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AERI Project Abstracts

Project Number
1144M

Project Name
ARC NCUT

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
Canada Center for Mineral Energy Technology

Project Abstract
The focus will be improvement of primary and secondary upgrading technologies, energy efficiency, environmental performance, emission reduction in bitumen and heavy oil processing plants, testing hydrocracking and hydrotreating catalysts.

1189

Role of Foamy Oil Flow in Steam Simulation of Cold Lake Type of Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed research project attempts to better understand the flow behaviour of heavy oils during steam simulation and in particular attempts to determine whether foamy oil flow plays any role in the steam simulation of Cold Lake type of resevoirs.

1216

Water Content and Physical Properties of Acid Gas Mixtures

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to effectively design an injection scheme, saturated water contents, phase boundaries and densities of the acid gas mixture over the range of operating temperatures and pressures required.

1217

Increasing Real Liquid Yields from Coking of Bitumen

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to measure precisely the pressure differentials of gas flowing through a fixed bed of activated carbon containing a known mixture of particle sized and of various bed depths.

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Project Number
1218

Project Name
Geomechanics in SAGD Process, Wellbore Integrity and Horizontal Well Drilling in Deep Oil Sand

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project attemps to use electrical resistivity measurement method as an analytical tool to study how changes in grain fabric affect changes in tortuosity.

1220

Regional Stratigraphy of the Athabasca Oil Sands Deposit

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The focus of this project will be on delineating the regional basin topography and structure to interpret the sedimentology and depositional environments.

1222

Strategies for Seismic Monitoring of Heavy Oils Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to determine and monitor changes in the locale of several mature steam injection wells at the former UTF (now Dover SAGD) site.

1232A

ARC Sustainable CBM Development

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by subsurface injection of carbon dioxide into deep coalbeds and to enhance coalbed methane recovey factors and production rates as a result of carbon dioxide injection.

1268

Early Selection for Enhanced CO2 Biofixation and Growth in Aspen and Hybrid Poplar

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This project assesses the impact of CO2 enhancement under greenhouse conditions on growth and photosynthesis and determines whether aspen and hybid poplar selected for superior growth exhibit higher CO2 sequestration.

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Project Number
1271

Project Name
Seismic Imaging of In Situ Bitumen Reservoirs and the Properties of Porous Media

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Dr. Ernest R. Kanasewich

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to obtain enhanced and higher resolution images of the subsurface earth in the vicinity of steam injection sites with the use of surface seismic reflection 3-demensional data.

1272

An Evaluation of Two Gas and Water Shutoff Technologies - Gels and Waxes

Improved Recovery

Hycal Labs

Project Abstract
This study proposes injecting gas at specific conditions and determining the extent to which this gas can divert injection water from high flow zones to bypassed-oil zones as a solution to problems encountered during waterflooding.

1278

Syncrude Narrow Bitumen Pitch

Improved Recovery

Syncrude

Project Abstract
The proposed study is to prepare narrow fractions of bitumen pitch and to determine the most effective upgrading option based on the reactivity of each narrow fraction and the interaction of catalyst and bitumen fractions.

1297

Investigation on the Role of Microstructure and Residual Stress on Stress Corrosion Crack Initiation

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to investigate microstructure and residual stress effects on stress corrosion cracking (SCC) phenomenon and the role of the hydrogen in this process.

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Project Number
1299

Project Name
Analytical and Experimental Investigation of Sand Production and Control

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project aims to investigate the underlying mechanisms leading to no-isothermal sand production in unconsolidated geological formations and sand handling in the context of pumping a mobile slurry made up of an oil-water-sand suspension.

1300

Natural Gas: Composition, Origin and Relationship to Fluid Flow

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project addresses problems associated with the exploration for natural gas by seeking to place limits on the modes of origin of gas and the mechanisms by which it is transported and trapped in reservoirs.

1301

Effect of Fine Particles on Bitumen Recovery and Quality

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The main objectives of this project are to study the mechanisms and properties of bitumen interaction with its environment so that the effect of fine particles on the bitumen recovery and quality could be understood in a rational manner.

1302

Seismic Response of Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to conduct research in fundamental problems in wave propagation theory with applications to oil/gas exploration, reservoir characterization and time-lapse monitoring.

1304

SHOC Phase 2

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The goals of the SHOC Project are to develop novel data acquisition methods, analysis strategies, and technology directed at improving production of heavy oils and bitumen.

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Project Number
1305

Project Name
Pressure Pulse Enhancement of Fluid Flow Rates

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The principal focus of research into heavy oil production methods consists of maximizing the amount of oil that can be economically extracted from a given reservoir.

1306

Enhanced Stability of Products from Low Severity Upgrading Residues

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The proposed research project addresses the issue of the stability of heavy oils after low severity processing.

1307

Evaluation of Middle Distillates from Oil Sands Bitumen and Diesel and Jet Fuels

Improved Recovery

Syncrude

Project Abstract
The proposed study will expand the database for producing quality SSB in support of future growth of oil sands industry. The capability to supply higher quality fuels to meet environmental regulations will be enhanced.

1311

C-FER Heavy Oil Gathering Systems

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The principal objective of this project is to identify technically feasible processes for preparing and transporting heavy oil from a well lease to a battery that will be cost competitive with conventional means of transferring the oil.

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Project Number
1312

Project Name
Commercialization of (HC)3 Process

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
Canada Center for Mineral Energy Technology

Project Abstract
The focus has been to use the (HC)3 process in a large upgrader to produce synthetic crude oil that can be used as feedstock for refineries.

1313

NRC Characterization of Ultra-Fines in Bitumen Solids

Improved Recovery

Canada Center for Mineral Energy Technology

Project Abstract
The main objective of this project is to develop a database of chemical and physical properties for ultra-fine solids associated with mineable oil sands of different grades and bitumen recovered by in-situ methods.

1314

NRC Comparison of Molecular Structure of Feedstock

Bitumen Upgrading

Canada Center for Mineral Energy Technology

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to extensively characterize narrow cut SCFE bitumen pitch fractions by a variety of techniques to produce detailed information on their molecular chemistry.

1321

Computer Modeling Group 1

Improved Recovery

Computer Modeling Group

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed project is to advance the simulation of heavy oil and tar sands and to provide simulation tools for the AACI program to model emerging recovery.

1324

Gulf - Surmont Lease #72

Improved Recovery

Gulf Canada

Project Abstract
The purpose of this study is to determine technical feasibility and economic parameters of SAGD process on the Gulf Surmont Lease #72.

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Project Number
1325

Project Name
Near Wellbore Treatment to Reduce Gas Channelling

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to reduce water production in gas wells by improving the success ratio of injecting alternating gel and gas slugs to control water channeling in gas wells.

1330

Terralog - Improved Fracture Injection Disposal

Improved Recovery

Terralog

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to organize the database of waste injection operations and formation response, evaluate empirical correlations between waste types, operating parameters and formation response, investigate improved modeling techniques for fracture growth and formation response and develop operating guidelines to optimize daily operations and ultimate storage capacity of the target formation.

1354

Oil Sand Lump Size Estimation (LSE) by 3-D Sensing

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed research project is to develop an effective technique for measuring the lump sizes of oil sand material as it is conveyed in Syncrudes Hybrotransport system.

1355

Metallurgical Studies for the Production of Rutile Concentrate from Oil Sands Tailings

Water Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to separate rutile from other minerals in order to produce market-grade rutile concentrates from the oil sands tailings.

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Project Number
1356

Project Name
Solids Distribution in Hydrotransport Process

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The main objective of the proposed research is to device a simple and elegant experimental system to study the solids distribution between various phases, under controlled shear, chemical and thermal environment.

1357

Particle Flow Modeling of Oil Sands Excavation

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The main objective of the research is to establish the appropriate constitutive relationships between chunks of fragmented oil sand for use in a numerical model using Particle Flow Code (PFC) to simulate the digging and loading process for a bucket.

1358

Destabilization of Emulsified Water amd Fine Solids Through Asphaltenes Precipitation

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to bring understanding to the strategy for salt reduction in up-grader feed bitumen due to asphaltenes precipitation.

1359

Pseudoelastic Composites with Nanostructured Reinforcing

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a new hardfacing material system, incorporating pseudoelastic TiNi(X) alloy with nanostructured ceramic particles as the reinforcing phase.

1360

Bio-Upgrading for Heavy Crude

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to use microorganisms to reduce the viscosity of heavy oil and bitumen, in order to make it pipelinable.

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Project Number
1364

Project Name
Mitigation of Harmonic Distortions in Oilfield Electrical Distribution Systems

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to establish a set of methods that can determine the harmonic distortion levels for systems with distributed harmonic sources.

1367

Increasing Gas/Oil Recovery from Naturally Fractured Reservoirs with Water Coning Problems

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this study is to develop an upscaling methodology for simulation of naturally fractured reservoirs.

1368

Investigation of Interfacial Mass Transfer in the Vapex Precess

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to investigate the basic mass-transfer mechanisms involved in the Vapex process, develop a laboratory protocol for measuring the interfacial mass-transfer coefficient at reservoir conditions and to develop an improved mathematical model for predicting the oil production rate for the Vapex process.

1369

Well Abandonment Technology

Improved Recovery

J. Boyd

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to solve the problem of uncontrolled venting of natural gas from oil and gas wells in Western Canada with the placement of a viscous liquid sealant into the open casing tube and into the annular space between the casing tube and the wall of a borehole.

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Project Number
1373

Project Name
HC3 Commercialization

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the performance of the AOSTRA (HC)3 process, under low severity process conditions of pressure and catalyst concentration, to partially convert the full range Cold Lake bitumen to meet the pipeline specification.

1374

Gas CAP Depletion/Bitumen Produciton

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The objective of this study is to evaluate, in core size experiments, the potential of blocking top water zone by the injection of air or co-injection of air with steam to create LTO reactions of the oil and to determine the effect of initial oil/water saturation and temperature on the blocking process.

1376

PRI Water Abatement in Natural Gas Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council (Calgary)

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to reduce water production in gas wells with the injection of alternating gel and gas slugs to control water channeling or coning into a gas well.

1379

Gas Oil Relative Permeability

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to obtain critical gas saturation and gas-oil relative permeability curves for heavy oil systems, using experimental techniques.

1380

Improve Equipment Utilization Rate

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a Total Equipment Management System with new architecture that could provide a seamless information flow and access for mobile equipment management with nearly real-time availability of operation/equipment information cross the project to support fast efficient decision-makings.

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Project Number
1381

Project Name
Seismic Velocity Anisotropy and Depth Imaging

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed research project will focus on measurement and determination of anisotropic parameters of rocks in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, using laboratory, seismic and well measurements.

1382

Optimization of Steam Generator Performance

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to conduct a fundamental experimental investigation of the chemical and physical phenomena governing the performance of oil field steam generation equipment to identify the key operating and design parameters and to gather sufficient experimental data and develop theoretical and modeling tools to optimize the performance of existing steam generation facilities and improve the performance of future installations.

1383

Asphaltene Deposition

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed research project is to find treatments that break the chain of events that lead to deposition.

1384

Flare Stacks Using Passive Jet-Flow

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this research project is to quantify the effluent and flame stability of a typical sub-scale flaring system and design effective flow control methods that will promote better mixing between the fuel and air and ultimately reduce harmful emissions without reducing flame stability.

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Project Number
1385

Project Name
Multiphase Flow Meter

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop an economical, low pressure drop and low-power multiphase mass-flow meter that uses an in-line vortex, generated along the axis of the pipe to quantify flow rate.

1386

Improving High Temperature Fuel Cells

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a lower cost, more catalytic and more stable electrode materials, which would yield higher power an energy density solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) which run at lower temperatures.

1387

EOR by Calcium Carbonate Blocking

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to manipulate the oil field microbial community to produce calcium carbonate (CaCO3) as a durable plugging agent for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

1388

Fiberoptic Gyroscope Drilling Navigation

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed research project is to integrate the FOG with three mutually orthogonal accelerometers in order to monitor the drill bit orientation of its coordinates.

1389

Characterization of Formations Using Spectroscopy

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed study applies low field nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for the characterization of heavy oil and bitumen formations.

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Project Number
1390

Project Name
Cold Conditioning of Oil Sands

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed project is to better understand the fundamentals of cold conditioning process operation in comparison to arm and hot water processing, to learn how the anticipated high levels of solids in the froths produced may be dealt with by applying solvent/demulsifier additions to nascent froth or naphtha/paraffinic diluent post-production froth treatment schemes.

1392

Flue Gas Injection for EOR

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to investigate the viability of using flue gases to recover additional oil from depleted light-oil reservoirs.

