CCEMC offers $40 million to GHG reduction projects
- Discover, develop and/or deploy transformative practice change in the forestry, agriculture, municipal waste handling and/or energy sectors,
- Develop or modify bio-processes,
- Replace non-bio-based feedstocks with bio-based feedstocks,
- Develop and manufacture novel bio-product.
- Use biological organisms or bio-based materials to reduce emissions in non-biological industrial systems.
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SDTC’s SD Tech Fund
We want to support the most innovative technologies.
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Industry sponsor seeks investment opportunities
Investigators interested in the following opportunity are asked to send a one-page description of their proposed technology to Anita Arduini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An industry sponsor seeks the disclosure of inventions that convert CO2 to high value chemicals that may be used to produce a wide variety of end products.
As a major component of waste emissions from industrial combustion processes, CO2 is believed to be a significant contributor to global warming. CO2 sequestration and recycling by incorporation into high value chemical intermediates will provide a means to reduce emissions as well as provide cost-effective alternative approaches to chemical production.
Processes that convert CO2 to high value chemical intermediates are of interest. These chemical intermediates can then be used as alternative raw materials for petroleum-based products, such as fuels, solvents, polymers, plastics, packaging materials, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other fine chemicals.
In addition to CO2, other inputs to conversion processes include other chemicals involved in reaction with CO2 and sources of energy that may be required for effective chemical transformation. Chemical products obtained may be chemical building blocks used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, polymers, plastics, packaging materials, consumer products, and/or other fine chemicals. Alternatively, CO2 may be converted by catalytic and redox processes to simple organic compounds, such as CO in syngas or methanol, which have value as fuels.
Methods for sequestration involving CO2 capture only is not of interest.
The following areas of innovation are of particular interest:
- Novel, inexpensive, and easily scalable methods, systems, and catalysts for converting CO2 to polymers including, but not limited to, polyacrylates, polyalkylene carbonate, polyesters, polyformaldehydes, polypropylene/ethylene carbonate, etc.
- Novel, inexpensive, and easily scalable methods, systems, and catalysts for converting CO2 to chemical intermediates including, but not limited to, polymerizable monomers, pharmaceutical intermediates, organic solvents, alcohols, organic acids, ethylene glycol, ethylene oxide, amino acids, etc.
- Novel, inexpensive, and easily scalable methods, systems, and catalysts for converting CO2 to industrially useful inorganic compounds including, but not limited to, carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene oxide, carbon fiber, etc.
- Novel and improved catalysts and processes for the manufacture of CO2-derived fuels, such as CO, methanol, methane, etc.
- Novel polymers, especially biodegradable polymers, which utilize CO2 as a monomer unit.
- Novel methods for the transformation of CO2 into chemical intermediates with applications in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other fine chemicals.
- Novel chemical intermediates with applications in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, and other fine chemicals which utilize CO2 as a starting reagent.
- Novel methods and new processes that combine both reduction of CO2 and formation of CC, CN, and CO bonds.
- Novel catalytic materials that are made from low cost materials, such as Cu, Pd, Fe, Mg, Mo, etc.
- Reductive functionalization reagents.
- Selective conversion of CO2 with high yield or easy separation of intermediates.
Alberta – Germany Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization
The German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) is pleased to announce a funding program aimed at supporting joint R&D and commercialization activities between SME’s in Alberta and Germany. The program will enable Alberta companies to access high-tech re-sources and European markets and strengthen existing scientific ties with the economic power-house Germany.
Eligible participants are Alberta’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the areas of clean energy and environmental technology, advanced materials (including micro/nanotechnology), industrial bio-technology, health, and information and communication technology.
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CCEMC announces $50M fund to support research to support cleaner fossil fuel production and processing
Closing Date: Initial submissions due September 27, 2013
EDMONTON – The CCEMC is offering up to a total of $50 million in funding for projects that can reduce emissions from fossil fuel production and processing. Initial submissions are due by September 27.
For this Expression of Interest, the CCEMC will consider innovative projects at all stages of development. Projects must be completed within three years of initiating work. While the project can occur anywhere, the technology must be applicable for use in Alberta. Successful projects will be announced in the summer of 2014.
