Clean Energy from Old Oilfields
Speaker: Grant Strem, Proton Technologies 


November 18, 2020
11:00 am-12:00 pm Mountain Time 
The GoToWebinar link will be emailed two days in advance of the webinar. 

Webinar pricing:
CSPG member: $30.00 +gst 
Non-member: $45.00 +gst

Please note: Registration closes November 17th at 12:00 pm Mountain Time 

Proton Technologies developed a cost-effective hydrogen production process which combines existing methods in a new way. 

More than 500 projects worldwide have oxidized oil fields with intentions of thermally reducing oil viscosity and/or partially upgrading the oil thereby increasing oil flow rate and quality. While economic results were variable, all of these projects produced hydrogen within associated gas production. 

The largest contributions of hydrogen in these chemically complex settings are thought to be from gasification, and water gas shift reactions. 
Using downhole hydrogen filters allows species-specific selection (hydrogen), which drives the slightly exothermic water gas shift reaction to the right, therefore using a downhole filter to extract only hydrogen is expected to produce more hydrogen within the system. 

Key questions to be briefly explored are; CO2 storage mechanisms through project life, cap rock integrity, process efficiency, cost structure, density stratification of gases, and societal implications. 
The technology has been developed and implemented at Proton’s wholly owned field site in Saskatchewan, leading to recent significant investments and large international projects are underway. 

Given the enormous resource base of high-cost and/or late-life oilfields in Canada, the significant existing infrastructure and labour force, Proton plans to first supply the existing market through blending into existing fuel streams. Proton Canada plans to scale up to supply 10% of the world’s energy by 2040 through large-scale H2 exports. 


Born and raised in Calgary, Grant Strem has a B.Sc. in Geology and an M.Sc. in Reservoir Characterization, both from the University of Calgary. He considers himself an Explorationist, and worked for various producers including Paramount, Burlington Resources, ConocoPhillips, Total E&P, and Husky. Grant also worked as a Reserves Evaluator for GLJ Petroleum Consultants, and was a Research Analyst at TD Securities covering the oil sands sector prior to staring his own oil company; which focussed on light oil, helium, and geothermal resources domestically and internationally within fractured granite systems. Grant’s focus changed in 2015 when he co-founded Proton Technologies with one of his friends and former professor’s; Dr. Ian Gates, who was then Department Head for the Petroleum & Chemical Engineering faculty. Grant believes it is possible to produce H2 at far lower cost per joule of energy than diesel & gasoline, without emissions.