New CO2 capture technology under development could reduce CO2
emissions from the
production of synthetic crude oil from the Oil
Sands by up to 25%
NISKAYUNA, NY, June 30 /CNW/ - In the quest to develop more
cost-effective ways to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels, GE
(NYSE: GE) is partnering with the University of Alberta (UA) and Alberta
Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) on a $4 million CO2
capture project supported by the Climate Change and Emissions Management
This team is leveraging cutting-edge research in nanotechnology to
tackle two of the most pressing environmental challenges facing the Oil
Sands - reduction of CO2 emissions associated with the
extraction and upgrading process, and treatment of produced water
generated during the oil recovery.
The technology is based on naturally occurring zeolites identified by
UA. These materials are rocks with molecularly sized pores, which allow
small molecules to enter while excluding larger molecules. Zeolites are
widely used in the chemical industry as catalysts, and this project
seeks to form these materials into membranes that can be used for high
temperature gas separation. The materials also have the potential to be
used as filters for contaminated water. The CCEMC is providing $2
million in support of this project, with an equal cost share from GE and
its project partners.
Anthony Ku, a chemical engineer and project leader for GE Global
Research on the CO2 capture project, said, "This project is a
great example of how partnership between academic research organizations
and industry can lead to meaningful innovation. We're excited to be
working with the CCEMC and some of Alberta's best and brightest research
minds to take an interesting material identified in a university lab and
figure out how to build a prototype that will be tested in the field."
Ku noted that the successful commercialization and widespread adoption
of this technology could reduce CO2 emissions from the
production of synthetic crude oil from the Oil Sands by up to 25%.
With fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas projected to be a large
portion of our energy mix for decades to come, GE is committed to
developing new, cost-effective technologies for the management of
greenhouse gas emissions. This technology collaboration is supported in
part through GE's ecomagination initiative. Ecomagination represents
GE's commitment to deliver new clean products and technologies to market
for its customers and society. Recently, the company pledged to double
its investment in clean R&D over the next five years from $5 billion to
About the CCEMC
The CCEMC is a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to establish
or participate in funding for initiatives that reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and support adaptation. The CCEMC invests in discovery,
development, and operational deployment of clean technologies.
About GE Global Research
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businesses. GE scientists and engineers redefine what's possible, drive
growth for their businesses and find answers to some of the world's
Through sites in Niskayuna, New York; Bangalore, India; Shanghai, China
and Munich, Germany, GE innovates 24 hours a day. Visit GE Global
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