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The U of R launches the Canadian Energy Transition Hub as part of Canada’s clean energy solution

News Release Release Date: April 16, 2021 11:00 a.m.

To help meet Canada’s climate change goals, the University of Regina has launched the Canadian Energy Transition Hub (CETH), a foundational part of the country’s clean-energy solution. Canada has joined 120 countries in committing to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which means our carbon emissions will be offset by an equal amount of carbon being removed or absorbed from the atmosphere.

This ambitious goal will require significant expansion of low-carbon energy technologies involving collaborations between researchers, government, industry, the public, and our communities. Residing within the University’s already-established Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute (CETRI), CETH will connect government and industry with research.

University of Regina associate professor of engineering Dr. Hussam Ibrahim, Director of CETRI explains that the Hub will focus on research related to carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), nuclear energy, hydrogen energy, and renewable energy. 

“Our team will facilitate connections between the supply and demand sides of the energy transition equation,” said Ibrahim. “If you are in the energy industry and have an energy transition-related problem to solve or opportunity to pursue, then our Hub will connect you with researchers who have expertise across a wide spectrum of disciplines as well as the research infrastructure at the lab, pilot, and demonstration scale.”

Hub researcher and U of R geologist Dr. Janis Dale, who has been working on geothermal energy processes for decades noted, “Our geothermal working group is expanding our expertise in harnessing geothermal potential with a working geothermal facility on campus that will serve as a living lab for research and training of future highly-qualified workers in the field.”

Dale added that the team behind the geothermal demonstration project will help address specific industrial challenges, as well as champion and encourage the use of geothermal in Saskatchewan by exploring its potential to produce electrical energy or directly heat air and water for various applications.

“CETH operates on a project-by-project basis to ensure focused, results-driven outcomes,” said Ibrahim. “The U of R’s research will also assist industries that support coal, oil, and natural gas resources meet greenhouse gas emissions targets.

“Our researchers are also making significant progress toward sustainably producing renewable fuels from biomass, natural gas, biogas, and organic wastes”

University of Regina economist Dr. Brett Dolter is excited to be part of the Hub.

“My research looks at both the economics of renewable energy and also public support for these technologies,” explained Dolter.  

Dolter noted that he’s currently part of a project looking into the cost and feasibility of meeting the City of Regina’s renewable energy target of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. Some of Dolter’s research includes predicting the capacity for solar power in Regina, looking into the other generation sources that could help supplement sun power, and trying to determine if people generally support moving in this direction.

“The Canada Energy Transition Hub brings together researchers across disciplines. Together, we have combined to offer a one stop shop for those looking for information on renewable energy and who want to collaborate to explore the potential these energy sources have here in Saskatchewan,” said Dolter.  

Dolter added that having researchers working together from different fields will create a thorough understanding of the future of renewable energy in Saskatchewan and Canada.

More information is available here.

NOTE: Interviews with Dr. Ibrahim can be arranged via the contact listed. 

About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees. The University of Regina was named the Research University of the Year in 2020 (undergraduate category) by Research Infosource.

 

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