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Recent CMC News

CMC signs on as COSIA Associate Member

This fall, CMC became an Associate Member of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance.

Fiber-optic sensing system field tested

Peter Wild, from the University of Victoria, was in Alberta recently to field-test his novel fiber-optic sensor technology.

Outstanding researchers honored by Royal Society

Two CMC-funded researchers are among those named by the Royal Society of Canada for their outstanding contributions.

Request for technology description is issued

Group seeks non-confidential descriptions of technologies focused on innovative approaches to heating bitumen reservoirs for in si

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Alberta releases CCS Quantification Protocol released for public comment
A draft of Alberta’s CCS Quantification Protocol for CO2 Capture and Permanent Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers has been released for public comment. In an ABlawg post Nigel Bankes, University of Calgary Law Professor,  describes how the protocol fits within the overall regulatory scheme described and offers some brief comments on the QP from a legal perspective.

Canada and UK sign CCS research statement
The UK and Canadian governments have signed an agreement on enhancing their collaboration on further research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, thus reinforcing their positions as global leaders in the deployment of the vital climate technology.

COSIA Innovation Summit 2015
The first COSIA Innovation Summit will take place on March 31 to April 2, 2015 at the Banff Springs Hotel. Building on the success of the COSIA Water Conference last March, the Innovation Summit will provide an opportunity for COSIA member companies to showcase the good work being done within COSIA on “accelerating the pace of environmental performance improvement in the oil sands”. COSIA’s four Environmental Priority Areas (EPAs) Greenhouse Gas, Land, Tailings and Water as well as the Monitoring Priority Area will host concurrent sessions over these three days. COSIA will also host a keynote speaker and panel discussion to complement the content of the event.

COSIA has released an open call for abstracts to academia, government and industry. If selected, presenters will be invited to either give a presentation during one of the sessions or present at the poster sessions scheduled March 31 and April 1. The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, December 5, 2014.

IETA report looks at markets, finance and GHG emission reductions
IETA’s new market report showcases the role markets can play delivering climate finance, clean technology and emissions cuts. Dave Sawyer, CEO of EnviroEconomics and Development Director for CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group, explores potential Canadian paths to a low carbon future on Page 41 of the report.

CMC Performance Verification Program to be unveiled
Richard Adamson, Managing Director, will speak about CMC’s new Performance Verification Program (CMC.PVP) at the PTAC Energy Efficiency and Emissions Reduction Technologies Forum on November 18. Mr. Adamson is the noon keynote speaker. CMC.PVP will provide independent performance testing of technologies to reduce greenhouse gases through rigorous, independent processes. For more details contact Adamson at richard.adamson@cmcghg.com

Group seeks innovative approaches to heating bitumen reservoirs for in situ production
Members of the Low Carbon Innovation Alliance (LCIA) have issued a Request for Technology Description. AIEES, AITF, CMC, CCEMC, NRCan and SDTC are interested in obtaining non-confidential information on technologies that are alternatives to existing steam generation processes in oil sands in situ applications, and can therefore deliver the same energy to a reservoir for the purpose of extracting bitumen.

Free online course examines solutions to climate change
“Climate Change Science and Negotiations” is a two-semester course, with the first semester launching in fall 2014. During the first semester, participants will learn about solutions to climate change, and how they can be applied in different national contexts, based on the results from the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), a global initiative to show how countries can transition to a low carbon economy by 2050, and how the world can stay within the 2°C limit. The 10-week course begins on Oct. 16, 2014.

Canada switches on first carbon capture power plant
Canada has switched on the first large-scale coal-fired power plant fitted with a technology that proponents say enables the burning of fossil fuels without tipping the world into a climate catastrophe. The Boundary Dam power plant promises to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90% by trapping C02 underground before the gas reaches the atmosphere – making its opening a milestone in the coal industry’s efforts to remain viable in a low-carbon economy.

