IHS Engineering Workbench

Using a highly advanced search engine to identify technologies that utilize low temperature waste heat. Read More

COSIA in Space

Canadian space technology meets Canadian oil sands innovation. COSIA sends a satellite, named Claire, into space to test new methods of oil sands emissions measurement. Read More

Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells

Cenovus is exploring the use of Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells to capture carbon dioxide from natural gas-fired processing units while generating electricity. Read More

Use Your Ecomagination

COSIA have been working closely with GE and Alberta Innovates to develop a series of open innovation challenges through GE’s ecomagination campaign. Read More

Carbon Capture and Storage

Shell’s Quest Carbon Capture and Storage project will capture and store one million tonnes of CO2 per year from Shell’s Scotford Upgrader. Read More

Vacuum Insulated Tubing

By reducing heat loss, less natural gas is burned to heat water to make steam. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Read More

Gas-Turbine Once Through Steam Generator

Potentially reduces operators reliance on electricity from the Alberta power grid which may result in a net reduction in carbon intensity per-barrel of product. Read More

The Algae Project

Using algae to convert CO2 into valuable products. Read More

Greenhouse Gases

COSIA’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Environmental Priority Area (EPA) is investigating ways to reduce energy use and associated GHG emissions through the development of innovative technologies for oil sands in situ (in place) and mining operations.

Oil sands companies are working together, building on each other’s expertise and collaborating with universities, government and research institutes on energy efficiency projects that reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and the production of associated GHG emissions. We are also exploring the use of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) options, a technology successfully used in other countries to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from large industrial facilities such as coal, oil and gas facilities and other industrial operations before the CO2 is emitted to the atmosphere. The captured CO2 is then transported through pipelines for permanent storage in deep, secure underground formations.

The GHG EPA identified key issues facing the industry and is working to address the following:

  • improving energy efficiency in all aspects of oil sands operations, including the production of steam for in situ (in place) recovery of bitumen;
  • recovering waste heat for reuse;
  • design and operating best practices;
  • measurement, monitoring, and verification;
  • reducing flaring, venting, and fugitive emissions;
  • CCS of CO2 from steam generators and other large oil sands facilities;
  • producing alternative energy; and
  • exploring regional opportunities to reduce GHG emissions with non-industry parties.

COSIA is the overarching collaborative hub within which companies set priorities, drive and share innovation and accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvements.

Examples of current projects include: