The University of Calgary is putting our Energy Research Strategy in Motion by taking a leadership role in developing and sharing the next great energy innovations that the world so urgently needs.
270+ faculty members who are engaged in energy research supervise more than 1500 graduate students and 110 postdoctoral scholars*. Internal investment and external funds have been devoted to promote collaborations, recruit new postdoctoral scholars and graduate students, and attract new early career faculty. These actions bolster our expertise in key areas and and promote multidisciplinary collaboration to develop the innovations needed to transition to a low-carbon future, while harnessing unconventional resource with reduced environmental footprint.
In January 2016, The University of Calgary and the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) signed a collaboration agreement that opens up a long-term partnership to help Mexico boost its energy sector. The future Mexico site will be a key instrument in the country’s energy reform, which will draw upon the university’s world-leading expertise to solve complex challenges in technology, governance and regulation. Read more in UToday.
The Innovation of Oil Sands: Social, Economic and Technology (IOSSET) team is working to accelerate oil sands innovations by identifying the technical, economic and social factors that have contributed to the historically slow rate of innovation in the oil sands industry. Read more in UToday.
The Hydraulic Fracturing Innovation (HFI) Initiative has built an integrated multidisciplinary research cluster with broad expertise on issues related to hydraulic fracturing. HFI is using evidence-based research to advance hydraulic-fracturing science and engineering, and inform policy-makers, industry and the public. Read more in UToday.
In December 2014, the University of Calgary launched the Global Research Initiative in Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources Beijing Site. Focused on collaborative research, education and training, the Beijing Site leverages the University of Calgary’s world-class expertise in unconventional hydrocarbon resources and technologies in shale and tight gas and oil, coal-bed methane, heavy oil, oil sands, bitumen and gas hydrates. Read more about the Beijing Site.
In partnership with the Containment and Monitoring Institute (CaMI) and industry partners, the University of Calgary is developing a Field Research Station (FRS). The FRS provides the rare opportunity for in-field testing of technologies for measurement, monitoring and verification of secure underground storage of CO2. Read more about the Field Research Station.
The University of Calgary is accelerating innovations from lab to field applications through two strategic partnerships with Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT Polytechnic) and Kinetica Ventures. By leveraging SAIT’s applied research and prototyping capabilities and Kinetica Ventures technology de-risking, University of Calgary innovations are positioned to make a realworld impact.
A team of researchers is using algal biotechnology to capture and reuse the carbon released from burning fossil fuels. The group hopes to address the economic and technological limitations of current algae processes. By using communities of algae in biofilms, the group is aiming to create a robust, net-zero carbonemitting technology. Read more on the Energy Bioengineering and Geomicrobiology website.
Through technological advances in the interconversion of fuels, CO2, and electricity, the Calgary Advanced Energy Storage and Conversion Research Technology (CAESR-Tech) group is focused on energystorage technologies that will be critical as the world transitions to a low-carbon energy system. Read more in UToday.
In October 2014, Dr. Steven Bryant was recruited to Canada from the U.S. as Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Materials Engineering for Unconventional Oil Reservoirs at the University of Calgary. Dr. Bryant is leading a multidisciplinary program to develop a new era of unconventional oil technologies that balance the world’s energy needs with reduced environmental impacts. Read more about the CERC.
The University of Calgary undertook broad consultation to shape the research priorities for the Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow Research Strategy, which was launched in 2013. Through the Energy Research Strategy, our 270+ energy scholars* aim to address the four Grand Challenges.
* At the time of its publication in September 2013, Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow listed "more than 200 faculty members, 550 graduate students, and 40 postdoctoral scholars" as involved in energy research. As of April 2016, these figures have changed to more than 270 faculty members, 1500 graduate students, and 110 postdoctoral scholars.