Leading carbon capture experts on campus

By Costa Maragos Posted: October 27, 2016 10:00 a.m.

(l-r) Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Research) at the U of R; Geoffrey Murphy, Director of Partnerships Division with Natural Resources Canada; Jazmin Mota, Director of Clean Technologies - Mexican Ministry of Energy and Stephanie Duran, Director for International and External Partnerships of the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management with the U.S. Department of Energy.
(l-r) Dr. Dena McMartin, Associate Vice-President (Research) at the U of R; Geoffrey Murphy, Director of Partnerships Division with Natural Resources Canada; Jazmin Mota, Director of Clean Technologies - Mexican Ministry of Energy and Stephanie Duran, Director for International and External Partnerships of the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management with the U.S. Department of Energy. Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

Leading experts on carbon capture technology are on campus sharing their research expertise.

The U of R is hosting the North American Trilateral Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Workshop. It’s being hosted in collaboration with The International CCS Knowledge Centre, Petroleum Technology Research Centre and SaskPower.

The workshop features delegates from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. representing industry, government and academic institutions.

Several researchers from the U of R’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science are taking part in the workshops and sharing their research expertise.

Other representatives include representatives from the Federal Commission of Electricity in Mexico; the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Carbon Capture Center and locally from SaskPower, Petroleum Technology Research Centre and The International CCS Knowledge Centre.

“We are excited to be at the University of Regina - which is leading some of the most innovative research on carbon capture and storage," says Stephanie Duran, Director for International and External Partnerships of the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management with the U.S. Department of Energy. "Saskatchewan is also a leader in this field, with Boundary Dam and Weyburn as two notable projects."  

Topics examined at the workshops include:
 
•    Best practices in planning, opening and running a carbon capture utilization storage centre.  
•    Developing collaboration in carbon capture among research centres;
•    CO2 capture from fossil fuel power plants and natural gas-fired industrial processes.

“I am excited at the opportunity of bringing academia together with industry and government to facilitate research that has international implications, promote local and international economic activity, and develop our next generation of leaders into global citizens," says Dr. David Malloy, Vice-President (Research) at the University of Regina

In addition, delegates will do site visits to plants and research centres, including the University of Regina’s Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute and SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage Project.