Project Research

The documents below relate to Greenhouse Gases projects that COSIA is involved in with external partners.

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Scan and Evaluation of Natural Gas Decarbonization Technologies

In an effort to reduce GHG emissions from steam boilers, COSIA’s GHG EPA members are seeking to better understand the landscape of natural gas decarbonization pathways and technologies.

In 2015, COSIA commissioned Alberta Innovates to generate the report “A Review of Natural Gas Decarbonization Technology for Application in SAGD Steam Generation” which provided a review of the technologies COSIA had received through its Environmental Technology Assessment Portal (E-TAP). This largely consisted of different processes to partially oxidize natural gas into carbon and synthesis gas. COSIA wished to identify all thermodynamic pathways available to decarbonize natural gas and thus commissioned this work. This study looks to understand the current state of knowledge on the different classes of technologies as well as build off the previous work done to date.

Category: GHG
Development of a Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage Reference (SAGD) Facility

COSIA seeks to inspire and stimulate creative new ideas to reduce the environmental footprint and improve efficiency associated with SAGD production technologies. COSIA uses flow diagrams to facilitate the evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunities by providing a common basis of understanding for prospective technology developers.

This report was prepared for COSIA following the development of flow diagrams to help technology vendors to become more familiar with SAGD operations, including the material and energy balances for various reference configurations in Central Processing Facilities. The report is intended to support technology vendors in identifying how their technologies might integrate with existing SAGD facilities, assist with quantifying the potential GHG and water benefits of their technology, and help with presenting proposals to COSIA.

Partners: Candor Engineering
Category: GHG
Development of a Static Oil Sands Mine and Extraction Reference Facility

COSIA uses flow diagrams to facilitate the evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction opportunities by providing a common basis of understanding for prospective technology developers.

This report was prepared for COSIA following the development of flow diagrams to explain the process used to develop them and their intended use. Details regarding the differences associated with Paraffinic Froth Treatment (PFT) and Naphthenic Froth Treatment (NFT) are outlined and the GHG emissions calculation process is explained. The report concludes with a description of the flow diagrams and the assumptions used to prepare them.

Partners: Tetra Tech Canada
Category: GHG
Energy Efficiency Technology Scan for Oil Sands Activities

Minimizing natural gas and electricity consumption is of major importance in order to ensure the economic viability and environmental performance of in situ oil sands production. In this context, COSIA sought support in identifying energy efficient technologies relevant for in situ oil sands operations.

COSIA asked: “What are the most promising technologies among those covered by energy efficiency funding programs and research institutes, able to address specific in situ oil sands energy efficiency challenges in the short and medium term?”

A large number of energy efficiency technologies (62 technologies) potentially relevant for oil sands operations have been identified through the study.

Partners: 

ENEA, COSIA

Category: GHG
Carbon Dioxide Conversion Technologies for Oil Sands Activities

The utilization of CO2 to make products including chemicals, fuels and solids, is transformational because it converts CO2 to value added products while reducing the net emission of CO2 from an operating facility. Few CO2 conversion technologies are in the commercial use with most being in the research and development stage. 

This study looks to understand the current state of knowledge on the different classes of technologies.

Partners: 

ENEA, COSIA

Category: GHG