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In Canada, Total participates in the VCQ (1) and CO2MENT (2) projects with partners to accelerate the development of CO2 capture and reuse technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Total carbonTotal is developing innovation clusters for the capture and recovery of CO2. (Image source: Ian Britton/Flickr)

The first project is located on the Parachem industrial site east of Montreal and the second will be on the site of Lafarge Canada of Richmond south of Vancouver. Both projects include integrated CO2 capture chains connected to CO2 reuse processes:

Capturing CO2 from fumes

The CO2 capture units are innovative technologies developed by two start-ups: CO2 solutions (3) for the VCQ project and by Inventys (4) for the CO2MENT project. These technologies have such advantages as a very limited environmental footprint, compact equipment, lower energy consumption leading to a potential for cost reduction.

Reusing CO2

The projects are developing several processes for recovering CO2 from building materials, fuel, chemical intermediates and animal feed. Thus, the products obtained from captured CO2 have a reduced carbon footprint.

“The first motivation in our proactive approach of contacting CO2 Solutions and Inventys was the innovative nature of the CO2 capture technologies offered by these two Canadian start-ups. The efficiency, enthusiasm and dynamism of their teams are also undeniable assets in the success of such technological developments. Together we multiply our energies and the levers to increase the chances of success of an industrial deployment of the CCUS,” declared Samuel Lethier, who manages the capture of the anthropogenic CO2 in the CCUS R&D programme.

These two projects address the issues related to CO2 emissions in an unprecedented way by grouping different innovative technologies on the same industrial site. They bring together manufacturers, start-ups and academics with the participation of federal governments from Canadian provinces. These innovation clusters are expected to accelerate the development of these technologies thanks to the expertise of all partners and the dynamism of these start-ups.

“Total, which aims to be the leader in responsible energy, wants to become a leader in CO2 storage and transformation technologies and make it a business by 2035. This project aligns with the Group’s ambition to accelerate the development and demonstration of large-scale CO2 capture and utilization technologies, and create the new carbon economy,” said David Nevicato, programme manager of CCUS R&D.