Emissions Reduction Alberta invests $5 Million in clean energy partnership

Sep 26 2022


Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing up to $5 million to the Clean Energy Transition Partnership’s (CETP) Joint Call 2022.

CETP is a transnational initiative for joint research, technological development, and innovation (RTDI) programing to boost and accelerate the energy transition. The global funding program is open to projects in 30 participating countries.

ERA funding will focus on advancing technology solutions for renewable fuels and hydrogen, as well as Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), with strong potential for commercialization in Alberta. ERA funding is sourced from the Government of Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.

CETP collaborates with funding partners within and beyond Europe to broaden the global knowledge and experience base and introduce European solutions and stakeholders to global value chains. ERA joined CETP in January 2022. The initiative enables 50 national and regional funding partners from 30 countries to align on priorities, pool budgets for two joint calls in 2022 and 2023, and to implement annual calls until 2027.

CETP’s first funding Call, Joint Call 2022 is structured into 7 thematic Transition Initiatives (TRIs) that address challenges outlined in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), a 10-year roadmap created by CETP in 2020 that is endorsed by the European Commission.

ERA’s investment is focused on TRI3: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies, Renewable Fuels, and CCUS. The primary goal of the CETP TRI3 is to provide technologically cleaner solutions for renewable fuels and hydrogen from all sources, as well as Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), while also promoting RD&D and innovation projects to achieve global climate neutrality by 2050. Funding from ERA is available for projects at the technology scale-up, field pilot, commercial demonstration, or commercial implementation stages.

Focus Areas

Project proposals require a project consortium consisting of at least three eligible applicants from at least three separate countries/regions participating in CETP TRI3 Call. Consortia with partners from other countries are welcome if these organizations are funded by sources other than CETP. This partnership requirement demonstrates international collaboration and is a way for countries to leverage new knowledge, expertise, and resources.

In the Joint Call 2022, the CETP TRI3 offers two call modules:

Module 1: Enabling Climate Neutrality with Storage Technologies, Renewable Fuels and CCU/CCS

CCUS technologies maximize carbon reuse in a circular economy, removing carbon from the energy system in response to technological, environmental, social and economic challenges. Research target areas for CCUS are:

  • CO2-capture from energy intensive or heavy industry sectors, as well as power, maritime transport, and hydrogen production
  • CO2–storage, elements required for the characterization and management of large-scale permanent storage of CO2
  • Enabling CCUS technologies
  • Transport and injection of CO2
  • Negative emission technologies or carbon dioxide Removal technologies
  • Advancing low-cost capture technologies and technologies capable of handling flue gases with lower CO2 concentrations
  • Integration into the energy-system

Module 2: Enabling Climate Neutrality with hydrogen and renewable fuels

Hydrogen and renewable fuels encompass the development of innovative technologies for cost-effective, energy-efficient, and carbon/resource-efficient systems. Research target areas for renewable fuels and hydrogen are:

  • Production of hydrogen and renewable fuels including conversion of synthetic fuels
  • Usage including usage of hydrogen in fuel production
  • Transport
  • Storage

Mandatory Focus – besides focusing on the topics above, projects must address at least one of the cross-cutting and multidisciplinary topics. Cross cutting opportunities include:

  • Consumer attitudes, public acceptance, risk perception, and levers that could influence public behaviours
  • Life cycle, techno-economic and environmental impact analysis including mass, water, land, and energy consumption
  • Legal frameworks, business models, and digitization
  • Barriers, opportunities, and solutions to technology/process scale-up
  • System analysis and integration of processes in the energy system, continuity/intermittence
  • Infrastructure and distribution aspects including pipelines reuse and cost-competitive materials for pipelines

The focus is on projects with industry-relevant approach and should aim for a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 or higher, but parts of the project (work package or tasks) may be at a lower TRL.

CETP TRI3 Call Modules
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