18 faculties on five campuses, 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs Close to 40,000 students Comprehensive university Leading research and teaching university in Canada Annual research funding ca. CAD $500 million Research focus on: n
Energy and the Environment Infectious Diseases Water Food Sustainability
Helmholtz Association Germany’s largest scientific organization 18 research centres Close to 34,000 employees Annual budget ca. € 3.4 billion Research focus on: n
Energy Earth and Environment Health Aeronautics, Space and Transport Key Technologies Structure of Matter
Participating Helmholtz Centres Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Forschungszentrum Jülich UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Energy and Environment
Germany Dr. Bernd Uwe Schneider Lead Science Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org +49-(0)331-228-1065
Dr. Arnd Heumann Science & Program Management email@example.com +49-(0)331-288-1057 Office: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences Telegrafenberg, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
Canada Mr. Alan Fair Lead Science Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org +1-780-492-8183 Dr. Stefan Scherer Science & Program Management email@example.com +1-780-248-1369 Office: University of Alberta 2-45 South Academic Building, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G7, Canada MARcomm-12254 01/2013
University of Alberta
General Scope of Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative
Research for efficient and environmentally sustainable use of energy resources
The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI) is an independent international research partnership that effectively amalgamates the scientific and technical expertise of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres (Germany) and the University of Alberta (Canada) to jointly develop solutions to key challenges in fields such as energy and the environment, ecosystem and resource informatics, and health.
Bitumen and Lignite Upgrading
Purpose: Investigate high-risk (difficult), highreward technologies for upgrading natural resources (e.g. oil sands, coal and biomass) to higher value products with the goal of creating new upgrading technologies that reduce emissions associated with current technologies as well as the capital cost and energy intensity.
Purpose: Investigate geothermal energy as a contribution to Alberta’s future energy budget and as a viable source of thermal energy in the oil sands exploitation.
The main objective of the collaborative HAI project in the field of Energy and Environment is to expand fundamental knowledge, and develop innovative technologies and system solutions, which provide for the efficient and environmentally sustainable use of energy resources of global relevance.
Funding The initiative operates on separate Canadian and German funding streams made available to the individual national research partners. On the Canadian side this cooperation is supported by the Government of Alberta. On the German side, funding has been assigned from the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association, as well as from the resources of the participating Helmholtz Centres at Leipzig (UFZ), Karlsruhe (KIT), Jülich (FZJ) and Potsdam (GFZ). The initial funds provide seed money for initializing joint research, for the funding of PhD students, and for launching further innovative programs.
Institute for Technical Chemistry, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta
CO2-Separation and Gas Purification Purpose: Design and develop materials that will remove contaminants from gaseous hydrocarbon feed stocks and air for clean combustion in power plants and for efficient separation of pure CO2 streams suitable for subsequent processes. Furthermore, the use of the generated pure H2 in novel gas turbines is being investigated.
International Centre for Geothermal Research at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Department of Physics / Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta
Sustainable Oil Sands Tailings Water Management Purpose: Assess the impacts of oil sands operations on the receiving aquatic environment and to develop treatment and reclamation strategies to minimize these impacts through tailings and water treatment and management. Department of Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
Institute of Energy and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Jülich and Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta
Purpose: Enhance knowledge of land reclamation and early ecosystem development, develop new techniques and adapt conventional ones, develop innovative strategies and implement procedures in the study and treatment of landscapes affected by energy extraction processes. Includes reestablishment of abiotic and biotic structure and function in landscapes after disturbance with emphasis on soil, water, plants and microorganisms.
Carbon Storage Purpose: Contribute to the development of an integrated reservoir surveillance approach, which will provide an increase in CO2 monitoring certainty in the frame of Carbon Capture and Storage. This integrated approach will allow for a reduction of applied technologies utilized for Measuring, Monitoring and Verification programs and for increasing the monetary effectiveness of the monitoring system. Centre for CO2 Storage at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
Land Reclamation and Landscape Development
GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences and Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta