Research

Future Energy Systems develops the energy technologies of the near future, examines their integration into current infrastructure, and considers their social, economic, and environmental impacts. We also contribute to the development of solutions for challenges presented by current energy systems.

Our research program includes fourteen themes, which are organized into four areas. Many of these themes and areas are interdependent, and we strongly encourage our researchers to interact and collaborate with colleagues from different faculties, disciplines, and themes.

Some of our themes will also conduct broad, system-wide analyses of future energy technologies, and assess the impacts of the new technologies developed within the Future Energy Systems program.

Strategic Areas

Developing Hydrocarbons Responsibly

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Improving Environmental Performance

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Enabling Sustainability

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System Wide Enablers

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Projects

Active, Stable, and Abundant Photocatalytic Materials for Hydrogen Fuels

Solar

Advanced Biological Fermentation Process Development

Biomass

Advanced Electrochemical System for Energy Storage Through CO2 Conversion

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Advancing Containment, Conformance and Injectivity Technologies for Effective Geological Storage of CO2

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Artificial Photosynthesis Using Semiconductor Nanomaterials

Solar

Asphaltene Behaviors and Models

Heavy Oil - Non-Aqueous Recovery

Assessments of Technologies Developed under Future Energy Systems

System-Wide

Biobattery - Decentralized Production of Fuel from Forest and Agricultural Waste

Biomass

Bioconversion of Single-­Carbon Effluents into Biofuels and Biofuel Precursors

Biomass

Bitumen-­Solvent Product Cleaning

Heavy Oil - Non-Aqueous Recovery

CO2 Dissolution in Saline Pore Fluids and CO2 EOR

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Control of CI Engines for Efficient and Robust Biomass Utilization

Biomass

Co‐Designing Energy Transitions with Indigenous Peoples - Geothermal Energy in the traditional territory of Alexis Nakoda Sioux First Nation

Communities and Aboriginal

Decision Support Systems for Improved Construction and Maintenance of Non-­Electrical Infrastructure for Energy

Non-Electric Infrastructure

Development and Application of GCAM-­Canada Model for Future Energy Scenario Analysis

System-Wide

Distributed Energy Storage

Grids & Storage

Economic Policy and the Future Electricity Grid

Grids & Storage

Education and Energy Transitions – Knowledge Systems and Indigenous Youth

Communities and Aboriginal

Fluid/Rock Interactions in Canada’s Geothermal Systems

Geothermal

Future Energy Systems: Documentary & Intermedia

Energy Humanities

Future Smart Grids Structures

Grids & Storage

High-­throughput Materials Discovery through Materials Genomics

Solar

Hydrothermal Torrefaction of High Moisture Content Biomass

Biomass

Imaging, Characterizing and Modelling Canada’s Geothermal Resources

Geothermal

Integrated Assessment of Environmental Footprints for Energy Scenarios

System-Wide

Investment Decisions and Policy Analysis

Biomass

Market Design for Increased Wind Generation

Wind

Moving Forward by Overcoming the Legacies of Past Energy Systems Project

Communities and Aboriginal

New materials for Photovoltaics

Solar

Operational Decision Support for Smart Grids

Grids & Storage

Optimizing Geothermal Energy Production and Utilization Technology

Geothermal

Post Combustion Capture of CO2 using Solid Sorbents

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Regulation and Integration of Solar PV into Electricity Markets

Solar

Resilient Reclaimed Land And Water Systems

Land and Water

Socio-­economic Roadmaps to Commercial Geothermal Energy Production in W. Canada

Geothermal

Solvent Recovery and Removal from NAE Extraction Gangue

Heavy Oil - Non-Aqueous Recovery

Speculative Energy Futures

Energy Humanities

Thermal Impacts for Geological Storage of CO2

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Transforming Fossil Fuels into Heat or Hydrogen

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Transition in Energy, Culture and Society (TECS)

Energy Humanities

Unlocking the Physics and Chemistry of Bitumen, Water, Solvent, and Porous Media Interfaces- an Enabling Technology for New Production Process Development

Heavy Oil - In-Situ

Utility-­Scale Energy Storage

Grids & Storage

Value-­Added Conversion of CO2

Carbon Capture, Utilization & Storage

Wind Energy in the Beaufort Delta - Inuvik

Communities and Aboriginal

Wind Farm Operation and Grid Integration

Wind

Researchers

Over seven years, Future Energy Systems plans to support more than 100 researchers and up to 1,000 Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP), including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. To learn more about our researchers, visit the Researcher Directory.

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