The Energy Innovation Program (EIP) expects to receive funding of up to $50 million over 2 years to support development of cleaner oil and gas technologies, in order to help develop Canada’s hydrocarbon resources in more sustainable ways. Accelerating clean technology development is a key component of the Government of Canada’s approach to promoting sustainable economic growth and to supporting Canada’s transition towards a low-carbon economy.
The objective of this call for proposals is to demonstrate and test pre-commercial technologies which will result in reduced greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from the oil and gas sector. Examples of technologies could include, but are not limited to the following:
- next generation oil sands extraction (e.g., low-temperature solvent-based extraction) that could reduce GHG emissions from in-situ or mining operations, while at the same time reducing water use and significantly lowering production costs;
- advanced emissions detection, monitoring and mitigation systems (e.g. sensors, vented gas capture) that could result in reduced methane and other emissions leakages from upstream oil and natural gas production (including tight oil and shale gas) and processing;
- alternative low-carbon heat or power technologies (e.g., molten carbonate fuel cells, cogeneration, biomass to energy) that would reduce the GHG intensity of in-situ steam generation, or provide energy to the electricity grid;
- alternative and/or energy efficient steam generation (e.g., direct contact steam generation systems, boiler blowdown reduction technologies, rifle tubes) that have the potential to reduce GHG emissions and water use in unconventional oil and gas operations;
- heat and/or water recovery from flue gas (e.g., from Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage schemes) piloting in oil sands operations;
- energy efficient technologies (e.g. low-grade heat recovery) applicable to upstream oil and gas operations;
- cleaner technologies for liquified natural gas production; and
- advanced technology solutions and/or infrastructure for carbon dioxide conversion into valuable, useful materials.
Although this call for proposals targets technology demonstrations, front-end engineering design (FEED) studies leading to demonstration projects could also be considered for funding.
Applicants are requested to complete and submit the information form. Upon submission of the information form, an Applicants’ Guide and Proposal template will be sent to you via e-mail.
The Proposal template should then be completed and submitted by 23:59 EDT, September 7, 2016. No proposal submitted after that deadline will be accepted. Natural Resources Canada recommends that proponents keep a record of the date and time their proposal was submitted as proof in case of any dispute.