CleanCarbon Energy is a Calgary, Alberta based company comprised of engineers, designers, and venture capitalists in the Western Canadian oil and gas industry. CleanCarbon Energy aims to commercialize carbon conversion technologies to provide carbon balanced sustainable sources for energy and other every day products.
CleanCarbon Energy is strategically aligned with the Western Research Institute. The Western Research Institute, located in Laramie, Wyoming, is a multi-million dollar, not-for-profit, research organization renowned for work in advanced energy systems, environmental and roadway materials research and technologies.
Development of the CAT well and Downhole Flexfuel Gasifier technologies in an integrated process provides for an economic carbon balanced strategy to convert waste carbon dioxide to biomass, biomass to syngas and then employ traditional syngas refining processes to convert the syngas to value added products.
This strategy is designed to be:
CleanCarbon Energy with the Western Research Institute is working to commercialize an Energy 2.0 process to economically convert waste carbon dioxide to biomass in downhole CAT wells and then to convert the biomass to syngas using low capital cost downhole flexfuel gasifiers. Further refining of Syngas yields higher value products used globally every day such as power, biodiesel, gasoline, jet fuel, plastics and carbon fibers.
Downhole CAT (chemolithoautotrophic) wells combine WRI’s CAT™ technology to convert CO2 to biomass with CleanCarbon’s in-situ geo-reservoir reactors resulting in a low cost biomass to synthesis gas (Syngas) conversion process.
Partially supported by the United States Department of Energy, WRI’s CAT™ technology is a biological process for recycling carbon produced as a byproduct of some forms of electricity generation by capturing CO2 and converting it to valuable products. Through the use of the CAT™ process, a substantial net reduction of atmospheric CO2 is achieved by both recycling carbon and displacing CO2 emissions from conventional hydrocarbon combustion based processes.
CleanCarbon’s Downhole Flex-Fuel Gasifier provides a low capital and operating cost solution to convert feedstocks of biomass and coal to Syngas which is rich in hydrogen and sequestered carbon. By utilizing geothermal energy in the Earth’s subsurface, the CleanCarbon and WRI technologies combine to convert CO2 first to biomass and then to Syngas.
Further refining of Syngas yields higher value products used globally every day such as power, biodiesel, gasoline, jet fuel, plastics and carbon fibers.
Commercial Products of the integrated process include:
CALGARY ALBERTA – CleanCarbon Energy Inc. (CleanCarbon), a Calgary-based company engaged in sustainable energy technology commercialization, has reached an Agreement in Principle with Western Research Institute (WRI) to jointly develop a family of carbon dioxide (CO2) to energy conversion processes. In the agreement, WRI will receive an equity stake in CleanCarbon in return for an exclusive international license to WRI’s Chemolithoautotrophic (CAT™) technology. Leveraging the technologies of both organizations, the WRI and CleanCarbon integrated research program aims to commercialize a new pathway for inexpensive, carbon-balanced sources of energy and hydrocarbon products with the least-possible fresh water and surface footprint requirement. “We are very excited to partner with CleanCarbon Energy as we both are focused on developing technologies to use the world’s natural carbon-rich resources in the most sustainable ways,” stated Don Collins, Chief Executive Officer of WRI. This Agreement in Principle combines WRI’s CAT™ technology to convert CO2 to biomass with CleanCarbon’s in-situ geo-reservoir reactors and Downhole Flex-Fuel Gasifier technologies resulting in a low cost biomass to synthesis gas (Syngas) conversion process. Partially supported by the United States Department of Energy, WRI’s CATTM technology is a biological process for recycling carbon produced as a byproduct of some forms of electricity…Read More
