Svante Receives $25 Million From Government of Canada for Carbon Capture
Svante Inc. has announced that the Government of Canada made a CDN$25 million investment to support the industrialization and commercialization of its novel low-cost carbon capture technology within the North American market. Carbon capture is a technology that can recover up to 95% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced from the use of fossil fuels in electricity generation and industrial processes, preventing the carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
The investment announced today comes from the Strategic Innovation Fund’s Net Zero Accelerator initiative and aligns with Government of Canada’s strengthened climate plan – A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy, which will help Canada achieve its economic and environmental goals.
With this investment, Svante will set-up a new Centre of Excellence for Carbon Capture Use and Storage (CCUS) in Vancouver, BC that will allow the company to scale up its manufacturing operations to produce commercial scale structured absorbent filters and to test its proprietary rapid adsorption machine (RAM) designs.
“We are keen to partner with Canadian companies like Svante that are creating clean technologies that will help key industries around the world, including in Canada, significantly cut down their greenhouse gas emissions. This project will create good jobs in Burnaby and Vancouver in clean technologies, and it will grow Canada’s leadership in this increasingly important sector of our economy,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
“Vancouver is the Silicon-Valley of carbon capture technology development and we are very proud to anchor our World Headquarter, R&D and Engineering test center, and first commercial filter manufacturing plant in Canada,” said Claude Letourneau, President & CEO from Svante Inc. “Lowering the capital cost of the capture of the CO2 emitted in industrial production is critical to the world’s net-zero carbon goals required to stabilize the climate. Leaders from industry, financial sectors and government agree on the enormity of the challenge and the critical need to deploy carbon capture and carbon removal solutions at Gigatons scale. The carbon pulled from earth as fossil fuel needs to go back into the earth in safe CO2 storage.”
Decarbonization of unavoidable emissions by heavy industries, such as cement, limestone and large-scale hydrogen production, will require significant deployment of point-source carbon capture projects over the next decade. Svante innovative net-zero solution will capture CO2, concentrate it, and release it for safe storage or industrial use, all in 60 seconds, by using nano materials called “solid sorbent”. Svante is expected to be the first industrial point-source carbon capture technology provider using solid sorbents to expand its manufacturing supply chain at commercial scale within the North American market. The filter manufacturing plant will have an annual capacity to delivery filter modules capable of removing 3 million tonnes of CO2 per year or the equivalent of project delivery of 3 world-scale carbon capture plants of 1 million tonnes per year.
Svante has now attracted more than USD$195 million in funding since it was founded in 2007 to develop and commercialize its breakthrough solid sorbent technology at half the capital cost of traditional engineered solutions. Its technology is currently being deployed in the field at pilot plant-scale by industry leaders in the energy and cement manufacturing sectors. The CO2MENT Pilot Plant Project – a partnership between LafargeHolcim and TOTAL S.A. – is operating a 1 tonne per day (TPD) plant in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada that will re-inject captured CO2 into concrete, while the construction and commissioning of a 30 TPD demonstration plant was completed in 2019 at an industrial facility in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada. A 25 TPD demonstration plant is currently under design and construction at Chevron U.S.A. located near Bakersfield, California. In addition, several feasibility studies for commercial scale carbon capture projects ranging from 500 to 4,500 TPD are underway in North America and Europe.