One of the promising solutions to manage carbon emissions and hydrocarbon raw materials is to turn them into innovative products of higher value.
Finding new uses for carbon emissions will help Canada develop a circular carbon economy that aims to reduce carbon emissions in the first place, reuse carbon a an input into other industrial processes, recycle carbon through the natural carbon cycle, and remove and store excess carbon.
The CCVAP working group is exploring development opportunities in three key areas:
Innovative Products from Hydrocarbons - producing carbon-based non-combustion products (e.g. activated carbon, carbon fibre, asphalt binder) from petroleum and natural gas. Also, new recovery techniques for elements like lithium, vanadium, titanium, or nickel recovered from co-produced hydrocarbons.
Carbon Capture and Utilization to reduce GHG emissions
Hydrogen and Geothermal - developing clean energy opportunities from hydrocarbon-derived hydrogen and recovery of geothermal energy
Hydrogen generation, distribution, and use
Value-added non-combustion products from bitumen (carbon fibre, asphalt binder, activated carbon)
Carbon capture, utilization and storage or conversion
Bitumen partial upgrading
Minerals (lithium, vanadium, titanium)
Over 2021-2023, CRIN has worked with Alberta Innovates on several initiatives, including:
The Bitumen Beyond Combustion (BBC) – Carbon Fibre Grand Challenge consisting of 12 research projects ($3M)
Reducing barriers initiatives ($64,000):
Innovation Showcase webinar series with carbonNEXT (Foresight/CMC)
Lithium Techno-Economic Assessment White Paper with Canadian Energy Research Institute