Improving energy efficiency, reducing emissions would save money for oilsands producers: study

Researchers looked at 15 strategies that would decrease sector’s energy use intensity, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and found increased profits from all of them.

By Catherine Tays on July 29, 2020

A.K. Katta, M. Davis, V. Subramanyam, A.F. Dar, M.A.H. Mondal, M. Ahiduzzaman, et al. Assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options for Canada's oil sands J Cleaner Prod, 241 (2019), Article 118306.

APEGA 2020 Research Excellence Award Recipient

APEGA 2020 Research Excellence Award Recipient

This award is presented to an individual, team, or project that has conducted research in engineering and geoscience that has improved our economic and social well-being.


Amit Kumar is interviewed on recent research on the conversion of biomass to energy and its storage in a bio-battery.

Aired on the Alberta Morning News, October 28, 2017.

New technology capable of converting waste into bio-energy coming to UAlberta

Pipelines easier on the environment than rail

Oil pipelines still better than rail for emissions: University of Alberta professor

The study argues pipelines are more efficient per unit than rail.

By: Alex Boyd Metro Published on Fri Dec 02 2016

Alberta study touts environmental benefits of transporting oil by pipeline

A University of Alberta study suggests that large-scale pipelines are a more environmentally-friendly way of transporting oil and gas products compared to railways.

Published on: December 1, 2016

New funding targets GHG emission reduction projects

Covering the hidden costs of discovery

Government of Canada announces investment for university, college research overhead

Des pipelines verts pour transporter des matières renouvelables

Une recherche sur des pipelines pouvant transporter de la paille et des résidus de l'industrie forestière vers des usines de biocarburant est vue d'un bon oeil par le fédéral.


Biomass researcher works on pipelines for green gold

Researcher looks for cleanest ways to produce, transport bitumen

Researcher seeks upgrades for cleaner oil-sands

Researcher sees future of bio-fuels coming down the pipe

Engineering PhD student explores possibility of pipelines for moving raw materials of biofuel from farms to refineries.

By Astrid Blodgett on August 1, 2014

Press release, Alberta Innovates Bio Solution

Energy Efficiency Studies Identify the Best Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Alberta

Press release, Alberta Innovates Bio Solution

AI Bio funds new research chair to support forestry bio-initiatives

While Alberta forest companies may see the value of considering the production of bio-products as part of a
diversification strategy, examples of doing so on a commercial scale are practically non-existent.
By Tony Kryzanowski
AI Bio funds new research chair to support forestry bio-initiatives

Movers and Shakers

"One man, two chairs,” Movers & Shakers, The Peg, September 2013.

(Reproduced, with permission, from the September 2013 edition of The PEG, the Member magazine of APEGA)

Analysing Energy Use for More Balance and efficiency

If you could invent the machine that would more accurately predict how Canadians will use energy in the future and how that use will affect the environment and the country’s economy, would you want to do so?

By Jim Bentein. September 2013

Analysing Energy Use for More Balance and Efficency

The Electric Chair

Media Coverage of Research and Teaching Activities

  • "Biomass Pipeline Researcher Joins Engineering Management Team,"The PEGG, published by APEGGA, July Issue, 2008.
  • "Bioenergy: Biofuels and Beyond - Research in Perspective,"The e-Link, published by Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (AARI), January 7, 2008.
  • "Piping Hot," Canadian Business Magazine, pp. 27-28, November 19, 2007.
  • "LEAP as a Teaching Tool,"  recommend 6, newsletter published by Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI), Volume 4, p. 4, July 2007.
  • "Biomass, a Green Energy, in the Cariboo," The Quesnel Advisor, p. 8, June 21, 2006.
  • "Beetle-Kill Trees May Fuel Power Plant," Iran Daily, Page 8, Global Energy, February, 2006.
  • "Beetle-Killed Wood Could Supply Clean Energy in BC," BIOCAP Canada Foundation, Press Release, November 15, 2005.
  • "New Life for Dead-Wood: Beetle Killed Trees Suggested as Potential Fuel for Biomass Power Plant," Vancouver Sun, Page D1/Front, November 8, 2005.