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1 1 Energy and the Environmental Challenge Annual General Meeting & Symposium Vancouver, June 2011 Eddy Isaacs, FCAE CEO, Energy & Environment Solutions

2 22 Outline Trends in global CO 2 emissions Introduce Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (EES) Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) Oil Sands – GHG reduction strategy Potential for renewable energy (Alberta case) Waste biomass conversion Energy Modelling Final Comment

3 3 IEA Sounding the Alarm on Global GHG Emissions IEA Estimates* (May 29 th 2011, Guardian Article) 2008: 29.3 gigatonnes of CO 2 2009: 29.0 2010: 30.6 (highest ever) Small effect of the recession on emissions 80% of current power stations will still be in use in 2020 locking in 11.2 Gt Gap in scaling back on nuclear cannot be filled by renewables increase reliance on fossil fuels Continued shift to unconventional resources * Upcoming World Energy Outlook (2011)

4 4 The Unconventional Reality Conventional 0il & Gas Oil Shale Bitumen Tight Gas CBM Shale Gas Gas Hydrate Gas-to-liquids Heavy Oil Deep Gas Biofuels Costs Energy Intensity GHG Emissions Tight Oil

5 5 The Global Energy Intensity of Producing and Refining Crude Oil will Continue to Increase

6 6 Resource between 10 to 20 BB 2010 Prod. ~ 400 kBbl/d Resource estimates likely low Prospective plays could add more resource Tuscaloosa - central Louisiana and southern Mississippi may hold resource of 7 BB Significant Tight Oil Resources Unconventional Oil Sub-Group, National Petroleum Council –Dec. 2010 Draft

7 77 Outline Trends in global CO 2 emissions Introduce Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (EES) Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) Oil Sands – GHG reduction strategy Potential for renewable energy (Alberta case) Waste biomass conversion Energy Modelling Final Comment

8 88 8 Energy & Environment Solutions (EES) Who we are? Technology arm of the Alberta Government in energy and environment One of four new corporations launched in January 2010 under the Alberta Innovates banner What we do? Position Alberta for the future in energy and environment Identify, evaluate, select technologies and partners Invest in research & technology with industry & international collaborators From To

9 9 EES Strategic Priorities – Expanded Mandate and More Balanced Programs

10 10 EES Technical Arm of CCEMC* A new approach for advancing transformative technology 16 projects approved in Round #1 and #2 Energy Efficiency : 12 projects - $33 M Renewables: 5 projects - $38 M Cleaner Energy Production and CCS: 5 projects - $28 M Round 3 – announcement shortly Round 4 - underway *Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation

11 11 Outline Trends in global CO 2 emissions Introduce Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (EES) Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) Oil Sands – GHG reduction strategy Potential for renewable energy (Alberta case) Waste biomass conversion Energy Modelling Final Comment

12 12 EES Oil Sands Technology Framework - Room to Improve LCA* Emissions Efficiency improvements – thermal recovery, mining, upgrading Energy intensity of water treatment for steam New wave - efficient oil sands production technologies Next generation upgrading technologies - integration with gasification and CCS Partial upgrading Integration of renewables and nuclear Research & technology adaptation costs Large scale deployment Time horizon Capacity – human, infrastructure *Life Cycle Analysis

13 13 Impact of Increased Water Recycle on GHG Emissions *zero liquid discharge EES Study: Assess Impact of ZLD* on energy use o Capital & operating costs New technology opportunities 9 Companies, ADOE, AENV, ERCB EES Study: Assess Impact of ZLD* on energy use o Capital & operating costs New technology opportunities 9 Companies, ADOE, AENV, ERCB

14 14 Our Focus - Advanced Technologies to Decrease GHG Emissions and Water Use Decrease Fresh water Use Decreasing GHG Emissions SAGD, CSS Best-in-class SAGD Energy Efficiency SAGD, CSS Steam-solvent Electrical heating Combustion Non-aqueous Extraction Surface Minning Energy Efficiency refining, mining Current 5 - 10 years 10 - 20 years CCS In situ and Mining

15 15 Potential for Oil Sands to be as GHG Clean as Conventional? #3 in 2018 432 range of conventional oil

