Low emissions oil sands technology pilot hits major milestone Radio frequency-based recovery test now up and running and producing oil
Canadian Energy Centre - May 24, 2022
A major milestone has been reached for a first of its kind pilot project that could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fresh water use from oil development in Canada and around the world.
CBC News - May 9, 2022Plans to reduce emissions and costs are driving innovation in the oilsands, company says.
CBC News - May 9, 2022
As oilsands companies work to meet their climate targets and face an incoming limit on total emissions from the federal government, there has never been as much focus on how the industry in northern Alberta can cut its vast air pollution. The result is a wave of technological innovation, including ideas first conceived many decades ago — like microwaving the oil out of the ground.
Globe and Mail - April 19, 2022
Two years ago, on Earth Day 2020, 220 members of Canada’s Clean50 and 180 companies issued a call for adoption of a comprehensive “build-back-better” plan that included a strong focus on supporting the companies and innovations paving the way for a clean economy. This plan was then endorsed by 35 environmental non-governmental organizations. Today, Gavin Pitchford, Canada’s Clean50 Awards executive director and the CEO of Delta Management Group, is happy to report that progress has been made.
JWN - November 9, 2021
Calgary mayor Jyoti Gondek is more astute than many naysayers give her credit for as she pushes the climate emergency button.
To understand why, just take an imaginary step outside of T2P (downtown Cowtown) and look back in. There’s a tsunami of change called energy transition sweeping the world. For companies, communities, and sectors bright enough to get on its crest, riding the transition wave will be key to navigating the complex pressures squeezing in on the economy and environment. Those who ignore the swell’s depth and strength do so at their peril.
Daily Oil Bulletin - October 20, 2021
Leader. Collaborator. Mentor. Advocate for diversity and inclusion. Technology savvy.
Those are just a few of the attributes of the 30 outstanding young professionals — including 12 women — who have been nominated as Rising Stars of 2021. They are prepared to seize the opportunities offered by an industry beginning to recover from the double whammy of an extended downturn followed by a global pandemic, just as prices begin to strengthen. At the same time there is a recognition that the world has changed and the energy industry is being expected to demonstrate its commitment to environment, social and governance and a number of the nominees are employed or have founded companies committed to working with their clients on ESG.
Investing in Oil Production Decarbonization through Electrification Must be a Policy Imperative TODAY
Clean50 - October 4, 2021
The demand for oil is not going away anytime soon. While almost everyone agrees that we must quickly transition away from fossil fuels, including oil, it is impossible to make that transition overnight. The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts that global oil demand will rise to pre-pandemic levels in 2022 at 99.4 million barrels per day (mb/d), and will continue to rise through 2026 when it will top 104.1 mb/d. In fact, the IEA does not forecast a plateau in global oil demand until at least 2030.
Clean50 - September 29, 2021
The remaining 34 members of this year’s Canada’s Clean50 Awards list, and drawn from over 1000 nominations were announced today as climate-savvy leaders pulled from every corner of Canada were recognized for their recent accomplishments, joining the previously announced Clean16 category leaders announced earlier this month.
Tenaris - September 14, 2021
Tenaris has supplied Acceleware, a developer of clean-tech enhanced heavy oil recovery technology, with casing plus premium connections for its pilot project in central Alberta.
Meridian Source - August 18, 2021
Radio frequency (RF) energy is being put to the test near Marwayne as a promising low-cost, low-carbon method of extracting heavy oil and bitumen.
JWN - August 10, 2021
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Oil and Gas News - July 9, 2021
Acceleware Ltd. has announced that Cenovus Energy Inc. has joined the commercial-scale RF XL pilot project at Marwayne as a consortium member.
JWN - July 9, 2021
Cenovus Energy Inc. has joined the commercial-scale RF XL pilot project at Marwayne as a consortium member.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - April 30, 2021
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, met with some of Alberta's foremost business leaders, investors, innovators and policy–makers to discuss the clean tech investments announced in Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.
Alberta.ca - April 28, 2021
“Education is everything. You can’t develop capacity without education. It’s the means to make a good living….Education is the path that takes you out of poverty.”
Corporate Knights - April 26, 2021
Indigenous cleantech firms among those leading a shift more important to Alberta’s future than any pipeline
Calgary Journal - April 7, 2021
CALGARY — Electrical engineer Michal Okoniewski had spent much of his early career studying how electromagnetic radiation from cell phones interacts with the human body. However, discovering the processing power of graphics cards led him to cofound his own company to commercialize it. Now, he is working with energy companies to explore how radio frequency waves can be used to extract oil without creating greenhouse gases.
Construct Connect via The Canadian Press - March 22, 2021
CALGARY — A company investigating the use of radio frequency energy as a cleaner and cheaper way to produce bitumen from the oilsands says it has the financial means to proceed with a commercial pilot project.
BNN Bloomberg - March 17, 2021
CALGARY — A company investigating the use of radio frequency energy as a cleaner and cheaper way to produce heavy oil from the oilsands says it has the means to proceed with a commercial pilot project.
