Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Awarding C$37.5 Million in Funding for Renewable Energy Projects from Biofuels to Home Generation
Alberta, Canada’s Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCMEC) Corporation is awarding more than C$37.5 million (US$36.6 million) to five Alberta-based renewable energy projects including waste to biofuels and energy, concentrating solar power, biogas and home generation.
Funding for the CCEMC comes from the Government of Alberta, which collects it from industry. Since 2007, Alberta companies that annually produce more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are legally required to reduce their greenhouse gas intensity by 12%. One compliance option is to pay into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund at $15/tonne.
These five Alberta-based projects were selected from a total of 223 submissions received in response to the CCEMC’s initial request for expressions of interest. From all submissions, 16 were selected for funding totalling C$71 million. Other projects receiving funding will be announced later this month. Project proponents must contribute at least half the funds, or one-third if government money is available for the project.
The initial organizations receiving CCEMC funding are:
Enerkem Inc., C$1.8 million (US$1.76 million) for reduction of greenhouse emissions through greening biofuel production and carbon dioxide utilization, from pilot plant to commercialization, in Edmonton. Enerkem’s technology converts residual materials, such as non-recyclable municipal solid waste, into transportation fuels and advanced chemicals. The company currently operates a pilot facility and a commercial-scale plant in Quebec. Enerkem is also developing two commercial projects, one in Edmonton, Alberta and the other in Mississippi.
Through this project, Enerkem and its partners will use waste, such wood and straw, to produce clean biofuels, and will also incorporate carbon dioxide directly in the process, demonstrating the potential for greenhouse gas reductions in biofuels production.
Developing and testing the optimized gasification process for enhanced GHG reductions, with lower carbon dioxide intensity, will prove the market potential for its use in biorefineries. Tests will be conducted at the Advanced Energy Research Facility in Edmonton. The facility is a joint effort between Enerkem, City of Edmonton, and Alberta Innovates. Once the technologies are demonstrated they will be implemented at Enerkem’s commercial waste-to-biofuels facility.
City of Medicine Hat, C$3 million (US$2.9 million), for the Medicine Hat Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Project. Concentrating solar thermal technology can produce heat, power, and chemicals, using energy from the sun while avoiding burning fossil fuel and its cost and air emissions. Solar thermal technology uses reflecting surfaces to focus sunlight for heat generation. These systems can be combined with fossil fuel processes, yielding hybrid energy systems with lower fuel use and air emissions. The purpose of this project is to install such a hybrid energy system at the City of Medicine Hat power plant to evaluate the technology’s potential in Alberta.
ECB Enviro North America Inc., C$8.2 million (US$8 million) for Lethbridge Biogas, Biogas Cogeneration Project. ECB Enviro North America Inc. is a privately owned Alberta corporation formed in 2001 to design, build and operate biogas cogeneration facilities. ECB has developed the Lethbridge Biogas project from 2001 to present, both in-house and through engineering/consulting companies located in Canada and Europe.
Lethbridge Biogas will be a full scale biogas cogeneration project fueled by organics comprised of agricultural manures and food processing wastes. Situated in the County of Lethbridge Rave Industrial Park, Lethbridge Biogas has more than the required amounts of organic “fuel” available within 15 km. Generating electrical and thermal energy through the anaerobic digestion of organics reduces greenhouse gases significantly. Odors are reduced by up to 75% using an innovative biological air treatment system. This facility will be the first to incorporate patented thermal hydrolysis technology approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the destruction of prions that cause BSE in cattle.
Plasco Alberta Inc., C$10 million (US$9.8 million) for the Plasco Alberta Energy and Waste Conversion Project, in Red Deer County. Plasco Energy Group Inc. (Plasco) is a waste conversion and energy generation company based in Ottawa, Canada. Plasco employs a patented process using plasma arc technology for the conversion of municipal solid waste (MSW) into green power and other valuable products. This technology offers a solution for responsible waste management and environmental protection and creates valuable products from a feedstock otherwise considered problematic.
Plasco Alberta will build, own, and operate a Plasco Waste Conversion and Renewable Energy Facility in partnership with Red Deer County—where the site will be located. The facility will receive, process, and convert MSW delivered by the Central Waste Management Commission (CWMC), a municipal commission that is led by Red Deer County and includes eight other communities in Central Alberta. The facility will deliver renewable baseload power to the local distribution network and reduce greenhouse gases.
Enmax Corporation, C$14.5 million (US$14.1 million), for home generation. ENMAX Corporation is a vertically integrated utility that provides electricity, natural gas, renewable energy, and value-added services to its customers. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The City of Calgary, headquartered in Calgary. ENMAX will deliver 9,000 turnkey home generation solutions to residential consumers across Alberta resulting in significant emissions reductions.