Proton Technologies http://proton.energy Calgary Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:03:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://proton.energy/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-proton-logo-32x32.png Proton Technologies http://proton.energy 32 32 Proton Technologies Awarded ‘Energy Innovation Program’ Funding from Natural Resources Canada http://proton.energy/member-parliament-randy-boissonnault-announces-proton-technologies-awarded-energy-innovation-program-contribution-natural-resources-canada/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:16 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=804 Member of Parliament, Randy Boissonnault, Announces Proton Technologies is Awarded an ‘Energy Innovation Program’ Contribution from Natural Resources Canada News Release – Download PDF Proton is pleased to be one of three proposals selected as part of Natural Resources Canada’s $50 million Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program. The winning proposal advances the clean hydrogen […]

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Member of Parliament, Randy Boissonnault, Announces Proton Technologies is Awarded an ‘Energy Innovation Program’ Contribution from Natural Resources Canada

News Release – Download PDF

Proton is pleased to be one of three proposals selected as part of Natural Resources Canada’s $50 million Oil and Gas Clean Tech Program.

The winning proposal advances the clean hydrogen technology to the field trial stage, building on the successful laboratory proof-of-concept work, supported by the Western Canadian Innovation Office (WCIO). The field trial project will deploy the hydrogen apparatus in an operating well at Proton’s newly purchased test site, the Superb air injection facility near Kerrobert, Saskatchewan.


Proton’s patent-pending clean energy technology will produce clean commercial hydrogen from hydrocarbon resources, in alignment with NRCan’s mandate to support clean oil and gas technologies, helping develop Canada’s hydrocarbon resources in sustainable ways.

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Acquisition of the Superb Test Facility Complete http://proton.energy/acquisition-superb-test-oil-gas-facility-complete/ Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=799 Acquisition of the Superb Test Oil and Gas Facility Complete Proton Technologies Canada Inc. (Proton) has secured the Superb air injection test facility to de-risk the technology development path of its clean hydrogen innovation suite. Superb, located near Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, will be operated under a subsidiary of Proton, Superb Operating Company Ltd. The purchase of […]

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Acquisition of the Superb Test Oil and Gas Facility Complete
Calgary, AB

Proton Technologies Canada Inc. (Proton) has secured the Superb air injection test facility to de-risk the technology development path of its clean hydrogen innovation suite. Superb, located near Kerrobert, Saskatchewan, will be operated under a subsidiary of Proton, Superb Operating Company Ltd.

The purchase of the facility enables Proton to complete the remaining hydrogen technology testing at the Superb site, where it intends to produce clean commercial hydrogen. Ownership of the test site de-risks technology development and improves timelines and cost efficiencies.

Originally built at a cost of $200 million, the project was producing hydrogen as a byproduct. Proton will take advantage of the inherent hydrogen potential to accelerate the technology development path and realize commercial development sooner.

The site will have the ability to incubate technology suites, not only for Proton’s hydrogen technology, but also for additional cascading or forking innovations. Proton looks forward to moving their successful laboratory proof-of-concept work into the field as part of the Natural Resources Canada funded field trial in Q1 2018.

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Alberta Politicians Tour the Proton Lab http://proton.energy/alberta-politicians-tour-proton-lab/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:47:51 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=617 Proton Technologies lab was toured today by a collection of senior politicians and government officials in Alberta. The tour included Robyn Luff, MLA Calgary-East and Michael Connolly, MLA, Calgary–Hawkwood.  Anne Mcgrath, Executive Director of the Premier’s office, was also in attendance. The tour was an opportunity for everyone to witness first hand the lab tests […]

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Proton Technologies lab was toured today by a collection of senior politicians and government officials in Alberta.
The tour included Robyn Luff, MLA Calgary-East and Michael Connolly, MLA, Calgary–Hawkwood.  Anne Mcgrath, Executive Director of the Premier’s office, was also in attendance.
Anne McGrath,
Executive Director – Southern Alberta Office of the Premier

The tour was an opportunity for everyone to witness first hand the lab tests that will determine the effectiveness of Proton’s new apparatus for harvesting hydrogen down-hole, directly from reservoirs.

Michael Connolly, MLA
Calgary – Hawkwood

During the tour the attending politicians became more familiar with Proton’s plans for transforming Canada’s carbon-intensive oil and gas industry into a clean hydrogen economy

Proton explained that this new technology is one way for Alberta to retain existing jobs and support the oil and gas economy, even as oil and natural gas prices decline and emissions increase.  

Robyn Luff, MLA
Calgary-East

The opportunity is a way to leverage prior investments in oil and gas fields and to create a more stable, future-proof and diversified resource industry.  Large-scale low-cost hydrogen production can make Alberta and Canada a ‘first mover’ with significant role in a coming hydrogen economy.  

If Proton is successful at producing hydrogen at less cost than natural gas, with no carbon emissions, fortunes will be made by early adopters and by governments with supportive legislation and funding programs. 

Proton representatives explained that their first implementations will be at sites where significant production has already happened, which solves another giant problem the Alberta government is struggling with – abandonment liability.  Every time an old well can be repurposed as a hydrogen production well, the scale of Alberta’s “orphan well” problem can diminish. 

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A New Centre of Excellence explores green alternatives for extracting Hydrogen from Hydrocarbons http://proton.energy/environment-canada-miss-emissions-target/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:32:54 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=609 Alberta becomes Home to a Research Team that Proposes to Pump Pure Hydrogen from Oil & Gas Reservoirs Proton Technologies Canada Inc., a young technology firm based in oil and gas-centric Calgary, has brought together a team of experts and academics to explore a unique new technology that promises to transform Canada’s oil and gas […]

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Alberta becomes Home to a Research Team that Proposes to Pump Pure Hydrogen from Oil & Gas Reservoirs

Proton Technologies Canada Inc., a young technology firm based in oil and gas-centric Calgary, has brought together a team of experts and academics to explore a unique new technology that promises to transform Canada’s oil and gas sector into a hydrogen business.