16 16 Outline Trends in global CO 2 emissions Introduce Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (EES) Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) Oil Sands – GHG reduction strategy Potential for renewable energy (Alberta case) Waste biomass conversion Energy Modelling Final Comment

17 17 Albertas Renewable Energy Resources Bioenergy: In 2009, Alberta produced 40+ million tonnes of grain and biomass from crops. The forest industry harvested 24 million cubic meters of wood. Geothermal: Solar: Alberta sunny enough? Wind: 600 MW + current 10,000 MW proposed Harvest heat from 400,000+ oil & gas wells

18 18 Bioenergy Drivers and Challenges Drivers Large resource for decentralized power and heat generation C-Neutral Fuel status Incentives for a wide variety of bioenergy products Renewable Fuel Standards Biofuels Credit Program Greening Energy production CCEMC* Drivers Large resource for decentralized power and heat generation C-Neutral Fuel status Incentives for a wide variety of bioenergy products Renewable Fuel Standards Biofuels Credit Program Greening Energy production CCEMC* Challenges Sustainable supply Low energy density Energy efficiency Cost Life Cycle Analysis challenges C-Neutral designation Challenges Sustainable supply Low energy density Energy efficiency Cost Life Cycle Analysis challenges C-Neutral designation * Climate Change and Emission Management Corporation

19 19 Edmonton Waste Management Centre with MSW Biofuels Facility Biofuels Facility Biofuels Facility Advanced Energy Research Facility Advanced Energy Research Facility Courtesy: City of Edmonton

20 20 MSW 100 million t/yr Ethanol 35 million litres/year Biofuel Plant 90% reduction of landfill GHG reduction of more than 3 t of CO 2 per tonne of waste Eliminates methane emissions from land sites Replacement of fossil fuel/coal CO 2 removal and recovery Meets renewable fuel mandates Advantages of Biofuel Plant

21 21 Advanced Energy Research Facility (AERF) December, 2010 Research Building Pilot Plant AERF Management Structure Joint EES/City Steering Comm. Technical Committee Schedule Commissioning July 2011 Issue prospectus Invite expressions of interest from process developers and R&D organizations AERF Management Structure Joint EES/City Steering Comm. Technical Committee Schedule Commissioning July 2011 Issue prospectus Invite expressions of interest from process developers and R&D organizations Courtesy: City of Edmonton

22 22 Advanced Gasification & Syngas Plug-and-Play Pilot & Bench Scale R&D Facility R&D for Biofuels Industry, universities & other initiatives Test biofuels, coal, coke and fossil-biomass blends Evaluate advanced membrane processes- O 2, CO 2, H 2 R&D on advanced syngas conversion processes Unique facilities can attract global players R&D for Biofuels Industry, universities & other initiatives Test biofuels, coal, coke and fossil-biomass blends Evaluate advanced membrane processes- O 2, CO 2, H 2 R&D on advanced syngas conversion processes Unique facilities can attract global players Gasifier Feed System Syngas Cleanup Syngas Reformer Acid gas removal CO 2 Recovery Methanol Synthesis Bench-scale Research Facility

23 23 Outline Trends in global CO 2 emissions Introduce Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (EES) Climate Change & Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) Oil Sands – GHG reduction strategy Potential for renewable energy (Alberta case) Waste biomass conversion Energy Modelling Final Comment

24 24 Models to Develop and Evaluate Energy and GHG Emission The objective is to critically understand the energy, GHG emission and water flows To assess the impacts of potential policy measures or targets related to GHG mitigation, water management and energy demand and supply Forecasting tool Overall aim is to develop a substantive modeling capacity Dr. Amit Kumar – University of Alberta The model was the Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System LEAP MODULES

25 25 Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System Evaluation tool for integrated resource planning and assessing GHG mitigation impact based on set assessments/scenarios

26 26 Example – Household Sector

27 27 Final Comment Canada has the resources and the capacity to become a Sustainable Energy Superpower Persistent visionary leadership is vital Innovation and technology development - a key part of the strategy Cost barriers remain a major challenge technology is key Balanced portfolio to focus on the key technical, environmental and economic challenges Significant technology advances are being made through Industry-Government partnerships


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