Equatic Starts Engineering Work On Its First Commercial Facility In Canada

Equatic Starts Engineering Work On Its First Commercial Facility In Canada - Carbon Herald
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Equatic – a climatetech innovation company developing a unique approach to carbon removal, just announced it has commenced engineering work on its commercial-scale carbon dioxide removal (CDR) plant to be located in Canada, developed in partnership with the Canadian notable carbon removal project developer Deep Sky.

The plant is North America’s first commercial-scale CDR facility for the company. In Feb 2024, Equatic announced a demonstration plant located in Tuas, Singapore, named Equatic-1, which is sub-commercial and smaller in size compared to the Canadian facility. The Singapore plant broke ground in May 2024. 

Relevant: “Equatic Removes Carbon Any Way We Can – From The Ocean And From The Atmosphere,” Edward Sanders, COO

The Canadian facility is planned to remove 109,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and produce 3,600 tonnes of green hydrogen per year when at full capacity. It will also be a stepping stone for the company towards reaching carbon removal below $200 per tonne by 2030.

“As climate urgency grows, we need to accelerate development of commercial facilities… We’re thrilled to begin the engineering phase on a commercial-scale plant with Equatic, moving closer to removing billions of tons of CO2 from the oceans to reverse global warming. The planet isn’t waiting, so we must meet the moment,” commented Damien Steel, Deep Sky CEO. 

According to Edward Muller, Equatic Chairman, Quebec, Canada is an ideal location for the plant due to access to low-carbon electricity and potential for hydrogen offtake that will decarbonize the province’s industrial base. Deep Sky’s carbon removal project development experience and its local relationships will also contribute immensely to the project, which is expected to be operational by 2026-2027.

Equatic’s technology accelerates a natural carbon removal process – it stores CO2 in a solid form in the ocean water at the pace of 5 minutes at commercial scale, compared to what takes nature 12 months to do for the same amount. According to Edward Sanders, Chief Operating Officer of Equatic, the process is considered to be built on high school level chemistry. 

Relevant: Deep Sky And Equatic Partner To Deploy Carbon Removal Demonstration Units In Canada

Equatic pumps seawater through an electrolyzer, which separates it into four components: an acid stream (liquid), a base stream (liquid), hydrogen (gas), oxygen (gas). The acid stream is put into contact with rock – a process that fights ocean acidification. The base stream is put into contact with atmospheric air that contains CO2 (gas) to form calcium carbonate (solid) and bicarbonate (dissolved ion) – solid forms of CO2. Equatic then discharges the immobilized carbon back into the ocean that is stored permanently. 

Each unit of Equtic’s commercial facility will employ oxygen-selective anodes developed with the support of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to produce green hydrogen while eliminating the unwanted production of chlorine gas during seawater electrolysis. 

In terms of MRV, Equatic projects are deemed to adhere to the most advanced measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) standards in electrolytic ocean-based carbon removal: ISO 14064-2:2019, developed in partnership with EcoEngineers and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The company will monetize its projects from carbon credits and the green hydrogen it produces which were both pre-sold from this and future facilities to corporate clients. Further sales are ongoing.

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