Suncor Energy invests in carbon capture technology company Svante
In Canada, integrated energy major Suncor Energy Inc. and technology developer Svante Inc., have announced an equity financing agreement that provides Svante with the additional growth capital to accelerate the commercialization of its novel second-generation carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology in North America for the decarbonization of industrial emissions and hydrogen production.
Combined, Suncor and a number of family office investors have invested US$25 million of equity financing, bringing the total proceeds raised under Svante’s Series D financing to US$100 million, completing the largest single private investment into point source carbon capture technology globally to date.
Carbon Capture is a strategic technology area for Suncor to reduce GHG emissions in our base business and produce blue hydrogen as an energy product. An investment in Svante is expected to support the acceleration of commercial-scale deployment of a technology that has the potential to dramatically reduce the cost associated with carbon capture. We are excited to become both an investor and a collaborative partner with the company, said Mark Little, President, and CEO of Suncor Energy.
Svante has now attracted more than US$175 million in total funding since it was founded in 2007 to develop and commercialize its breakthrough solid sorbent technology at half the capital cost of traditional engineered solutions.
Svante has generated a pipeline of potential new project opportunities capturing over 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year before 2030 from natural gas industrial boilers, cement and lime, and blue hydrogen industrial facilities, mainly in North America and spurred by both US and Canada federal CO2 tax credits and prices on CO2 emissions. The net-zero pledges of major countries and large corporations are also a key driver for the interest and rapid growth of the carbon capture and storage new industry, said Claude Letourneau, President, and CEO of Svante.
This final closing of the Series D financing includes Canadian energy company, Suncor Energy, and Carbon Direct SPV I LLC. Existing investors Temasek, Chart Industries, Carbon Direct, OGCI Climate Investments, BDC Cleantech Practice, Chevron Technology Ventures, The Roda Group, Chrysalix Venture Capital, and Export Development Canada (EDC) also participated in the Series D round, reflecting strong on-going support for the Company, including its market strategy and recent progress.
We strive to create world-changing solutions that address climate change and accelerate the global transition to carbon neutrality, reversing human impact on the climate and building a commercially viable CO2 marketplace. We are pleased to partner with a leading Canadian player in the energy industry, along-side existing investor Cenovus, and to benefit not only from their financial support but also their commitment to delivering low-carbon fuels and blue hydrogen to transform the energy system, ended Claude Letourneau.
Supporting Svante with the transaction were financial advisors Fort Capital Partners and Full Circle Capital, and legal counsel Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.