1393

Geotechnical Behaviour of Tailings

Water Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the behaviour of the polymer-clay mixture within a thickener.

1395

Degradation of Petroleum in Contaminated Soils

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to measure and compare rates of degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in contaminated bulk and rhizosphere soils that have been sterilized and inoculated, or contain indigenous microbes from a selected site.

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Project Number
1396

Project Name
Intermetallic -Based Alloy Coatings

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to explore the application of intermetallic based alloy coatings in oil and gas and the petroleum refinery industries and to replace high alloyed steels and specialty alloys used in extreme service conditions by substantially less expensive structural materials coated with intermetallic alloys.

1397

Bitumen Digestion Process

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to understand the detachment mechanism of bitumen from sand grains in process water, to determine the role of wettability of sand grains in bitumen-sand separation, to study the effect of water chemistry and ore characteristics on the forces between bitumen and sand in process water, to correlate the measured forces with the digestion efficiency of bitumen from the and to establish a set of guidelines for effective bitumen separation.

1398

Separation of Heavy Minerals in Tailings

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed project is to investigate the effect of the different methods of removing the residual bitumen on the separation characteristics of the heavy minerals contained in the oil sands tailings.

1399

At Face Slurrying: Advancing Innovative Technology for Oil Sands Production

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is the design and operation of a large-diameter flexible pipeline, the design and control of the associated mining system, modeling the flexible pipeline hydraulics, modeling and controlling the multi-phase oil sands slurry flow process, stochastic modeling of the production-economic system, and modeling and controlling the associated risks.

1402

C-FER - Progressing Cavity Pump Run Life Improvement

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to quantify PC pump failure distributions according to basic failure mechanisms for a range of operations, to identify the key design, implementation and operational issues that must be resolved to achieve substantial improvements in PC pump run lives, to develop recommended practices for PC pump selection and operation and to define ongoing monitoring and data tracking requirements so that operators can conduct consistent failure and reliability analyses.

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Project Number
1403

Project Name
CAPP Eval of Past Revegetation Mitigation Efforts

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project was to bring together into a single document the state of the art technology and methodology for revegetating sites disturbed by oil and gas activities in Western Canada and to identify areas of concern or uncertainty where future research efforts should be focused.

1404

ACT Flare Speciation - CAPP

Improved Recovery

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to offer a cost effective method for estimating pollutant emissions from solution gas flares, as well to determine levels of emission of a specific number of toxic pollutants.

1405

Zero Emissions Hydrogen

Clean Carbon/Coal

Los Alamos Labs (US)

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop technological options that allow fossil fuels, in particular coal, to be used cost effectively with substantially reduced environmental impacts.

1406

Paste Technology - Syncrude

Water Management

Syncrude

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to minimize land disturbance for tailings storage, enable progressive reclamation by producing solid tailings and reduce oil sand sterilization, to reduce by 5% the tones of CO2 emissions per barrel and to reduce the cost of oil sands development specifically as it relates to the cost of impoundment structures for tailing storage.

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Project Number
1407

Project Name
ARC Extraction of Knowledge

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council (Calgary)

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to identify the complex interactions between the numerous process variables that control the mined oil sands extraction process.

1408

Shallow Resource Recovery

Improved Recovery

BR Petroleum

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the use of underground mining techniques to bring the shallow underground mined oil sands to the surface (to extract the bitumen) and compare the feasibility and economics with the current surface mined open-pit oil sands projects.

1411

SFU Microbial Degradation of Napthenic Acids

CO2 Management

Simon Fraser University

Project Abstract
Bitumen extraction from the oil sands in northern Alberta generates very large volumes of process affected water which require treatment prior to release. The acute toxicity of these wastewaters is due to the presence of a diverse group of cyclic and non-cyclic carboxylic acids, the naphthenic acids (NA). The primary removal mechanism is via sediment microorganisms.

1412

Petroleum Technology Research - Vapex Phase III

Improved Recovery

Saskatchewan Research Council

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to advance the technological basis for the use of the Vapex process to increase the recovery of conventional heavy oil in Saskatchewan and Alberta

1413

CMG Research end Development Simulation Technologies for Alberta Resources

Improved Recovery

Computer Modeling Group

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to determine the performance of SAGD when there is a contiguous overlying gas zone which may have been partially depleted.

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Project Number
1414

Project Name
Heavy Oil Vent Gases

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
New Paradigm Engineering Ltd.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to provide whatever is necessary to facilitate decision making, leading to rapid and economic implementation of systems to reduce methane venting from heavy oil sites.

1417

Gas Conformance Control Using Gel Foam: Foam Generator Design

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a blocking and diverting gel-foam treatment to combat gas channeling.

AERI_1441-01

Hydrate Decomposition

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to develop a methodology for generating a hydrate-saturated sand-pack in a reliable and reproducible way.

AERI_1475

Fuel Cell for Conversion of Hydrogen Sulfide

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The goal of the project is to develop a commercially viable H2S-O2 (air) fuel cell for the production of sulfur vapor, steam and electrical power.

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Project Number
AERI00589

Project Name
Luscar Pilot Plant phase 2B and C

Stream
Clean Carbon/Coal

Organization Name
Luscar Ltd.

Project Abstract
Luscar Pilot Plant phase 2B and C

AERI00669

Jet Nozzle Heavy Oil Destructuring and Deasphalting Technology

Improved Recovery

Fractal Systems Inc.

Project Abstract
A 300 bopd upgrading facility using oil destructuring technology to be erected at Husky oil field. Facility to provide operational data to assess the commercial potential of technology and its scalability.

AERI00675

Assessment of Heat Capture Methods for the Heavy Oil Total Resource Conversion (HOTROC) Process

Improved Recovery

C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc.

Project Abstract
The HOTROC process allows for the recovery of the energy stored in subterranean hydrocarbon deposits and in particular depleted heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs, while reducing GHG emissions.

AERI00678

Production of High Value Carbon Products from Solvent Extracted Coal

Clean Carbon/Coal

Sherritt International Corp

Project Abstract
This project will evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of producing a suite of high value products from solvent extracted Alberta coals: (1) anode-grade coke (2) a binder pitch blend and (3) a diluent blend from lighter distillates. Preliminary proof of concept tests have indicated positive results for the quality of the binder pitch fraction and bitumen miscibility characteristics of the light distillate fraction.

AERI00788

NLP Bitumen Production Technology

Water Management

Synenco Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
A 2-tph bitumen production pilot plant will be built and operated for 600 hours to test and to collect design data for: in-pit slurry preparation using a Bitmin drum; recovery of the bitumen by column flotation; and vacuum-belt filtration to produce a stackable coarse tailings

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Project Number
AERI00853

Project Name
Enbridge Ultraclean Generation

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Project Abstract
This project will document environmental and operational performance of Enbridges hybrid fuel cell plant. The technology recycles waste energy from pipeline pressure reducing station to increase the fuel cells low-impact electricity output. A demonstration will validate the cost effectiveness of this electricity supply option and document how high efficiency, near zero emission fossil energy solutions can complement intermittent renewable energy supplies, provided that policy parity exists.

AERI00898

'Abandoned to Electricity' Sierra Geothermal

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Sierra Geothermal Power Corp.

Project Abstract
There is potential to generate electric power from hot water reservoirs or geothermal water reservoirs in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, including deep, abandoned wells in the area of Hinton, Alberta in the Canadian Foothills. The projects goal is to create 1 MW of geothermal/electric power using United Technologys Purecycle binary technology. A proposed market for this energy is the town of Hinton and their new eco-industrial park.

AERI00941

HOTROC

Improved Recovery

C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc.

Project Abstract
A new concept has been proposed for recovering the energy stored in subterranean hydrocarbon deposits, and in particular in depleted heavy oil and bitumen reservoirs. The concept, given the label HOTROC, which stands for the Heavy Oil Total Resource Conversion process, consists of using a modified in situ combustion process to convert the energy stored in heavy oil and bitumen resources into thermal energy that can be used for a variety of applications.

AERI00948

Tailings Oil Recovery

Improved Recovery

MinMiner Technologies Ltd

Project Abstract
The Karl Clark process s ineffective with superfine clays. MinMiners is developing a process to extract the remaining hydrocarbons from these water/sand slurries.Bench top testing of its process was confirmed at Alberta Research Council (ARC). Application would provide economic gain by recovery of residual bitumen/naphtha and substantive environmental benifits by clarifying water, soil and improvement in air quality.

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Project Number
AERI00953

Project Name
Ethane fuel cell

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
Univ. of Alberta and NOVA invented a new fuel cell for selective co-production of ethylene and power from ethane. Power density over 200 mW/cm2 at 50% conversion was attained at 700 C. The next phase is development of the cell and the process for construction of a pilot unit. The performance of the cell will be optimized by optimizing anode catalyst activity and interface with the electrolyte and preparation of thin membranes. The cell then will be scaled up for construction of a stack.

AERI00954

SAGD Produced water

Water Management

CCS Inc.

Project Abstract
Hazco Environmental Services a division of CCS Inc. Maxxam Analytics Inc., HDP LLC a division of Veolia Water North America Inc. and GLR Solutions Ltd. (the Proponents) will design, build, operate and market the services of a mobile facility designed to collect data and information evaluating new equipment and technology to treat produced and waste water from thermal in situ bitumen operations. The facility consists of two units, a mobile laboratory and a measurement unit.

AERI00984

Bitumen Production Fundamentals Research Group

Bitumen Upgrading

Canadian Oil Sands Network for Research and Development

Project Abstract
Multi year co-funding agreement for bitumen extraction fundamental, pre-competitive research.

AERI01000

SuperSump

Improved Recovery

C-FER Technologies (1999) Inc.

Project Abstract
The SuperSump technique is a novel approach to cold heavy oil production that separates produced sand downhole and stores it permanently in a salt cavern. This process virtually eliminates all operating costs associated with sand production and eliminates trucking fluids and solids on rural roads by using flowlines. A patent application has been filed and operating companies have indicated strong interest in pursuing the project, with the goal of conducting a field pilot of the concept.

AERI01001

Optimisation of Alloys used for Metal matrix Composites in Oil Sands Processing

Bitumen Upgrading

Alberta Research Council Inc

Project Abstract
Tungsten carbide-based overlays are the protective material of choice for the agressive operating environments in the Albertan oil sands. Key to the performance of these composite materials are the properties of the Ni-based matrix alloy. As part of an industry supported program, a range of alloys will be fully characterised. By gaining a full understanding the materials it will be possible to specify specific alloys for use in oil sands operations.

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Project Number
AERI01008

Project Name
Underground Coal Gasification

Stream
Clean Carbon/Coal

Organization Name
University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The research proposed will bring together the world knowledge around UCG, by establishing an international network of researchers in the field of UCG, Dr. Chen will then enhance the knowledge base by creating the mathematical applications necessary to advance the software used to simulate UCG.

AERI01014

bluegas Catalytic Gasification Commercialization for Alberta Phase 2

Bitumen Upgrading

GreatPoint Energy

Project Abstract
GreatPoint Energy will build a demonstration facility for its catalytic gasification technology.

AERI01020

NCUT 2008-09

Bitumen Upgrading

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
NCUT is a collaborative undertaking between the Province of Alberta (represented by AERI and ARC) and the Government of Canada (represented by NRCan) to carry out innovative upgrading research and technology development. Under the 15 year (1995-2010) agreement, the NCUT program will receive ~ $6.6 million/y funding from federal government and $2.4 million/y from provincial government; together with the leveraged industry contribution, the program has funding in the amount of ~$11.0 million/y.

AERI01038

AACI 2008-09

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The AACI Program is aimed at developing in-situ recovery technologies that could significantly impact the economic production of heavy oil and oil sands. Success would be marked by the commercial exploitation of AACI technology

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Project Number
AERI01039

Project Name
Alkaline Metal Reformer

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
Western Hydrogen Ltd

Project Abstract
Western Hydrogen Ltd (WHL) is developing a new method for the production of hydrogen from various feedstock inputs. The Alkaline Metal Reformer (AMR) produces pressurized and relatively pure streams of hydrogen and carbon dioxide from inputs of water, a carbon source, and sodium hydroxide. The system produces the hydrogen at a cost that is below that of steam methane reforming.

AERI01044

New Petrochemicals Feedstock

Bitumen Upgrading

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Project Abstract
AERI/NOVA collaborated on a Project called New Petrochemicals Feedstock. Two technologies (NHC and ARORINCLE) were developed to produce olefins and paraffins as petrochemicals plant feedstock from heavy gas oils derived from oil sands. The project is inthe pre-commercial demonstration stage.

