Under the terms of the partnership, teams have the option of using facilities and experts at CMC Research Institute’s (CMC) technology commercialization centre as they develop and test their innovations. The Canadian centre is operated by CMC’s Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) and aims to accelerate the development and scale-up to commercial use of technologies that capture and convert carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources. The Institute provides state-of-the-art facilities and access to a global network of industry and academic researchers as well as partners who can provide engineering and fabrication support. Playing a key role in the CCCI is industry partner BC Research Inc.
The Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute team will work with semi-finalists participating in Round 2 to design, build and test their technology at pilot scale (about 100 kg/day), using either real or simulated flue gas. Teams who move to Round 3, the Finals, will demonstrate their technologies at a commercial scale at one of the two Carbon XPRIZE test sites of the competition finals. Teams will be scored on how much CO2 they convert and the net value of their products.
Goran Vlajnic, Executive Director of the Vancouver-based Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, said the new partnership will contribute to the thriving clean tech sector in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and will strengthen Canada’s position as a global leader in the development of low carbon technologies. “We collaborate with government and academic researchers at both the provincial and federal levels and also draw on a global pool of experts. Carbon XPRIZE competitors will benefit by being able to use this diverse network of researchers who are at the forefront of low carbon technology development,” said Vlajnic.
The Carbon XPRIZE aims to incentivize the development of technologies to convert CO2, a key contributor to climate change, from power plants and industrial facilities into commercially valuable products. The semi-finalists are from six countries and represent innovative carbon capture and utilization technology companies, top-tier academic institutions, non-profits and new start-ups. The range of products being proposed by entrants is remarkable, from carbon nanotubes to methanol to toothpaste, paint, fish food and fertilizers.