Inventys to bring carbon capture programme to Canada

Inventys has partnered with Lafarge Canada and energy company Total to develop a solution to capture and re-use carbon dioxide (CO2) from a cement plant.

Inventys says Project CO2ment will demonstrate and evaluate its CO2 Capture System and a selection of CO2 utilisation technologies at Lafarge’s Richmond cement plant in British Columbia over the next four years.

Brett Henkel, Inventys co-founder, says: “Using the CO2 as a raw material, especially when coupled with BC’s renewable energy, could potentially generate profits to subsidise the costs of CO2 capture and enable a use in a region where storage can’t exist. Our objective is to see if a commercial scale project can provide a business case for up to 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per day, preventing those emissions from going to the atmosphere.”

The objectives of the project include:

  • Phase I: The Contaminant Programme : Reduce harmful organic and inorganic substances, such as sulphur dioxide, dust and soot, as well as nitrogen oxides, from cement flue gas;
  • Phase II: The CO2 Capture Programme: Separate the CO2 from flue gas using a customised-for-cement version of Inventys’ carbon capture technology at pilot scale;
  • Phase III: The CO2 Reuse Programme: Prepare post-combustion CO2 for reuse and support the economical assessment and demonstration of CO? conversion technologies onsite, such as CO2-injected concrete and fly ash.

Funding for the first two phases is complete and development of Phase I is underway. Phase I will begin operation in 2019; followed by Phase II & III in 2020.

CO2ment has received $150,000 through the BC government’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund, which provides funding to projects that align with its climate goals, while also supporting a thriving clean-energy sector. It has also received financial support from CCP (CO2 Capture Project), the Province of British Columbia, and Canada’s federal government through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.

Claude Letourneau, Inventys president & CEO, says: “At Inventys, we see a real opportunity to build a CO2 marketplace where tonnes of CO2 are traded between emitters and users. This project provides an opportunity for global industry leaders to work together using everyone’s expertise to create new business models while fighting climate change.”

Samuel Lethier, Total CO2 capture R&D project manager, says: “Total is committed to invest 10% of its annual R&D investment into Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage that will play an essential role in achieving carbon neutrality in the second half of the century.”

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