Can collaboration clean up Canada’s oil sands industry?
December 20, 2013
Gord Lambert, Suncor’s Executive Advisor, Sustainability & Innovation and CMC board chair, describes how Canada’s oil sands companies are collaborating to improve environmental performance.
Polarizing the energy debate isn’t very helpful
December 18, 2013
Ed Whittingham, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute and CMC board member, writes about Pembina’s work as a research-focused organization working toward effective governance of Canada’s energy resource.
Expert bets on natural gas
August 6, 2013
CMC Scientific Director Steve Larter says Canada needs to invest more on research and development in order to become an energy superpower.
Opinon: Provincial carbon tax is good for your wallet and broader economy
July 28, 2013
In this op/ed piece, Noel Melton and Jotham Peters of Navius Research unpack the details of their study that shows the net benefit of B.C.’s carbon tax for households.
Study shows carbon tax reduces fuel consumption, says Elgie
July 24, 2013
B.C.’s experience shows a carbon tax can help reduce fuel consumption without damaging the economy, shows a study by University of Ottawa professor and CMC researcher Stewart Elgie.
Balsillie gets five-year appointment as chair of federal technology group
June 25, 2013
Vicky Sharpe, CMC board member and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), comments on the appointment of Jim Balsillie as Chair of the SDTC board.
Schlumberger buys Canadian geochemistry company
June 18, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) announced Tuesday that it has acquired Gushor Inc., a Canadian geochemistry company that supports exploration and production companies working with heavy oil and oil sands.
What does 1-Billion-Year-Old Water Taste Like?
June 18, 2013
Yahoo! News Canada
It’s summer, and as much as I love the sunshine, I am doing my best to stay hydrated. Besides central air conditioning, a cool glass of water is my seasonal BFF. A newly discovered water source is making me appreciate those glasses of water in a whole new way.
A mile and a half below the Earth’s surface, in a zinc and copper mine in Canada, are pockets of water that have been trapped, unchanged for at least 1 billion and perhaps even 2.6 billion years without being touched.
Even though the prospect was not at all appetizing, scientist Barbara Sherwood Lollar gave the water a taste.
Researchers are being challenged to develop new uses for captured carbon
June 1, 2013
Segregating CO2 is the most costly component of any capture, transport and storage project. The new challenge is to cut costs in half through innovative capture technologies and create ways to use the carbon, rather than merely storing it, says John Zhou, executive director, environmental management, Alberta Innovates — Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES).
Organizations invest in low carbon fuel research at Lafarge Canada cement plant
Lafarge Canada Inc. is partnering with Natural Resources Canada, the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy and Carbon Management Canada (CMC) to develop a system that uses local surplus materials as low carbon fuels to power Lafarge Canada’s cement plant in Bath, Ontario, thereby reducing GHG emissions.
Global environmental challenges require unprecedented teamwork among scientists
March 5, 2013
Vancouver Sun journalist Scott Simpson talks to University of Alberta Professor Sushanta Mitra and UVic’s Peter Wild about the importance of collaborative research.
Deep Carbon study finds science-fiction worlds deep underground
Scientists from 40 countries are boldly going deep, deep underground to study the movement of carbon kilometres below the Earth’s surface. Early results from the historic 10-year, $500-million research project outline strange new worlds right out of science fiction: colonies of microbes millions of years old, hydrogen-eating life forms, natural gas seeping from chemical processes within the bedrock itself.
“It is literally transforming our understanding of the planet and, through that, our understanding of other planets,” said Barbara Sherwood Lollar, a University of Toronto scientist who’s one of the directors of the Deep Carbon Observatory.
Western hydrogen gets federal grant to advance oilsands-related technology
Feb. 15, 2013
The Daily Oil Bulletin
Vicky Sharpe, CMC board member and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), comments on granting $1.45 million to Western Hydrogen Limited.
A sensitive, affordable nanosensor to detect tiny amounts of CO2
Canada dropping behind in clean tech sector: study
Jan. 22, 2013
Globe and Mail
CMC’s Board member and Pembina Executive Director, Ed Whittingham, talks about the development of the clean technology sector in Canada.
Designing carbon-pricing policy to drive innovation and limit emissions
Can CO2 be captured and sold?
December 21, 2012
A researcher is about to test a technology that he says could be a breakthrough for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants, natural gas generators and other industrial facilities.
Canadian professor Guy Mercier’s answer to curbing fossil fuel emissions is literally set in stone. With $300,000 in new grant money from Carbon Management Canada, a network of academic centers, he plans to run gas emitted from a Holcim cement plant through pulverized concrete and rock.