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View PDF of media release: CCEMC-1842 Media Release.May 14-2
2013 EU Calls for Proposals
The EU announced its new round of Call for Proposals for 2013. ERA-Can has a site where it has listed those 2013 FP7 Calls Targeted to Canadians http://www.era-can.ca/en/Calls-For-Proposals_41. The following is a summary of those calls of particular interest to the CMC-NCE network:
1. Energy Link to call: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/cooperation?callIdentifier=FP7-ENERGY-2013-IRP – download file: Work Programme 2013 – Energy
Call ENERGY.2013.5.1.1 Scale-up of advanced high-efficiency capture processes (carbon storage) – see page 29 of Work Programme 2013
The objective is the scaling-up of advanced capture technologies that have shown considerable potential for reduction of the energy penalty and a significant overall improvement of cost-efficiency of the whole capture process. Projects can address innovative
capture technologies (such as for example solid sorbents, cryogenics and membranes). They should define operating conditions and provide proof of the reliability and cost-effectiveness of these concepts through pilot testing, and aim for an ambitious scale-up as compared to the state-of-the-art. The proposal should state a clearly defined target for the reduction of the energy penalty and the relative incremental operating costs of the capture process, and should assess the environmental impact of the technology at plant scale.
Call ENERGY. 2013.5.1.2 New generation high-efficiency capture processes – see page 29 of Work Progamme 2013
The objective is to support the development of high-potential novel technologies or processes for post- and/or pre-combustion CO2 capture. Research should follow new paths leading to highly innovative technologies and materials for CO2 capture applications with the potential for real breakthroughs. This could include systems based on solids or liquids or a combination of these such as enzyme based systems, bio mimicking systems or advanced solid sorbents and membranes. Environmentally benign technologies should be pursued and their environmental impact addressed in the project also in view of future scaling up. Projects shall provide “proof of concept” through prototype testing. Any research that constitutes a technology demonstration at large scale or a combination of CCS technologies proven at pre-demonstration pilot scale will not be considered for funding.
Call ENERGY. 2013.5.2.1 Mitigation and remediation of leakage from geological storage – see page 30 of Work Programme 2013
Geological storage of CO2 must ensure the safety, reliability and controllability of the storage process, as well as address concerns about leakage of CO2 – with human health and/or environmental impacts. Safe, long-term geological storage – both
onshore and offshore – therefore brings the need for sophisticated methods for the detection, characterisation, mitigation and remediation of leakage from CO2 storage sites and complexes, as well as for sound approaches to safety assessment.
Call ENERGY.2013.6.1.1: Combined Underground Coal Gasification and CO2 Capture and Storage – see page 32 of Work Programme 2013
Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) holds potential for reduced CO2 emissions per unit of gasified coal, for reduced impact from mining operations, and for using the site for CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS). Projects should have a predominant research component, addressing both the environmental and engineering aspects. Emphasis should be on the integrated design, engineering and operation of UCG with reactor zone carbon sequestration, and on the coupled simulation of geomechanical and hydrological effects, including groundwater contamination and surface subsidence.
2. Nanotechnology, materials and production (NMP) Link to call: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/cooperation?callIdentifier=FP7-NMP-2013-LARGE-7 – download file: Work Programme 2013 – Nanosciences, Naotechnologies, Materials etc.
Call NMP.2013.2.3-2: Rational design of functional materials: networking and sharing of best practices – see page 37 of Work Prgamme 2013
The proposed coordination action(s) should network stakeholders allowing them to benefit from sharing knowledge in the emerging field of multi-scale computational design of functional materials, the so-called materials by design. To accelerate progress and increase impact, the proposals should include activities to promote a deeper understanding between the different communities (atomic, molecular, meso-/macroscale, academia and industry) which may use very different tools/methods and have different expectations and requirements. This Coordination and Support Action can take into account the importance of relevant computational methods and software developments at the international level, thus the inclusion of international aspects and involvement of international stakeholder’s networks.
3. Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Link to call: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/cooperation?callIdentifier=FP7-SSH-2013-1 – download file: Work Programme 2013 – Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities
Call SSH.2013.4.3-2: Transatlantic Social Sciences and Humanities Platform – see page 40 of the Work Programme 2013
The Transatlantic Social Sciences and Humanities Platform should:
- step up international cooperation between research programmes through the networking of those programmes and closer coordination of activities;
- enhance the networking of on-going research projects run by both the EU and those partner countries that are addressed by this call in the area of social sciences and humanities;
- strengthen the production, use and communication of research activities and findings in areas of relevance for all partners involved.
This call is addressed in particular to programme “managers”, such as research councils or funding agencies, or other national or regional organisations that implement research programmes in the areas of social sciences and humanities in the EU Member States, Associated Countries, Canada, the USA, Mexico and Brazil.