The B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy is pleased to announce it has granted Arca $1.25M to fast-track the commercial scaling of its air-to-rock carbon mineralization solution. This funding advances a first of its kind pilot project to capture and permanently store atmospheric carbon dioxide from nickel mine tailings.  

“CICE recognizes carbon mineralization as a viable pathway to achieving permanent carbon capture. Arca’s solutions have huge potential to both expedite this critical process and provide accurate measurement of the carbon captured. We know this company is on a trajectory of exponential decarbonization potential and we are proud to be one of the first to mobilize investment that will accelerate the commercialization of this important solution on a global scale.”    

Dr. Ged McLean

Executive Director of CICE

With the validation and funding from CICE, the UBC spin-out company will demonstrate its technologies can operate safely and successfully at an operating mine site.  

“Arca is on a mission to restore the atmosphere by capturing gigatonnes of CO2 and mineralizing it into rock, where it is safely stored forever. Our technologies help producers of critical metals transform mine waste into a massive carbon storage solution. Yet every journey begins with a first step. CICE understands the challenge in creating a new carbon dioxide removal industry to fight climate change, and CICE has the vision to understand the significance of Arca’s first commercial pilot project at an operational mine. We are grateful for CICE’s support as we launch this important climate innovation and look forward to a strong partnership!”

Paul Needham

CEO of Arca

More exciting details surrounding this project will be announced this fall.  

CICE continues to lead catalytic investment into early-stage, BC-based companies that demonstrate potential to lead the global charge against climate change. In addition to carbon management innovators such as Arca, our growing portfolio of investments cover areas including low carbon fuels, battery technology and energy storage and low carbon hydrogen.   

Members of the Arca team work with the scientific instrumentation they use to measure carbon dioxide mineralization in mine tailings. Photo taken on Taku River Tlingit First Nation traditional territory.

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