This interview was conducted by Selva Ozelli
Tell us about your company Delta CleanTech
Delta Cleantech Inc is a Calgary-based company which develops and commercializes technologies — LCDesign®, PDOengine® and DeltaSolvTM — to capture, sequester, and reduce CO2 in a cost efficient manner.
Delta Cleantech specializes in post-combustion CO2 by capturing carbon dioxide mainly from exhausts of heavy oil production, coal and gas power generation, cement production and the industrial food grade CO2 markets and runs it through its proprietary technology to produce 99% pure gas. The company implements its ISO verified technology to the largest CO2 capture projects around the world.
The second-hand benefit of removing the CO2 for our clients is the carbon credits Delta Cleantech can then develop. Currently, there are punitive penalties for companies emitting carbon dioxide. In Canada the penalty is in the form of a carbon tax ($50-$170 / tonne) that quantifies and monetizes carbon emissions costs. This carbon tax can be offset through the purchase of carbon credits our clients generate by removing CO2. In addition, the Canadian Government recently announced a 50% tax incentive for companies investing in carbon capture plants, which significantly reduces the cost of building a CO2 capture plant.
Which countries does Delta CleanTech operate in?
Delta Clean Tech is headquartered in Canada and expanded its operations in China, Australia, UAE, US and UK.
To further educate and collaboratively work with global clean energy colleagues in these markets Delta is holding a series of CO2 carbon capture and carbon credit workshops during 2022. In the beginning of this year, Delta held a work shop in Abu Dhabi where it is working with Doosan Power Systems out of their office facilities in Abu Dhabi. Doosan provides additional engineering and EPC contracting services to Delta for its carbon capture projects in the region.
The COP26 conference made history for being the first climate summit to explicitly include a “phasedown of coal” in its decision. How did this impact Delta CleanTech business?
The increasingly stringent climate change policies of governments have breathed new life into Delta CleanTech, with carbon management becoming a priority–for not only for the oil and gas industry but more broadly as well.
For example, in the beginning of 2022 Delta announced its expansion of CO2 capture and utilization operations in China with a new and exciting Business Development Agreement with the Nanjing Kisen International Engineering Co., Ltd, a leader in engineering of cement plants. This Agreement is a strategic move by Delta and KISEN to further exemplify the demand for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS), as well as the accelerate need for robust and proven CO2 capture technology into the ever-expanding Chinese CO2 mitigation market.
It is widely known that China is the world’s largest emitter of CO2, responsible for nearly a third of total global emissions. What is less widely known is that China is also the global leader in cement production, manufacturing more than half of the world’s cement supply. In 2020, the nation produced 2.2 billion metric tons of cement. This is driven by China’s enormous construction sector as well as other projects in China and abroad as a result of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
It is clear that China will require the implementation of innovative technologies to meet its long-term emissions reduction goals, and the country has already begun significantly increasing its investment in green technology including carbon capture, utilization, and storage.
Delta CleanTech fully expects to be a leading factor in meeting those goals.
Delta CleanTech has developed a post-combustion carbon capture process with the ability to adapt to any flue gas condition including gas from cement, coal, steel, and petrochemical production. This is achieved by preconditioning the flue gas prior to CO2 capture that can include: particulate removal, SOX/NOX reduction, solvent design, and flue gas cooling systems.
In addition to the improvements made to the CO2 capture process, Delta CleanTech will also provide a patented advanced thermal reclaimer, Delta Reclaimer®, that solves previous thermal and non-thermal reclaimer problems, which in the past has proven to be the biggest challenge to successfully operating large-scale post combustion CO2 capture.
What is your reaction to the findings of the latest IPCC report?
This report points out that there is no doubt about how emissions carbon effects global warming. Most countries are now addressing this issue and have implement a form of “carrot and stick” (incentives and penalties to encourage emitters to reduce their emissions). Canada is a leader in this area. Delta hopes to be a contributor to reducing worldwide emissions by implementing its carbon capture technology and creating tradeable “carbon green coins” using blockchain technology.
How does Delta CleanTech’s technology fit in with Canada’s 2030 emissions reduction plan?
The Government of Canada has recently released its Emission Reduction Plan to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions up to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and put Canada on a path to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The plan relies on empowering communities to take climate action, switch to electric vehicles, establish an emission cap to the oil and gas sector, utilize renewable electricity, adopt Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), and other green and clean initiatives.
The government announced more than $9.1 billion in new investments that will, support electric vehicles, companies in the fossil fuels sector implementing carbon CCUS technologies, and clean electricity grid.
We are very happy to see that CCUS is considered as one of the key tools to reduce GHG and CO2 emissions in Canada. Delta is Canada's oldest and most recognized solution provider offering Carbon Capture, Solvent Reclamation and Methane Destruction robust technologies, as well as related Carbon Credit origination, validation and streaming. Because This plan aims to remove about 200 million tonnes of GHG emissions. CO2 capture systems will be utilized to meet a significant amount of this volume. Canada needs to build roughly 30 CCUS plants with the capacity of 1,500 TPD every year until 2030 to meet 50% of these targets. To achieve this in the past, present and immediate future, only proven, robust post- combustion carbon capture systems and technology will meet able to meet the 2030 deadline.
Anything else you would like to add
Most emitters are taking their net zero commitments seriously and have implemented various Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) programs. Delta has been inundated with inquiries regarding how these companies can reduce their emissions. We are very optimistic that the world has taken this challenge seriously this time. We want to change a “Tired Earth” to a new “Invigorated Earth”
How can people get in touch with you?
Delta is a public company that trades on the following exchanges:
CSE:DELT, FRA:66C, OTCQB:DCTIF