Natural Gas

 

Key Stats to Date

Initiated in 2016

$2.5 M Funding Secured

18 Industry Partners

15 Academic Principal Investigators


Production systems must minimize emissions while preserving the attractive economics of gaseous fuel. We are developing technologies to increase the penetration of renewables in gas supplies, and to track emissions with distributed sensors.

Transportation systems must be economical across many scales. We are developing novel liquefaction technologies and infrastructure models for optimized supply chains.

Storage and refueling systems are the source of significant cost, complexity and emissions. We are developing models, simulations, and experimental platforms on liquefied natural gas (LNG) state during storage, transfer, distribution, spills, and leaks.

Conversion of natural gas into useful energy must be efficient with minimized emissions. We are developing the next-generation engine and combustion systems for blended dual fuel combustion, dedicated natural gas engines and emissions catalysis.

Underpinning any responsible alternative fuel adoption is the complete life-cycle assessment of its impact, including greenhouse gas emissions. Our research focuses on economic and emissions modelling of distribution options with complete business case assessment, and decision analysis.


Walter Mérida

Professor, Associated Dean of Research and Industrial
Partnership, Director of CERC |
Department of Mechanical Engineering

 


Paul Blomerus

Industry Partnerships Advisor |
Clean Energy Research Centre

 


Kevin Wei

Natural Gas Futures Project Manager |
Clean Energy Research Centre

 


Tony Bi

Professor |
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

 


Joshua Brinkerhoff

Assistant Professor |
School of Engineering, UBC-O

 


Cigdem Eskicioglu

Professor |
School of Engineering, UBC-O

 


Kasun Hewage

Professor |
School of Engineering, UBC-O

 


Mina Hoorfar

Professor, Director |
School of Engineering, UBC-O

 


Jasmin Jelovica

Assistant Professor |
Department of Mechanical Engineering

 


Patrick Kirchen

Assistant Professor |
Department of Mechanical Engineering

 


Eric Li

Assistant Professor |
Faculty of Management, UBC-O

 


Sunny Li

Assistant Professor |
School of Engineering, UBC-O

 


Mark Maclachlan

Professor |
Department of Chemistry

 


Steve Rogak

Professor |
Department of Mechanical Engineering

 


Rehan Sadiq

Professor, Associate Dean |
School of Engineering, UBC-O

 


Kevin Smith

Professor |
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

 


Mike Wolf

Professor |
Department of Chemistry

 


Naomi Zimmerman

Assistant Professor |
Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

Our researchers are experts in a wide range of natural gas research areas including: energy system modelling, complex system design, chemistry, thermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics, combustions and emissions, economic and emissions modelling, life cycle assessment, and more.

We have developed strong connections with a diverse group of government and industry partners that help maximize both the relevance and impact of our efforts.

We develop our research projects to address our partners interests and concerns. With our world-class researchers and state-of-art techniques, we provide sophisticated models and breakthrough technologies to help our partners lead in natural gas industry.

Collaborating with Natural Gas Futures allows partners to leverage their research investment with matching funds from the federal and provincial programs.