AERI01070

Alternative Energy for Oil Sands (2)

Renewable and Alternate Energy

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
New, high temperature, modular, nuclear reactor designs using gas or liquid-metal cooling can provide an alternate source of high temperature steam and electricity for oil recovery projects in the Alberta Oil Sands region. These high temperature reactors could provide an economic,

AERI01078

Life Cycle Assessment of Oil Sands Technologies

CO2 Management

University of Calgary

Project Abstract
Improved environmental and economic performance of oil sands operations requires the development of new technologies as well as more efficient systems for managing technologies and processes. The objective of this project is to improve scientific understanding of the life cycle implications of current and developing oil sands technologies to support public and private sector choices about major investments in oil sands technologies as well as to drive further research and development.

AERI1144N

NCUT 2005-06

Bitumen Upgrading

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus will be improvement of primary and secondary upgrading technologies, energy efficiency, environmental performance, emission reduction in bitumen and heavy oil processing plants, testing hydrocracking and hydrotreating catalysts.

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Project Number
AERI1144Q

Project Name
NCUT 2007-08

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
National Centre for Upgrading Technologies

Project Abstract
The joint upgrading research and technology program (JUR & TP) is built on the core upgrading projects of NCUT program with a purpose to improve the relevancy of the program to Albertas strategy of energy research. Being officially launched in April 2007, the JURP will be a 50/50 joint initiative between the provincial and federal governments in the amount of $4.8 million, and is expected to attract nearly $1.8 million from the industry.

AERI1170P

AACI 2006-07

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council

Project Abstract
The focus of the AACI Research Program ranges from improving commercial and emerging recovery processes to evaluating novel concepts that have the potential to be major breakthroughs. The main research focus includes: primary heavy oil processes, solvent-based heavy oil recovery processes, thermal gravity processes and novel processes.

AERI1170Q

AACI 2007-08

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The AACI Program is aimed at developing in-situ recovery technologies that could significantly impact the economic production of heavy oil and oil sands. Success would be marked by the commercial exploitation of AACI technology

AERI-1320-01

CANMET CO2 Consortium Phase 5

CO2 Management

Canada Center for Mineral Energy Technology

Project Abstract
The purpose of the CANMET CO2 Consortium is to pursue fundamental and pre-competitive research to explore the capture of carbon dioxide from Canada's fossil fuel power plants using oxygen enhanced combustion technologies.

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Project Number
AERI1320F

Project Name
CANMET CO2 Consortium - Phase 9

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
CANMET CO2 Consortium

Project Abstract
The objective of Phase 9 would be on improving the performance and economics of near-zero emission technologies, with a focus on advanced super-critical oxy-coal plants, CO2 capture and compression and integration with other technologies such as zero-emission turbines and fuel cells.

AERI1361A

Online Slurry Air-Content Determination and Analysis (OSADA) Technology for Oil Sands Development

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to model, design, develop and propose an on-line slurry air-content determination and analysis method for oil sands development at Syncrude.

AERI1391

Performance Evaluation of Shale for Ensuring Hydraulic Isolation Around Thermal Wellbore

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
To purpose of this project is to develop a data base on the responses of shale around thermal wellbore. With this data base, analyatical solutions will be developed and used toe evaluate the performance of shale as a casing support material.

AERI1394

Natural Attenuation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons at Upstream Oil and Gas Facilities

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to examine how cold temperatures and fine grained soils in Western Canada affect the viability of natural attenuation as a remedial alternative for upstream oil and gas petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated sites.

AERI-1420-01

2001 ASME Gas Turbine Symposium and Exposition

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is gas turbine development and maintenance for power and transport.

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Project Number
AERI1426

Project Name
Evaluation of Reservoirs for CO2 EOR

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Vikor Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to evaluate pool production performance and compare different injection strategies to resolve performance and operational issues and to predict pool performance and sensitivity of future developments and alternative development strategies.

AERI-1427-01

Alberta Fuel Cell Strategy

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Erythana Ventures Corp.

Project Abstract
This project will develop a pro-active strategy that will facilitate the ability of Alberta to influence fuel cell industry investment trends in the province. It will also allow Alberta to better manage the provincial economic impact of this rapidly developing technology.

AERI-1428-01

Co-Generation Systems

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The main idea of this project is to combine material science with control system design in adequately representing the dynamic properties of the materials, and using this information to increase component durability and extend service life of the systems.

AERI-1429-01

Mitigating Electrical Disturbances

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The proposed project will investigate a new technique for mitigating electrical disturbances caused by energizing generator transformers

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Project Number
AERI-1430-01

Project Name
Erosion-Corrosion Mechanisms in Slurry Flow

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of the proposed study is to try to develop and verify a reasonable model of the complex fluid flow/corrosion/erosion processes that occur in slurry transport piping using the advances in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and laboratory experiments

AERI-1431-01

U of A / Chuang - Fuel Cell for Conversion of Hydrogen Sulfide

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The goal of this project is to develop a H2S-O2 fuel cell for the production of sulfur vapor, steam and electrical power.

AERI1432-01

Geological Controls on Formation Gas

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This study will try to answer he question where the gas in todays reservoirs formed and how geological processes that have tilted the rock layers in ages past have determined todays distribution of gas reservoirs.

AERI-1433-01

Intelligent Shovel Excavation in Varying Oil Sands Formation and Bitumen Content

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This research study is geared toward the formulation of the theory and the technical concepts, with mathematical and experimental modeling techniques to provide a basis for developing an intelligent shovel excavation technology to solve the problem of the variability of material diggability in shovel excavation.

AERI-1434-01

Systems for Monitoring Petroleum Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed project will combine advances in wireless transmission of information and rapid analysis systems into exploration seismic systems for the monitoring of producing hydrocarbon reservoirs as well as the active surveying of prospective areas.

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Project Number
AERI-1435-01

Project Name
Impact of Asphaltene-Solvent Interaction on Vapex Process

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
In this project, x-ray flow visualization and NMR relaxometry will be performed on a sand pack undergoing VAPEX to estimate in-situ viscosity and fluid composition.

AERI-1436-01

Scale-Up Dispersion Coefficients in Vapex Process

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop a methodology for up-scaling of the dispersion coefficients by experimenting with laboratory models of different scales.

AERI-1437-01

Real Time Internet Surveillance of Pipelines

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The objective of this research proposal is the development of an innovative Internet-based airborne remote sensing system that will include a novel real-time georeferencing platform and parallel distributive real-time processing tools for detecting, identifying and positioning of pipelines leaks/encroachments using seamless georeferenced colour/thermal images (PSDC/TIR) of the pipelines and navigation (GPS/INS) data.

AERI-1439-01

Data Sufficiency for Petroleum Reservoir Decision Making

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed project will adapt modern geostatistical and risk analysis tools to provide a quantitative assessment of the reduction of uncertainty and risk with additional data, and establish guidelines for the assessment of relative worth of the additional information in terms of acquisition costs and risk reduction.

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Project Number
AERI-1440-01

Project Name
Geomechanical-Reservoir Processes of Waste Injection

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The major objective of the proposed project is to understand the geomechanics-reservoir mechanisms controlling waste injection into unconsolidated formations.

AERI-1442-01

Foamy Oil Flow in Cold Production of Heavy Oil

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project is proposing to systematically examine the flow of viscous oil and released gas in our laboratory to determine when the gas will remain dispersed and when it will flow as a separate phase. Ultimately we are proposing to develop a method of linking the type of flow that will occur to the properties of the reservoir and the operational variables.

AERI1443-01

Effect of Residual O2 in CO2 for a Combined Miscible Flood/CO2 Sequestration Process

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This research will provide valuable experimental data over a wide range of conditions to enable the prediction of the maximum acceptable levels of oxygen contamination when CO2 is used as a miscible solvent for an oil recovery process.

AERI-1445-01

Seismic Monitoring for Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This proposal outlines a number of projects related to the goal of time-lapse (4-D) seismology.

AERI1446

Control of Methane Emissions from Heavy Oil Development

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The primary objective of this project is to develop a biological oxidation as a viable technique for reducing methane emissions at heavy oil production well sites and construct pilot scale high rate methnotrophic biofilters at operating heavy oil wells.

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Project Number
AERI-1451-01

Project Name
Generation Power Cycle Model

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
TransAlta Corporation

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to revise earlier spreadsheets by upgrading to the current version of EXCEL and to revise the cycles covered in the light of experience over the past 10 years.

AERI-1452-01

Biodiesel Production

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Enerquest Systems, LLC

Project Abstract
The aim of the project is to undertake a pre-feasibility or scooping study for a biodiesel plant in Alberta using any or all of yellow grease, animal fats and off grade oil seeds, as well as other suitable feedstocks.

AERI-1453-01

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Petroleum Thermodynamics

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to increase the understanding of phase behaviour of reservoir fluids and heavy oils to assist in the optimization of recovery and production operations.

AERI1453A

NSERC/AERI Industrial Research Chair in Petroleum Thermodynamics

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
Program is an open-ended, collaborative and fundamental research program to improve understanding of the thermo physical properties of reservoir fluids so that costs of production, transportation and refining can be reduced.

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Project Number
AERI-1454-01

Project Name
North American CO2 Test Center

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
University of Regina

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to reduce CO2 emissions from flue gases through development of a range of anime-based solvent scrubbing technologies.

AERI-1455-01

ARC Thermal Solvent P1 Ext

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of Phase 1 is to investigate and compare the use of dry heated propane and wet (i.e. combined with direct steam injection) heated propane for recovery of bitumen from an oil sands reservoir.

AERI-1456-01

Clay Polymer Nanocomposites

Bitumen Upgrading

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
A new polymer-clay nanocomposite (PCN) technology has been conceived. The PCN will be based on commodity polymers and will improve their chemical and physical properties, and enhance their engineering applications. If successful, the new PCN will have a significant impact on Albertas petrochemical industry.

AERI-1457-01

Clean Power Demonstration Phase 1

Clean Carbon/Coal

Canadian Clean Power Coalition Inc.

Project Abstract
The Canadian Clean Power Coalition proposes to directly address the pressing air quality issues facing coal-fired power generators and to develop the next generation of coal power technology.

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Project Number
AERI1457B

Project Name
Clean Power Demonstration Phase 2

Stream
Clean Carbon/Coal

Organization Name
Canadian Clean Power Coalition Inc.

Project Abstract
The Canadian Clean Power Coalition proposes to directly address the pressing air quality issues facing coal-fired power generators and to develop the next generation of coal power technology.

AERI1460

Evaluation of Early Surmont Pilot Gas Over Bitumen

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council (Calgary)

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to evaluate the impact of thief zone on SAGD performance, surface access operation of a pressure depleted but deep (~400m) reservoir, evaluate SAGD performance for specific reservoir characteristics at Surmont and to start-up and operate a 700m commercial length well pair at low pressure.

AERI1461

Fast SAGD in Gas Over Bitumen Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to identify, through numerical simulation, the potential of using a Fast-SAGD technique to control steam chamber rise rate and delay the interaction of the steam chamber and the gas zone.

AERI-1462-01

Weyburn CO2 Monitoring Project

CO2 Management

Petroleum Technology Research Centre

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to examine how sequestration of carbon dioxide can be done in combination with an EOR scheme, including the interrelationships and balances between achieving sequestration of CO2 and the optimum performance of the EOR scemes.

AERI1464

Petrochemical Feedstocks from Oil Sands Plants

Bitumen Upgrading

UMATAC (UMA - Calgary)

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to identify promising opportunities for diversifying Albertas petrochemical feedstock options and cost effective integration of the oil sands, refining and petrochemical industries, to assess the technical and economic feasibility of olefin production in Alberta using feedstocks other than ethane and to identify technology gaps requiring technology adaptation and further R&D.

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Project Number
AERI1465

Project Name
Acid Gas Re-Injection Study

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
This study will further the geological and engineering knowledge related to the injection and storage of CO2 as a part of the acid reinjection schemes.

AERI1465C

Acid Gas Injection Phase IV

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
ARC will work closely with Husky in performing a detailed analysis of two potential sites for a CO2 monitoring pilot. Based on this assessment, one of the two sites would be selected for implementation of a monitoring program. In addition, a comprehensive monitoring program would be planned for the selected Husky site accompanied by a detailed budget.

AERI1466

Feasibility Study of CO2 Flood

CO2 Management

Vikor Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
This study will evaluate the proven CO2 flooding technique, it does not address the possibility of more experimental techniques such as the VAPEX process.

AERI1467

CO2 Separation Technology in EOR

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is a technical and economic assessment of gas separation from CO2 recovery from combustion flue gas and CO2 recovery from produced hydrocarbon gases from EOR schemes.

