Svante Inc. has signed a collaboration agreement with Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC to develop commercial projects in North America that employ Svante’s technology, which is capable of capturing carbon directly from industrial sources at half the capital cost of existing solutions.
Connecticut-based Cross River is a leading developer of sustainable infrastructure, developing and financing next-generation waste-to-energy and carbon-to-value projects in North America.
Cross River will be responsible for project origination and financing for carbon capture and storage projects using Svante’s proprietary technology, as well as operating facilities that deliver captured CO2 to end-users.
“We provide capital and commercialization solutions to technology providers such as Svante to develop pipelines of small to mid-size projects with similar risk profiles’’ said Andrew Wilder, CEO of Cross River. “Our goal is to help unlock significant investment capital to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies, such as Svante’s.’’
Svante’s technology is currently being deployed in the field at pilot plant-scale by industry leaders in the energy and cement manufacturing sectors. The CO2MENT Project – a partnership between LafargeHolcim and TOTAL S.A. – is building a 1 tonne per day plant in Richmond, British Columbia that will re-inject captured CO2 into concrete, while the construction of a 30 tonne per day demonstration plant was completed this summer at an industrial facility in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
“With the development of new sustainable investment strategies, in combination with government policies such as the United States’ 45Q tax credit to incentivise industry and traditional project financing, the financial sector is poised to support industrial scale carbon capture that will have a meaningful impact on the climate change,” said Claude Letourneau, President and CEO of Svante. “An integrated project delivery model is fundamental to ensuring carbon capture and storage projects can be financed and delivered with both cost and scheduling certainty.”
The partnership will focus on the Permian Basin in the U.S. and in Canada’s western provinces, both of which have large CO2 storage potential, a wide range of commercial CO2 users, and a significant number of industrial sources of CO2, such as cement, chemicals and hydrogen production. The existing CO2 pipeline infrastructure in the U.S. transports mined CO2, with no climate benefit, thus creating an opportunity to transition to sourcing CO2 from man-made industrial emissions.
Svante’s cost advantage, combined with progressive tax credit policies, can make carbon capture profitable across a range of large-scale industrial applications to significantly cut emissions from hard-to-abate sectors.
When used in combination with direct air capture, Svante’s source capture technology can result in net zero carbon emissions from currently emissions-intensive industries, while a single Svante plant can capture a million tons of carbon a year – equal to eliminating the emissions generated by more than 200,000 cars.
“We are very pleased to collaborate with Cross River to unite all the stakeholders – industrial CO2 emitters, industrial CO2 users, technology providers, investors, and operations teams – in common cause,” Letourneau said. “This partnership is critical to bringing the cost of carbon capture within reach, creating jobs, generating wealth and incentivizing industry to join the fight against climate change.”