Fourwaves Climate Change Research Fund 🌳

Because the advancement of research is vital to us.

The research fund

In collaboration with the University of Sherbrooke, we established the Fourwaves Climate Change Research Fund. A portion of our revenue will be directly allocated to support graduate students focusing on climate change studies, fostering faster innovation and research in this domain.

The research fund

The project

Kinetic analysis and validation of an electrocatalytic technology for converting combustion gas into gas
low-carbon synthesis.

By: Véronique Ducharme

Director: Bruna Rego De Vasconcelos

The project

Combustion gases are greenhouse gases (GHGs) that contribute to global warming. Thus, a technology for converting combustion gas into synthesis gas was developed at the Biomass Technologies Laboratory (LTB) in partnership with the NRC. This process uses renewable electricity, a low-cost catalyst and flue gas at its source, to produce a low-carbon fuel. The small-scale process was validated with real combustion gas from gasoline. However, the kinetics of reactions and mass transport are mechanisms that are still little known to the team. This project aims to better understand the intrinsic functioning of the process and to validate the technology with different sources of combustion gas.

An experimental plan with 3 variables (concentration of CO2, water and current intensity) will first be carried out, followed by tests on the installations of industrial partners, such as Séquoia Industries and the University of Sherbrooke, with combustion gases from biomass (Sequoia) and diesel (UdS). Then, a numerical model describing the behavior of the process will be produced from the data from these tests and the limitations associated with different industries can be identified.

Applications

The future scaling of this process and its adaptation to various GHG-emitting industries could enable a potential decarbonization path that would bring Quebec closer to achieving its GHG reduction objectives.

Applications