NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Chair Program in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering

Canada is a leading energy-producing country, and its energy sector plays a critical role in its economy. The production, conversion, and use of energy has environmental impacts including increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, fresh water consumption, and land use disturbances. Canada’s large energy sector must deal with these issues. The focus of the research program is to identify pathways to low carbon energy systems based on cost, life cycle environmental impacts, and resource availability.


While there has been considerable research on the development of technologies for the production, conversion, and use of energy, relatively little has been done at the systems level to understand and evaluate the relationship between energy and the environment. The Industrial Research Chair program is aimed at assessing technologies of energy production, conversion, and use at the systems level, along with associated environmental impacts through development of fundamental science based models. This aims at developing Canada’s fundamental research capacity in the area of assessment of energy pathways.


This research program will train researchers who can contribute to the Canadian workforce and will help in contributing towards Canada’s effort in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Life cycle analysis of bitumen transportation to refineries by rail and pipeline

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo

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A techno-economic comparison of centralized and distributed mobile pyrolysis systems for the production of bio-oil from hardwood

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Assessing the potential to generate heat and electricity from the wastes produced in Alberta industrial heartlands

Amit Kumar, Prashant Patel, Mahdi Vaezi

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Assessing the potential to generate heat and electricity in an integrated waste-to-value added facility in Alberta

Amit Kumar, Prashant Patel, Mahdi Vaezi

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Assessment of natural gas supply chains from Canada to Europe

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Krishna Sapkota

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Comparative techno-economic analysis of bio-coal production through dry and wet torrefaction of biomass feedstocks

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Developing a framework for natural gas transmission GHG life cycle assessments

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Olufemi Oni

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Identification of best energy efficiency opportunities in Alberta’s petroleum refining sector

Amit Kumar, Olufemi Oni, Ali Talaei

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Long-term energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in the cement industry: A case study of Canada

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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Market penetration modeling of bitumen extraction technologies into Alberta's oil sands industry

Amit Kumar, Saeidreza Radpour

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Production of renewable diesel from woody biomass and agricultural residue: a techno-economic analysis comparative study

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Quantifying uncertainty in life cycle assessments of transportation fuels

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Olufemi Oni

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Techno-economic analysis of ammonia production from black liquor gasification and co-gasification with pulp and waste sludges

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Techno-economic analysis of carbon capture of flue gases from coal and natural gas using amine separation

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Elvis Ibadin

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The development of a framework for the assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options and cost curves for the mining sector

Amit Kumar, Anil-Kumar Katta

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Uncertainty in life cycle GHG emissions of biofuels due to coproduct utilization

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Nafisa Mahbub

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Well-to-tank (WTT) energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the vapor solvent oil sands extraction process

Amit Kumar, Mohammad Ikthair Hossain Soiket

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Which crudes have the lowest GHG emission intensity? A discussion on perspective

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Olufemi Oni

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Ali Talaei was awarded Alan Wharmby Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering for the year 2017-18

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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A review and analysis of the models used to assess the market penetration of energy technologies with a focus on quantity-based models

Amit Kumar, Saeidreza Radpour

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A techno-economic assessment of renewable diesel and gasoline production from aspen hardwood

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Ammonia production from black liquor gasification and co-gasification with pulp and waste sludges: A techno-economic assessment

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options for the mining sector

Amit Kumar, Anil-Kumar Katta, Matthew Davis

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Development of a techno-economically optimized framework for assessment of decentralized production of bio-oil

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Development of long-term energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation options for the cement industry

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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Energy efficiency improvement opportunities and associated greenhouse gas abatement costs for the residential sector

Amit Kumar

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How to model a complex national energy system? Developing an integrated energy systems framework for long-term energy and emissions analysis

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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How will Canada’s GHG emissions change by 2050? A disaggregated analysis of past and future GHG emissions using bottom-up energy modelling and Sankey diagrams

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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Life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) of oxymethylene ether as a diesel additive produced from forest biomass

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Nafisa Mahbub

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Mapping Canadian energy flow from primary fuel to end use

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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Options for conversion of by-products of pulp and paper mills in Western Canada

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Techno-economic and life cycle assessments of the natural gas supply chain from production sites in Canada to north and southwest Europe

Amit Kumar, Krishna Sapkota, Olufemi Oni

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The development of a framework for the assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options for the agriculture sector

Amit Kumar

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The development of a techno-economic model for the extraction, transportation, upgrading, and shipping of Canadian oil sands products to the Asia-Pacific region

Amit Kumar, Krishna Sapkota, Olufemi Oni

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The development of an integrated model for the assessment of water and GHG footprints for the power generation sector

Amit Kumar

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The development of framework for the assessment of long-term energy efficiency options and associated greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in the chemical sector

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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