Representatives from Canada's National Research Council

Representatives from Canada’s National Research Council are working on solutions, like algal carbon conversion technology, to combat climate change. Credit: CNW Group/National Research Council Canada

The Edmonton Journal reports that Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Algal Carbon Conversion (ACC) program, Pond Technologies and Votorantim Cimentos’ St Marys Cement, is revolutionizing how industrial carbon emissions are managed.

The project uses a 25,000 L photobioreactor within a pilot scale algal biorefinery to recycle carbon dioxide and other airborne industrial pollutants into algal biomass that can be further converted into sustainable products, including renewable biofuels and biomaterials. The process being deployed by NRC experts and its partners is designed to rapidly recycle carbon dioxide and other airborne industrial emissions into biomass through photosynthesis.

“Pond has developed a universal algae platform that enables the production of revenue generating algae products. We are pleased to collaborate with NRC to deploy our technology,” said Steven Martin, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientist, Pond Technologies.

In November of 2015, as part of Canada’s commitment to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), the Government of Canada joined a global effort to accelerate clean energy innovation, Mission Innovation, and committed to double funding for clean energy and clean technology research and development by 2020.

According to an NRC statement, “These collaborative efforts are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through biological conversion into algal biomass, renewable biofuels, and other value-added bio-products. As the world transitions to a low-carbon economy, strategic investments in clean energy and emission-reducing research and development will play an increasingly important role in supporting Canada’s economic growth, in meeting our climate change objectives, while protecting the environment.”