Natural Gas Production
Renewable natural gas (RNG) has the potential to replace 50% of Canada’s natural gas consumption and reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 108 million tons of CO2 equivalent per year. Forest residues have the largest untapped potential to produce RNG by thermochemical processes. The goal of this project is to create breakthrough advances in the technologies required to economically produce RNG at scale from wood based biomass. RNG production via thermochemical and catalytic pathways using novel catalysts will be developed. The project outcome is the technical, economic and design information needed to construct a demonstration plant at a pulp mill in B.C. This project is conducted In collaboration with partners the BC Pulp and Paper BioProducts Alliance (BC BioAlliance: an applied research and innovation consortium of Canfor, Catalyst, Domtar, Harmac, Mercer, Paper Excellence, and West Fraser) and FPInnovations.
Natural Gas Distribution
Natural Gas Storage and Refueling
Natural Gas Consumption
• Air-fuel dilution and hot surface ignition technologies for natural gas engines
Policy and Decision Support
Several technology solutions have been proposed (e.g. power to gas, RNG, CCU, etc.) for how a decarbonized natural gas pipeline network can contribute to a future low-carbon energy system in Canada, especially for domestic heating. This project will develop an energy system model for Canada similar to the U.S. EIA model that will permit the impact of technology and policy changes to be modelled. The model will create a platform that will be used to assess the contribution of identified technology options to achieving carbon emissions reductions and how they compete with alternatives. The team will collaborate with the Sustainable Gas Institute at Imperial College in London on this project.