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Huron and partners begin engineering of ‘fuels from air’ facility in B.C.

Huron Clean Energy

Huron Clean Energy announced today that the preliminary engineering and design has begun on a large-scale ‘fuels from air’ facility. It will be located in British Columbia. The project will create ultra-low carbon fuels using carbon dioxide from the air. To deliver the project, Huron partnered with The Upper Nicola Band, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures; and Carbon Engineering.

Firstly, the proposed project would use Carbon Engineering’s technology to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and create fuels. The production of the facility will be around 100 million liters of ultra-low fuels each year.

Moreover, the facility will use renewable energy coming from B.C.’s hydroelectricity. The project would produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel alike. However, the ones produced by Huron’s project will emit 90% less CO2 than conventional fuels. On top of that, users won’t need to modify their engines to run on the fuel.

In addition, the facility will start construction around 2023; 25 kilometers from Merritt, B.C. It will be on one of Upper Nicola Band’s eight reserves. Due to its massive proportions, it will occupy over 100 acres of commercially designated band land. Consequently, Huron Clean Energy has partnered with Upper Nicola Holdings on a land and business participation agreement.

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Huron to contribute significantly with B.C.’s climate targets

On the other hand, Huron intends to partner with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures for the project’s execution and operation. As a result of all these synergies, the facility will be operational by 2026. In fact, the partners have commenced a preliminary feasibility engineering and design study on the project.

Additionally, the British Columbia government has committed $2 million for the project’s initial design work. The federal government of Canada is also evaluating the project for potential funding through its Strategic Innovation Fund.

Furthermore, the project will contribute significantly to B.C.’s target of 650 million liters of renewable and low-carbon fuel production by 2030. It would also create demand for up to 25,000 tons of green hydrogen annually, representing Canada’s largest green hydrogen project announced to date.

Finally, Michael Hutchison, President of Huron said. “This will be pure Canadian innovation. In cooperation with First Nations partners, CE and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, we will leverage the expertise of both Occidental and Huron to deliver facilities that will bring significant emissions reductions and environmental benefits. They will also lead to the development of new Canadian industries and thousands of Canadian jobs.”

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