CALGARY – The UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY is the recipient of $19 million in grants from the CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION (CFI). The grants are among the $422 million announced on Nov. 27.
A portion of the funds ($9.3 million) will go towards the study of in situ oil sands upgrading. The study will be conducted by the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for In Situ Energy. The centre is a collaboration of Alberta Ingenuity; the Insitute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy; the Schulich School of Engineering; the Faculty of Science; and industry partner, Shell Canada.
“Our research targets reducing the environmental footprint of oil sands production by enhancing the upgrading of bitumen directly in the reservoir,” said Pedro Pereira-Almao, professor of chemical and petroleum engineering and co-director of the centre with geology and geophysics professor Steve Larter. “This funding will help us create the first ‘park’ of pilot plants in the world to advance that research, consolidating the U of C and Canada’s leadership in this field.”
A complete list of CFI grant recipients is available at www.Innovation.ca.