Science and Innovation Publications

The Government of Alberta supports the innovative, responsible and sustainable development of our province’s energy resources through a variety of technology funds and initiatives.

Resource Technologies

In 2006 the Government of Alberta approved an allocation of $200 million over four years to create the Energy Innovation Fund (EIF). The EIF supported many projects to build world-class knowledge, expertise and leadership to responsibly develop our energy resources for the benefit of current and future generations. One of the projects supported by the EIF was the Titanium Corporation Proposal to conduct laboratory and bench scale studies to research the potential for the recovery of bitumen, zircon and titanium bearing minerals from oil sands mine tailings. 

The confidentiality period for this research grant has expired and the following reports are available in PDF format;
Titanium Corporation EIF Pilot Report (posted in 2018)
Proposals - HMS Separation Process, Titanium Research Grant Proposal and GTI Proposal Material Recovery

2009 Progress reports and updates

Program Updates and Reviews

Energy Potential and Metrics Study – An Alberta ContextPDF icon (2014)
This is a report by Jacobs Consultancy, which provides a comprehensive view of all major energy resources in Alberta and the pathways that are used to create basic energy commodities used in Alberta, namely, heat, electricity and transportation fuels.  The study uses a broad spectrum of metrics to enable the reader to understand energy availability, energy density, and the environmental impact of a wide range of energy resources and pathways in Alberta. ISBN 978-1-4601-2089-7 

Independent Assessment of the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive’s “Conventional” Default Value PDF icon (2013) Executive Summary PDF iconMinister Dallas welcomes study external link icon
A report by ICF International, contracted by Natural Resources Canada external link icon, which analyses the research methodology used to develop the Fuel Quality Directive’s default ‘conventional’ gasoline and diesel greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity values.  Using this improved understanding, the report develops a more likely range of GHG values for crude oils used in the European Union.

EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in a European Context PDF icon(2012) report by Jacobs Consultancy, contracted by the Alberta Government, this report provides new information on the life cycle assessment of the greenhouse gases associated with crude oils used in the European Union.

Public Questions and Comments for EU Pathway StudyPDF icon (revised April 2013)
A summary public questions and comments relating to Jacobs Consultancy’s “EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in A European Context (2012)” report. ISBN 978-1-4601-0576-4

Alberta Energy Policy Review Pathway Study 2012PDF icon (revised April 2013)
Addresses policy implications arising from the findings of the Jacobs Consultancy’s “EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in A European Context (2012)” report. ISBN 978-1-4601-0578-8

Alberta Energy – Oil Sands Production ProfilePDF icon
A report that provides a detailed overview of oil production volumes and extraction technologies in the Oil Sands region from 2004-2014. ISBN: 978-1-4601-2723-0 (PDF)

Renewable and Emerging Technologies

Fusion Energy Assessment Reportexternal link icon (2014)
A report by the Alberta Council of Technologies, sponsored by the Department of Energy, which provides a comparison of the most prominent fusion energy technologies globally and how close they are to achieving net energy gain. The report also delivers an assessment of Alberta’s role in developing fusion enabling technologies and an understanding of how fusion could be used in Alberta for heat and electricity.

Towards a Road Map for Mitigating the Rates and Occurrences of Long-Term WellborePDF iconexternal link icon (2014)
A report by the University of Waterloo, sponsored by the Alberta Government, which provides an analysis of long-term wellbore leakage and discusses potential mitigation strategies.  Results of the study include describing methods for wellbore leakage detection and monitoring, and potential approaches to reduce rates and occurrences.

Techno-economics of Energy StoragePDF iconexternal link icon (2014)
A report by Alberta Innovates, sponsored by the Alberta Government, which provides a comparative analyses of  battery, compressed air and power to gas energy storage technologies in an Alberta context.  Results of the study include select technology operating characteristics, technology performance, and insights into the optimum size for energy storage, among other results.

Energy Efficiency

Flaring Estimates Produced by Satellite Observationsexternal link icon (2014)
Flaring and venting of natural gas associated with hydrocarbon production is a significant source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The measuring and reporting systems for produced gas can greatly vary between  jurisdictions. The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnershipexternal link icon (GGFR), a collaboration between governments and industry, uses third-party satellite data to publish national flaring volume estimates. A technical guidance documentPDF icon explains the technology and methodology used to produce the flaring volume estimates.


Bitumen Assay Program Aggregate Assay InformationExcel icon
The Bitumen Assay Program (BAP) is an ongoing multiphase project designed to obtain resource information on Alberta’s oil sands bitumen quality. Bitumen assays were generated by Maxxam Analytics and aggregated by Alberta Energy to create aggregate assays that are based on a combination of oil sands region and recovery technology to ensure the anonymity of each oil sands operator’s specific bitumen assay data.

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An Arctic Energy Gateway for AlbertaPDF icon (2014)
Alberta Energy commissioned CANATEC Associates International Limited to prepare an early stage overview report on the technical feasibility of producers transporting bitumen blend from the oil sands north to the Beaufort Sea coastline and from there to world markets in the Asia-Pacific region and the Atlantic coasts. The views, conclusions and comments expressed in the report are those of the authors, and may not reflect policies, positions or views of the Government of Alberta. The Government of Alberta does not endorse, authorize, certify, maintain or control the content of the report.  The Government of Alberta is not liable for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use of this information.
ISBN#978-1-4601-1928-0 (PDF)

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