Tech Giants Commit Nearly $1 Billion Toward Carbon Capture
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New York, NY – April 28, 2022 – Some of the world’s largest companies are teaming up to commit nearly $1 billion in spurring the carbon-capture market. On April 12, Stripe, Facebook, Alphabet, Shopify and McKinsey & Co. Inc. announced the creation of Frontier, a public benefit corporation that plans to purchase $925 million worth of permanent carbon removal from companies developing the technology. The initiative will help carbon-removal companies scale up and reduce the cost of withdrawing each ton of CO₂ from the air, which would benefit all companies looking to buy high-quality offsets. Frontier’s development is just one of many company and government initiatives that are pumping billions into the technology, creating a sizable opportunity for companies like Pond Technologies (TSX.V:POND)(OTCQB:PNDHF), Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM), Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSX: XBC), Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:BLDP), and Brookfield Renewable Partners (TSX:BEP.UN) (NYSE:BEP), which are developing technologies to make the future more sustainable.
ESG-focused cleantech company Pond Technologies (TSXV:POND) (OTCQB:PNDHF) has developed a proprietary patented system that can profitably transform CO2 into valuable products. Using large bioreactors, the company grows algae that absorbs greenhouse gas emissions and transforms them into valuable food, feed, and nutraceutical ingredients.
On April 28, Pond Technologies announced that it has entered into a research agreement with BioCarbN Inc. and its development partner Cross River Infrastructure Partners, in collaboration with Livalta/AB Agri, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, and a second major agri-business, to identify strains of algae that could help reduce enteric methane emissions from cattle when included into animal feed. Enteric methane emissions are the single largest source of direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in beef and dairy value chains. They are also a substantial contributor to anthropogenic methane emissions globally. Methane emissions from cattle represent approximately 2 billion metric tonnes of CO2, the same emissions as the entire nation of India.
“We are extremely excited to sign this research agreement with BioCarbN, in collaboration with AB Agri and another forward-thinking major agriculture company,” said Pond Technologies’ President and CEO Grant Smith. “We believe this is just the start in capturing a significant opportunity to help in reducing emissions from cattle globally. The global cattle feed market is over $75 billion USD annually and this represents another step towards commercializing our algae growth platform into globally important markets, across numerous applications.”
Earlier this year, Pond Technologies announced the launch of Pond Carbon, a division of the company that will be engaged in the sale and licensing of its proprietary CO2 abatement technology to project developers, engineering companies, funders and other companies in partnership with industrial emitters. Pond has already begun licensing its technology to third parties for ongoing license fees and royalties and has signed contracts with AB Agri and a Canadian-based Fortune 500 oil and gas major.
“The launch of Pond Carbon is significant as we work through our opportunity pipeline in 2022, progressing towards a commercial product line. This year, we expect to announce new disruptive partnerships across a myriad of different industries to drive revenue growth and showcase algae growth stemming from the sequestration of carbon from Pond’s innovative technology,” said Peter Howard, VP Project Developments at Pond. “We feel our technology has significant advantages over incumbents, in regard to lack of contamination and consistent quality and look forward to providing updates on our progress.”
Pond also recently announced the closing of the second tranche of a non-brokered private placement of 3,420,000 common shares at a purchase price of $0.20 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds of $684,000.
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Clean Tech Companies Have a Great Outlook
Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM) has started early front-end engineering design studies (pre-FEED) for the South East Australia carbon capture hub in Gippsland. Those studies will determine the potential for carbon capture and storage to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from several industries in the Gippsland Basin. Exxon Mobil is discussing with local industries that may be interested in getting access to the SEA CCS hub to reduce emissions from their operations. The project aims to capture up to 2 million tons of CO2 per year. If the technical and commercial feasibility is confirmed, the SEA CCS hub could be operational by 2025.
On April 12, Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSX:XBC), a global provider of sustainable gas technologies, announced that its subsidiary, Xebec Systems USA LLC, has signed a $113.5 million (CAD 143.2 million) contract with Iowa SCS Carbon Removal LLC, a subsidiary of Summit Carbon Solutions. The contract follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed on March 28, 2022, for 51 carbon dioxide (CO2) piston compressor assemblies, which will be used for the carbon capture and sequestration project proposed by Summit Carbon Solutions. The contract, which is expected to be the largest in the world if approved, represents the largest order value Xebec has received to date.
Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:BLDP) has received Europe’s industry’s first Type Approval by DNV, one of the world’s leading classification and certification bodies, for its FCwave marine fuel cell module. The approval marks an important milestone in the commercialization of Ballard’s fuel cell technology for marine applications and is key to including fuel cells in zero-emission solutions for the marine industry. The Type Approval process involves a series of simulations and tests carried out at Ballard‘s Global Marine Center of Excellence in Denmark, where the FCwave is developed and manufactured.
Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. (TSX:BEP.UN) (NYSE:BEP) announced on April 5 its intention to redeem all of its Class A Preferred LP Units, Series 11 (TSX: BEP.PR.K) in cash on April 30, 2022. The price redemption fee for each Series 11 Preferred Unit will be C$25.00. Holders of Series 11 Preferred Units of record as of April 14, 2022, will receive the previously declared final quarterly distribution of C$0.3125 per Series 11 Preferred Unit. On the same day, Brookfield announced that it has agreed to issue 5,000,000 5.50% Cumulative Class A Perpetual Preferred LP Units, Series 18 on a bought deal basis to a syndicate of underwriters led by CIBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, National Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank and TD Securities for distribution to the public. The Series 18 Preferred Units will be issued at a price of C$25.00 per unit, for gross proceeds of C$125,000,000.
In over ten years of R&D, Pond Technologies has developed a robust disruptive technology platform based on artificial intelligence (AI), proprietary LED lights, and patented CO2 management.
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