of the results of the pilot test, the agreement provides for Husky to consider the use of CO2 Solutions’ technology for commercial carbon capture projects.
The project will be funded in part by the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) program, as previously announced on 24 January 2013.
The agreement comes shortly after CO2 Solutions announced that it had exceeded the second set of technical performance milestones for its oil sands project. (Earlier post.)
The company expects the pilot test to confirm the positive techno-economics of CO2 Solutions’ carbon capture process and will provide an operational basis to compare the process against other new and conventional technologies in terms of performance and cost.
A successful project will pave the way for the CO2 Solutions technology to be applied broadly for cost-effective carbon emissions mitigation in heavy oil and oil sands operations in Western Canada and other industrial applications.
CO2 Solutions has built an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low‐energy aqueous solvents. Carbonic anhydrase is the most powerful catalyst known for the hydration of CO2—i.e., the conversion of carbon dioxyde to bicarbonate and protons.