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​ERA’s ACT4 Call: $19M for CCUS Tech Funding

The Emissions Reduction Alberta’s (ERA’s) ACT4 program is now open for applications. To facilitate the deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) technologies, the ERA is partnering with Accelerating CCS Technologies (ACT) and committing $2.85 million for this initiative.

In addition to leveraging international funding for CCUS initiatives, the partnership with innovation organizations around the world represents a significant opportunity for future collaboration and knowledge sharing. All projects will present their goals and plans at the Annual ACT Knowledge Sharing Workshop and all recipients are required to produce a final outcomes report that will be shared publicly for the broader benefit of Alberta.

ERA Alberta Website

In total, $19 million is available for this global funding program, which is open to projects in the following countries: Germany, India, Norway, United States, or Canada. The Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund of the Government of Alberta provides funding for the ERA.

Understanding the ERA ACT4 Call for Proposals

The Emissions Reduction Alberta ACT4 program looks to fund innovation and research activities aimed at accelerating and maturing CCUS technologies. By advancing CCUS, ACT will address the technological, environmental, social, and economic challenges facing the commercialization of innovative CCUS technologies.

Funding Amount

There are specific funding amounts for the Emissions Reduction Alberta Act4 program based on the country/ region the consortium is applying to (applicants must seek funding from at least two): 

  • Canada/ Alberta – Up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $2.85 million CAD;
  • Germany – no limit identified;
  • India – Up to $500,000 in euros per project;
  • Norway – Up to $15 million per project; or
  • United States – Up to $540,000 USD per proposal.

Eligible Applicants 

Proposals must be submitted by a project consortium comprised of at least two eligible applicants seeking funding from at least two participating countries and regions.

  • Participating regions include: 
    • Canada;
    • Province of Alberta;
    • Germany;
    • India;
    • Norway; and
    • The United States.
  • No project partner can have a share of more than 70% of the project’s work plan activities. 
  • Must meet specific eligibility parameters as identified by the region of application. 

Eligible Projects

Industrial oriented projects that support the deployment of CCUS technologies in the energy and industrial sectors.

  • Must have a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 and above.
  • Subjects of special interest include:  
    • Carbon capture;
    • Carbon capture and transportation networks; 
    • Direct carbon conversion;
    • Permanent Storage;
    • Offshore CO2 storage;
    • Clean Hydrogen Production; and
    • Carbon dioxide removal (CDR).

Timeline

The Emissions Reduction Alberta Act4 program proposal submission deadline is September 12, 2022. Projects are eligible to start following funding decisions in February/March 2023. Projects must be completed within three years.

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