Direct contact steam generation technology
According to COSIA, this revolutionary project may eliminate GHG emissions and the need for water treatment in steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) plants. The process would replace the conventional boiler technology and instead use sequestration to pump carbon underground, where it then would aid in bitumen extraction.
Key developments have been made in the use of algae at oil sands projects to convert CO2 into biomass and biofuel products. COSIA has been sponsoring the Algal Carbon Conversion Project and believes the project has potential to reduce emissions.
Gas turbine once-through steam generators (GT-OTSGs) technique
Currently being piloted, this technique uses integrated natural-gas power turbines and large boilers to produce steam and electricity at the same time. The electricity is used to power facilities while steam is used to produce bitumen. The process reduces the operator’s reliance on Alberta’s power grid.
Marine spills prevention technology
Collaborating with producers to drive clean technology solutions, a cleantech fund has created one of the smallest and lightest marine oil spill containment systems in the world.