Environmental economics policy expert to speak at U of C campus
Dave Sawyer, a leading advisor on the economics of environmental policy and clean energy futures, will speak about Canadian pathways to a low carbon energy system. The talk, Deep Decarbonization Technology Pathways in Canada, begins at 9 am, Wed., Oct. 1 in Science B 148 at the University of Calgary. Sawyer, Development Director for CMC’s Low Carbon Pathways group, recently contributed to the Canadian chapter of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project report which was presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2014.

Alberta could lead world in better carbon utilization says expert
Bob Mitchell, ConocoPhillips Canada Senior Director of Innovating for Performance and Sustainability in the Oil Sands Business unit, said province has responsibility to lead carbon utilization development. Speaking at an Oil Sands Review Breakfast, Mitchell said Alberta has the opportunity and responsibility to lead the world in hydrocarbon utilization, and not just in reducing the emissions intensity of energy production, developing carbon capture and long-term geologic storage projects, or fuel switching from hydrocarbons to renewables.

ICO2N and PTAC release Alberta CO2 Purity Project report and model
The Integrated CO2 Network (ICO2N) in partnership with the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada (PTAC), and 20 project participants jointly undertook a project designed to evaluate the effect of CO2 purity on an Alberta Carbon Capture and Storage System. Both the report and model are now available publicly on the ICO2N and PTAC websites. Launched in 2010 and completed in 2014 the project investigated CO2 purity, contaminants, temperature, and pressure, to build on Alberta’s extensive CCS knowledge. It seeks the balancing point for purity requirements and cost effectiveness as it pertains to all stages of a CCS system: capture, transportation, sequestration and enhanced oil recovery. Click here to access the report and model.

SDTC issues call for Statements of Interest
SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™ and SD Natural Gas Fund™ are accepting Statements of Interest from August 27 to October 15, 2014. Some of SDTC’s current priority areas are: responsible resource development,  next generation transportation, resource and energy efficiency, and clean energy.

European researchers invited to ERA-Can+ Webinars
The Canadian partners* to ERA-Can+ invite European researchers and research managers to participate in a series of live webinars on the opportunities to collaborate with Canadians in Canadian Research and Research Training Programmes. Canada’s Public Policy Forum and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada will host a series of webinars to introduce the ERA-Can+ project as well as the European Union’s current Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. The second part of the webinars will feature Canadian program owners and will explore opportunities for Europeans to participate in Canadian programmes as well as the legal and financial issues of participation.

2015 CCUS CONFERENCE – Call for Papers
The Call for Papers  for the 14th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage has been released, and abstracts are being accepted through Jan. 23, 2015. This year’s conference, scheduled for April 28 – May 1, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa., is set to be the most important and informative yet. The theme of the 2015 meeting is: Advancing CO2 Emission Reduction Systems to Achieve Global Reduction Goals, Meet Electricity Needs and Utilize Domestic Resources.

Canada 3.0 2014 scheduled for October
Focused on the intersection of the energy and technology industries, Canada 3.0 2014 is taking place October 28th – 30th as part of the Canadian Energy Supply Chain Forum (CESCF) in Calgary, Alberta.

This partnership will give technology companies unparalleled access to key decision makers within the energy industry, offering opportunities to make connections, explore emerging trends and learn from tech companies that have already entered the supply chain. For any technology company looking to break into the energy industry, this is an event that should not be missed.

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Agriculture and Forestry
A new report from the US Department of Agriculture offers farm, ranch and forest managers methods for estimating changes in GHG emissions and carbon storage at a local scale. The methods described in the report can be used to develop user-friendly tools for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them and other stakeholders evaluate the benefits of a wide variety of land management practices.

Genome Canada Conference Call for Poster Abstracts
Travel Awards are available to attend Genomics: the Power & the Promise, November 24-26, 2014, in Ottawa, hosted by Genome Canada and The Gairdner Foundation. This conference will celebrate the achievements in genomics research in Canada and explore how the environment impacts human health and natural resources at the genomic* level, as well as related ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social considerations.  For more details, visit the conference website. Submissions due: Friday, August 1, 2014.

