Natural Resources Canada has released the semi-finalists that will compete for their share of a $155 million investment prize later this year aimed at clean technology in energy, mining and forestry, and 10 oilsands technologies are on the list.
NRCan’s Clean Growth Program received funding as part of last year’s federal budget. It reportedly received 750 submissions during a four-month application period, now whittled down to a short list of 92.
Representing the oilsands industry are Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor Energy, Imperial Oil, Husky Energy and MEG Energy along with technology developers Titanium Corporation, Enlighten Innovations, ElectroKinetic Solutions and CalAqua Innovations. Their technologies range from diluent reduction and more efficient in situ production to in-pit mining extraction and water-capped reclamation of oilsands tailings.
“The strength of the shortlist is indicative of the abundance of high caliber projects the program received,” NRCan says on its website. “These organizations are shining examples of the strength and innovativeness of the Canadian clean technology ecosystem.”
NRCan is looking for projects that demonstrate a net increase in employment, as well as reductions in GHG emissions, water use and waste.
Project selection results are expected to be announced in fall/winter 2018.