Proton’s collaborative research projects involve the University of Calgary, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) as well as multiple engineering firms including the global firm, Vepica and locally based Vanguard Engineering.

As oil and gas assets become stranded, abandoned or waterflooded, Proton sees a clear path forward in revitalizing these assets, leveraging the existing knowledge base and in-place infrastructure, reinvigorating the workforce while growing the economy.

The Syncrude oil sands plant, north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, on Aug. 28, 2015. Environment Canada says oil prices and economic growth are some of the factors that will impact Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. (IAN WILLMS / NYT)

 

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Affordable Green Hydrogen may Surface in Vast Quantities http://proton.energy/proton-partners-u-calgary-simulate-hydrogen-production-petroleum-reservoirs/ Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:13:05 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=367 Computer Simulations confirm the Economics of Extracting Pure Hydrogen directly from Petroleum Reservoirs Proton Technologies Canada Inc., a Calgary-based firm, has been working with the Gates Research Group at University of Calgary to explore the potential for converting various types of hydrocarbon reservoirs into productive and cost competitive hydrogen reservoirs. By looking at anomalies in […]

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Computer Simulations confirm the Economics of Extracting Pure Hydrogen directly from Petroleum Reservoirs

Proton Technologies Canada Inc., a Calgary-based firm, has been working with the Gates Research Group at University of Calgary to explore the potential for converting various types of hydrocarbon reservoirs into productive and cost competitive hydrogen reservoirs.

By looking at anomalies in the gas streams of past projects, Proton generated an economic model based on data calculated from real projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan. As a base case model, the Marguerite Lake project showed positive cashflow using today’s hydrogen pricing index. This is before even considering the upside for future projects that would purposefully make hydrogen in situ. Past projects didn’t value hydrogen as a commodity, and would generally flare the gas or vent at surface.

The research shows that Proton is both cheaper to produce than the traditional methods currently used for hydrogen generation (Steam Methane Reformation and electrolysis), and perhaps more importantly from an environmental perspective, far less carbon intensive, leading to a higher energy efficiency.

Dr. Ian Gates at the University of Calgary is supervising a research team that continues to simulate hydrogen production from oil reservoirs.  His lead researcher, Dr. Yi Su, s will help to build a model that can be used to optimize the field tests that are scheduled for fall 2017.  It may also be possible to refine the model and create a software tool for engineering the most productive approach to hydrogen production.

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Canadian Firm Patents New Energy System based on Hydrogen Production http://proton.energy/proton-technologies-%ef%ac%81nalizes-prototype-with-assistance-from-vepica-the-university-of-calgary-and-the-southern-alberta-institute-of-technology-sait/ Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:58:11 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=149 A Final U.S. Patent has been registered for extracting pure hydrogen from Hydrocarbons, directly inside the reservoirs Proton Technologies Canada Inc. announced today that after a full year of review and experimentation it has filed a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application, which encapsulated the original patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), […]

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A Final U.S. Patent has been registered for extracting pure hydrogen from Hydrocarbons, directly inside the reservoirs

Proton Technologies Canada Inc. announced today that after a full year of review and experimentation it has filed a Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) application, which encapsulated the original patent through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), securing a priority date back to February 2016. The patent includes Proton’s unique technology for hydrogen generation and extraction.

By combing through past and present research papers, Proton’s patent was birthed at the University of Calgary, in collaboration with industry combining two known and viable technologies into a singular idea and vision: generating and producing hydrogen from oil and gas reservoirs, while leaving the carbon in the ground.

Proton expects to expand its patent library in the near future with a myriad of additional patents, both expanding off hydrogen generation and extracting, while also filing other related enablement technologies for downhole mineral extraction.

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Lab Tests Verify future potential for Hydrogen-Selective Membranes (see Report) http://proton.energy/proton-technologies-moves-into-new-of%ef%ac%81ces-in-western-canadian-place/ Sun, 01 May 2016 00:10:52 +0000 http://proton.energy/?p=154 Specially designed membranes appear to function properly when operated at the high temperatures and pressures found inside fire-flooded oil reservoirs   (Technical Report now Available) With partial funding from the Western Canadian Innovations Office (WCIO), Proton Technologies Canada Inc. is conducting experiments on the first laboratory Hygenerator™ through the Gate Research Group at the University of […]

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Specially designed membranes appear to function properly when operated at the high temperatures and pressures found inside fire-flooded oil reservoirs   (Technical Report now Available)

With partial funding from the Western Canadian Innovations Office (WCIO), Proton Technologies Canada Inc. is conducting experiments on the first laboratory Hygenerator™ through the Gate Research Group at the University of Calgary to determine whether specialised membranes can function in known operating field environments.

First, the laboratory apparatus is operated to mimic the high temperatures and pressures found in oil and gas reservoirs undergoing combustion. The apparatus, or Hygenerator™, is then filled with a synthetic mixture of gases which mimic the by-product gases in the field, including a combination of hydrogen, carbon oxide and carbon dioxide.

Laboratory analysis shows that the membranes, designed by Proton, increase in efficiency at higher temperatures, allowing more and more hydrogen to pass through as temperatures increase to real world conditions. As expected, the membrane only allows a pure stream of hydrogen through, leaving the carbon oxides in the apparatus.

A Report is now published with a summary of key results from the lab testing.  Download the report here:
Laboratory Evaluation of Hydrogen Flow through Proton Technology Membrane System

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