GE GHG ecoimagination Innovation Challenge
GE Canada invites the best global minds to take the GHG ecomagination Innovation Challenge. This challenge seeks to address two of the biggest opportunities to reduce GHG emissions in Canada’s oil sands: higher value use of low grade heat and improved efficiency of steam generation. We will be awarding a total of CAD $1 million in development grants and cash prizes to develop and commercialize proposed solutions and participants will be eligible to become a supplier or contractor to GE on ongoing projects. The deadline for Topic 1 proposals, Higher Value Uses for Low Grade Heat, is September 30, 2014.

Blueprints for taming the climate crisis
New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter writes that the interim Deep Decarbonization Pathways report released on July 8 offers some hope that the world might be able to keep global temperatures from warming more that 2 degrees. The effort will require aggressive action and cooperation between nations. Carbon Management Canada and Navius Research are responsible for the chapter on Canada.

ICO2N releases report on CCS vision for Saskatchewan
ICO2N developed a CCS infrastructure vision for the province of Saskatchewan. Launched in 2012, the project incorporated expertise gathered from an initial workshop (Future of CCS Economic Development in Saskatchewan) held in Regina, Saskatchewan and presented conclusions in a workshop held in September of 2013. Using the ICO2N model the project prepared forecasts for CO2 capture volumes which were identified by plant type and geographical locations and prepared forecasts for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) volumes and locations. The project also assessed carbon capture opportunities and matched them with EOR demand for CO2 over time and established important inter-provincial linkages. The report can be downloaded from the ICO2N website.

Policy, Science and Public Affairs Officer position available at British-Consulate General,   Vancouver

Graduates interested in the science policy and public affairs field with a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in science or engineering with a good understanding of the research and development base in Canada, are invited to apply for the position. Follow the link posted above for details. Deadline: July 7, 2014

Registration open for IEAGHG monitoring and modelling meeting

Registration is now open for the upcoming Combined IEAGHG Monitoring and Modelling Research Network meeting. The meeting will take place from 4th – 8th August 2014 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA and will be hosted by the West Virginia University. The overall theme of the meeting is ‘Reducing Uncertainty – the application & effectiveness of Monitoring & Modelling’. NOTE: you must be a member of the modelling or monitoring networks to register. Follow the link posted above to register.

ECR International Exchange Fund
The UKCCSRC Network Early Career Researcher (ECR) International Exchange Fund offers a mechanism for UK based ECRs working and studying within the academic UK CCS community to work with the best CCS researchers around the world. Funds are available to support and strengthen both emerging and existing international collaborations. Submissions are due June 20, 2014.

Alberta – Ontario collaborate to commercialize
Alberta and Ontario are teaming up with industry to develop research projects with strong commercialization and economic potential. This program will support projects that develop innovative products and/or services addressing industrial challenges in priority areas for Alberta and Ontario. Expressions of Interest are due June 9, 2014.

Postdoc sought in Thermofluids for Energy and Advanced Materials
The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto is seeking a postdoctoral candidate, who holds a PhD in engineering or chemistry, to work in the area of thermofluids for energy and advanced materials.

Speaker tackles politics of climate change policy
How can climate change policies be designed to be not only environmentally effective but also cost-effective and fair?  And how can they be made more acceptable politically? Stanford Prof. Lawrence Goulder will explore how these different and often competing goals can be approached. The free talk is in the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Ballroom, March 14 at 4 pm. Golder is Shuzo Nishihara Professor in Environmental and Resource Economics at Stanford University and Director of the Stanford Center for Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis.

QICS seminar on impacts and monitoring of carbon storage sites
Possible leakage is one of the issues stalling the development of Carbon Capture and Storage. Over the past four years, the QICS project has investigated the nature of leakage from a CO2 storage site; it has quantified the potential environmental impact, tested methods of monitoring and designed improved predictive models. The seminar is being held on May 8, 2014, in London. For information www.qics.co.uk

This seminar will present the results of this research and is particularly aimed at stakeholders including industry, regulators, policy makers and environmental interest groups.

