Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) has issued a challenge to “mobilize the minds and resources of external stakeholders and global solutions providers” to advance eight key technologies for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction to commercialization.
COSIA also has a similar challenge in place considering five technologies to reduce water use.
“COSIA challenges provide focused, actionable descriptions of the current state of certain gaps as well as the desired outcomes without prescribing the means for reaching the outcomes, as this could limit potential solutions,” says COSIA, whose members represent more than 90 per cent of current oilsands production.
“[We are] keen to hear from anyone who believes they have a solution…whether they be external companies (small or large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, entrepreneurs or inventors.”
Here are the GHG technologies that are currently part of COSIA’s challenge:
1. Direct hot water production for an oilsands mining and extraction process
“New technology is sought that could replace conventional hot water production approaches, which use economizers or low-grade steam, in either new or existing mining operations.”
2. New high-efficiency boiler
COSIA is interested in “new steam-generator technologies to replace existing steam generators in the existing process configuration. Proposals based on work that is a proven concept are desired.”
3. Higher-value use of low-grade heat
COSIA says it is looking for leading-edge technologies that create value from excess low-grade heat resulting from SAGD production and/or related surface facility operations.
4. Enriched combustion air
The innovation organization is inviting proposals for the supply of technology to produce combustion air enriched in oxygen. “This is a forward-looking request, and proposals that can make a compelling case for investment in early stage technology are of interest.”
5. Natural gas decarbonization
COSIA says that these technologies will partially or completely remove the carbon content of natural gas. “The emissions associated with producing the decarbonized gas, plus the emissions from combusting the decarbonized gas, will be less than the emissions from combusting natural gas.”
6. Water and energy recovery
COSIA is seeking leading-edge technologies that capture water vapour and waste heat from flue gas from natural gas combustion. “The successful technology will provide valuable high-grade heat to be integrated into the processing facility and produce clean water as condensate that can be used for steam production. Ideally, the technology could be retrofitted to existing combustion equipment.”
7. New heat exchanger
New technology is sought which could replace heat exchanger technology in either new or existing thermal in situ operations.
8. Pressure let down
COSIA seeks a new technology that could capture energy, likely power, at a small scale (e.g., 500 kilowatts to three megawatts) when delivering high or medium pressure energy source through pressure let downs.
COSIA says that proposals, which can be submitted through its website, will be evaluated on overall scientific and technical merit, approach to proof of concept or performance, economic potential, respondent’s capabilities and related experience, realism of the proposed plan, and cost estimates.