About the Low Emission Fuels and Products Technology Competition

On February 16, 2022, CRIN announced the projects identified for funding in our Low Emission Fuels and Products Technology Competition. This competition is one of three that will share up to $80 million of funding to accelerate development of breakthrough technologies to address priority environmental and economic challenges of Canada’s oil and gas industry.

CRIN’s Low Emission Fuels and Products Technology Competition provides $30 million for technologies that reduce the carbon intensity of the products and processes from Canada’s oil and gas industry including transportation fuels and other hydrocarbon-derived products.

Early analysis by proponents suggests that the projects announced are anticipated to result in combined accumulative emissions reduction of 55 megatonnes (MT) of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) by 2033.

  • Up to $10 million is available per successful applicant
  • The competition coordinators for CRIN’s Low Emission Fuels and Products Technology Competition are Foresight Canada and the Delphi Group

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Competition Focus Areas

Projects were assessed on their ability to demonstrate a clear pathway to commercialization and to provide significant environmental benefits that contribute to CRIN’s target of 100 megatonnes of CO2e reduction by 2033.

The competition was open to breakthrough technology solutions aligned with one or more of the following technology focus areas:

  • Innovative Products from Hydrocarbons: Technologies included in this focus area produce carbon based non-combustion products, such as activated carbon, carbon fibre, and asphalt binders from petroleum and natural gas. Other examples of technologies included were new recovery techniques for elements like lithium, vanadium, titanium, or nickel recovered from co-produced hydrocarbons.
  • Carbon Capture and Utilization: Technologies included in this focus area reduce greenhouse gas emissions by capturing, utilizing and/or converting carbon dioxide.
  • Hydrogen and Geothermal: Technologies included in this focus area develop clean energy opportunities from hydrocarbon-derived hydrogen and recovery of geothermal energy to optimize the utility of the oil and gas industry.
  • Low-Carbon Intensity Alternatives and New Fuels: Technologies included in this focus area develop products and processes that reduce fuels’ carbon intensity. Examples include innovative fuels and production of fuels from biogenic feedstocks potentially including waste products, bitumen partial upgrading, or other novel processes.

Funding distribution

Lead Applicant Project Title Funding from CRIN
Ekona Power Inc. Pilot Deployment of Ekona’s Pulse Methane Pyrolyzer (PMP) Solution for Clean Hydrogen Production $8,000,000
Universal Matter Inc. Conversion of Carbon Waste Streams to High-Value Graphene via Flash Joule Heating Process $5,840,000
Total $13.8 million

* Amounts listed are maximum funds available from CRIN for each project.

Meet the projects recommended for funding