NATURAL GAS DECARBONIZATION
What technical solutions produce a carbon-lean combustion fuel with lower GHG intensity and a valuable carbon-rich by-product?
Natural gas is used in oil sands operations as a fuel source for power generation, heating applications, and hydrogen source for bitumen upgrading. Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is seeking solutions that can reduce (or remove) carbon from natural gas to provide:
1) a carbon-lean (or depleted) combustion fuel with a lower greenhouse gas (“GHG”) intensity compared to natural gas; and,
2) a valuable carbon-rich or carbon black by-product. This by-product will provide economic and environmental value to users of the solution. Solutions must reduce overall GHG emissions reductions compared to the current natural gas combustion approach.
“One of our challenges led to a potential reduction of GHG emissions in the oil sands by 500,000 tonnes annually.”
- Matt McCulloch P.Eng | Director, Greenhouse Gas Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
“As a small company, it can be really hard to get in the door with industry and investors … this program has been a huge door opener for us, and a fantastic opportunity to partner with larger companies.”
- Michael Sams, CEO, AMS Energy
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