Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

March 12, 2007 14:45 ET

Canada's New Government invests in carbon capture research - Delivering real results on greenhouse gas reductions

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - March 12, 2007) - The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, along with partners from Innoventures Canada (I-CAN), today
announced funding for a project related to the initial development of the
I-CAN Centre for the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2), at the Economic Club
in Calgary.

Under the leadership of the Alberta Research Council, the Saskatchewan
Research Council, Manitoba's Industrial Technology Centre and a Quebec
industrial research centre (Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec), the
I-CAN Centre for the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) will help develop
microalgae systems that could capture up to 100 million tonnes of CO2 from
industrial sources, such as coal-fired plants and oil sands projects. The
microalgae, a valuable source of biomass, would then be converted into a range
of industrial products and by-products such as renewable natural gas, hydrogen
and biofuels.

"This project is a great example of our Government's commitment to
finding new and promising projects that will help take Canada to the next
level of understanding carbon capture, storage and use," said Minister Lunn.
"It builds on our ecoENERGY Initiatives, including the Task Force announced
last week by the Prime Minister. We are serious about delivering real results
to Canadians and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is contributing $100,000 to the first
phase of the project. NRCan funding will support key research and development
activities, and conceptual engineering. These will contribute to a detailed
business case for an integrated pilot facility.

"By bringing together a critical mass of expertise from across Canada,
I-CAN is the right vehicle to tackle large, complex projects to help Canada's
economy innovate, grow and prosper," said John McDougall, President and CEO of
the Alberta Research Council and Chairman of I-CAN. "We are extremely pleased
to have the Government of Canada join us for this important project, which
will be a step forward in finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions."

I-CAN acts as a mechanism to combine resources from industry, government
and research organizations to conduct large research and development projects
in Canada. I-CAN's funding partners on this project include Shell Canada
Limited, EPCOR Utilities Inc., Graymont, NRCan and the Government of Alberta.



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The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, along with
partners from Innoventures Canada, today announced funding for a project
related to microalgae systems that could capture up to 100 million tonnes of
carbon dioxide from industrial sources.

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