CMC Research Institutes, Inc. (CMC) is an independent, not-for-profit business working to develop multiple, challenge-driven research institutes focused on providing high-value, low-barrier research and development services to industry or public sector clients addressing the challenge of industrial greenhouse gas emissions.
Through these institutes, CMC brings together project management, technical, and R&D expertise connected to a global network of expert research collaborators to provide:
- A single point of contact to ensure results are delivered on time and on budget;
- A single port of entry into a global pool of experts and potential technical or commercial partners; and
- An execution team of experts with leadership experience built on a combination of internal and partner resources.
CMC provides the integration, translation, adaptation, application development, field-testing, piloting, and scale-up services required to rapidly move concepts from lab bench to field while effectively managing risk at every step of the way.
The Institutes Model
CMC Research Institutes, Inc. bridges the gap between use-inspired, early stage research and widespread implementation and commercial adoption. Through its institutes, CMC will offer contract research services and sponsorship opportunities to industries, SME’s, governments and researchers needing to test and develop solutions to GHG emission challenges.
The Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI), CMC’s first, is focused on the detection and monitoring of subsurface fluids, containment and loss of containment detection and monitoring. A key part of CaMI is its Field Research Station #1. At this one-of-a-kind research facility, clients will be able to demonstrate, validate and develop tools and processes that will improve the monitoring and verification of liquids in the subsurface. Applications range from the secure sequestration of CO2 and enhance oil recovery, to containment monitoring relating to hydrocarbon production, hydraulic fracturing, and steam chamber development in the oil sands.
Carbon Management Canada, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 to advance technologies and insights that would radically reduce carbon emissions from large stationary emitters, with a focus on the fossil energy sector. CMC was the result of a successful proposal under the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program that resulted in an NCE award of $25M with an additional $25M grant received from Alberta Environment. A further $2.5 M commitment was received from seven industry supporters.
CMC has awarded $22M to a portfolio of 44 research projects and supports 155 researchers and over 200 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The company has built an extensive national and international collaborative network. One of CMC’s great strengths lies its ties to researchers in numerous international organizations such as Ohio State University, the University of Arizona, the University of Queensland, the Stanford Centre for Carbon Storage, GFZ German Research Centre for Geoscience in Potsdam, the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, the Korea CCS Research Centre, and the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) in Australia.
CMC is an interdisciplinary network with scientists working in fields that range from engineering to nanotechnology to geoscience, biology, genomics, and chemistry to business, economics, policy, law and communications. The projects funded by CMC are ambitious and interdisciplinary with team members drawn from universities, governments and industry across Canada and internationally. These investigators work in four often overlapping themes: Recovery, Processing and Capture; Enabling and Emerging Technologies; Secure Carbon Storage; and Accelerating Appropriate Deployment of Low Carbon Emission Technologies.