NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE update

Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre

Prospective NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE finalists will be able to test their technologies at the Alberta Carbon Conversion Technology Centre, which will be built at the Shepard Energy Centre in southeast Calgary thanks to up to $20 million in combined funding from the Canadian and Alberta governments. Read the COSIA news release for complete details.

Starting in 2018, as the first tenants at the new facility, Carbon XPRIZE finalists will test their solutions as part of the natural gas track of the competition. The teams will use CO2 from the flue stream at the Shepard Energy Centre, Alberta's largest natural-gas fueled power plant jointly owned by ENMAX and Capital Power, to demonstrate whether their technologies are ready to go commercial.

Meet the semifinalists

Of the 47 entries originally submitted for the competition, 23 teams moved into Round 2 of the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE in October 2016. The approaches these teams are taking vary widely. They include converting captured CO2 into everything from fish food to fertilizer to carbon nanotubes and building materials.

These teams are pushing the boundaries of innovation to create breakthrough CO2 conversion solutions that could ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change. Read more about where each team is from and what they're working on.

Watch a two-minute clip where XPRIZE Principal & Senior Scientist, Paul Bunje, gives a quick overview of the competition.

2016 COSIA Performance Update clip - courtesy of COSIA