Pneumatic Pump Alternatives for Cold Weather

Michael D’Antoni, GreenPath Energy

This report aims to assess economic and technical feasibility of commercial and near-commercial alternatives to gas-driven pumps in Western Canada, with particular attention to technologies that perform at northern latitudes and cold climates. This study is based on a desktop review as well as site visits and interviews.

The desktop review of current Climate and Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) and Sustainable Technology Development Canada (SDTC) set to determine which technologies might be in development (or nearing commercial deployment) that may be used to replace pneumatic pumps in cold climates.

The most common emerging technology revealed from this review is methanol-based fuel cells, detailed in the technology overview. The most common pump alternative is an electric pump with power supplied either via on-site generation (diesel or natural gas generator set, or a thermal electric generator), a solar/battery system or grid-tied electricity.

Final Report