The Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute was established to provide a broad umbrella for all of the low-carbon and carbon-free clean energy research and development activities in the University of Regina. It evolved from the International Test Center for CO2 Capture (ITC), which focused solely on Carbon Capture activities. Some of the research areas of focus for CETRi are: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, CO2 Capture Related Activities, H2 Energy Technologies, including syngas, GTL and CTL, Bioenergy Technologies, Environmental & AI Applications in Clean Energy, Membrane Technologies, Alternative Energy Systems, including Wind and Solar Power, and Advances in Amine-Based & Other CO2 Capture technologies. Given the importance of research and demonstration of CO2 Capture and clean energy activities for both the University of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan, the creation of CETRi has become timely.
- To foster fundamental research in all areas of Clean Energy Technologies such as:
- testing programs for CO2 capture technologies to meet the needs of industry partners.
- advanced solvent-based CO2 Capture and other related technologies
- testing for capture systems related to natural gas and post combustion carbon dioxide capture.
- Clean Energy Projects such as H2 Energy Technologies, Bioenergy technologies, Environmental and artificial intelligence applications for process monitoring , Membrane Technologies, Alternative Energy Systems (wind, solar, geothermal)
- To develop research ties with other agencies, institutions and industry provincially, nationally and internationally to further the research goals of the Institute.
Teaching and Academic Goals:
- To provide increased opportunity for graduate and undergraduate learning experiences in all aspects of energy, environment and sustainability and to develop capacity in the area of sustainable energy development and use.
- To have as a long-range goal the effective development of interdisciplinary research in clean energy technologies issues.
- To develop “specialized” capacity and training in all areas of carbon capture as well as clean energy development and use.
- To promote faculty, staff and student research and projects with a clean energy focus.
- To encourage interaction with external agencies with an interest in clean energy issues, both domestically and internationally.
- To encourage the exchange of faculty and students with other institutions and agencies with similar interests.
- To stimulate interest and collaboration among faculty, students and the community in research into energy and the environment.
- To undertake coordination within the Energy, environment and sustainability cluster at the University of Regina.
Institutional and Community Goals:
- To place the University of Regina at the forefront of clean energy as well as carbon capture technologies development research nationally and internationally.
- To attract the best engineering, science, research and policy leaders to work together in the development of tools and solutions for sustainable energy exploitation and use.
- To develop a network at the University of Regina to undertake world-class research into clean energy technologies issues.
- To pursue levels of funding adequate for research into clean energy technologies.
- To seek out partnerships with institutions and agencies with an interest and expertise in clean energy technologies.
- To develop capacity at the University of Regina and for the community in the area of clean energy research and development.
- To support demonstration of clean energy technologies on campus and in the larger Saskatchewan community.
The Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute of the University of Regina is a research and demonstration institute that will integrate the existing clean energy, and CO2 Capture research expertise and undertake thematic research and projects to address challenges related to Greenhouse Gas mitigation and the development of alternative clean energy technologies. CETRi will also be working with researchers as well as academic units to develop “specialized” training programs and HQP’s for the clean energy and carbon capture industries.