Just released – Royal Society climate change report
The Royal Society has just released a comprehensive but brief report on the evidence for and causes of climate change. The report is unique in that it is written in plain English so it’s accessible to a broad audience. It also covers a wide swath of issues related to climate change – ranging from the recent slowdown in warming, to ocean acidification, different sea ice trends in the Arctic and Antarctic, and extreme weather events.

Abstracts accepted for PTAC 2014 Oil Sands Forum
The oil sands industry has witnessed significant technology improvements in recent years. However, opportunities for game changers and for continuous improvement remain the target of substantial activity. This Forum, on Oct. 14, 2014, will explore how these technology advancements will benefit the oil sands sector through presentations of near-commercial technology solutions, case studies, and pilot projects. Abstracts, which are due March 10, 2014, are being solicited for: new recovery processes, advanced SAGD completions, and steam additives.

Mark your calendars: GHGT12 conference
This year’s GHGT12 conference is being held in Austin, Texas from Oct. 5 to 9, 2014. This interdisciplinary meeting, the largest of its kind in the world, is held every two years to discuss and learn about advances in the field of GHG emissions reduction, especially CCS. This conference would be a great opportunity for CMC researchers to present the culmination of their CMC-funded research. The abstract deadline is Friday, January 10, 2014. For more information http://www.ghgt.info/

University College London seeks academic staff and PDFs for new department
UCL is hiring for its new Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). To view the advertisement for the round of academic staff click here. Please click here for details of two new MPA programmes being launched by UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). They are now recruiting the inaugural September 2014 class for two professional Master’s programmes, in Science and Public Policy and Engineering and Public Policy at UCL STEaPP.

Internship offer in membrane technology for gas separation
A research group at Deakin University (Australia) is looking for three students  to work on membranes for gas separation. Two subjects are on metallic membranes and the other one on metal organic frameworks. The internship would start at the beginning of 2014 and last for 6-9 months, and will be paid. The interested persons should contact Dr. Ludovic Dumée for more information: ludovic.dumee@deakin.edu.au. Click here to read more about the group.

Rational Middle Canadian premiere of energy series on YouTube
The Canadian premiere of Rational Middle’s energy series can be viewed on YouTube. Canadian experts, featured in several of the energy videos, attended the premiere which was staged as a Google Hangout event.

CCEMC offers $40 million for GHG reduction projects that target biological sources
The Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation is making $40 million available to support projects that reduce emissions or enhance carbon sequestration from biological sources.  The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2014. Click here for information on how to apply.

CCEMC announces $46M in project funding
The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation has committed more than $46 million in funding to eight renewable energy projects.

The 13th Annual Carbon Capture Utilization & Storage Conference (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 28 – May 1, 2014) call for abstracts is now open and the deadline is January 20th. For more information on the conference, please go to www.carbonsq.com.

Brown Coal Innovation Australia launches new funding initiatives
Brown Coal Innovation Australia has launched two new innovation funding initiatives: 2013 R&D Funding Round and 2013 Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

Field demonstration confirms viability of oxy-firing for CO2 capture from oil refineries
Oxy-firing has been confirmed by the  CO2 Capture Project (CCP) as a viable technology from a technical and economic standpoint for capturing CO2 from the main emitting component of refinery operations, the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit.
To read the fact sheet click here. For the technical summary click here.

PhD Possibilities
Interested in doing a PhD in Carbon Capture and Storage in the UK? There are 11 possibilities listed here.

Postdoctoral & Research Engineer Positions in Microfluidics
Challenging openings for postdoctoral fellow and research engineering positions await in University of Toronto’s Carbon Management Microfluidics team. These positions are part of a large effort, bringing together microfluidics, optofluidics and nanofluidics tools.

Postdoc position available in Stable Isotope Lab
An exciting opportunity exists for a postdoctoral fellow to join the University of Toronto team investigating the fluid and gas geochemistry, noble gas residence times and implications for subsurface habitability of ancient fracture waters in Precambrian Shield rocks.