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Project Number
AERI1469

Project Name
Exploration and Wear-Corrosion Synergism and Development of Guidelines for Materials Selection

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to fundamentally explore the synergism of wear and corrosion and mechanisms involved and to establish guidelines for selecting and designing effective materials against corrosive wear under different conditions.

AERI1470

Detection of Island Conditions for Distributed Generators

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This project investigates a power line communication based technique to detect islanding conditions in power distribution systems. Islanding detection is needed for distributed generators. Lack of an effective islanding detection technique has hindered the development of environmentally friendly distributed generators in Alberta.

AERI1472

Catalytic Solutions for the Mitigation of Hydrocarbon GHG Emissions

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This project concerns the study and development of catalytic methods to reduce fugitive emissions of methane that occur in the production and transportation of oil and gas.

AERI1474

Development of Models to Predict Significant Stress Corrosion Cracking of Pipeline Steels in Near

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The overall deliverable of this program is an increased understanding of the phenomenon that will permit more cost-effective management strategies to be developed by the oil and gas transmission industry to the benefit of both the companies, consumers and general public. The aim is to sustain our industry's record of safe, reliable, cost-effective service in the face if the ubiquitous and poorly understood threat.

AERI1476

Laboratory Testing of Novel Sealant for Field Trial Implementation

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The proposed research is directed in the first part to eliminating gas leaks from abandoned wells and in the second part to reducing inflow of water into producing wells, and will be done in Alberta.

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Project Number
AERI1477

Project Name
Extraction of Carbon Dioxide as Gas Hydrate from Flue Gases

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to produce hydrates of carbon dioxide and water from the flue gas, and to extract the carbon dioxide as a solid.

AERI1479

A Mechanistic Study of Foamed Gel Technology

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this research project is to assess the mechanisms of foamed gels induced permeability reduction in porous media, applying a microscopic pore level approach, using two-dimensional pore network models.

AERI1481

Foamy Oil Modeling Including Non-Equilibrium and Mobility Effects

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is the development of a mathematical model for solution gas drive that incorporates the early-time non-equilibrium effects and the effect of Capillary number on fluid mobilities, validating the model against available experimental data, conducting further experiments as required by the results of the previous step and examining the model and to use the model under field scale conditions.

AERI1482

Geostatistical Characterization of Naturally Fractured Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed research will investigate geostatistical approaches for modeling fractured reservoirs.

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Project Number
AERI1483

Project Name
Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Stress-Corrosion Cracking

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop software capable of simulating the mechanism of stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) initiation and thus allowing investigations of sensitivity of product to various factors affecting SCC.

AERI1484

Effect of gas Pressure-Induced Dilation on Permeability Change of Oil Sand and Surface Heave

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This research proposal investigates the effects of gas pressure-induced deformation on changes in permeability of oil sand encountered in various recovery processes such as steam stimulation process and cold flow production.

AERI1485

Stability of Water-in-Oil Emulsions

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed emulsion research aims to relate water-in-oil emulsion stability to the amount and properties of asphaltenes and solids and also to develop an effective treatment method for this type of emulsion.

AERI1492

Dovap Pilot Plant Vapex Project

Improved Recovery

Petro Canada

Project Abstract
The proposed project will address the challenges of high cost of natural gas fuel for steam generation, the high capital and operating cots associated with water supply, treating, recycle and disposal, and the environmental impact of fuel combustion and water use, a joint industry and government consortium was created to build and operate a full-scale pilot to investigate one of the most promising non-thermal recovery techniques called VAPEX at the Dover site.

AERI1492C

DOVAP Pilot Plant Vapex Project Extension.

Improved Recovery

Petro Canada

Project Abstract
The proposed project will address the challenges of high cost of natural gas fuel for steam generation, the high capital and operating cots associated with water supply, treating, recycle and disposal, and the environmental impact of fuel combustion and water use, a joint industry and government consortium was created to build and operate a full-scale pilot to investigate one of the most promising non-thermal recovery techniques called VAPEX at the Dover site.

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Project Number
AERI1493

Project Name
Geomechanical Modelling of UTF Phase B

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Taurus Reservoir Solutions Ltd.

Project Abstract
Phase B of the UTF Project focused on studying the long-term performance of three commercially scaled well pairs that were drilled from tunnels.

AERI1494

Coal-Bed Methane Potential and Producibility in Alberta

Improved Recovery

Alberta Energy & Utilities Board

Project Abstract
This proposal outlines a 1-year project to deliver representative coal gas-content and sorption/desorption data, coal-bed water chemistry data into the public domain for government and industry.

AERI1495

Chair Advanced Coal Combustion

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
In response to an ever increasing energy demand, utilization of vast coal resources becomes a natural alternative energy source for power generation. Developing an advanced coal cleaning and combustion technology will minimize negative environmental impact and maximize the utilization of the coal resources.

AERI1496

Seismic Monitoring of CBM

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The main objective of this project is a proof-of-concept test for seismic-imaging technology to successfully monitor the motion of subsurface injected gas plume and demonstrate that time-lapse seismology can verify that the injected gases are truly sequestered.

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Project Number
AERI1501

Project Name
Conversion of Heavy Aromatic Compounds into Petrochemical Feedstock - Feasibility Study

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Project Abstract
This project is a feasibility study which is to survey technologies presently available, and those in the making, that enable the transformation of heavy fractions from the oilsands/refining industry or heavy fractions from the petrochemical industry (specifically ethylene and propylene plants) to value-added products or petrochemical feedstocks.

AERI1502

Feasibility Analysis Proposal Vehicle to Grid Fuel Cell Demo.

Renewable and Alternate Energy

ATCO Gas

Project Abstract
The project will seek to test the economic, technical and operating merits of generation power for subsequent distribution through the grid.

AERI1503

SNG Process Evaluation Study - Phase I

Clean Carbon/Coal

TransAlta Corporation

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to assess the potential of hydrogasification processes as a means of producing competitively priced SNG from Alberta low cost feedstocks: coal, petroleum coke and oil sands resids.

AERI1505

CO2 Storage and Enhanced Methane Production

Improved Recovery

Suncor Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is to determine baseline production of coalbed methane (CBM) from the coals at the pilot location, store CO2 within the coal strata using an injection well and measure storage effects in the coal, determine the effect of CO2 injection and storage on CBM production in adjacent wells, consider the effects of mixed gas (CO2 and N2) on storage and CBM production, and to assess the economics of the collection of CO2 and the injection into coals as a method of GHG reduction.

AERI1507

Turbulent Hydrodynamics of Bitumen-Coke Mixing

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This project aims to develop a full quantitative theory of the jet interaction with the fluidized bed to significantly increase the fundamental understanding of turbulent multi-phase flow, with an immediate practical application in Alberta industry.

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Project Number
AERI1508

Project Name
Oil Sands Bitumen Extraction and Froth Treatment

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project will assess the effectiveness of the overall bitumen separation as a function of oil sand quality, diluent-to-bitumen ratio, diluent type, temperature, residence time, shear conditions, water chemistry and additives.

AERI1509

Multi-Scale Modelling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The project is directed toward bridging the gap between molecular modeling and observable operational characteristics of solid oxide fuel cells.

AERI-1510

Acid Gas Removal Using Ionic Liquids

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The proposed research is to determine if ionic liquids have advantages for processing of gas streams.

AERI1511

Bio-Upgrading for Heavy Crude Quality Improvement Phase II

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The project targets the first step of upgrading of heavy oil, by improving the quality of the oil sufficiently that it can be transported by pipeline with significantly reduced demand for natural gas condensate or other diluent.

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Project Number
AERI1512

Project Name
Design and Control of Processes for "Eco-Efficiency"

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is the development of a new methodology for the design of heat integrated petroleum processes, particularly heat exchanger networks.

AERI1513

Improving the Efficiency of Diluents for Pipeline Transportation of Heavy Oils

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
Improving the Efficiency of Diluents for Pipeline Transportation of Heavy Oils

AERI1514

Understanding Seismic Anisotropy: Development of Database Techniques and Controls

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to continue the development of the measurement techniques and to measure seismic wave speeds and anisotropy on representative rock samples from the Alberta Basin under pressure and temperature.

AERI1515

Analysis and Scale Up of Cold Production and Prediction for Post Cold Production Heavy Oil

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The research project will focus on improving our understanding of cold production mechanisms and exploring post cold production alternatives.

AERI1516

Recovery of Commercial Grade Kaolin from Oil Sands Fine Tailings

Water Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The aim of this study is to extract commercial-grade kaolin from mature fine oil sand tailings (MFT), which contain quantities of kaolinite in addition to illite, quartz and swelling smectite layers in the primary phyllosilicates.

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Project Number
AERI1517

Project Name
Fuel Cell for the Conversion of Ethane to Ethylene

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This project will focus on the development of a process that is more selective and more economical than existing processes for the production of ethylene.

AERI1518

Analysis of R&T Priorities for Conventional O&G

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to provide a framework for technology development and adaptation, in consultation with government and industry, focused on significantly increasing the recoverable conventional oil and gas and unconventional gas reserved and production in Alberta, above that currently anticipated by 2008, within responsible social and environmental context, industry investment and associated profitability.

AERI1519

Critical Review of Coal Cleaning Technology

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to provide a comprehensive review of coal cleaning technologies applicable to Albertas subbituminous coals developed around the world over the last three decades.

AERI1520

Fuel Cell Research and Demonstration Testing Centre

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Board of Governors of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Project Abstract
This purpose of this project is to install and integrate a 200 kW phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) on NAITs main campus, to investigate innovative ways to use the energy produced by fuel cells and to educate the public about fuel cells.

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Project Number
AERI1522

Project Name
Alberta Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research and Business Development Cluster

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Portfire Associates

Project Abstract
The purpose of this feasibility study is to identify the key participants in the Alberta hydrogen and fuel cell cluster and to understand their needs and interests and to identify and prioritize potential gaps and niches available.

AERI1523

ACR Oil Sands Technology Roadmap Initiative

Bitumen Upgrading

Alberta Chamber of Resources

Project Abstract
The intention of this initiative is to produce a Technology Roadmap for the oil sands that can be used by various takeholders for their individual purposes, to look ahead to evaluate challenges and concerns facing the industry and to evaluate potential technology directions needed to resolve those concerns.

AERI1524

Hydrogen and Carbon Dioxide Production Concepts

Renewable and Alternate Energy

ZECA Corporation

Project Abstract
The purpose of this study is to estimate costs and economics for three concepts producing hydrogen and CO2 from oil sands coke: ZEC Technology, partial oxidation gasification and ZEC hydrogasification with water gas shift steam reforming.

AERI1526

Canadian Network of Innovation in Carbon Geological Storage

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to prepare a scope of work for preparation of a Technology Business Plan for the Canadian Network of Innovation in Carbon Geological Storage.

AERI1528

Inert Gas EGR Viability Assessment

Improved Recovery

Beauvert Gas Systems Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to assess the physical and economic viability of increasing the recovery of natural gas from established reservoirs through the injection into the reservoir of certain inert gases.

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Project Number
AERI1529

Project Name
Evaluation of Early Surmont Pilot Performance and Possible Implications to 'Gas-over Bitumen' Issue

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council (Calgary)

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to provide the status of gas over bitumen technical solutions, agreement and initiatives and to streamline debate in future regulatory proceedings and research initiatives on outstanding technical issues.

AERI1533

CMG - R&D of Simulation Technologies for CO2 Storage

CO2 Management

Computer Modeling Group

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop and improve simulation technologies for CO2 storage in active or depleted oil and gas reservoirs, in coalbeds and in aquifers.

AERI1534

CO2 as a Vapex Solvent

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project is aimed at developing a CO2 based vapex process for in situ recovery of bitumen from tar sand reservoirs that will also provide substantial sequestration of CO2.

AERI1535

Production of Hydrogen from Alberta Coal

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to develop a nano-alloy nickel-based catalyst suitable for simultaneous production of hydrogen and nanocarbons from volatile light hydrocarbons, to establish correlations between reaction conditions and the production of hydrogen and nanocarbons and to investigate the features of nanocarbons obtained from the reaction in relation to reaction conditions such as temperature and reactant flow rate and concentration.

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Project Number
AERI1536

Project Name
Enzymatic Conversion of Petroleum Napthenic Acids

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to develop corrosion test methods that will lead to predictive corrosion correlations at refineries and to demonstrate that biotreatment reduces the corrosivity of UTF Athabasca bitumen.

AERI1537

Novel Microfluidic Platforms

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to use novel technologies in development of diagnostic tools for oil sands extraction processes.

AERI1538

Testing of ARINO Catalysts for AERI and NOVA Chemicals Ltd.

