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Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2016-09-23

A method and apparatus for solution cathode glow discharge (SCGD) elemental analysis. A solution-catching collar, in the form of a weir, a wicking element, or combinations thereof between the outlet tip of the capillary tube and the base of a grounding electrode tip maintain a solution sample level proximate the plasma emission region.


CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - Demonstrating the strength of collaboration, Alberta Innovates has teamed up with Natural Resources (NRCan) and industry partners to take three clean oil and gas technologies to commercial demonstration. This announcement is a result of NRCan's Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program. NRCan is contributing $21 million and Alberta Innovates is investing $5.2 million, for a total of $26.2 million over two-years to support clean oil and gas technologies to help develop Canada's hydrocarbon resources in sustainable ways. Accelerating these technologies will be a key component to making Alberta's oil and gas economy more competitive, creating jobs and supporting Alberta's transition toward a low-carbon economy. The three industry partners, Cenovus Energy, Field Upgrading, and MEG Energy are investing $43.3 million in commercial demonstration. "We're focused on projects that add value to Alberta's economy. Today's announcement represents the potential for billions of dollars of economic impact and the reduction of millions of tonnes of GHG emissions once these projects reach commercialization. AI is proud to be part of this partnership and we were happy to provide the knowledge and expertise in this space to support NRCan in selecting these high impact projects." "Alberta is the energy and environmental leader the world needs for the 21st century. That's why we are working with the federal government and industry to find new ways to lower carbon emissions and operating costs in our oil-and-gas sector. Together we are building a more diversified and resilient economy for the future -- and making life better for Albertans." "Canada's oil sands companies are constantly evolving and innovating. Developing and adopting clean technologies creates jobs and will help Canada increase its global competitiveness for years to come." Alberta Innovates will deliver 21st century solutions to the most compelling challenges faced by Albertans. Building on our province's strengths in environment, energy, health, food, fibre and emerging technology sectors, we will work with our partners to diversify our economy, improve environmental performance and enhance our well-being. Alberta Innovates delivers the kind of cross-sectoral support and leadership that Alberta's world-class researchers, entrepreneurs and industry innovators need to thrive in a globally competitive research and innovation context. Services, tools, expertise, partnerships and funding from Alberta Innovates support a broad range of research and innovation activity, from discovery to application, with a focus on accelerating commercial outcomes. Find out more at http://albertainnovates.ca. The proposed demonstration project will test an oil sands extraction technology using a solvent-driven process. This involves co-injecting solvent together with steam into a well at Cenovus's Foster Creek project after approximately one to two years of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Unlike in previous solvent pilots conducted by Cenovus, the majority of the steam-solvent mix in this demonstration project will be solvent (between 50 and 95 per cent by weight). The steam will heat the solvent to about 80-100° C, and the heat and solvent are expected to sustain steam chamber growth in the reservoir. Among other things, the demonstration project will evaluate the reduction in steam requirements with the goal to develop a technology that can potentially significantly lower the cumulative steam-to-oil ratio and water treatment costs associated with steam generation. The main objectives of the enhanced Modified VAPour Extraction (eMVAPEX) technology are to efficiently grow MEG's bitumen production rate, achieve sustainable cost savings and minimize environmental impacts to land, air and water. It is anticipated that by employing eMVAPEX, the bitumen production rate and overall bitumen recovery will increase relative to the SAGD process while requiring significantly less steam injection. As eMVAPEX requires less steam per barrel of oil, MEG is projecting an approximately 43 per cent reduction in GHG emissions relative to the industry average as well as a significant reduction in water usage. The efficiency gain in steam deployment will allow MEG to redeploy existing steam generation capacity to new patterns, further increasing bitumen production and reducing the overall per barrel footprint and cost of bitumen production. MEG targets annual production of 80,000-82,000 barrels per day in 2017. Steam generation is the main contributor to GHG emissions and the operating cost of bitumen production. eMVAPEX involves injection of a light hydrocarbon instead of steam after initial SAGD operation when bitumen recovery reaches between 20-30 per cent. It is anticipated that by employing eMVAPEX, overall plant bitumen production could be increased by up to 70 per cent with the same steam assets employed for SAGD bitumen production. The overall GHG emission intensity is expected to be reduced by as much as 43 per cent for industry standard assets at 3.0 SOR, as well as improving the overall recovery from the reservoir. The objective of this project is to advance Field Upgrading's (DSU™) technology by completing a Front-end Engineering Design (FEED) study for a first of its kind modular large scale 2500 barrels per day (Bpd) demonstration plant. DSU™ technology removes sulphur and metals from heavy oils and refinery bottoms to produce a marine fuel that complies with the lower ISO sulphur specifications s for marine fuel. DSU technology is more energy efficient than conventional technologies, has no direct SO , NO , PM or GHG emissions, and does not leave coke or asphaltenes behind. The DSU™ technology has been extensively proven in the lab and at pilot scale, with an operating 10 Bpd pilot plant, across over 30 different feedstocks from Alberta bitumen and refinery bottoms to Columbia heavy oils with consistent positive results. This FEED study will be a building block for a full-scale commercial plant. An important advantage of the DSU™ process is its scalability. An objective of the project will be to package the commercial plant into sea container-size skids that can be prefabricated and delivered to site to speed rollout of the technology and minimize low-productivity work in the field.


