The first tenants of the new Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre in Calgary will be five of ten finalist teams for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition sponsored by NRG Energy, a U.S. power company, and Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Starting in June 2018, the teams begin testing breakthrough technologies that convert CO2 from natural gas power plant emissions into valuable products.
The teams include:
C2CNT (Ashburn, VA, USA) – Led by Dr. Stuart Licht, the team is producing carbon nanotubes.
Carbicrete (Montreal, Canada) – Led by Dr. Mehrdad Mahoutian, the team is producing cement-free, carbon-negative concrete that uses waste from steel production as an alternative to traditional cement.
Carbon Upcycling Technologies (Calgary, Canada) – Led by Apoorv Sinha, the team is producing enhanced graphitic nanoparticles and graphene derivatives with applications in polymers, concrete, epoxies, batteries and pharmaceuticals.
CERT (Toronto, Canada) – Led by Dr. Alex Ip of the Sargent Group at the University of Toronto, the team is producing building blocks of industrial chemicals.
Newlight (Huntington Beach, CA, USA) – Led by Mark Herrema, the team uses biological systems to produce bioplastics.
There are five other Carbon XPRIZE finalist teams that will demonstrate conversion of CO2 emissions at a coal-fired power plant in Gillette, WY.