In Situ Energy Research Facility

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
What the facility does

In situ and surface upgrading research.

Areas of expertise

The In Situ Energy Centre’s facility will enable researchers to test projects aimed at more cleanly and cost-effectively unlocking energy from Alberta’s vast oil sands resources that are too deep to be mined from the surface.

As well, the various state-of-the-art analytical laboratories provide analytical services supporting the academic and commercial research of a diverse community of internal and external users including geologists, engineers, chemists and biologists.

Research services


Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)

Specialized lab


Hydrocarbon Upgrading Lab

In Situ Catalyst Monitoring Pilot Unit


Catalyst Preparation Unit


H2 Generation Unit


Adsorption Unit (water)


Catalyst Evaluation Unit


Dense Hot Fluid Injection Unit


Steam-assisted Gravity Drainage - Cyclic Steam Stimulation Hybrid Unit

Energy High Bay

In Situ Combustion Unit

TESLA Petroleomics

 Linear Trap Quadrupole Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Mass Spectrometry (LTQ FTMS)

Department of Chemistry Instrumentation Facility

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Department of Geosciences Instrumentation Facility for Analytical Electron Microscopy  (IFFAEM)

Scanning Electron Microscope5

Department of Physics & Astronomy Isotope Science Laboratory

Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP MS)

Applied Geochemistry Group (AGg)

Gas Chromatography Combustion Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer (GCIRMS)

Hydrocarbon Analytical Laboratory

High Temperature Simulation Distillation, Gas Chromatograph, Misc Lab Equipment

Catalyst Surface Science Lab

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy –Auger System



The Isotope Science Lab