December 12, 2005

TEAM program supports GHG reduction technologies with international applications

The federal government is supporting two Canadian technologies with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions internationally. A contribution of $3.6 million from the Climate Change Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) program will help a group of Canadian companies involved in developing and demonstrating natural gas vehicles in India. An additional $150,000 will support a feasibility study relating to technology developed by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) that burns methane from ventilation air in underground coal mines.

Advanced Technologies and Fuels Canada is leading a consortium of companies on the Natural Gas Vehicle Flagship Project for Mumbai, India. The project will deploy innovative technologies from Canadian manufacturers and use an accounting model to determine the levels of GHG emission reductions. It will also continue to collect data to verify these levels throughout the project, scheduled to end in 2008.

In addition to helping the Indian government in its efforts to improve urban air quality, the project will address market barriers, create local jobs and further stimulate the market for Canadian companies and technologies in India. The project will also examine the potential to earn GHG emissions reduction credits if more natural gas vehicles are used in India.

The feasibility study on capturing methane from coal mining will determine the best international site for testing the technology, which was developed by NRCan's CANMET Energy Technology Centre in Varennes, Quebec.

The technology, called CH4MIN, burns methane from ventilation air in underground coal mines and converts it into heat which can be used to generate clean power. Methane is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and this technology has significant potential to reduce emissions from coal mining.

CH4MIN also has potential application in other countries such as including China and several eastern European nations. It has been successfully tested in the Varennes lab, and the feasibility study will look at a number of factors to determine the best site for a commercial pilot project.

These initiatives also contribute to Canada's efforts to transfer technology to developing countries, as called for under the Kyoto Protocol and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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