The future success of Canada’s oil and gas industry hinges on its ability to develop and deploy new technologies that both reduce environmental impacts and improve cost performance.

The heart of this is novel hydrocarbon extraction, or new oil and gas production methods that can completely reshape the way the industry operates.

It’s a central focus area for the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), which interconnects energy producers and service providers with innovators, government entities, nonprofits and academic institutions.

Canadian researchers have proven many times over that they can effectively develop and deploy novel hydrocarbon extraction technologies – CRIN just wants to help do it faster.

“CRIN creates connections that would not have otherwise occurred, leading to new approaches and identification of new opportunities,” says Matt McCulloch, director of CRIN’s novel hydrocarbon extraction technology research area, and GHG director with Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

McCulloch’s group is engaging the CRIN community to discuss how to improve the ecosystem’s performance in accelerating technology development, he says.

This includes sessions like an upcoming event in November where CRIN and COSIA will co-host the University of Calgary’s Dr. Steven Bryant and Dr. Paula Berton from the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs as they explore applications for ionic liquids in tight oil, kerogens in oil shales, and bitumen from oilsands.

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