Oil Sands Science and Research
Through innovation, the oil sands industry will continue to make significant progress in ensuring Canada establishes emission reduction strategies consistent with international obligations to protect the planet. At Natural Resources Canada, CanmetENERGY is Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise in clean energy research and technology development.
Driven by strict environmental regulations, industry collaboration, and strong government commitment to research and development, CanmetENERGY is at the forefront of innovation in the oil sands.
Learn more about CanmetENERGY research and activities in:
Direct Contact Steam Generation (DCSG) Video
NRCan researchers at CanmetENERGY – Ottawa have developed revolutionary technology that employs a direct combustion process to generate a concentrated flue gas stream consisting primarily of steam and CO2.
Direct Contact Steam Generation (DCSG) improves current Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage techniques by putting recycled water from the bitumen extraction process directly into a high-pressure, high-temperature combustor, to produce steam mixed with CO2 for injection into an underground well. The process is more energy-efficient than conventional steam production, can use recycled water from oil sands operations, and can sequester CO2 in oil sands reservoirs. As a result, this innovative technology reduces GHG emissions by up to 85%, while minimizing fresh water use and eliminating expensive water treatment processes, ultimately lowering the environmental cost of bitumen extraction.
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.
Ottawa (ON) Research Centre
CanmetENERGY – Ottawa : CanmetENERGY in Ottawa engages in research and development in the areas of energy efficiency, clean fossil fuels, and renewable and alternative energy sources. Our goal is to ensure that Canada is at the leading edge of clean energy technology development and greenhouse gas reduction.
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