COSIA GHG Challenges

The GHG Environmental Priority Area has identified the below COSIA Challenges to help mobilize the minds and resources of external stakeholders and global solutions providers and allow it to achieve its Aspiration to ‘Produce oil with lower greenhouse gas emissions than other sources of oil’.

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Non-members should submit their request through the COSIA E-TAP process. This process is both an easy means of responding to this request, and a safe framework for best presenting your response to COSIA.

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GHG Challenge Statements

Post Combustion CO2 Capture from Natural Gas Combustion Flue Gas

COSIA’s GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking transformative technologies to capture CO2 from flue gas streams resulting from combustion of natural gas in a once through steam generator.

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Quantification of Area Fugitive Emissions

COSIA’s GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking transformative, cost-effective technologies to accurately and precisely quantify area fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands tailings ponds and mine faces.

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Direct Hot Water Production for an Oil Sands Mining & Extraction Process

The COSIA Greenhouse Gas Environmental Priority Area has identified Direct Hot Water Production as a technology which could improve the environmental performance of mineable oil sands. New technology is sought which could replace conventional hot water production approaches, which use economizers or low grade steam, in either new or existing mining operations.

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New High Efficiency Industrial Gas Boiler

The COSIA GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee has identified new high efficiency (above ground) industrial gas boilers as a technology which could improve the GHG performance of the oil sands. The GHG EPA SC 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.

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Higher Value Use of Low Grade Heat

COSIA’s GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking technologies that create value from excess low grade heat resulting from Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) oil sands production and/or related surface facility operations.

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Enrichment of Combustion Air

The COSIA GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee invites 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.

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Natural Gas Decarbonization

The COSIA GHG Environmental Priority Area (EPA) Steering Committee (SC) has identified natural gas decarbonization as an opportunity area in which to explore for technologies that will materially reduce oil sands GHG emissions. 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.

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Water and Energy Recovery from Flue Gas

The COSIA GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee 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.

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New Heat Exchanger Technology

COSIA’s GHG Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking technology which could replace heat exchanger technology in either new or existing thermal in situ operations.

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Energy from Pressure Letdown

The COSIA Greenhouse Gas Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee has identified Energy from Pressure Letdown as a technology area which could improve the environmental performance of the oil sands. COSIA seeks a new technology which could capture energy, likely power, at a small scale (e.g. 500 KW – 3 MW) when delivering high or medium pressure energy source through pressure let downs.

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