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The researchers at the University of Calgary will assemble a testing apparatus for small-scale (500 mg total catalyst charge) catalyst tests. The activity, selectivity, and stability of the original ARINO ring-opening catalyst will be validates on this equipment, and the new catalyst being developed by Dr. Weitcamp at Stuttgart University will also be validated once it has been delivered to NOVA.

AERI1540

Bio-Energy Opportunities for Alberta: Strategic Feasibility Study

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Levelton Engineering Ltd.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the strategic feasibility of potential bio-energy opportunities for Alberta and recommend strategic research and development investment opportunities to advance the relevant Alberta strategies and initiatives in place.

AERI1541

Animal Waste as a Biomass Source in Alberta

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This research project is focused on a detailed analysis of the available technologies for using livestock manure and their full life cycle costs.

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Project Number
AERI1542

Project Name
Acumentrics Supplemental Project (ASP) Testing Acumentrics Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Houston Advanced Research Center

Project Abstract
This project will test and evaluate an acumentrics solid oxide fuel cell and its applications to test a LKW Acumentrics SOFC.

AERI1543

Conversion of Heavy Aromatic Compounds and Gas Oils into Petrochemical Feedstock

Bitumen Upgrading

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Project Abstract
In the second phase of this project, a catalyst and technology will be developed to transform foreseen abundant heavy gas oils in Alberta to petrochemical feedstock.

AERI1544

Processability of Athabasca Bitumen-Derived Streams in Chinese Refineries: Chinese Refinery

Bitumen Upgrading

State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing

Project Abstract
This research project will investigate the process requirements for Chinese refineries, examine the characteristics of Athabasca bitumen-derived synthetic crude oil and recommend whether or not existing SCO blends are a suitable feedstock for Chinese refineries.

AERI1545

Laboratory Testing of Artificial Lift Systems for Low Pressure SAGD Applications

Improved Recovery

C-FER Technologies Inc.

Project Abstract
The objective of this joint industry project is to test a number of downhole pumping systems, at low intake pressures and low degrees of sub-cool, in a laboratory environment, in order to prioritize and select candidate for further field trials.

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Project Number
AERI1546

Project Name
Surmont Gas Pool Production and Pressure Data Analysis

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Paramount Resources Ltd.

Project Abstract
Two major objectives of this study are to evaluate all available pressure data to determine existence and extent of areas of communication and to history match a reservoir simulation model of the area to determine the level of communication between regions and the presence, if any, of a regional aquifer and the associated aquifer dynamics.

AERI1547A

Low SAGD Performance Test - GOB

Improved Recovery

Deer Creek Energy Limited

Project Abstract
Deer Creek Energy Limited (DCEL) shall conduct a field test at the Joslyn SAGD Project Phase I to demonstrate the performance of low pressure steam assisted gravity drainage (LP SAGD).

AERI1548

Regain Permeability in Tight Gas Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to improve gas production in tight-gas reservoirs with deliverability impairment caused by aqueous phase trapping that occurs during drilling, completion and workover operation and to retrograde condensation that occurs during production.

AERI1549

EOR and CO2 Storage in Gas Pools

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to establish, through laboratory investigation, the soundness of the concept of simultaneous enhanced gas recovery (EGR) and CO2 storage (EGR-CO2) and to identify major Alberta gas reservoirs for EGR-CO2 storage and to carry out economic evaluations.

AERI1551

NRCAN Residential Fuel Cell

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Natural Resources Canada

Project Abstract
The 5-kWe CHP fuel cell will be installed at CCHT in order to demonstrate the installation of the first residential fuel cell CHP system in a house in Canada, to demonstrate the performance of the fuel cell CHP system in the residence during different seasons, and to examine CHP/ residential building integration issues, control strategies, grid connection, ability to deal with peak and partial thermal and electrical loads, need for/benefit of thermal storage, amount of electrical export, etc.

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Project Number
AERI1554

Project Name
Production of Non-Segregating Tailings (NST) from Cyclone Underflow (CU) and Thickened Fine Tails

Stream
Water Management

Organization Name
Apex Engineering, Inc.

Project Abstract
The objective of this experimental program is to determine the optimum method to produce robust non-segregating tailings (NST) with acceptable geotechnical characteristics and release water quality.

AERI1555

SFA Feasability Coking VS Deasphalting

Bitumen Upgrading

ConocoPhillips Canada

Project Abstract
The objective of this study is to understand the supercritical solvent deasphalting (SCSDA) process and to identify any technology gaps where further research and development may be required.

AERI1555B

A Comparison of Conventional Solvent Deasphalting (SDA)

Bitumen Upgrading

State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to allow AERI and ConocoPhillips to jointly assess the process performances of the conventional solvent deasphalting such as frose process.

AERI1555D

SFA Pacific Feasibility Study on Solvent Deasphalting Phase II

Bitumen Upgrading

SFA Pacific Inc.

Project Abstract
This overall study (Parts 1 and 2) compares delayed coking with deasphalting as methods of upgrading Athabasca bitumen to a pipelineable material, and will consider the gasification of the coke or deasphalted bottoms to produce a low sulfur synthesis gas for fuel for the SAGD process.

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Project Number
AERI1559

Project Name
Chair in Advanced Upgrading of Bitumen

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The overall objective of the Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Advanced Upgrading of Bitumen is to improve and develop new technologies for upgrading of bitumen from oil sands.

AERI1566

Heavy Oil Mechanical Treating and Flowing

Water Management

Grit Industries Inc.

Project Abstract
This project will demonstrate the feasibility and commercial viability of employing a newly developed method for treating conventional heavy oil production at the wellhead and will determine the effectiveness of the technology/system on dewatering and demulsifying the produced fluids.

AERI1567

Dewatering of Bitumen Froth

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The objective of the project is to use novel supermolecular systems to enhance the efficiency and reduce the costs of oil sand extraction through the removal of emulsified water from bitumen froth recovered from the floatation process.

AERI1568

Optimization of Well Configuration in SAGD

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The project addresses two areas of process improvement in the SAGD technology, and proposes to conduct numerical simulation studies to determine the most promising well configurations for typical heavy oil reservoirs covering the range from 5000 cp to 50 000 cp in oil viscosity and to prepare a physical model study to evaluate the impact of bioturbated shale streaks on SAGD performance.

AERI1569

CO2 Sequestration Via Gas Hydrates

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed research will evaluate the technical feasibility of storing CO2 in hydrate form as well as displacing CH4 from in-situ CH4 hydrates by CO2 flooding.

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Project Number
AERI1570

Project Name
Next Generation Mems Based Surgeying System

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop real-time processing software, which will provide all required navigation information for the drilling operations to overcome the cost, size and weight problems of the present systems.

AERI1571

Seismoelectric Exploration for Hydrocarbons

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project proposes a paper study followed by laboratory measurements and field studies to explore and evaluate the abilities and efficiency of seismoelectromagnetic technique to detect fluids with the goal of producing images of the subsurface and estimating the physical properties of the pore fluid and rock matrix.

AERI1573

Enerkem SYN Gas Production for Edmonton Municipal Waste - Phase I

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Enerkem Technologies Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of the project is to assess the feasibility of using the enerkem fluidized bed gasification technology disposal means for Edmonton's municipal solid waste ("MSW").

AERI1574

C-FER ID & Assessment of LP Sagd Wellbore Architecture Alternatives

Improved Recovery

C-FER Technologies Inc.

Project Abstract
It is the intent of this project to first identify a number of different SAGD well architectures for low pressure applications and then to subsequently complete various technical and economic assessments to determine whether any of the established options offer sufficient promise to warrant further design and evaluation leading to a field pilot investigation.

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Project Number
AERI1575

Project Name
Catalysts for Upgrading and Hydrogen Production from Converted Asphaltenes

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project will research catalysts, which will allow for upgrading of the bitumen and possibly retention and gasification of heavy asphaltenes, paving the way for development of eventual low cost two-stage bitumen upgrading and asphaltene retention-gasification processes.

AERI1576

Development of Oil Sands Coke Based Clean Coal Technology

Clean Carbon/Coal

University of Toronto

Project Abstract
In this project, we propose to develop a new technology for producing novel material from oil-sand fluid coke and coal for controlling toxic emissions from coal combustion and far more effective sulfur management.

AERI1577

Selective Separation of Heavy Asphaltenes from Converted Residuals

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed research intends to determine the best conditions for selectively segregating the close to instability fraction of asphaltenes resulting from thermal or steam catalytic conversion of bitumen residuals.

AERI1578

Testing of Aronincle Technology

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
To put together a viable process technology that can be economically used for the processing of gas oils from Alberta's oil sands, bitumen or heavy oil operations to obtain products and feedstock for the petrochemical industry.

AERI1579

Fuel Cell for the Conversion of Ethane to Ethylene Phase II

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The area specifically targeted by this project is the production of ethylene by the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane using a fuel cell as a chemical reactor and will focus on development of a process that is more selective and more economical than existing processes for production of ethylene.

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Project Number
AERI1580

Project Name
EOR and CO2 Storage in Water Flooded Pools in Medicine River/Gilby Area

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council (Calgary)

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop optimal technical/economic sheme(s) for improved oil recovery from mature oil pools of the Medicine River/Gilby area via CO2/waste gas injection.

AERI1585

AGS Data Study On CO2 EOR in Four Pilot Projects

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to prepare a proposal to rank the four sites that applied to AODE for the CO2 Royalty Credit Program for EOR pilots and select a site for the implementation of a monitoring program.

AERI1586

Increase Recovery of Conventional Oil and Gas Business Case

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop a detailed business case and research plan to support investment in research and technology aimed at increasing recovery facors and recoverable reserves of conventional oil and gas in the Western Canadian sedimentary basin.

AERI1587

Environmental Technology Barriers Assessment Project

CO2 Management

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to facilitate technologies that will reduce the industrys impact on the environment, while improving profitability and eco-efficiency.

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Project Number
AERI1592

Project Name
Processability of Athabasca Bitumen Derived Streams in Chinese Refineries P2

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing

Project Abstract
This research project outlines the tasks required to quantify the impacts of using Alberta synthetic crude oil (SCO) and bitumen derived products in Chinese refineries.

AERI1594

Luscar Coal Cleaning Technology

Clean Carbon/Coal

Luscar Ltd.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop cleaner technologies to make coal acceptable for generating electricity and in the process use coal and "opportunity" feedstocks to generate other products such as hyrodgen, petrochemicals and steam.

AERI1594B

Gasification Pilot Plant for Producing Hydrogen from Western Canadian Feedstocks

Clean Carbon/Coal

Luscar Ltd.

Project Abstract
The scope of Phase I of this project is to develop cost effective upgrading and cleaning technologies for low rank coals for use in pulverized fuel boilers and for gasification.

AERI1596

AGS-CBM Reservoir Characterization

CO2 Management

Alberta Geological Survey

Project Abstract
This project involves the characterization of CBM reservoirs and the collection and interpretation of new data which will help to promote the responsible development and regulation of the CBM industry.

AERI1597A

CO2 Management account with U of A

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The ultimate goals of this project are a credible risk assessment of the permanent containment of injected CO2, and the development of a comprehensive monitoring system to monitor and verify whether CO2 is permanently stored. Following these premises, the objectives of this proposal are to obtain core from both the caprock and the reservoir at the pilot sites and to design preliminarily the configuration of the instrumentation that will be deployed in a dedicated monitoring well.

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Project Number
AERI1597B

Project Name
CO2 Management Account with U of C

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The ultimate goals of this project are a credible risk assessment of the permanent containment of injected CO2, and the development of a comprehensive monitoring system to monitor and verify whether CO2 is permanently stored. Following these premises, the objectives of this proposal are to obtain core from both the caprock and the reservoir at the pilot sites and to design preliminarily the configuration of the instrumentation that will be deployed in a dedicated monitoring well.

AERI1597C

ARC Penwest Coring

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The ultimate goals of this project are a credible risk assessment of the permanent containment of injected CO2, and the development of a comprehensive monitoring system to monitor and verify whether CO2 is permanently stored. Following these premises, the objectives of this proposal are to obtain core from both the caprock and the reservoir at the pilot sites and to design preliminarily the configuration of the instrumentation that will be deployed in a dedicated monitoring well.

AERI1597D

ARC Pennwest Instrumentation

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The ultimate goals of this project are a credible risk assessment of the permanent containment of injected CO2, and the development of a comprehensive monitoring system to monitor and verify whether CO2 is permanently stored. Therefore, the goal of this proposal is the design of the configuration of a tool to deploy cutting edge monitoring technology in a deep observation well, and its successful installation.

