The Alberta Innovates/Husky Energy Chops Methane Challenge

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The Alberta Innovates/Husky Energy Chops Methane Challenge

March 23, 2018
Author: Katie Cheyne
Source: Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)

In December 2017, the Government of Alberta (GOA) published the Climate Change Innovation and Technology Framework (CCITF) as the overarching guide for the government’s investments in innovation and technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while preparing our province for the lower carbon economy of tomorrow.

Alberta Innovates, on behalf of Economic Development & Trade, is offering five programs: Clean Technology Development, Clean Technology Networks & Emerging Partnerships, Clean Technology Commercialization, Clean Technology Business Innovation Vouchers, and Clean Technology Facilities Support.

Building upon the success of the Alberta Small Business Innovation and Research Initiative (ASBIRI) a dedicated Clean Technology Commercialization program has been developed for Greenhouse Gas Reduction.

We are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for Alberta Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with viable near-market technology solutions for the measurement and management of methane emissions related to Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand

Alberta Innovates and Husky Energy, with support from PTAC, are teaming up to present the Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS) Methane Challenge.

The goal of the Challenge is to discover viable near-market technology solutions that can demonstrate the ability to measure and manage Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from production without becoming cost prohibitive.

The successful technologies will 1) measure and/or 2) manage vented gas emissions in a way that helps Husky meet or exceed existing and anticipated provincial regulations in alignment with Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan.

The adoption of a successful technology or technologies will support the growth of an Alberta SME while allowing Husky and the industry at large a means to continue production that manages GHG intensity.

The successful Alberta SME will be responsible for a minimum of 25 per cent of total project cost, with up to $1.0M of funding support available from Alberta Innovates to awarded applicants.

If this describes an area of interest for your company, please read the following to get more information.

Important dates

Stage I: Opportunity Identification

This stage is open to the public and will require Applicants to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI will be used to assess and identify opportunities that align with the challenge, have a clear competitive advantage, have a viable path to market and will have a significant impact in Alberta within a reasonable timeframe.

  1. Launch date: Application portal opens March 23rd 2018
  2. Applicant Information Webinar: April 4th 2018 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM MDT

The webinar is an opportunity for potential applicants to engage topics relevant to the Challenge. Details to participate are below:

  • To join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone, visit the following link and follow the instructions:
  • If you have never used GoToMeeting before, try a test session by visiting
  • To join the conference call (required for audio):
    Join the conference call:
    Toll-free dial-in number: 1 866-792-1317
    Local dial-in number: 780-409-9282
    Conference ID: 6128851
  1. Stage 1 submission deadline: May 4th 2018
  2. Stage 1 Results Notification: June 6th 2018

Stage II: Business Readiness

This stage is by invitation only, with successful participants selected from Stage 1. Applicants will be required to submit their up-to-date year-end financial statements, a five-year financial forecast and a business plan. Further development of the applicant’s commercialization strategy will also be required.

Stage III: Go-to-Market Plan

This stage is by invitation only, with successful participants selected from Stage 2. Applicants will be required to submit a proposal outlining the development/demonstration of their technology in collaboration with the appropriate partners, including academia or other industry, as well as letters of support (if applicable).

Funding background

Alberta Innovates is offering this opportunity through the Clean Technology Commercialization Program. Please visit the Alberta Innovates/Husky Energy CHOPS Methane Challenge web page for more information on this opportunity. Check back periodically for any updates and changes.

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