COSIA Challenges

In order to help mobilize the minds and resources of external stakeholders and global solutions providers, COSIA has identified a number of COSIA Challenges that explicitly state the innovation requirements to fill the identified gaps in knowledge and technology within each of COSIA’s EPAs. If filled, these Gaps will ultimately support the achievement of COSIA’s Aspirations and Performance Goals.

What are COSIA challenges?

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.

Who do we want to hear from?

COSIA is keen to hear from anyone who believes they have a solution to one or more of the COSIA Challenges highlighted on this page - whether they be external companies (small or large), academic researchers, other research institutes, consultants, entrepreneurs or inventors.

Evaluation

COSIA will evaluate the received proposals for funding through criteria that includes:

  • Overall scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Respondent’s capabilities and related experience
  • Realism of the proposed plan and cost estimates

How to submit a proposal

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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Greenhouse Gases

Greenhouse Gases

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water

Water

Technologies that Improve Existing Once Through Steam Generator (OTSG) Performance
The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking new technologies focused on reducing/eliminating fouling in steam generators for Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) produced water recycle.
Novel Steam Generator Design
The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking new designs for steam generators focused on improved performance for Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) and Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) produced water recycle.
Online Water Hardness Analyzer
COSIA members believe that improved monitoring and control at in situ oil sands operations will lead to improved environmental performance through greater process reliability. To that end, the COSIA Water EPA Steering Committee is seeking a robust online analyzer to accurately measure boiler feed water hardness at in situ oil sands operations.
Passive Organics Treatment Technology
The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee has identified a need for technologies to passively treat dissolved organic compounds present in Oil Sands Process Water (OSPW). They are seeking improvement to existing or new non-mechanical technologies to achieve sufficient removal of the acid extractable organics such that it passes the acute bioassays.
High Temperature Membrane Demineralization of Recovered Water
The Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee invites proposals for membrane demineralization technologies operating above 85?C to replace part of or the entire water treatment train. Two applications, possibly sequential are seen; feed water for once-thru-steam generators (lower quality), and feed water for drum boilers (higher quality).
Alternative Silica Removal Technologies
The COSIA Water Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee invites proposals for silica removal technologies which could improve the environmental performance of the oil sands. These alternate technologies would replace standard warm / hot lime softeners or produced water evaporators while producing minimal chemical sludge, minimizing reaction times to minimize footprint, removing TOC, with low energy and applicable across a broad concentration range. Proposals based on work that is a proven concept are desired.
Land

Land

Approaching Zero Land Disturbance Exploration
COSIA’s Land Environmental Priority Area Steering Committee is seeking transformative, cost-effective technologies to eliminate tree clearing associated with exploration across the boreal forest and in particular within the oil sands region of northern Alberta, Canada
Tailings

Tailings

Soft Tailings Capping Technology
COSIA members are seeking robust, cost-efficient solutions to stabilize, cap and reclaim fines-dominated tailings deposits more than 10 metres deep that originate from treated fluid fine tailings applications. These deposits typically exhibit low load bearing strength.
Tailings Clay Challenge
This challenge seeks solutions to modify clay properties (e.g., surface, bulk, chemical, physical, etc.) to effect beneficial changes in tailings behaviour. One example of this is the surface modification of clay minerals to enhance dewatering and consolidation rates in excess of currently available treatment technologies based on anionic polymeric flocculants. A second example of this is the improved understanding of clay – water – organic interactions in fluid fine tailings, as well as associated minerals that contribute to observed fluid properties, and how such interactions can be leveraged to enhance the positive attributes of high surface area clay minerals for sequestration of Constituents of Potential Concern (CoPCs).