In collaboration with the international initiative, Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT), ERA is committing $2.85 million to facilitate the deployment of CCUS technologies. The total funds available for this global funding program is $19 million and is open to projects in participating countries: Germany, India, Norway, United States, or Canada. ERA funding is sourced from the Government of Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.
The deadline to apply is Monday, September 12, 2022, before 5 a.m. (MT). Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants must submit their applications to the ACT’s Secretariat and all partners require supplementary information at the national level. Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF file via email at email@example.com. The proposals must adhere to the template provided in Annex 2 of the ACT4 Call Guidelines. The Supplemental Information Template and appendices must be submitted via email to ERA Applications at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Through the $19 million ACT4 Call, ERA is seeking innovative CCUS technologies with strong potential for commercialization in Alberta. Successful projects must enable the emergence of CCUS in the energy and industrial sectors with results ranging from reduced operational costs and lowered emissions to new technology, safe storage, and the optimization of existing infrastructure. Funding is available for projects at the technology scale-up, field pilot, commercial demonstration, or commercial implementation stages.
Project proposals require a project consortium consisting of at least two eligible applicants from at least two countries/regions participating in ACT4 Call. Consortia with partners from other countries are welcome if these organizations are funded by sources other than ACT. This partnership requirement demonstrates international collaboration and is a way for countries to leverage new knowledge, expertise, and resources.
Projects of interest include, but are not limited to:
All proposals will undergo a rigorous one-stage evaluation process:
Projects will be evaluated based on three primary criteria, in addition to national/regional funding organization criteria:
In 2020, ERA announced a partnership with the global initiative to invest in world-class innovation that can lead to safe and cost-effective CCUS technologies. ACT is coordinated by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and is a collaboration of 15 research and innovation funding organizations from 16 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and others. Alberta, through ERA, is the first sub-national member.
The ACT consortium has established itself as a strong multinational funding approach for research and innovation dedicated CCUS, an area of intense global interest as a key emissions reduction opportunity for the large industrial sector: power generation, cement production, oil and gas, manufacturing, and more.
In addition to leveraging international funding for CCUS initiatives, the partnership with innovation organizations around the world represents a significant opportunity for future collaboration and knowledge sharing. All projects will present their goals and plans at the Annual ACT Knowledge Sharing Workshop and all recipients are required to produce a final outcomes report that will be shared publicly for the broader benefit of Alberta.
Through the consortium’s previous funding opportunity, ACT3 Call, ERA committed over $2 million to four Alberta-led projects worth almost $24 million, including Carbonova Corp, Carbon Management Canada, and two projects from the University of Alberta.