AERI1597F

Lawton U of C Baseline Seismic Survey

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The long-term goal of this project to evaluate technologies associated with injection, to assess he performance and capacity of the Pembina-Cardium field for CO2 injection, and to evaluate physical and chemical changes associated with injection to assess short and long-term risk of CO2 leakage into the surrounding Geosphere and seepage into the biosphere

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Project Number
AERI1597G

Project Name
ARC Gunter Baseline Geochemistry

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The long-term goal of this project to evaluate technologies associated with injection, to assess he performance and capacity of the Pembina-Cardium field for CO2 injection, and to evaluate physical and chemical changes associated with injection to assess short and long-term risk of CO2 leakage into the surrounding Geosphere and seepage into the biosphere

AERI1599

ARC in Fuel Cells

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The goal of this project is to develop research infrastructure and critical mass in support of fuel cells and the emerging hydrogen economy. This project will also indirectly supports related goals of oil sands upgrading, clean carbon technology, CO2 management and CO2 recovery, all of which have in common either use or generation of hydrogen and/or CO2.

AERI1602

Geothermal Applications for IN-SITU Petroleum (GAISP)

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Suncor Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to provide a feasibility assessment of geothermal reservoir heat recovery technology(ies) and to provide a foundation for the future development of continued development work on an integrated geothermal reservoir heat recovery model to be developed in a later stage.

AERI1604

Western Canadian Fuell Cell Initiative 1

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
This research, being conducted in injunction with U of A, U of C and ARC, will provide various projects of the development of high temperature fuel cell systems.

AERI1605

Western Canadian Fuel Cell Initiative

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This research, being conducted in injunction with U of A, U of C and ARC, will provide various projects of the development of high temperature fuel cell systems.

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Project Number
AERI1607

Project Name
A Demonstration Project on the Use of Biomass for Regional Combined Heat and Power Generation

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Alberta Science and Research Authority

Project Abstract
The objectives of this project are to promote sustainable economic developments in remote communities utilizing local material and human resources, to create new industries related to the commercialization of technologies using biomass for combined power and heat generation (CHP) for applications in remote communities and to promote greenhouse gas reducing technologies using Canadian resources.

AERI1614

Water Chemistry of CBM Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

Alberta Energy & Utilities Board

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to enable the development of a better understanding of coalbed methane generation, the development of potentially new exploration strategies based on water chemistry and geo-microbiology, the assessment of the connection between gas-producing and domestic or agricultural water use zones of coalbeds, the development of water handling and disposal strategies and the compilation of baseline datasets useful in assessing potential changes in water resources.

AERI1616

PTAC Energyinet O&G R&D Inventory

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
This information database will provide exposure to technologies that are available or that are under development, locally and globally, with collateral investment benefits to Canada.

AERI1621

Development of Alternative Steam Generation Technology for SAGD Projects

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
This project will investigate different technology and fuel options for the range of steam production required for typical SAGD operations.

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Project Number
AERI1622

Project Name
Nserc Industrial Drilling Chair

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The main research objective is the development of a drilling advisory simulator, which can be used in pre-planning and real time drilling to reduce drilling costs.

AERI1625

Enhanced Gas Recovery for Shallow Alberta Gas-Over-Bitumen Pools

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council (Calgary)

Project Abstract
This is a joint industry project (JIP) to investigate enhanced gas recovery from shallow Alberta gas pools overlying bitumen resources.

AERI1626C

Bluesky Upgrader Project

Bitumen Upgrading

Peace River Oil Inc.

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to explore the economic viability of upgrading Peace River heavy oil beyond a pipelineable crude to determine the number of value-added products possible. This will be accomplished by carrying out pilot plant tests on the (HC)3 Technology to determine if application of this technology to the proposed feedstocks (bitumen and bitumen-derived feedstock) for the Bluesky Upgrader would yield beneficial results.

AERI1627

U of C Solar Car Race

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
In this project, a multidisciplinary team of students from the University of Calgary will build a solar car.

AERI1633

ARC Microbial Regeneration of CBM and ECBM Reservoirs

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
This is a multi-year program to conduct growth studies of isolated coal-based methanogenic cultures at ambient and elevated pressures with crushed and solid coal in order to understand the mechananism, pathways for methanogenesis and rates of methane production.

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Project Number
AERI1634

Project Name
Field Test of ET-DSP

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
E-T Energy Ltd

Project Abstract
The field test will demonstrate that ET-DSP can recover bitumen. It will confirm metrics for full scale design, environmental impact, and commerciality of ET-DSP in oil sands that are too deep to mine and too shallow for the SAGD process.

AERI1635

PTAC Unconventional Gas Technology Roadmap

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
To help focus attention on the long term potential for unconventional gas reserves, and galvanize a coordinated and cooperative approach to technology development, it is proposed to develop a Technology Roadmap for industry, government and other stakeholders. The Roadmap will outline the business and societal challenges to development, the state of the current recovery technology and the best avenues for improved or new technology.

AERI1638

Integrated Geostorage Simulator: A Tool for Managing the Risk of CO2 Geological Storage and

CO2 Management

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
To develop an integrated geostorage simulator to evaluate and optimize techniques for CO2 storage in aquifers, expanding on previous work that showed it was possible to accelerate the dissolution of CO2 in brines by pumping unsaturated brine above the CO2 plume.

AERI1643

CAPP Tan Project - Naphthenic Acid Corrosivity of Alberta Oil Sands Crudes

Bitumen Upgrading

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop research, a database and a measurement test to demonstrate that crude oils produced from Alberta oil sands are not corrosive for naphthenic acids.

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Project Number
AERI1645

Project Name
North American CO2 Test Centre 2006

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
University of Regina

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop more efficient and cost-effective carbon dioxide capture from flue gases through research and demonstration of a range of amine-based solvent scrubbing technologies.

AERI-1647

Conversion of Oil Sands Derived from Heavy Oils into Petrochemical Feedstock - Phase III

Bitumen Upgrading

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Project Abstract
This project, which comprises the third phase of the program, is focused towards demonstrating the technologies developed in the first and second phases at a technical scale in order to gather the data required to scale up to a pilot plant stage (from 2 kg/hr to 50 kg/hr). In addition, the technologies will be optimized to determine the best operating conditions for design of a semi-commercial scale unit.

AERI1647A

New Petrochemicals Feedstock

Bitumen Upgrading

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Project Abstract
AERI/NOVA collaborated on a Project called New Petrochemicals Feedstock. We developed two technologies called NHC and ARORINCLE. They produce olefins and paraffins from heavy gas oils derived from oil sands. We plan now to design and build a demonstration unit.

AERI1648

ARORINCLE Catalyst: Completion of Kinetic, Deactivation and Poisoning Studies

Bitumen Upgrading

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to complete the evaluation of the 0.2 Pd / H-ZSM-5 catalyst when processing pyrolysis gasoline in order to generate a kinetic model; to evaluate the effect of contaminants on catalyst activity and poisoning; and to evaluate and develop a catalyst regeneration procedure.

AERI1649

IEA GHG Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring & Storage Project

CO2 Management

Petroleum Technology Research Centre

Project Abstract
This research project will focus on the direct injection of CO2 into the partially depleted oil reservoirs at Weyburn and Midale, Saskatchewan as part of the large scale, commercial, enhanced oil recovery operations at these sites. However, it is expected that results will be applicable to other sites where permanent CO2 storage is contemplated.

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Project Number
AERI1650

Project Name
Alberta Fusion Energy Institute Feasibility

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is on the creation of a $150 million inertial fusion research institute at the University of Alberta. Its nice is fast ignition the use of specialized lasers; the university has been at the forefront of laser development and laser/target interaction and is well-positioned to launch a new initiative to demonstrate the science of fast ignition and to develop new cryogenically-cooled, ceramic-based laser technology.

AERI1650C

Alberta/Canada Fusion Energy Institute

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
Build support for establishing a Canadian center in Alberta for inertial fusion energy R&D (strategy, national forum, liaisons with international programs, political decision process, etc.).

AERI1651

An Independent Technical Evaluation of a Research Program for Use of Hollow Fibre Membranes for Use

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is a technical evaluation of a research program for use of hollow fibre membranes for use of separation of CO2 from gas streams with improved stripping efficiency..

AERI1652

NSERC Industrial Research Chair

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
NSERC Industrial Research Chair

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Project Number
AERI1662

Project Name
Hydrogen from Power vs. Natural Gas

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The key objective of this study is to analyze the relative cost of large scale hydrogen manufacture from power and natural gas as a function of power and natural gas price. Hydrogen cost from natural gas will be based on available literature and discussions with industry. Hydrogen cost from power will be based on electrolysis to produce high pressure hydrogen.

AERI1665

FEED Study for 400 MW Facility

Clean Carbon/Coal

Canadian Clean Power Coalition

Project Abstract
The purpose is to undertake a site specific FEED study for a 400MW coal gasification demonstration facility using Alberta sub-bituminous coal with CO2 capture.

AERI1666

EETR0601 Review and Update of Methods Used for Air Emissions Leak Detection & Quantification

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The desired end result is a report compiling information relating to both the traditional and newer innovative methods for leak detection and quantification. As well, the development of a usable information tool summarizing the key benefits and limitations of the various methods/technologies for regulatory and industry decision making purposes is a major component of this Project.

AERI1667

Alter NRG Ltd.- Cost Comparison of Current Commercial Gasifiers to Plasma Gasification

Clean Carbon/Coal

Alter NRG Ltd

Project Abstract
The focus of this project is a grounded commercial assessment of the application of plasma technology and how it compares to the conventional technologies. If confirmed, it will accelerate the commercial application within Alberta.

AERI1669

Edmonton Municipal Solid Waste Gasification P3

Renewable and Alternate Energy

City of Edmonton

Project Abstract
This project will develop a municipal solid waste (MSW) gasification demonstration facility in Edmonton, and produce 10MW to 12 MW of electricity

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Project Number
AERI1671

Project Name
Environmental Benefits to Industrial Integration

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry

Project Abstract
To provide a comparative analysis of the environemtnal benefits of establishing an integrated upgrading, refining and petrochemical complex, based on the recently released conceptula design described in the Alberta Bitumen Plant Integration Study, versus standalone facilities prodcuing similar products in Alberta.

AERI1674

Feasibility Study for SAGD PW Test Facility

Water Management

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
Currently, there is no facility in place to pilot and commercialize the next generation of technologies for produced water treatment in SAGD. The design parameters for such a facility in Alberta must be evaluated and reviewed by all interested stakeholders. This facility will be utilized by companies to conduct R&D work into developing new and innovative treatment processes in order to meet AERIs targets.

AERI1675

Catalyst Recycle in Slurry Phase Hydrocracking

Bitumen Upgrading

University of British Columbia

Project Abstract
The present proposal aims to develop methods for catalyst regeneration and recycle in slurry hydrocracking, and to improve product quality by controlling catalyst composition and morphology.

AERI1676

Bitumen Extraction by Modification of Bitumen Asphaltenes to Surfactants

Improved Recovery

Apex Engineering Inc

Project Abstract
The proposed project will focus on the use of Ozone for bitumen extraction process. CanWest Petroleum Corporation ($100,000 cash) and Shell Canada Ltd. ($35,000 in-kind, $65,000 cash) are committed $165,000 cash combined; another $165,025 is requested from AERI for a one year research project.

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Project Number
AERI1680

Project Name
Non-Aqueous Bitumen Extraction

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Imperial Oil Centre for Oil Sands Innovation,

Project Abstract
Scientific foundations for future non-aqueous extraction of bitumen will be developed. Research topics include: characterization of the minerals, how they interact with solvents, and the separation of fine clays and asphaltenes from the oil phase to produce a solids-free product.

AERI1683

ENVR0603 Produced Water Management / Handling Scoping Document

Water Management

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The purpose of the project to conduct a report on an industry wide survey of produced water issues, technologies and gaps. The results of the report will identify beneficial reuse priorities that will provide a rational for produced water projects from conventional oil and gas and/or non conventional gas (coal bed methane or tight gas) operations to proceed. See attached statement of work for more detail.

AERI1684

WCFCI Bridge financing ARC

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The Western Canada Fuel Cell Initiative (WCFCI) is a collaborative effort among academic and government researchers in the four western provinces to commercialize and implement fuel cells and related systems for stationary applications.

AERI1685

WCFCI Bridge Financing U of C

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
WCFCI) is a collaborative effort among academic and government researchers in the four western provinces to commercialize and implement fuel cells and related systems for stationary applications.

AERI1691

CBM Isotopes

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The intent of the proposal is to conduct research on possible interactions between CBM activity and shallow groundwater. This project will not directly lead to commercialization of investigative techniques. It is however possible that the results of the research will be used by other organizations to develop new technologies or services (e.g., labs may expand their capability to conduct isotopic analysis).