UK research on public attitudes to energy change
The findings of a study funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) reveal that people in Britain are fully supportive of the idea of energy system change and were more likely to accept changes that showed commitment to their underlying values.

Lafarge posts video of Low Carbon Fuels Project announcement
Lafarge Canada Inc. has posted a video containing highlights of the announcement of the $8 million low carbon fuels project. The special event was held in May at the company’s plant in Bath, Ontario. Featured speakers include Richard Sebastianelli, Bath Cement Plant Manager; Adam Auer, of the Cement Association of Canada; and Richard Adamson, CMC Managing Director.

Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP)
The Genomic Applications Partnership Program (GAPP) represents a key element in Genome Canada’s strategic plan towards funding downstream research and development (R&D) projects that are driven by challenges and opportunities facing users of genomics based technologies. For the purpose of this program, “Users” include the various stakeholders that have an interest in “pulling” technologies and other results of genomics research from academia to market and application, including industry, government, not-for-profits, and other organizations. EOIs accepted on or after July 29, 2013.

International Student Energy Summit Live-Streamed
The International Student Energy Summit is taking place over the next three days (June 13-15, 2013) in Trondheim, Norway and will bring 500 students from 64 countries together to learn about and debate global energy challenges and opportunities.
A team of 40 students in Norway have worked tirelessly for the last year to put together an incredibly diverse and impressive program. We will be running a livestream of the entire event so that people all across the globe can tune in.

Kali Tailor, co-founder of Student Energy, was recently interviewed for Oil and Gas Magazine as one of their featured “Up and Coming.” Our congratulations to Kali on this well-deserved recognition!

Call for Proposals: Alberta-Finland Innovation and Commercialization Program
Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures is opening the second call for proposals for the Alberta – Finland Innovation and Commercialization Program. The program objective is to accelerate technology development through international collaboration. The $2 million funding program is supported by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education through Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures. Matching funding for the Finnish partner is provided through TEKES, Finland’s government-supported innovation organization.

Sushanta Mitra plays lead role on Canada-India collaboration
The University of Alberta is taking a lead role in a Canada-India research collaboration to develop new technologies to ensure health, safety and sustainability for remote and rural communities in both countries. Sushanta Mitra, CMC researcher, mechanical engineering professor and assistant vice-president of research, is the U of A’s lead on the project.

CMC researcher: growing demand requires multiple energy sources
Dr. Nader Mahinpey, CMC researcher and chemical engineering professor in the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering, tells a Winnipeg Free Press reporter although fossil fuels will remain an important source of energy for the foreseeable future, renewables will play an increasingly important role.

Paper assesses inclusion of CCS in Durban Clean Development Mechanisism
Dr. Meinhard Doelle, Associate Dean, Research at Dalhousie University and CMC researcher, assesses the impact of using the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to encourage further development of CCS.

NSF report on collaboration released
A new National Science Foundation (NSF) report shows international collaboration key to science and engineering globalization.

New survey shows opinions divided on CCS in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan residents have strong but divided opinions about climate change and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, concludes a public opinion survey commissioned by IPAC-CO2.

CMC researcher pens NYT op-ed on B.C. carbon tax
Dr. Shi-Ling Hsu, a law professor at Florida State University, and Yoram Bauman, an environmental economist,  write in support of B.C.’s recent carbon tax increase.

Prof. Hill wins APEGA Women in Engineering and Geoscience Champion Award
Dr. Josephine Hill, CMC lead project investigator and Zandmer/Canada Research Chair in Hydrogen and Catalysis at the University of Calgary, was recently presented with a 2012 APEGA award for her work mentoring young women in engineering.

Seeking Postdoc for pollution adsorption

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Researcher.

New energy and climate outlook released

A new report from the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change provides a detailed set of economic, energy, land use and emissions projections for 16 countries or regions of the world through the year 2050.