Patent
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2017-01-25

Described herein is a charged particle-polymer hybrid flocculant that includes charged particles having an average size between about 150 nm and about 800 nm and each having a polymer polymerized thereon. Charged particle-polymer hybrid flocculants are made by forming charged particles having an average size between about 150 nm and about 800 nm; and polymerizing a monomer on the charged particles to form the polymer. Fine solids are separated from a suspension thereof by adding the charged particle polymer hybrid to the suspension to produce floccules and a supernatant, and separating the produced floccules from the supernatant.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2010.5.2-3 | Award Amount: 5.31M | Year: 2011

CO2CARE aims to support the large scale demonstration of CCS technology by addressing the research requirements of CO2 storage site abandonment. It will deliver technologies and procedures for abandonment and post-closure safety, satisfying the regulatory requirements for transfer of responsibility. The project will focus on three key areas: well abandonment and long-term integrity; reservoir management and prediction from closure to the long-term; risk management methodologies for long-term safety. Objectives will be achieved via integrated laboratory research, field experiments and state-of-the-art numerical modelling, supported by literature review and data from a rich portfolio of real storage sites, covering a wide range of geological and geographical settings. CO2CARE will develop plugging techniques to ensure long-term well integrity; study the factors critical to long-term site safety; develop monitoring methods for leakage detection; investigate and develop remediation technologies. Predictive modelling approaches will be assessed for their ability to help define acceptance criteria. Risk management procedures and tools to assess post-closure system performance will be developed. Integrating these, the technical criteria necessary to assess whether a site meets the high level requirements for transfer of responsibility defined by the EU Directive will be established. The technologies developed will be implemented at the Ketzin site and dry-run applications for site abandonment will be developed for hypothetical closure scenarios at Sleipner and K12-B. Participation of partners from the US, Canada, Japan and Australia and data obtained from current and closed sites will add to the field monitoring database and place the results of CO2CARE in a world-wide perspective. Research findings will be presented as best-practice guidelines. Dissemination strategy will deliver results to a wide range of international stakeholders and the general public.


Zhang M.,Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Bachu S.,Alberta Innovates Technology Futures
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control | Year: 2011

Carbon dioxide storage in geological media is a climate change mitigation technology that is based on the ability of certain geological media to retain CO2 in supercritical phase or dissolved in formation water and to prevent its return to the atmosphere for very long periods of time. However, in certain cases there are flow pathways, natural or manmade, conducive to CO2 leakage. Depending on their condition, existing oil and gas wells may provide such leakage pathways due to either mechanical defects developed during well drilling, completion and/or abandonment, or to chemical degradation of well cements and/or casing. In the case of CO2 storage, there is a concern that well cement in existing wells will degrade in the presence of water-saturated CO2 and/or CO2 saturated formation water/brine, thus creating new leakage pathways and compromising the integrity and security of CO2 storage. In this paper we review the status of knowledge in regard to the failure of existing wells, with special attention to the laboratory experiments, field investigations and numerical simulations carried out in the last several years in attempts to elucidate the behavior of well cements in the presence of CO2. Extensive carbonation has been observed in well cements in both laboratory and field studies. However, in CO2-rich environments, severe cement degradation is associated with the dissolution of calcite from the carbonated cement. This is not expected under typical geological storage conditions because CO2-saturated brine is likely in equilibrium with carbonate minerals that are present in virtually all formation rocks. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


Patent
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2016-04-06

Described herein is combination of flocculants for flocculating fines solids in a suspension thereof. The combination includes: (a) an anionic polymer flocculant, and (b) a charged particle-polymer hybrid flocculant that includes charged core particles having an average size between about 150 nm and about 800 nm and each having a polymer polymerized thereon. The anionic polymer flocculant is to be added before, or at substantially the same time as, the charged particle-polymer hybrid flocculant.


Patent
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2012-12-21

The present invention relates to polyamine-containing polymers and methods of their synthesis and use. The polymer may be hydroxyethylcellulose, dextran, poly(vinyl alcohol) or poly(methyl acrylate).


Patent
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2012-12-21

The present invention relates to polyamine-containing polymers and methods of their synthesis and use. The polymer may be hydroxyethylcellulose, dextran, poly(vinyl alcohol) or poly(methyl acrylate).


Patent
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2015-03-19

Described herein is a charged particle-polymer hybrid flocculant that includes charged particles having an average size between about 150 nm and about 800 nm and each having a polymer polymerized thereon. Charged particle-polymer hybrid flocculants are made by forming charged particles having an average size between about 150 nm and about 800 nm; and polymerizing a monomer on the charged particles to form the polymer. Fine solids are separated from a suspension thereof by adding the charged particle polymer hybrid to the suspension to produce floccules and a supernatant, and separating the produced floccules from the supernatant.


Patent
Alberta Innovates Technology Futures | Date: 2011-06-02

A charged particle polymer hybrid (CPPH) flocculant is taught, comprising sub-micron size charged particles and a polymer which has been polymerized in the presence of the charged particles wherein the intrinsic viscosity of the hybrid polymer flocculant is less than 930 ml/g. A method is provided for producing freely draining flocculated sediment from a suspension comprising finely divided solids in water. The method comprises dispersing, at increasing concentrations, a charged particle polymer hybrid (CPPH) flocculant into the suspension to determine a starting plateau concentration of CPPH flocculant above which concentration no further increase in the solids loading of the produced floccules is observed. Then, the concentration of dispersed CPPH flocculant in the suspension is maintained at or above the starting plateau concentration. A method is further provided for separating fine solids and water from a suspension comprising finely divided solids in water. The method involves dispersing, at increasing concentrations, a charged particle polymer hybrid (CPPH) flocculant into the suspension to determine a starting plateau concentration of CPPH flocculant above which concentration no further increase in the solids loading of the produced floccules is observed. Then, the concentration of dispersed CPPH flocculant in the suspension is maintained at or above the starting plateau concentration. The dispersion of CPPH flocculant in the suspension is agitated and the solid floccules are then separated from the supernatant liquid.

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