JWN. - March 7, 2021
As we celebrate International Women’s Day – honouring the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, the power of the personal story is the best means to bring such achievements to life. Here, in a Canadian energy context, we profile Laura McIntyre, chief technology officer at Acceleware. This also continues JWN Energy’s focus on emerging Canadian cleantech leadership firms.
Canada West Foundation - January 25, 2021
Calgary-based Acceleware and the Saa Dene Group, a collective of Indigenous-owned companies headed by Chief Jim Boucher, are bringing the heat to transform enhanced oil recovery technology in Alberta.
JWN - December 22, 2020
A second major oilsands producer will provide financial and technical support for a commercial-scale pilot test of its RF XL radio frequency heating system, according to Acceleware Ltd.
Canadian Energy Centre - November 24, 2020
Jim Boucher, former chief of the Fort McKay First Nation, will help raise profile of Acceleware | Kisâstwêw as company works toward commercialization.
Precise Downhole Services Ltd. - November 23, 2020
In order to help clients drive better performance from their wells using a revolutionary deployment method for distributed temperature sensing, Precise Downhole Services Ltd. has entered into a partnership with Acceleware Ltd.
Daily Oil Bulletin - November 12, 2020
Acceleware Ltd. has established Acceleware | Kisâstwêw, a limited partnership with Saa Dene Group.
Acceleware whitepaper demonstrates how electrification through RF XL could result in zero-GHG emissions for oilsands and heavy oil producers
JWN - July 30, 2020
The effects and costs of climate change and other environmental factors are hastening a global energy transition in which the drive for the cleanest possible fuels is gaining momentum. It is becoming clear that environmental responsibility, sound economics and breakthrough technologies must be applied to the production of heavy oil and oil sands for both combustion and non-combustion uses.
The Acceleware team talks about innovation, technology and a cleaner future for oil sands and heavy oil production
Over A Barrel - A CHOA Podcast - June 26, 2020
Calgary is one of the most innovative cities in the world when it comes to energy. Today's show revolves around technology, innovation, and a cleaner future.
Crownsmen Energy - June 23, 2020
Acceleware is working towards a cleaner future for oil sands and heavy oil production. They have developed RF XL. Acceleware's RF XL is a transformative innovation that uses radio frequency ("RF") energy to heat and mobilize heavy oil and bitumen, resulting in dramatically cleaner and lower-cost production relative to traditional steam-based processes such as steam-assisted gravity drainage ("SAGD"). Mike Tourigny, VP of Commercialization and Laura McIntyre, VP of Engineering at Acceleware join Crownsmen Energy to discuss the technology and the future of the oil and gas sector.
Danielle Smith Show - May 22, 2020
After the announcement of our new test site and agreements with Broadview Energy, Acceleware's CEO Geoff Clark spoke with Danielle Smith from AM 770 CHQR about a cleaner future for Alberta oil.
Energy Excellence Awards: Companies earn high marks for efforts to shrink the land footprint in the oilsands
JWN · Apr 24, 2020
The second annual Energy Excellence Awards (EEAs) program, presented by the Daily Oil Bulletin, uniquely recognizes energy excellence and focuses on the advancement of collaboration within Canada’s energy industry.
Canada West Foundation · Apr 20, 2020
Acceleware Ltd., a Canadian cleantech company based in Calgary, has found a way to improve heavy oil recovery while also dramatically reducing GHG emissions and freshwater use. Rather than relying on steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD), Acceleware’s technology uses radio frequency heating – which they call RF XL – to heat the oil to temperatures at which it can be moved. Rather than an injector well, RF XL uses a transmission line that emits electromagnetic energy in the radiowave spectrum to heat the formation – in the same way a microwave oven does.
The state of tech innovation in the oil and gas sector: An interview with Acceleware CEO Geoff Clark
JWN · Feb 24, 2020
This article is part of a multi-part series that explores how innovation and technology are shaping the future of Canada’s oil and gas industry. The articles both stand on their own and also form part of a larger connected narrative that links important themes such as cleantech, collaboration, sustainability and economic development.
The first article of the series recounted the story of Acceleware, where entrepreneurs believe they have found the ‘holy grail’ of enhanced heavy oil and oilsands production.
Today, an interview with Geoff Clark, chief executive officer of Acceleware.
Moving mountains: Entrepreneurs at Acceleware working to reduce costs and ‘green-up’ oilsands production using RF heating
JWN · Jan 13, 2020
This article is part of a multi-part series that explores how innovation and technology are shaping the future of Canada’s oil and gas industry. The articles both stand on their own and also form part of a larger connected narrative that links important themes such as cleantech, collaboration, sustainability and economic development. In this first article, editor Deborah Jaremko dives into the story of Acceleware, where entrepreneurs believe they have the ‘holy grail’ of enhanced heavy oil and oilsands production.
JWN · Nov. 14, 2019
Acceleware Ltd. says it has successfully completed the largest assessment to-date of its prototype radio frequency converter, an important milestone in the commercialization process for its RF XL oilsands extraction technology.
CBC News · Mar 22, 2019
This week's federal budget includes $100 million for an Alberta-based energy consortium, and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says it's about time federal funds for a project like this came the industry's way, after it was snubbed by Ottawa's previous "supercluster" program.
