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$20 million carbon XPRIZE announced
XPRIZE, NRG, and COSIA are teaming up to find a cost-efficient way to transform CO2 emissions into valuable products. Announcing the $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE.

Synthetic fuel seminar hosted at UBC
Dr. Matthew A. Pellow, a postdoctoral scholar in energy systems analysis at the Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University, is a guest speaker in the first seminar hosted by the Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, UBC’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and the Clean Energy Research Centre. Dr. Pellow’s talk, titled Are Synthetic Fuels Greener?, is on Oct. 8 at the University of British Columbia.

Fellowships offered by Global CCS Institute
The Global CCS Institute is offering two six-month Fellowships to qualified professionals in the fields of economics, policy or law. Each Global Fellow will be offered up to AUD $50,000 (excluding Australian GST) to undertake work on behalf of and in collaboration with the Institute. Fellowship applications will be received up to Friday, October 16, 2015.

CCEMC issues call for applications for round 2 Innovative Carbon Uses challenge
The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) has issued a call for second-round submissions to its $35 million international Innovative Carbon  Uses challenge. The emphasis is on projects that can be commercialized in Alberta by 2020 and reduce GHG emissions by at least 1 megatonne annually. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 18, 2016.

Call for Papers: The GHGT-13 Conference
The GHGT-13 conference brings together people in the field of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) to discuss and present ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The papers that are selected to be presented at the conference will be those that focus on results and new developments. At least one author of the paper must attend the conference. The deadline for submissions  is February 10, 2016.  Further details, including the submission guide and instructions, are available here.

Media Release: New modelling shows Canadian decarbonization technically possible
Canada can make deep reductions in carbon emissions by 2050 while the economy prospers, but doing so will take stronger policies, new regulations and technology innovation, says a report prepared by CMC Research Institutes.

Expert input sought on deep decarbonization report
Expert input is being sought on a Phase 2 deep decarbonization report being developed to reveal resilient decarbonization pathways that can be implemented today and scaled to deeper mitigation ambition in the longer term.



Register for the IEAGHG 5th Social Research Network 2015
The upcoming meeting of the IEAGHG Social Research Network (SRN) will be held on Monday 6th July. You must be a member of the SRN in order to register for this event (membership can be requested here). A related workshop will be held the following day, hosted by the UK CCS Research Centre (see below).

Register for the UKCCSRC workshop
The event will be held on Tuesday July 7th at the University of Cambridge. Topics covered at the meeting may include equity and justice in relation to CCS/BECCS; governance issues (international cooperation, shared reservoirs, national and cross boundary liabilities, the role of the state etc.); the role of ethics in governance and the politics of CCS; and lock in (e.g. cognitive, fossil fuel; political; behavioural; carbon).


Science & Innovation Intern sought
Applicants are invited to apply for the position of a Science & Innovation Assistant (Intern/Co-op)  with the UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN) at the British Consulate-General in Calgary. Full-time, 15-week term starting September 8.

Be a part of the 2015 Congress of Academics live in Ottawa or webcast
SP invites you to hear global leaders and experts discuss the politics of carbon pricing, oil, and heritage funds. This flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow. The theme for this year’s Congress is “Capital Ideas.”

Flare/vent threshold researchers sought for RFP
CMC is responding to an RFP from the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC). We are seeking researchers working in this field who are willing to participate in the project.

Call for submissions: Projects that can reduce GHG’s in Alberta
The CCEMC has $75 million (with a max of $25 million per project) available to support shovel ready projects that can reduce GHG emissions in Alberta. The focus is on projects that can reduce emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes CO2e annually and be implemented before 2020.  The deadline for submissions  is July 2.  Further details, including the submission guide and instructions,  are available here.

Turning Alberta’s revenue challenges into an opportunity
Premiere Elect Notley faces steep challenges with Alberta’s budget. Mark Cameron, Senior Vice-President with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Dave Sawyer, Development Director at CMC Research Institutes offer up advice that will raise revenue and move Alberta onto the international stage regarding energy and greenhouse gases.

Call for abstracts: IEAGHG’s 6th High Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Meeting
The meeting will be hosted by Politecnico Di Milano, Italy, from September 1 – 2, 2015. The deadline for abstracts is May 11th, 2015.

Call for applications issued by UKCCSRC
The UKCCSRC is delighted to announce a special call for applications to the International Research Collaboration Fund to support collaboration during 2015 and 2016 between UK researchers and CMC’s field research station. Apply soon! The call closes May 29, 2015.

