Devon (AB) Research Centre

CanmetENERGY in Devon, located near Edmonton, focuses on the development of cleaner fossil fuels and related environmental technologies with a focus on oil sands and heavy oil.

With approximately 130 scientists, engineers, technologists, managers and support staff, we generate knowledge to provide solutions to industry, advice to government policy makers and regulators, and to provide Canadians with relevant information on oil sands and heavy oil issues. We have intimate knowledge of oil sands and heavy oil processes, including:

Our technical knowledge is often called upon for oil sands environmental assessment hearings, to inform parliament on issues and potential solutions and to provide proven science for policy and regulatory decision making. Our goals are two-fold:

  • Make oil sands and heavy oil a cleaner energy option for Canada
  • Ensure Canada is receiving maximum value for the environmental cost already incurred for its oil sands and heavy oil production

We work closely with our industry, government and academic partners and lend our expertise to Canadian industry through collaborations in research and development (R&D) and demonstration of leading-edge oil sands extraction, processing, upgrading and waste management technologies. Projects may take the form of R&D agreements with individual companies, research consortiums or collaboration on demonstration projects. We enter into more than 150 client-sponsored projects per year, including companies ranging from small to major international energy corporations.

We participate in cleaner fossil fuels projects by applying our years of experience in fundamental science, and world-class analytical and pilot facilities.