Calgary has long been known as an energy city and today, is being recognized as a leader in the global energy transition. Alberta is Canada’s largest oil and natural gas producer. The province also boasts some of Canada’s best wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal resources. Digital transformation (DX) is quickly becoming the largest driver of new solutions and technology investments by energy companies. It is forecasted that Calgary’s energy sector will spend $2.3 billion on DX between 2022 to 2024.
Alberta Energy Transition Study
Calgary and Alberta are uniquely positioned to lead Canada’s energy transition with a strong cleantech innovation ecosystem, a history of industry collaboration and investment, and a pool of specialized talent. Learn why Calgary’s strengths and differentiators position our city as a global hub for cleantech innovation.
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The epicentre of Canada’s energy sector
Calgary is home to head offices of almost every major company throughout the energy-value chain. Key players in renewables also call Calgary home.
ABUNDANT NATURAL & RENEWABLE RESOURCES
Alberta is home to roughly 3/4 of Canada’s crude oil and natural gas production, and has the 3rd largest crude oil reserves in the world. More than 35% of Alberta’s land base has a wind resource considered viable for energy production, and Calgary is Canada’s sunniest major city, with 333 days of sunshine per year.
The Province of Alberta has procured some of the cheapest wind power in Canada due to the abundance and quality of the renewable energy resource as well as the strong technical know-how by the province’s renewable energy companies. The largest solar farm in Canada is also under development and once built will power 100,000 homes with 400 MW of power from 1.5 million photovoltaic solar panels.
Leading the global energy transition
Alberta oil and gas, renewable energy and cleantech companies are focused on decarbonization and developing world-class technology to compete on environmental performance, lead digital transformation projects and create new value-added products.
Investing in digital transformation
The digital transformation (DX) spend in Alberta’s energy and environment sector is projected to be $5.8 billion by 2024. This represents 1/4 of Canada’s energy and environment (utilities, renewables, oil & gas, cleantech) DX investment. See how energy & environment is leading digital transformation on our DX spend dashboard.Learn More
Calgary is an opportunity-rich city.
Our interactive investment map highlights the foreign direct investment (FDI) that has taken place in the Calgary area over the past 6 years.Explore Investment in Calgary
Cleantech could represent a $3.8 trillion economic opportunity globally by 2030 (ACTia, 2019). In 2019, Calgary was ranked one of the world’s top 15 cleantech ecosystems (Startup Genome, 2019) with more than 70% of Alberta’s cleantech head offices located in the city (ACTia, 2019). Emerging strengths in delivering innovation in oil and gas, electricity, food and agriculture, are improving the competitiveness of Alberta’s leading economic sectors and companies while exporting solutions to the world.
Leaders in cleantech innovation
To be competitive going forward, oil and gas producers will need to continuously strive to lower costs, improve productivity and be leaders in environmentally-responsible development. Innovation will be essential to future success. These companies are creating solutions to these challenges, right here in Calgary.
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is an alliance of oil sands producers focused on collaborative action and innovation to accelerate the pace of improvement in environmental performance in Canada’s oil sands when it comes to greenhouse gases, land, water and tailings. Clean Resources Innovation Network (CRIN) is a group of forward-thinking oil and gas industry professionals, policy makers, financiers, academics and students focused on accelerating commercialization of technology to produce clean hydrocarbons from source to end-use.
Fostering Ag Innovation
Alberta ag-tech ventures Livestock Water Recycling and First Pass Technologies are two of the eight finalists selected for the $1.25 million Nutrien-Radicle Challenge Canada, established to transform the speed of agricultural innovation.
Working Towards a Carbon Negative Future
Carbon Upcycling Technologies is a finalist in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, one of ten ventures inducted into Lafarge Holcim’s inaugural building technology accelerator, and one of six winners of the New York-based 76West venture clean energy commercialization competition.
World’s First Micro Scale Carbon Capture System
Calgary-based CleanO2 won the 2019 JWN Energy Excellence Award and the 2019 Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature and supplies customers including Lush Cosmetics, FortisBC, Pacific Northern Gas, ATCO and Union Gas.
Alberta’s Largest CleanTech Exit
In 2017, water pipeline technology and inspection company Pure Technologies achieved the largest exit in Alberta cleantech history, selling for over $500 million to New York-based Xylem Inc.
Creative Destruction Lab-Rockies launched in 2017, helping Alberta cleantech ventures including IoT play Ingu Solutions, blockchain-enabled ReWatt Power and novel water treatment play Swirltex raise over $14 million in funding. CDL-Rockies launched an energy-specific cohort in 2018.
- ACTia Alberta Clean Technology Sector 2019
- Alberta Bioenergy
- Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)
- Alberta Ministry of Energy
- Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
- Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA)
- Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
- Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)
- Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC)
- Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC)
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