Questions & Answers

Can I drink the water that goes through the hub?

The water collected from the deep wells is not suitable for human consumption or use in agriculture.

Is one kind of algae better than another?

There are many different species/strains of algae across Canada. We have selected strains that are native to Alberta and are highly efficient at removing carbon dioxide from industrial emissions.

How is the carbon dioxide collected?

Capture facilities use a product called amine to capture the CO2 from the process stream. The CO2 is then separated from the amine solution with heat, then dehydrated and compressed. The compression reduces its volume by about 400 times turning it into a very dense fluid. The “liquid” CO2 is then transported by an underground pipeline to injection wells for underground storage.

Has the Sandhill Fen produced any peat yet?

The researchers monitoring plant growth across the Sandhill Fen have found peat growing at several locations. This is a key discovery for the project as it is much sooner than predicted. We are also tracking the carbon cycle on the site and all data shows the wetland is becoming a carbon sink.

Do amphibious vehicles ever get stuck?

They have never been stuck in our trials, and we don’t anticipate that they will get stuck in this application.

What kind of duties can an amphibious vehicle do?

The amphibious excavators we used can do all the same earth moving activities as conventional excavators, except they can also work on the very wet bog or swamp terrain that is common in the boreal forest.

How heavy are the amphibious vehicles?

We have used three different types of amphibious excavators in our trials. They range in weight from 5 tonnes to 20 tonnes.

What does SA-SAGD stand for?

SA-SAGD is an abbreviation for solvent-assisted steam-assisted gravity drainage. It’s a process where light oil and steam are added to an oil sands reservoir in order to remove heavy oil.

How high is the satellite?

Claire is at an altitude of approximately 500 km.

How accurately can the satellite measure greenhouse gases from space?

GHGSat’s design goal is to measure variations of 1% of background.

See what else we’re doing

Ted is making excavators float to help restore habitat faster.

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Neal is using light oil and steam to reduce greenhouse gases.

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Stephane has developed a satellite to detect emissions.

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