Advanced Hydrocarbons – Bitumen Beyond Combustion

The BBC program determines the potential of Alberta oil sands components for producing non-combustion products (i.e., products that are not fuels, such as gasoline, diesel, and heating oil). Examples of BBC products could include carbon fibres, graphene, polyurethanes, polycarbonates, controlled-release fertilizers, and high-quality asphalts.

Program Objectives

The BBC program’s goals are to enhance and protect the value and profitability of oil sands operations, through:

  • diversifying the uses of oil sands constituents, resulting in high-value products that can be made by or in partnership with Alberta’s oil sands industry
  • accommodating increased oil sands production in Alberta by creating new and/or expanded markets for oil sands constituents and their derived products
  • offsetting a potential decline in the demand for oil sands based combustion products like fuels

The objectives of the program are to:

  • determine whether the organic constituents of oil sands have considerable global market potential as feed-stocks for non-combustion products
  • assess the techno-economic feasibility of producing non-combustion products from components of bitumen
  • identify knowledge, technology and market gaps for BBC products
  • develop projects to develop BBC production projects from R&D to demonstration phases that will lead to commercialization of the technologies.

BBC funded programs (2019)

See the funding results from the 2018 open call.

BBC Research Reports/Media/Webinars:

Webinar 1: Bitumen Beyond Combustion – Introduction

Webinar 2: Bitumen Beyond Combustion – Carbon Fibers and Uses

Webinar 3: Bitumen Beyond Combustion – Asphalt

Presentation 4: Bitumen Beyond Combustion – Polymers (opens a PowerPoint presentation.)

Webinar 5: Opportunities and Challenges for Asphalt Binders Derived from Alberta Oilsands, April 20, 2020.

Read the article on CBC Calgary.

The ADI AI Asphalt Binder Market Report