This past May, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that CO2 Solutions would be the recipients of a $4.7 million grant from the Harper Government’s ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative and $500,000 from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC).
- It can be compressed and pipelined several meters down to naturally occurring saline aquifers and salt deposits.
- It can be used in a process called Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). A method that injects CO2 into aging oil reservoirs.
- It can be stored near materials that contain calcium or magnesium. The website states: “this material can be carbonated to form mineral solids, locking the CO2 away while creating a neutralized material which may have commercial value.”
“The deep Earth represents an environment that human beings have come to expect something from. We depend upon water from deep in the Earth and we have energy sources that we depend upon for extraction, minerals and metals as well. Some of these environments are used for storage of things like nuclear waste and carbon dioxide.”
“In the 1970’s and 80’s, it became clear that many of the underground environments that we depend upon had been altered by human activity. The best example is aquifers, ground water that we would typically pump either as potable water or for irrigation. It turned out that in the places where we had disposed of toxic waste, the water became contaminated.”
“Knowledge is always a good thing if you are hoping to make sound decisions.”