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Project Number
AERI1693A

Project Name
Carbonates Research Program 2007-10

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
Bitumen carbonate reservoirs are very difficult to exploit; the extremely viscous resource is contained in a complex geological environment. Currently, there are no commercially-proven recovery technologies available for bitumen carbonates. Therefore, recovery technologies specific to these reservoirs will have to be developed to exploit the huge bitumen resource contained in them. Tackling this challenge will require a broad and intensive long-term R&D effort with large costs and high risks.

AERI1694

Alberta Ingenuity Center for In Situ Energy

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
AICISE is set to transform the development of Albertas oil sands resources. Its goal is developing environmentally efficient break through in situ technologies. The innovative in situ processes will enhance the upgrading of Albertas vast oil sands and heavy oil resources.

AERI1695

Feasibility Study for CO2 Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery

CO2 Management

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The objective of the study is to quantify the capital and operating cost involved to aggregate CO2 for EHR. At minimum, it is desired to have a project scope developed with an approximate +/-40% capital and operating cost estimate undertaken. The study will evaluate at least three representative CO2 sources in order to understand what is required to aggregate different quality types of CO2.

AERI1696

Evaluate the Economics of Using Nuclear Technolgy as an Alternative to Natural Gas

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to evaluate, identify and classify technical and economic studies on the use of nuclear power as an alternative to natural gas in the oil sands.

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Project Number
AERI1697A

Project Name
Integrated Bitumen Upgrader for Production of Synthetic Crude or Transportation Fuels

Stream
Bitumen Upgrading

Organization Name
UOP LLC

Project Abstract
Develop an integrated primary and secondary upgrading complex based on slurry hydroconversion, combined with hydrotreating and hydrocracking, to produce specification transportation fuels at the highest volume yield on bitumen, and a stable residue suitable for gasification.

AERI1697B

Integrated Bitumen Upgrader for production of Synthetic Crude or Transportation Fuels with UOP

Bitumen Upgrading

Bluesky Refining Inc.

Project Abstract
Develop an integrated primary and secondary upgrading complex based on slurry hydroconversion, combined with hydrotreating and hydrocracking, to produce specification transportation fuels at the highest volume yield on bitumen, and a stable residue suitable for gasification.

AERI1699

Commercial demonstration of ETX Upgrading (cross flow coking)

Bitumen Upgrading

ETX Systems Inc.

Project Abstract
The ETX Upgrader is an Alberta-based technology that produces more liquids at a greater product quality than its competitors, at a scale that allows smaller producers to realize the benefits of upgrading. The project involves the construction and operation of a commercial demonstration unit to prove the operability of the technology. The project will also train new operations and engineering talent for future upgrading projects planned in Alberta.

AERI1700

Bluegas catalytic gasification commercialization

Clean Carbon/Coal

GreatPoint Energy Inc

Project Abstract
GreatPoint Energy is commercializing a proprietary catalytic gasification process that converts low cost petroleum coke and coal into high-value, clean, pipeline quality natural gas (methane) at a cost of less than $4/MMBtu.

AERI1701

Plasma Gasification Demonstration Plant

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Alter NRG Ltd

Project Abstract
A pressurized, oxygen-blown plasma gasification demonstration plant would be constructed at Edmontons Cloverbar landfill. Continuous operation on various Western Canadian feedstocks (RDF, biomass, coal and petcoke) would be evaluated.

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Project Number
AERI1702

Project Name
Long Lake CO2 Capture Initiative

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
OPTI Canada Inc.

Project Abstract
The objective of our proposal is to implement the capture and storage of CO2 from the Long Lake project. The technology opportunity is geared towards CO2 removal and compliments current upgrading technologies aimed at generating higher quality bitumen derived products with gasification.

AERI1704

Enhanced Permeability for Tight Reservoirs in Canadian Settings (Version 2)

Clean Carbon/Coal

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The ultimate goal is to develop algorithms based upon sound theory that can be incorporated into tools to predict increases in permeability and design and test novel completion methods to boost production of methane and injection of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the mannville coal.

AERI1705

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Petroleum Microbiology

Improved Recovery

University of Calgary

Project Abstract
Novel biotechnologies, like nitrate injection, have become increasingly reliable and allow improved production of light and heavy oil. The research will focus on: (i) SULFUR CYCLE MANAGEMENT, (ii) CORROSION CONTROL, (iii) IMPROVED PRODUCTION. The 5-year program supported by NSERC, AERI and Industrial Partners will develop Petroleum Microbiology to extend the life span of conventional reservoirs and to improve recovery of bitumen, while reducing the environmental impact of production.

AERI1706

Ultra Lift Solvent Deasphalting

Bitumen Upgrading

Suncor Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
The ULSDA is operated similar to a normal SDA but achieves high lift (fraction of DAO) by using a heavy solvent while still producing a liquid pitch via injection of a low viscosity (highly aromatic) slux upstream of the solvent recovery from the pitch.

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Project Number
AERI1707

Project Name
Stratified remediation

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council

Project Abstract
A greenhouse experiment will verify/substantiate current provincial petroleum hydrocarbon criteria for subsoil at upstream oil and gas facilities subject to stratified remediation under agricultural/natural land use category

AERI1708

Oil Sands R&D

Improved Recovery

Portfire Associates Inc

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to update and analyze oil sands research and development (R&D) in Canada.

AERI1709

Geothermal Research Forum

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to develop, manage and report on a geothermal research forum.

AERI1710

CO2 Supply from the Fort McMurray Area

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The objective of this study is evaluate existing and potential CO2 supplies (quantities and costs) in the Fort McMurray area for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) for the next 20 years from 2007 2027 and identify the appropriate technologies for CO2 capture, which can be deployed in this time frame.

AERI1711

Tight Gas Chair

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The focus will be on applied multidisciplinary research into the production of Canadian tight gas. The research program, GFREE, involves researchers from geoscience and engineering. It incorporates: Geoscience; Formation evaluation; drilling, completion and stimulation; Reservoir Engineering; and Economics in order to develop tools for earlier identification of the potential of a low permeability formation so that superior drilling, completion and development plans can be implemented.

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Project Number
AERI1712

Project Name
PTAC Waste Heat Recovery Study

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
Harnessing waste heat to generate electricity in the oil and gas industry offers the potential to produce energy with no incremental emissions. Many common processes result in waste heat streams that are lost to the environment. Converting the waste heat to power would result in additional electricity generation and would offset emissions from conventional fossil-fuel fired power plants. This study will explore the opportunities within the Western Canadian upstream oil and gas industry.

AERI1713

LEGO (Low Enthalpy Geothermal for OilSands)

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Nexen Inc.

Project Abstract
Inventory and screening of options for exploiting low enthalpy geothermal energy to support mineable and in situ oil sands operations. Nexen and Shell will cooperate to fund this study and rank options for further development consideration.

AERI1714

Development of Energy, Emission and Water Flow Sankey Diagrams for Alberta

CO2 Management

University of Alberta

Project Abstract
Energy for the Province of Alberta comes from various fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. There is a need to critically understand the energy, emission and water flows in Alberta which will help policy makers in formulating and implementing energy sector related policies. The overall objective of this proposal is to use the existing knowledge base and develop Sankey diagrams for energy, emission and water flows for Alberta through development of integrated resource models.

AERI1716

Proactive breakdown of shale stringers in a SAGD process

Improved Recovery

BitCan Geosciences & Engineering Inc.

Project Abstract
The project will develop field procedures to proactively break down the shale stringers in the oil sands payzone during the SAGD operations so that steam front advances up and oil drains down smoothly through them. The economic benefits include expanded recovery base, enhanced recovery rate and improved SAGD economics. 3 major mechanisms are to be investigated: (1) Induced stresses; (2) Thermally-induced pore pressure increase; and (3) Strength reduction via exposure to external fluids.

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Project Number
AERI1717

Project Name
Heavy Oil Polymer Flooding

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council, Inc.

Project Abstract
Proof of concept that use of advanced, brine tolerant polymers coupled with economic water treatment processes and horizontal injector/producer well patterns can significantly improve economics of recovery of intermediate heavy oils (up to 10,000 mPa.s viscosity).

AERI1718

Nanotechnology Applications for Energy

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
Dr. Rao will provide a summary of presenations, recommendations and outcomes as part of the Nanotechnology Applications in Energy.

AERI1719

Soil N indicators

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Albian Sands Energy Inc.

Project Abstract
Nitrogen is a plant nutrient that is required for its development, growth, and reproduction. Nitrogen availability from forest land is recognized as a major nutrient factor for land class determination in the most recent edition of LCCS published in 2006. This project will examine soil nitrogen status and its relationship with forest growth and productivity through laboratory and field investigations.

AERI1721

CO2 Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The objectives of the study are: To study representative prototype Alberta oil pools in detail to predict the incremental oil recovery and CO2 storage in the pools and develop a methodology to extrapolate the findings to the remainder of the pools amenable to CO2 EOR.

AERI1722

Novel Low GHG Heavy Oil Recovery and Direct Contact Steam Generator Technologies

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
PTAC is proposing to undertake a project to scope and develop a research and demonstration program, including plans for industry field pilots, for a novel low GHG heavy oil recovery technology and the related direct contact steam generator technology. The purpose is to advance the subject technologies toward eventual commercialization in order to achieve beneficial outcomes in terms of lower environmental impact and reduced costs, natural gas usage and fresh water consumption.

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Project Number
AERI1723

Project Name
IDENTIFYING AND QUALIFYING GEOTHERMAL ENERGY POTENTIAL IN ALBERTA

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Institute for Sustainable Energy Environment and Economy

Project Abstract
This project is the initial phase of a comprehensive identification and qualification of geothermal resources in Alberta. Once developed, they will enhance the overall energy system within the Province and will allow high cost natural gas to be diverted or saved for more productive uses, such as export. Ultimately, the use of geothermal and other renewable energy sources will increase grid diversity and lower overall greenhouse gas emissions while sustaining reliable power deliveries.

AERI1724

Canadian Clean Power Coalition Phase 3

Clean Carbon/Coal

Canadian Clean Power Coalition

Project Abstract
Following on the successful results of earlier phases, Phase III of the CCPC project will continue to research key developing clean coal technologies specifically for use with low-rank coals. The goal is to reduce costs and increase availability of clean coal plants.

AERI1725

Clean coal Technology Research Center for Developing Beneficiation Technologies for Western

Clean Carbon/Coal

Sherritt International Corp

Project Abstract
The purpose of this specific application is to request funding to construct both mini-pilot and the demonstration plant facilities for the development of integrated coal, coal/coke beneficiation beneficiation technologies.

AERI1728

Centre for Oil Sands Innovation

Bitumen Upgrading

University of Alberta

Project Abstract
AERI membership in the Centre for Oil Sands Innovation at the U of A would support research breakthroughs in oil sands production and processing. The expanded research program would apply nanotechnology to the oil sands, and explore processes to capture and sequester carbon dioxide.

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Project Number
AERI1729

Project Name
Impacts of Adoption of Low GHG Intensity Methods for Oil Sands Development

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
Canadian Energy Research Institute

Project Abstract
Oil sands developments are large emitters of GHG's. This is the first in a series of studies to provide background for policy and regulatory bodies.

AERI1730

A 2020 Fresh Water Neutral Upstream Petroleum Industry

Water Management

Alberta Society for Sustainable Water Management and Related

Project Abstract
This study will guide the adoption of innovative technologies and practices for the upstream petroleum industry that will: (1) reduce by half the current net consumption of fresh water in Alberta by 2012; (2)achieve a "fresh-water-neutral" upstream petroleum industry in Alberta by 2020. Th l AERI1732 t l f thi t d i t di i ifi t h i th t h l i d ti dh d d t i d d d i Alb t

Basic and Applied Research for Clean Coal Technology

Clean Carbon/Coal

University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The research aims in the area of upgrading Albertan coals with respect to moisture and ash content, based on advanced characterisation of coal and assessing the upgraded coals for their performance with respect to: Multi-pollutant control Reduction in Greenhouse gas emissions AERI1733 Redwater Carbon Capture and Geological Storage Pilot Project CO2 Management Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The Redwater reef has high sustainable injectivities and is a secure site for CO2 geological storage being Canadas second biggest oil reservoir. It is ideally situated in the Heartland Industrial area and has the aquifer capacity to store all of the oil sands CO2 emission for the next 20 years. In order to develop this resource, a 200 CO2 tonne/day pilot is proposed in the aquifer portion of the reservoir operated by ARC Resources Ltd., supported by a CCS research program.