Unique CO2 monitoring technology streamlines process
A made-in-Nova Scotia technology to allow for long-term automated monitoring of greenhouse gases is transforming the task into a practical process, even underground. Developed by Professor David Risk, of St. Francis Xavier University’s (StFX) Department of Earth Sciences, the patented sensor-housings function throughout cold winters and without using much power—two significant benefits that competing technologies do not provide.
Industrial carbon management research gets $3.75 million boost
November 29, 2012
Carbon Management Canada (CMC), a national research network specializing in the development of carbon management technology and insights for industrial scale solutions, has awarded a total of $3.75 million to eight new research projects.
CO2 research sees opportunity in mine tailings
November 15, 2012
Waste not, want not.
A team of Canadian university researchers believes mine tailings could be reprocessed to trap greenhouse gas, creating both a source of revenue for mine operators and a method for the energy-intensive industry to offset the carbon dioxide emissions it generates.
An inconvenient portfolio
November 10, 2012
Winnipeg Free Press
Dr. Nader Mahinpey, CMC researcher and chemical engineering professor in the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering, tells a Winnipeg Free Press reporter although fossil fuels will remain an important source of energy for the foreseeable future, renewables will play an increasingly important role.
UK-Canada CCS trade mission visits campus
August 27, 2012
Carbon Capture Journal
The Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy and Carbon Management Canada co-hosted a UK-Canada trade mission focused on carbon capture and storage (CCS) on Monday, August 20, 2012.
Carleton U political science prof dishes on what really went down at the Rio+20 conference
June 26, 2012
The Urban Hippiechatted with James Meadowcroft, professor of political science at Carleton University, who gave us a few important points to ponder about what went down at Rio+20.
Carbon control takes new breed of specialists
Mar. 7, 2012
The business of managing carbon — from carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects in the oil and gas sector to taking carbon dioxide out of the air — is an emerging field that’s opening up job opportunities for engineers.
Clean carbon technology benefits better grasped in the Prairies than rest of Canada
Feb. 8, 2012
Public awareness and acceptance of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a tool to combat climate change is higher in Saskatchewan and Alberta than the rest of Canada, concludes a nation-wide survey released today by IPAC-CO2 Research Inc. “As Canadians, we need to publicly discuss our transition to a low carbon future. This survey helps us understand where CCS, which is a critical part of Canada’s plan, plays in public perception,” says Richard Adamson, Managing Director of CMC.
Can Rocks Really Store Enough CO2 to Keep it Out of the Atmosphere
Dec. 7, 2011
Sally Benson and her lab crew have been giving rocks a very hard time.
The energy resources engineering professor has been heating rock to 122 degrees and subjecting it to the pressure of a hundred atmospheres — the same pressure present at a half-mile or so underground — to see how carbon dioxide would move through the microscopic nooks and crannies.
UVic team will use fibre optics to assist carbon capture and storage research
Sept. 15, 2011
Carbon capture and storage is widely promoted as a method of curtailing greenhouse gas emissions from large-volume sources such as coal-fired generating plants, or natural gas processing.
U of A team coaxes bugs to produce gas
Aug. 24, 2011
Bacteria that feed on coal seams and create methane gas could be coaxed to produce more of the clean-burning fuel, a new source of energy locked in the world’s vast coal deposits.
Emprisonner davantage de gaz carbonique sous terre
Aug. 23, 2011
Radio Canada, Saskatchewan
L’ingénieur géologue Chris Hawkes de l’Université de la Saskatchewan pense avoir trouvé comment enfouir plus de gaz carbonique sous la surface terrestre afin d’éviter de polluer l’atmosphère.
New rules give CCS research a boost
Aug. 23, 2011
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
The carbon capture and storage industry got a big shot in the arm with Friday’s announcement by the federal government that coal-fired generating stations will have to clean up their act when new regulations come into effect in mid-2015.
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Another Saskatchewan-based researcher who is pleased with the federal announcement is Chris Hawkes, a University of Saskatchewan geological engineer, who is heading a research project to develop methods to ensure CO2 remains safely sequestered in geological formations.
Greenhouse gas storage research at the University of Saskatchewan
Aug. 23, 2011
The University of Saskatchewan’s been given a chunk of cash to squeeze rocks and see if air comes out . . . Chris Hawks is leaving this study.
Under fire over emissions, Alberta goes ahead with carbon capture plan
July 28, 2011
The Globe and Mail
EDMONTON — Alberta thrives on the strength of its oil and gas sector, while coal keeps the province’s lights on – as such, in an era where many demand lower emissions, the province is a carbon giant looking to change its ways.
