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We support projects that will contribute to Alberta’s hydrocarbon resource value while securing a long-term future for Alberta’s oil sand resources.
Advanced Hydrocarbons invests in technology development related to the extraction and use of Alberta’s extensive hydrocarbon resources. While Alberta has a long history of oil & gas development, there is massive potential to improve and diversify its offerings, leading to economic growth and reduced emissions and other environmental impacts.
We’re exploring how bitumen can be used for non-combustion purposes, cleaner recovery of bitumen and crude oil, digital innovation in oil & gas, and adding value to Alberta’s bitumen through bitumen partial upgrading.
We’re investing in technologies that lead to cleaner and more cost-effective techniques and equipment to extract hydrocarbons from the ground.
This focus area provides funding through three programs:
Clean Technology, Energy, Environment
Emerging Technology & Data Science, Energy
We’re investing in technologies that convert raw hydrocarbons into value-added and lower emissions products.
This focus area provides funding through two programs:
This white paper sets out the Alberta Innovates vision for the oil sands in a net-zero economy. It outlines a strategy to divert a greater portion of bitumen production away from fuel production and use it instead to manufacture high-value products and materials.
Executive Director, Advanced Hydrocarbons
Learn more about the members of the Advanced Hydrocarbons team.