Fortis B.C’s new carbon reduction technology program is being rolled out for businesses in the lower mainland- with potential to move inland.
Fortis BC Director of Energy Solutions, Jason Wolfe says, the pilot project will implement CleanO2 carbon capture units into businesses- which takes the emissions released from commercial-sized boilers and furnaces and turns it into soda ash, a versatile mineral used in manufacturing.
“Once that trial has ended, 6-8 months from now, our hope is that we would then open this up to all customers throughout our service area, so the Interior, on the Island, and the Lower Mainland.”
Wolfe says, each unit is about $15,000, and by 4 years, it’ll have paid itself off with the sale of the soda ash by product.
“Essentially, they’ll be carbon negative by that point.”
The technology can reduce carbon emissions by 13 tonnes per year through each unit, and lower energy consumption by up to 10%.