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Industry members, politicians and academics said provincial funding is necessary because there’s little incentive to reduce emissions. CCS is “viable, but it comes at a cost,” said Don Lawton, a University of Calgary geophysicist who studies CCS. “But until there’s a price on carbon, it’s an expense that has to be borne by somebody.”
University of Toronto chemists envision new fuel economy
July 12, 2011
Carbon Capture Journal
Imagine pulling up to the pump and filling your tank with fuel derived from greenhouse gas emissions. This vision of a new fuel economy is taking shape as University of Toronto researchers put novel chemical reactions to work in order to develop a carbon-neutral system to recycle carbon dioxide, or CO2, into liquid fuel.
Carbon Management Canada funds 18 new projects
July 12, 2011
Carbon Capture Journal
Carbon Management Canada (CMC-NCE) is funding 18 new projects for a total of $10 million.
Researchers harness greenhouse gases with good microbes, chemistry, attitude
May 13, 2011
Exchange Morning Post
Microbes that convert coal into natural gas; the formation of icy carbon dioxide-hydrates; and public perceptions of carbon capture and storage are three areas of investigation that University of Calgary researchers are pursuing to address the problem of upstream greenhouse gas emissions.
Developing answers: Carbon Management Canada pushes for radical innovation in oilsands research
Heavy Oil & Oilsands Guidebook/2011
Game changing. Radical. Innovative. These ideals are easy to say but difficult to actually achieve. For one new organization, however, the catchphrases are being taken to heart.
Air & CO2 Reduction: What to do with CO2
Cool Companies, Canada/2011
With climate change as one of the most serious global threats we face, the world is focused on reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as quickly as possible .
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Canada has a large team of scientists focused on CCS many of whom are part of the Carbon Management Canada (p.63).
Alleged leak of CO2 at Sask. farm to be probed
April 19, 2011
CBC Online/Technology & Science
Field work is set to begin in late June to determine whether carbon dioxide is leaking fro a Saskatchewan farm .
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Carbon Management Canada, a network of 22 Canadian universities researching large-scale ways to reduce carbon emissions in the fossil fuel industry, will provide specialists when required.
Carbon capture and storage to be researched at University of Calgary
January 18, 2011
Theme C leader Don Lawton featured in this article about CCS research.
Alberta moving to take lead in carbon capture and storage
Dec. 14, 2010
Globe and Mail, special climate change section
Alberta could become a leader in deploying carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. Don Lawton, leader of CMC’s carbon capture and storage theme, says if Canada is going to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets, safe CCS technologies will have to be rapidly developed and deployed. Read More.
Hamilton: Lack of carbon pricing hurting innovation
Dec. 9, 2010
New technologies offer ways to reuse carbon dioxide, but governments must move on cap-and-trade systems in order to push industry into adopting these technologies. CMC researcher Mark Jaccard says there is a way to design a national cap-and-trade system that would be fair to all provinces.
35th Anniversary Special
Nov. 13, 2010
CBC Radio, Quirks and Quarks
Aimy Bazylak, CMC researcher, was among a panel of scientists interviewed for the 35th anniversary show of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. The topic of the science program, which is hosted by Bob McDonald, was the greatest advancements in science over the last 35 years.
CBC‘s Quirks and Quarks
Lift Off: Research into the possibility of engineering a better climate is progressing and an impressive rate – and meeting strong opposition
Nov. 4, 2010
Geoengineering is being taken seriously by many top scientists around the world. In this piece that examines a number of proposals, CMC researcher David Keith’s work on geoengineering the climate using sulphuric acid is mentioned.
Nancy Pelosi’s two dilemmas
Oct. 5, 2010
Richard Adamson, CMC Managing Director, is mentioned in this article examining a comment by Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Speaker of the House, that she is “not keen” on fossil fuels.
Probes have climate change sensors
Sept. 26, 2010
The Chronicle Herald
David Risk, CMC investigator, have developed a sensor to measure greenhouse gas emissions accurately and continuously, even in harsh weather conditions.
New CC probes developed
Albertan launches oil sands PR campaign
Sept. 20, 2010
Globe and Mail, Energy and Resource News
Carbon Management Canada’s workshops are mentioned in this article about Alberta’s oil sands.
University students to conduct seismic testing
Sept. 1, 2010
Okotoks Western Wheel
Don Lawton, Theme C leader, talks about seismic work being conducted in the Priddis-Millarville area.
July 13, 2010
Chemical and Engineering News
CMC Theme leader John Shaw and his research team have, for the first time, observed naturally-occurring liquid crystals in heavy fractions of crude oil.