The Government of Alberta and General Electric Canada have signed an agreement that will see the global innovation giant establish new technology centres in Alberta and collaborate with the province in areas of shared expertise.
The new GE Global Heavy Oil Centre of Excellence and the GE Innovation Centre will be located in Calgary. GE will also team its global expertise with Alberta through a range of technology and business development projects including pilot programs in health care technologies and financing for small and medium sized Alberta companies.
In addition, GE will share its leadership development and executive training programs with key managers and technology leaders in Alberta's research community.
'Like Alberta, GE is focused on solutions in areas such as healthcare, energy and the environment for a sustainable society,' said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology.
'We've made the right investments in research facilities, talented people and the Alberta Innovates system that attracts a company like GE, which has a powerful presence in the global technology marketplace.'
'We look forward to working with Alberta's innovators and leaders to drive new technologies that will advance economic growth within the province and globally,' said Elyse Allan, President/CEO GE Canada.
GE will work with the Alberta Innovates corporations and Campus Alberta institutions to provide opportunities to explore applications of technologies and opportunities for commercialization through a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Alberta government.
GE Innovation Centre - The centre will showcase GE's innovation and technology capabilities and enable collaboration on solutions to the energy, water and infrastructure challenges facing Alberta and the world.
GE Global Heavy Oil Centre of Excellence - The Centre of Excellence will provide and leverage engineering resources to develop solutions to the challenges of producing and upgrading heavy oil. The Global Heavy Oil Centre of Excellence will be located within the GE Innovation Centre.
Carbon Capture - GE is partnering with the University of Alberta and Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures (AITF) on a $4-million carbon capture project supported by the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. The team is leveraging cutting-edge research in nanotechnology to reduce CO2 emissions associated with the heavy oil extraction and upgrading process, and treatment of produced water generated during the oil recovery.
Pipeline Solutions - In May 2010, PII Pipeline Solutions, (a joint venture between GE Oil & Gas and Al Shaheen Energy Services) opened a new state-of-the-art services facility in Calgary. The facility is supporting North America's oil and gas infrastructure with advanced pipeline inspection technology and services, and will become a global centre of excellence for pipeline crack analysis servicing Canada, U.S. and European pipeline operators.