Analysis in the UKCCSRC International Engagement Strategy shows Canada as a country with high levels of activity on CCS publications and citations. The world's first and largest commercial-scale CCS project is also based in Canada, at the SaskPower plant at Boundary Dam. The strategy highlights key target organisations in Canada as: CMC Research Institutes, SaskPower, University of Calgary and CanMet.
CMC Research Institutes
CMC Research Institutes is an independent, not-for-profit business with a mission to accelerate the development of technologies to eliminate GHG emissions. In 2014, UKCCSRC signed an MoU with CMC Research Institutes to further research which ensures CCS projects are designed and operated in a cost-effective, safe and secure way.
A key outcome to arise from UKCCSRC's relationship with CMC Research Institutes is the collaboration around its Containment and Monitoring Institutes' Field Research Station which has been developed to track and monitor the movement of underground fluids. UKCCSRC used its International Research Collaboration Fund to make funding available to UK researchers who wanted to collaborate with researchers at the Field Research Station. Four projects were successful in securing funding; more can be read about the projects here.
In 2013, UKCCSRC and SaskPower signed an MoU to provide a framework to facilitate research and related opportunities aimed at improving costs and performace of CCS, and link practical experience on SaskPower's Boundary Dam with a wide-ranging academic CCS programme. The Centre's relationship with SaskPower has resulted in vists by their experts, as well as webinars, which UKCCSRC members have been able to participate in.
International Research Collaboration Fund
In addition to supporting UK research collaboration with CMC Research Institutes' Field Research Station (see above), this funding mechanism had allowed UKCCSRC Academic Members to undertake projects with other institutions in Canada including; Geological Survey of Canada and Aquistore; and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.
Early Career Researchers (ECRs)
The UKCCSRC ECR International Exchange Fund has provided a funding mechanism for ECRs planning visits to CCS organisations based in Canada (and around the world). To date, examples of Canadian institutions that this fund has supported ECRs to visit include; CanMetENERGY; University of Ottawa; University of Calgary; University of Alberta and University of Toronto; and Geological Survey of Canada.