Curran Crawford, University of Victoria: Offshore Wind for CCS/CCUS and Renewable Fuels
Canada is a late comer to the burgeoning realm of offshore wind. While possessing an extensive offshore wind potential, our electricity grids are not well placed to capture that energy especially on the West Coast. An opportunity exists to harness that stranded asset and utilize the power for direct air capture (DAC) and carbon sequestration (CCS), and also associated fuel production (both carbon and hydrogen pathways). A baseline research project, Solid Carbon, is focused on wind for CCS and storage in offshore basalts, which is being expanded on to look more broadly at renewable fuels production and mobile wind platforms.