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What is COSIA?

Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is a unique collaboration of oil sands producers focused on improved environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands through action and innovation. We are looking for hard science solutions to our toughest problems.

The alliance was launched in 2012 when COSIA’s member companies put aside competition to collaborate on environmental solutions. By signing the COSIA charter, they signified their commitment to share technology and research on some of the toughest problems facing the industry.

To date, COSIA has shared 936 distinct environmental technologies and innovations that cost over $1.3 billion to develop.

COSIA enables cooperation between thinkers from industry, government, academia and the wider public to improve measurement, accountability and environmental performance in the oil sands in four environmental priority areas (EPAs): greenhouse gases, land, water and tailings. And COSIA has some of the best minds on the planet working on technologies to enable responsible and sustainable development.

COSIA members account for over 90% of oil sands production.

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The 10 COSIA GHG Challenges

We believe that hard science solutions will make a tangible difference to reducing environmental impact. We’re reaching out to innovators to partner with and help us find solutions to our 10 GHG Challenges for reducing emissions. Download PDFs of the challenges.

Post Combustion CO2 Capture from Natural Gas Combustion Flue Gas

COSIA is seeking transformative technologies to capture CO2 from flue gas streams resulting from combustion of natural gas in a once through steam generator.

Quantification of Area Fugitive Emissions

COSIA is seeking transformative, cost-effective technologies to accurately and precisely quantify area fugitive greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands tailings ponds and mine faces.

Direct Hot Water Production for an Oil Sands Mining & Extraction Process

COSIA identified Direct Hot Water Production as a technology which could improve the environmental performance of mineable oil sands. COSIA is seeking technology which uses economizers or low grade steam, in new or existing mining operations, to replace conventional hot water production approaches.

New High Efficiency Industrial Gas Boiler

COSIA has identified new high efficiency (above ground) industrial gas boilers as a technology which could improve the GHG performance of the oil sands. COSIA is interested in new steam generator technologies to replace existing steam generators.

Higher Value Use of Low Grade Heat

COSIA is seeking technologies that create value from excess low grade heat resulting from Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) oil sands production and/or related surface facility operations.

Enrichment of Combustion Air

COSIA invites proposals for the supply of technology to produce combustion air enriched in oxygen.

Natural Gas Decarbonization

COSIA has identified natural gas decarbonization as an opportunity area to explore for technologies that will materially reduce oil sands GHG emissions, by partially or completely removing the carbon content of natural gas.

Water and Energy Recovery from Flue Gas

COSIA is seeking technologies that capture water vapour and waste heat from flue gas as a result of natural gas combustion. The successful technology will provide valuable high grade heat to be integrated into the processing facility and produce clean water as condensate that can be used for steam production.

New Heat Exchanger Technology

COSIA is seeking technology which could replace heat exchanger technology in either new or existing thermal in situ operations.

Energy from Pressure Letdown

COSIA has identified Energy from Pressure Letdown as a technology area which could improve the environmental performance of the oil sands. COSIA seeks a new technology for capturing energy at a small scale (e.g. 500 KW – 3 MW) when delivering high or medium pressure energy source through pressure let downs.

How to make an E-TAP submission

Read and agree to the Non-Confidentiality Disclosure.
  • COSIA wants to protect your ideas. So, we can’t accept confidential information at this stage. Keep your proposal top level.
  • Have you signed the non-confidentiality form? We can’t review your submission if you haven’t signed this form.
Complete the submission form, one submission for each challenge.
  • You can submit technology ideas, processes or research proposals.
  • Describe your technology, research proposal or idea. Tell us how it works, why it is innovative.
  • Describe how your proposal solves a specific GHG challenge.
  • Describe the benefits of your technology over existing technologies (environmental, waste or energy reduction)
  • Tell us what you might need from COSIA to move forward (data in terms of stream qualities and quantities, samples, field pilot)
Submit the form, with any supporting documentation.
  • We will respond within 10 working days.

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Who are COSIA’s Members?

COSIA’s members companies are: BP, Canadian Natural, Cenovus, ConocoPhillips, Devon, Imperial, Nexen, Suncor, Syncrude and Teck. Together, they account for over 90% of oil sands production.

COSIA’s associate members include governmental, academic and non-governmental organizations, as well as companies from many industry sectors.