JWN - March 14, 2019
Radio frequency oilsands technology developer Acceleware is branching out potential applications for its systems as it advances preparations for its in situ field pilot.
Last year the company announced an agreement with Prosper Petroleum to test its RF XL technology at the producer’s Rigel oilsands lease north of Fort McMurray.
InnovOil - Feb 28, 2019
Acceleware has developed a new radio frequency (RF) heating system, an update on previous versions that have been tested in Canada’s oil sands. Their version, RF XL, has been in development since 2010 after a supermajor asked them to troubleshoot some of their trials with RF heating.
JWN - Feb 2, 2019
Acceleware believes its RF XL heating technology will transform the heavy oil and oil production industries once commercialized.
JWN - Nov 18, 2018
Just four months after announcing a key deal with junior Prosper Petroleum to use the company’s leases to test its radio-frequency extraction technology, Acceleware Ltd. says it has new financial support from a “major oilsands producer.”
Daily Oil Bulletin - Oct 29, 2018
A planned field pilot testing radio frequency for in situ oilsands extraction has taken a step forward with the filing of its regulatory application.
Prosper Petroleum Ltd. is asking the Alberta Energy Regulator for approval of a 2,000-bbl/d commercial scale test of the technology near its planned Rigel SAGD project, located about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray. The proposed pilot is a partnership with Acceleware Ltd. that was announced this summer (DOB, Jul. 17, 2018).
JWN - Sep 28, 2018
Acceleware is ready to start site preparation for its test of radio-frequency in situ oilsands extraction after closing $10 million in funding from Sustainable Technology Development Canada and Emissions Reduction Alberta.
Digital Energy Journal - Aug 9, 2018
Field testing will 'commence immediately' on a new field test of RF heating for in situ oilsands extraction, partners Acceleware and Prosper Petroleum announced on 16th July.
JWN - Jul 18, 2018
Field testing will “commence immediately” on a new field test of RF heating for in situ oilsands extraction, partners Acceleware and Prosper Petroleum announced on Monday.
Daily Oil Bulletin - Jul 17, 2018
Just one month after receiving regulatory approval for the Rigel SAGD project, the property will “immediately” become a field test site for radio frequency heating technology.
JWN - Apr 11, 2018
A new patent has been granted to the developers of a technology that is expected to improve the economics and environmental footprint of oilsands operations by using radio waves to mobilize bitumen.
BNN - Nov 16, 2017
Acceleware, a Calgary-based firm ,has developed a bitumen and heavy oil recovery technology. The process results in production levels comparable to SAGD, while using less than half the energy. We hear more from Acceleware CEO Geoff Clark.
Cleantech Canada - Nov 6, 2017
From potentially game-changing oilsands extraction technology to new wastewater treatment systems, the projects are expected to create 300 jobs
Acceleware to proceed with commercial RF oilsands pilot with $10 million in new federal/provincial funding
JWN - Nov 3, 2017
A technology that is expected to improve the economics and environmental footprint of oilsands operations by using radio waves to mobilize bitumen has received $10 million in combined funding from Ottawa and the Province of Alberta.
JWN - Aug 18, 2017
Following a successful 1/20-scale field test earlier this year, Acceleware continues to invest in its radio frequency (RF) heating research and development for oilsands production.
JWN - Jun 13, 2017
Acceleware used an insulated tank containing an antenna assembly and wet sand, instrumented with thermometers at different locations in the sand, during early testing of its radio frequency heating technology. Image: Acceleware
JWN - Mar 26, 2017
A three–day field test of a radio frequency in situ oilsands technology has successfully met its objectives, allowing for plans to progress on a second phase commercial-scale pilot, Acceleware says.
Business Wire - Mar 14, 2017
CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 4th annual PROPEL Energy Tech Forum presented by CapitalRoad took place this month and featured a world-class energy technology showcase as 20 Presenting Companies, including three Alumni, took the stage at #PROPEL2017. The event brought together major energy businesses, key industry leaders, and saw over 40 investor and strategic firms, as well as over 45 entrepreneurial companies in the room.
Acceleware improves performance of proposed radio frequency heating technology for oilsands production
JWN - Oct 26, 2016
Acceleware Ltd. has filed a new patent application which it says will improve the economics of and speed time to oil production for its proposed radio frequency (RF) XL heating technology. Similar to the principle of a microwave oven, the technology uses radio waves instead of steam to heat bitumen in situ.
Cleantech Canada - Jun 16, 2016
Acceleware says its radio frequency heating technology could replace steam-assisted extraction and drastically cut costs in Canada's oilsands
JWN - Jun 15, 2016
A consortium of oil producers will support new testing of radio-frequency technology to reduce oilsands costs and GHG emissions, Calgary-based Acceleware announced on Tuesday.
Pipeline News North - Jul 3, 2013
Maybe it isn't the typical tale of success in the Canadian oil and gas industry.
It doesn't begin with an oil find akin to the Turner Valley discovery that set the Alberta oil industry in motion, but starts with a small group of professors and graduate students at the University of Alberta searching for a level of computing power that was both necessary to their research and beyond their budget.