CMC Research Institutes (CMC) is an independent, not-for-profit business with one key mission – accelerating the development of technologies to eliminate industrial greenhouse gas emissions. We provide field testing and piloting facilities to clients in oil and gas, oil sands, electricity generation, and cement and chemical manufacturing. Our aim is to rapidly move concepts from the lab bench to the field while effectively managing risk at every step of the way.
It takes a village
Today’s technology challenges are complex and collaboration is critical to the development process. CMC is connected to a national and international network of researchers who are on the front lines of scientific and technological progress. We connect clients to experts who help identify the solutions that will lead to commercial success.
Innovation through the Institutes model
CMC is developing a series of research institutes across Canada, each dealing with a different carbon management challenge area (see below for details on our first two institutes). The institutes offer pilot and testing facilities to help technology developers, industry, government-operated labs, academic researchers and others develop new processes and instruments. Facilities will be available on a contract basis to clients but we also offer sponsorship opportunities for companies and other organizations who want to participate in collaborative, long-term, broad programs of research.
The Containment and Monitoring Institute is focused developing better technologies to detect and monitor subsurface fluids, such as carbon dioxide. A critical part of CaMI is the Field Research Station (FRS), a globally unique site located in southern Alberta for the development of measurement, monitoring and verification technologies. Although the primary purpose of the FRS is to test technologies for use at commercial carbon capture and storage sites, it also has application in oil and gas operations such as oil sands production and hydraulic fracturing.
The mission of the CCCI is to accelerate the development of carbon capture and conversion technologies for use in industry. The institute is being developed through a collaborative partnership between CMC, BC Research Inc. and the University of British Columbia. Pilot and testing facilities are under construction in Richmond, B.C. and will be complete in early 2017.
New technologies cannot be implemented without supportive regulatory, economic and societal environments. The Low Carbon Pathways Group provides modeling, analysis and engagement services to help clients understand what mechanisms and frameworks will help accelerate the implementation of new carbon management technologies.