Alberta Government Commits $58 Million To Natural Gas Development

The government of Alberta, Canada, through Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA), is committing $58.4 million for ERA’s Natural Gas Challenge. The Natural Gas Challenge was launched in October 2019 and open to projects involving technologies at the pilot, demonstration, or first-of-kind commercial deployment stages. ERA’s selection committee reviewed 117 submissions and of these, 20 projects were selected based on their potential to unlock innovation across Alberta’s natural gas value chain, from production to the end consumer.

For more than 10 years, ERA has been investing the revenues from the carbon price paid by large final emitters to accelerate the development and adoption of innovative clean technology solutions. Since ERA was established in 2009, it has committed $607 million toward 183 projects that are helping to reduce greenhouse gases, create competitive industries, and are leading to new business opportunities in Alberta.

“Today’s announcement by the Government of Alberta supports investment attraction, job creation, and economic growth,” said Steve MacDonald, CEO at ERA. “Some projects will have an immediate impact by improving the performance of the natural gas sector’s existing operations and others are accelerating transformative opportunities, like hydrogen production, that can change the face of the industry.”

Projects that will receive ERA funding include:


MultiSensor Canada Inc.

  • Methane Imaging Solution for Continuous Leak Detection and Quantification for Tank Emissions and Facility Monitoring
  • ERA commitment: $1,600,000
  • Details: Permanent installation and demonstration of an infrared camera at 100 well sites to provide continuous leak detection and quantification for tank emissions and facility monitoring.


ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd.

  • Fort Saskatchewan Hydrogen Blending
  • ERA commitment: $2,800,000
  • Details: Pilot project to test hydrogen blending in ATCO’s Fort Saskatchewan natural gas distribution system. The project will source and test equipment and determine applicability of existing codes, standards, and legislation.


Ekona Power Inc.

  • Development and Field Testing of a Tri-Generation Pyrolysis System for Low-cost, Clean Hydrogen Production
  • ERA commitment: $5,000,000
  • Details: Prototyping a new approach to converting natural gas to hydrogen and a solid carbon by-product representing a new pathway to produce zero-emissions hydrogen, electricity, and other products by decarbonizing natural gas.


Standing Wave Reformers Inc.

  • A New Wave in Hydrogen Production
  • ERA commitment: $3,000,000
  • Design optimization, system integration, pilot demonstration, techno-economic analysis, and advancement of commercial deployment plans for a technology system to decarbonize natural gas.


ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd.

  • ATCO and Future Fuel RNG
  • ERA commitment: $7,900,000
  • Details: First-of-its-kind commercial demonstration to produce renewable natural gas  to be sold and used within the province in compressed natural gas fleet vehicles and commercial applications.


Enersion Inc.

  • Greenest Natural Gas-Powered Quad-generation with a 41% GHG Reduction
  • ERA commitment: $1,800,000
  • Technology that uses natural gas to generate electricity, cooling, and heating in an integrated package for multiple applications, including industrial, agricultural, commercial, and residential sectors.


Stone Mountain Technologies Inc.

  • Demonstration of Thermally Driven Heat Pumps for Residential Heating Applications
  • ERA commitment: $986,250
  • Detail: Design and prototyping of technology that uses natural gas to drive a heat pump cycle. Unlike electrically-driven heat pumps, the technology is ideal for cold climates.


Anax Power

  • Turboexpander Project
  • ERA commitment: $2,400,000
  • Details: Installation and operation of technology that provides clean, distributed electricity from the pressure and flow of natural gas without combustion.


Innovative Fuel Systems

  • Advanced Dual-Fuel System Commercial Demonstration
  • ERA commitment: $1,200,000
  • Details: Commercial validation of technology that allows heavy duty truck engines to displace up to 50 per cent of their diesel with natural gas.


All recipients are required to produce a final outcomes report that will be shared publicly for the broader benefit of Alberta. All projects involve field piloting, demonstration, or commercial deployment of technology within the province.


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