Research and Technology
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.
An Arctic Energy Gateway for Alberta(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.
Fusion Energy Assessment Report(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 Wellbore(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 Storage(2014)
A report by Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, 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.
Flaring Estimates Produced by Satellite Observations (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 Partnership(GGFR), a collaboration between governments and industry, uses third-party satellite data to publish national flaring volume estimates. A technical guidance documentexplains the technology and methodology used to produce the flaring volume estimates.
Independent Assessment of the European Commission’s Fuel Quality Directive’s “Conventional” Default Value(2013) Executive Summary Minister Dallas welcomes study
A report by ICF International, contracted by Natural Resources Canada, 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.
Pipeline Safety Review
In September 2012, Minister Hughes asked the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) to conduct a review of certain elements of Alberta’s pipeline system. The ERCB awarded Group 10 Engineering Limited the contract, they delivered the report to the ERCB. In June the ERCB became the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), view the AER pipeline video. The board reviewed the Group 10 report and prepared a report for the Minister. On August 23, 2013 the Group 10 final report and Appendices 5MB were released to the public and feedback was gathered.
EU Pathway Study: Life Cycle Assessment of Crude Oils in a European Context(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 Study(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 2012(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 Profile
A report that provides a detailed overview of oil production volumes and extraction technologies in the Oil Sands region from 2002-2010. ISBN 978-0-7785-9458-1
Comparison of the Corrosivity of Dilbit and Conventional Crude
A report prepared by Corrosion Engineering, Advanced Materials, AITF for Alberta Innovates Energy and Environment Solutions in September of 2011.
Open Data (Service Alberta)
Oil Sands Information Portal(Environment)