20/09/2016 Calgary's Top Startups Selected for Pitch Night on October 18 Reprinted from Start Up Calgary http://startupcalgary.ca/news/2016/calgarys-top-startups Check out Calgary's Top Startups at Pitch Night on October 18 Applications have poured in from Calgary's tech startup community for the past several weeks. Startup Calgary's selection committee consisting of Rogelio Ferreira (TELUS), Alice Reimer (Startup Calgary Board Chair), and Karl Miller (Concierge), deliberated over dozens of applications. Congratulations to the top startups who will pitch on October 18 for a chance to showcase at Launch Party: advertiise is a platform that enables global buyers and sellers to buy and sell advertising space. CleanCarbon Energy is developing technologies that provide economic carbon balanced sustainable energy. Gifty gives customers the chance to send a retailer’s product as a digital gift that can be redeemed in store. GO Pal Services is an easy-to-use Emergency Response Plan (ERP) mobile app for the Western Canadian oil and gas industry. instaMek provides simple and convenient auto repair at your doorstep. Interface Fluidics Limited is a laboratory service company specializing in microfluidics for oil and gas. MycoRemedy uses a novel fungi-based technology to restore polluted environmental sites. Paper uses artificial intelligence and cloud infrastructure to automate milestone legal events and everyday functionality. Physio4D™ is a motion-tracking system that…Read More
Team CleanCarbon Energy Enters $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE Calgary, AB, (July, 1, 2016) - Team CleanCarbon Energy, a renewable carbon balanced energy and petrochemical company, today announced its official entry into the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. Team CleanCarbon Energy headquartered in Calgary Alberta with 10 team members, is among a growing number of teams from around the world that are vying for their share of the $20 million prize purse. The Carbon XPRIZE is a $20M competition that challenges teams to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA, the multi-year competition is designed to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, a leading contributor to climate change. Team CleanCarbon Energy is a unique combination of individuals with substantial project engineering, process design, electrical engineering, project management and venture capital experience in the oil and gas industry with an applied technology development laboratory team at the Olds College Centre for Innovation. CleanCarbon Energy has been founded by engineers and operators with experience working on technology intensive Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) in situ thermal projects in the oilsands. The company has patents pending on two…Read More
Added to the FAQ: Well, you can indeed use electricity to fix carbon dioxide; the problem is that due to thermodynamics you will generate more carbon dioxide through the combustion of fuels (coal, natural gas, etc) than the carbon dioxide you fix. Now you can assume that you have inexpensive…Read More
Looks like our approach is going mainstream; note that CleanCarbon Energy has patent pending practical geo-bioreactors and gasification methods to make this economic and scale-able. http://www.jbei.org/using-hydrogen-sulfide-co2-drive-production-renewable-fuels-chemicals/Read More
Why develop CleanCarbon Energy and our process strategies (apart from the $20MM NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE award and positive NPV projects)? The focus on CleanCarbon Energy is to develop technology to enable the conversion of carbon dioxide to value added products. The singular focus at CleanCarbon Energy is to make…Read More
We are working hard at CleanCarbon Energy - here is an update. Currently our focus is on two demonstration projects: BIOREACTOR ALPHA AND OMEGA - Two bioreactors in development; one a brand new chemostat and the other is a refurbishment of an existing bioreactor. What is a bioreactor? It's a…Read More
In the news – “Technology, innovation are the only answer to climate change. Full stop.” – American Energy News0 Comments
American Energy News: "Technology, innovation are the only answer to climate change. Full stop."Read More
Last blog post we detailed that if we need to sequester and convert large amounts of carbon dioxide using autotrophs we will need large bio-reactor volumes.. reactor volumes best available underground. Can one generate biomass without sunlight? In a word - yes. It’s happening right now. Kilometers beneath the ocean.…Read More
Calgary Herald: Calgary company enters carbon capture contest worth $20 millionRead More
If we are really going to ever convert massive amounts of carbon dioxide to value added products (apart from our trees and existing biomass already growing) Team Cleancarbon Energy bets it's going to have to be underground due to the reactor volumes required as explained in this blog post. ..going…Read More
The first question any evaluation company should ask is "are you proposing a perpetual motion machine?" Carbon dioxide after all is spent energy. You need to put in energy to get a product out. For instance photosynthesis by plants is taking in energy from light to convert CO2 to biomass.…Read More