Hassan Hamza hired by BC Research to break new ground
BC Research’s new CEO, Hassan Hamza, brings in a new set of skills that will help transform the company. One of those changes includes CMC’s Capture and Conversion Institute. Read More

Video released by Alberta Innovates (AITF) supporting energy mapping study
The Community Integrated Energy Mapping Feasibility Study conducted recently by CMC, AITF and Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, revealed large amount of waste energy in industrial sites that could theoretically heat over 15,000 homes. The study, conducted in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, was the first of its kind in Canada. See video here for a brief overview.

Registration now open for IEAGHG CCS Summer School
Students are invited to register for the 9th International Interdisciplinary CCS Summer School. This year’s school is being held in Perth, Australia from December 6 to 12, 2105. Selected students will participate in this week-long International Summer School with presentations and discussion led by international experts in the field of CCS. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2015.

BASF Energy Contest is announced
The BASF Energy Contest seeks novel approaches to provide stationary storage of energy. The goal is to identify new ways to store and release electricity. Successful deployment of such technology would allow renewable, intermittent sources of energy to become steady sources and could bring power to isolated regions.The deadline for proposals is June 2, 2015

Neil Wildgust guest speaker on global status of CCS
A talk about the global status of CCS will be given in Calgary on April 24 by Neil Wildgust, Principal Manager, Geological Storage, Global CCS Institute – Americas.

Calls target international collaboration
The Research Council of Norway has issued two calls – one targeting CO2 storage and Enhanced Oil Recovery, the other aimed at facilitating international R&D collaboration.

David Risk named to RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
CMC congratulates Dr. David Risk, Department of Earth Sciences at St. Francis Xavier University, on being named as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Media Release: Unique report maps waste energy at select industrial sites
A pioneering study of targeted Edmonton-area industrial sites shows enough waste heat is generated to heat 15,200 homes

Media Advisory: Regional Waste Energy Report
A unique project identifies waste heat potential in Edmonton-area industrial sites. Industrial site tour for media and release of waste-energy mapping study on Monday, February 23, 2015. see media release here

Importance of region-specific policies to manage carbon emissions
Recently in the Globe and Mail,  Dave Sawyer – the Development Director of CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group – wrote an article about moving from federal to provincial climate policy in Canada.

 Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference
Building on the success of three previous CONRAD events, COSIA’s first Oil Sands Clay Workshop and Conference will take place April 28-29, 2015 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. The event brings together the fundamentals of clay and oil sands science along with the latest and greatest research to inform and educate participants about the critical impact of clay on oil sands processes.

Why Stephen Harper will move the climate needle in 2015
Dave Sawyer, Development Director of CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group, recently wrote a Globe and Mail column exploring the variety of climate policy options and pressures the federal government may face in 2015.

Alberta releases CCS Quantification Protocol released for public comment
A draft of Alberta’s CCS Quantification Protocol for CO2 Capture and Permanent Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers has been released for public comment. In an ABlawg post Nigel Bankes, University of Calgary Law Professor,  describes how the protocol fits within the overall regulatory scheme described and offers some brief comments on the QP from a legal perspective.

Canada and UK sign CCS research statement
The UK and Canadian governments have signed an agreement on enhancing their collaboration on further research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, thus reinforcing their positions as global leaders in the deployment of the vital climate technology.

IETA report looks at markets, finance and GHG emission reductions
IETA’s new market report showcases the role markets can play delivering climate finance, clean technology and emissions cuts. Dave Sawyer, CEO of EnviroEconomics and Development Director for CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group, explores potential Canadian paths to a low carbon future on Page 41 of the report.

ICO2N and PTAC release Alberta CO2 Purity Project report and model
The Integrated CO2 Network (ICO2N) in partnership with the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), and 20 project participants jointly undertook a project designed to evaluate the effect of CO2 purity on an Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage System. Both the report and model are now available publicly on the ICO2N and PTAC websites. Launched in 2010 and completed in 2014 the project investigated CO2 purity, contaminants, temperature, and pressure, to build on Alberta’s extensive CCS knowledge. It seeks the balancing point for purity requirements and cost effectiveness as it pertains to all stages of a CCS system: capture, transportation, sequestration and enhanced oil recovery. Click here to access the report and model.

European researchers invited to ERA-Can+ Webinars
The Canadian partners* to ERA-Can+ invite European researchers and research managers to participate in a series of live webinars on the opportunities to collaborate with Canadians in Canadian Research and Research Training Programmes. Canada’s Public Policy Forum and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada will host a series of webinars to introduce the ERA-Can+ project as well as the European Union’s current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. The second part of the webinars will feature Canadian program owners and will explore opportunities for Europeans to participate in Canadian programmes as well as the legal and financial issues of participation.