AERI1734

Sulfur and CO2 Management

Improved Recovery

Alberta Sulphur Research Ltd.

Project Abstract
The key objective of this project is to examine the commercial potential for utilization of sulfur and coke produced by bitumen upgrading for clean power generation. CO2 emission is controlled by injection into reservoirs for EOR and SO2 is disposed of by injection into sour reservoirs

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Project Number
AERI1735

Project Name
Synergia In-Situ Coal Gasification Technology Development Program

Stream
Clean Carbon/Coal

Organization Name
Synergia Polygen Ltd.

Project Abstract
The Program seeks to adapt/innovate in-situ coal gasification (ISCG) technology for use in Albertas deep Mannville coal. A demonstration project, technology development studies, modeling, and lab testing are planned to develop the technology required for a commercial-scale project.

AERI1739

Syngas and Methanol to high value bio-products ("geen commodities" and biofuels)

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Enerkem Technologies Inc.

Project Abstract
Biofuels and green chemicals from Syngas and Methanol: a sustainable cntribution to Alberta's energy sector.

AERI1740

Advanced Hydrogen and CO2 Capture Technology for Sour Syngas

Clean Carbon/Coal

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc,

Project Abstract
Air Products will work with AERI to assess a technical and economic feasibility study of a conceptual commercial plant that will use a technology to achieve a higher level of CO2 capture than conventional technologies at significantly lower capital and operating costs.

AERI1741

NSERC/AERI/Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Reservoir Simulation

CO2 Management

University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed NSERC/AERI/Foundation CMG Industrial Research Chair is well aligned with both the University of Calgarys and Foundation CMGs strategic objectives to further knowledge and skills for economical, clean, and sustainable energy supplies. Enhanced heavy oil and oil sands recovery methods are an area of intensive research in the oil industry.

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Project Number
AERI1742

Project Name
Modeling and Simulation Study of Underground Coal Gasification Processes

Stream
Clean Carbon/Coal

Organization Name
University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The research proposed will bring together the world knowledge around UCG, by establishing an international network of researchers in the field of UCG, Dr. Chen will then enhance the knowledge base by creating the mathematical applications necessary to advance the software used to simulate UCG.He will increase the capcity of HQP in the field of UCG by training 5 students and one research assistant.

AERI1743

CO2 Sequestration in Saline Aquifer

CO2 Management

Shell Canada Energy

Project Abstract
Shell is currently working on a demonstration project related to the geological and engineering assessment of CO2 storage in deep saline aquifers, with a proposed test well and assessment program located in the vicinity of Alberta industrial Heartland, north of Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta

AERI1744

ASAP Phase 1

CO2 Management

Enbridge Inc.

Project Abstract
The Alberta Saline Aquifer Project (ASAP Phase 1)will identify and prioritize three or more suitable deep saline aquifer locations for a pilot or pilots program to demonstrate the feasibility of CO2 sequestration in the province of Alberta, Canada.

AERI1746

Electricity Framework 5-year Review - Control Technologies Review

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Clean Air Strategic Alliance

Project Abstract
The 2003 Emissions Management Framework for the Alberta Electricity Sector established a formal process, to be undertaken every five years, to review certain elements of the framework. As part of the current 5 year review, this project will review the status of emission control technologies. This information will be used to update current benchmarks and/or industry emission standards for new generation units, based on Best Available Technology Economically Achievable (BATEA).

AERI1752

Optimal Energy Production Scenarios and Atmospheric Emissions of Bitumen Upgrading

CO2 Management

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The Alberta Research Council (ARC) will conduct a multi-phase study of the energy demands, atmospheric emissions, water and fuel consumption, and energy costs associated with upgrading operations in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, using the OSOM and EOM models. The study will use scenario analyses to evaluate the financial and environmental impacts of implementing a variety of energy-production technologies in upgrading operations in Albertas Industrial Heartland.

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Project Number
AERI-818A-01

Project Name
Dr. Strausz Publication

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
Publication of a book entitled "Chemistry of Alberta Oil Sands".

AERIA1144P

NCUT 2006-07

Bitumen Upgrading

National Centre for Upgrading Technologies

Project Abstract
The objective of this project is to make oil sands bitumen and heavy oil upgrading in Canada more economically viable and environmentally responsible by advancing R & D leading to value added refined products. In achieving its mission, NCUT will help capture in Canada the maximum value from the resource.

AERIA1170J

ARC Core Research - AACI(Conrad)

Improved Recovery

Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The focus of the AACI Research Program ranges from improving commercial and emerging recovery processes to evaluating novel concepts that have the potential to be major breakthroughs. The main research focus includes: primary heavy oil processes, solvent-based heavy oil recovery processes, thermal gravity processes and novel processes.

AERIA1320E

CETC - Novel Combustion and Power Generation

CO2 Management

CANMET CO2 Consortium

Project Abstract
Major activities in Phase 8 will be primarily directed at the development, evaluation and optimization of the new pulverized coal-fired power plant options.

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Project Number
AERIA1320F

Project Name
CANMET CO2 R&D Consortium: Work Program for Phase 9

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
CANMET CO2 Consortium

Project Abstract
In 1994, the CO2 R&D Consortium was established to conduct a program to evaluate the combustion, heat transfer & pollutant characteristics of coal combustion in an enriched oxygen medium, with recycled CO2 from flue gas. In Sept. '98, AOSTRA joined P4 & AERI has participated ever since.

AERIA1438-01

Improving Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Operation Using Hydrocarbon Fuels

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
It is the goal of this proposal to study the reaction of hydrocarbon fuels with SOFC anode catalysts using a number of novel spectroscopic and microscopic approaches. This will allow the determination of the mechanism of reaction such that the properties of the SOFCs and the operating conditions for the SOFCs can be tailored to produce highly active, stable and low cost SOFC materials that further reduce emissions and can operate at a relatively low temperature.

AERIA1444-01

Microstructural Modelling of Sand Production

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The proposed research work focuses on the physics of sand production as governed by interactions between oil sand matrix, stress changes, viscous drag, foamy oil and thermal effects.

AERIA1471

Application of Electron Microscopy Techniques in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Research

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The aim of this study is to utilize the expertise and facilities of the PI in the field of high resolution electron imaging, crystal structure analysis and spectroscopy to identify the reactions and subsequent phases that form during fuel cell fabrication and operation.

AERIA1473

Fundamental Study of the Role of Fines in Upgrading

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The ultimate goal of this research is to understand the characteristics and effects of the solids as they move from extraction through to upgrading and to evaluate if there is an optimum concentration of solids for upgrading.

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Project Number
AERIA1478

Project Name
Understanding Impact Generated Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

Stream
Improved Recovery

Organization Name
The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
This project aims to better understand the fracturing produced by the impact specialised seismic data has been collected along the craters rim to look for variation in direction of seismic wave velocities and the proportions of two different types of seismic waves.

AERIA1480

Controlled Gas-Phase Combustion Within Porous Media

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
The project addresses the need to further establish fundamental information regarding the effects of operating parameters such as pressure, gas flow rate, type and pore size of media , and concentration (equivalence ration) and composition of fuel (including sour gas) on combusion characteristics including emissions.

AERIA1572

Use of Syncrude Fluid Coke as a Novel Sorbent for Mercury in Stack Gases

Clean Carbon/Coal

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The aim of the proposed research is to develop treatment procedures for Syncrude fluid coke which would make the treated coke usable as a sorbent for mercury (Hg) capture from flue gases of coal-fired power plants.

AERIA1608

SRU Incinerator Optimization Phase I

CO2 Management

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
Phase I of a multi-phase program dealing with aspects of sulphur plant incinerator optimization. This program will directly benefit the gas processing industry in Alberta in the area of energy conservation, by enabling a better understanding of incinerator operation that will result in a significant reduction in fuel gas consumption and the associated greenhouse gas emission.

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Project Number
AERIA1609

Project Name
PTAC Enhancements For REM AFR Systems

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The goal of this study is to qualify the manufacture's claims and substantiate the affect on the reliability and production with qualification of benefits to producers and the general public.

AERIA1610

Sulfur-Resistant Noble Metal Containing Catalysts

Bitumen Upgrading

The Governors of The University of Calgary

Project Abstract
In this project, we are working with a major oil company, Suncor Energy Inc., with support from the provincial government (Alberta Energy Research Institute AERI) to develop a novel noble metal-containing catalyst that is both active for HDA of heavy oil and is sulfur-resistant. The direct value of the project will be a catalyst that can effectively and economically reform heavy gas oil obtained from oil sands.

AERIA1619

Gasification Characterisitics of Feedstocks

Clean Carbon/Coal

Sherritt International Corporation

Project Abstract
The project is to develop a database of the gasification characteristics of available feedstocks based on existing and new test data information.

AERIA1620

City of Edmonton Enerkem Municipal Waster Feasibility Study

Renewable and Alternate Energy

City of Edmonton

Project Abstract
The purpose of the project is to complete the feasibility study of using the enerkem fludized bed gsification tehnology as disposal means for Edmonton's municipal solid waste.

AERIA1664

Handbook on Bitumen Recovery from Oil Sands: Theory and Practice

Improved Recovery

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The purpose of this project is to ensure continuity of the know-how in the art, science and practice of bitumen extraction from mined oil sands. It will ensure capture of the latest research effort in this area over the last 10 15 years and summarize the corresponding practice used by industry.

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Project Number
AERIA1678

Project Name
Micro-Algae Bio-Fixation of CO2 From Flue Gas for the Production of Renewable Biofuels and

Stream
CO2 Management

Organization Name
Alberta Research Council Inc.

Project Abstract
The aim of this proposal is to obtain support for completion of proof of concept research, including conceptual engineering, the development of the business case, and a project plan for an integrated pilot project, operated under the I-CAN umbrella, to establish Canada as the international leader in the conversion and utilization of carbon dioxide (CO2).

AERIA1681

Carbonate Triangle and Conventional Heavy Oil

Improved Recovery

PTAC Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

Project Abstract
The project would be a paper study, with expert input to explore the long term ideal case of low GHG production from the Carbonate Triangle and Heavy Oil regions. The overall goal would be a technically feasible vision of the minimum GHG emission development scenarios for these resources. This vision would help direct an integrated program of research and geologic studies to determine if the vision is achievable.

AERIA1686

Western Canada Fuel Cell Initiative

Renewable and Alternate Energy

The Governors of The University of Alberta

Project Abstract
The Western Canada Fuel Cell Initiative (WCFCI) is a collaborative effort among academic and government researchers in the four western provinces to commercialize and implement fuel cells and related systems for stationary applications.

AERIA1688

Wind Power Forecasting Pilot Project

Renewable and Alternate Energy

Alberta Electric System Operator

Project Abstract
Different types of wind power forecasting methods are being utilized around the world. This Pilot Project will identify the best methods of wind power forecasting within Alberta. It will allow the AESO to learn how to better manage the impact of wind power variability so that continued growth of the wind industry can occur while maintaining electrical system reliability.

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Project Number
AERIA1689

Project Name
Zero Emission Distributed Hydrogen

Stream
Renewable and Alternate Energy

Organization Name
Greenleaf Integrated Energy Systems Inc.

Project Abstract
Greenleaf will examine the potential application of Zero Emission Distributed Hydrogen (ZEDH2) technology at three selected pressure letdown sites on the ATCO natural gas transmission system. ZEDH2 is an innovative configuration of commercially proven subsystems that may be used to: capture wasted pressure letdown energy; produce clean electricity; and/or produce hydrogen fuels for vehicle refueling.

AERIA1690

Len Bolger Memorial Scholarship

Improved Recovery

Alberta Ingenuity Fund

Project Abstract
Len Bolger was Co-Chair of the Alberta Energy Research Institute from its conception in August 2001 to his passing in February 2007. During his tenure, Mr. Bolger created a vision and strategy for energy innovation in Alberta that will provide for economic, social and environmental prosperity for years to come.

AERIA1692

Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility

Water Management

Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility

Project Abstract
The OSTRF is carrying out research directed at developing novel and innovative approaches for environmentally friendly disposal of oil sands tailings. This research will help industry and regulators to significantly improve approaches for the disposal of the tailings. Research objectives include rapid recycling of water from the tailings that will lead to a reduction in the volume of fresh water usage which is critical if our massive oil-sands resources are to be further developed.

AERIA1698

PWR Hydrogen Upgrading Demonstration Project

Clean Carbon/Coal

Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc

Project Abstract
The HUGD facility is proposed for the development, demonstration and commercial deployment of gasification and other technologies related to bitument upgrading. it will be designed operated and constructed at Suncor Energy Inc's Fort McMurray properties.

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