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Finalists chosen in tech competition to lower oil sands mining GHG emissions, raise energy efficiency

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COSIA hot water oil sands challenge. Shell photo.

 One solution will be selected for additional funding for field testing

 Two finalists have been chosen in the Mining Hot Water Production Challenge to develop technology that will lower greenhouse gas emissions and raise energy efficiency in oil sands mining operations. Foresight Cleantech Accelerator CentreCanada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and Alberta Innovates have announced that Western Canada-based (Alberta and BC) Inproheat and Ontario-based Combustion & Energy Systems have been selected from a global pool of innovators to participate in the next phase of the program: a six-month “sprint” to ready their technologies for field demonstration with COSIA members.

The sprint will include water chemistry testing and a comparative analysis of GHG avoidance costs as well as water heating performance.

The sprint will include water chemistry testing and a comparative analysis of GHG avoidance costs as well as water heating performance.
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This industry-driven partnership was made possible through the ARCTIC Challenge program and the Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative platform (ASBIRI).
“Canada punches above its weight when it comes to cleantech innovation, and these two sprint winners are an exciting reflection of our potential in the sector. Our goal is to help them get to the point where they can not only help solve a pressing industry problem in Canada, but tap in to the $1 trillion global market for clean technologies,” said Neil Huff, Managing Director of Foresight.
Following the sprint phase of the Mining Hot Water Challenge process, one solution will be selected for additional funding for field testing.
“Alberta is showing the world its leadership in addressing the environmental performance of our oil sands sectors. Our goal is to ensure our province will compete globally with made in Alberta solutions.”
This challenge represents extensive regional and sectoral collaboration. The challenge is sponsored by the federal and Alberta governments, in partnership with COSIA, and the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) will also be involved in testing one of the technologies. Consulting partners Tessellate Inc. and The Delphi Group are providing advisory services.
“The ARCTIC and ASBIRI programs are fantastic platforms for connecting with solution providers. We’ve discovered two more promising technologies for helping us to reduce emissions, and at the same time we’re helping to advance Canada’s clean resource innovation,” said Dr. Dan Wicklum, COSIA chief executive.
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