SaskPower Clean Energy Research Chai​r (SCERCh)

Innovative Technologies for Generating Clean Energy

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About Us

Welcome

Welcome to the SaskPower Clean Energy Research Chair (SCERCh) webpage. I am Raphael Idem, a Professor of Process/Industrial System Engineering in the University of Regina, and the Chair holder of SCERCh. Part of my goals is to develop innovative, efficient and cost-effective clean energy technologies for Saskatchewan, Canada and the world at large.

The other part is to ensure that the general public is aware of and can evaluate the benefits of the developed technologies. This aspect will be made possible via this webpage.

I hope you find it not only informative but mind probing, as to how best we all can ensure that the energy we need, create and use remains clean.

– Dr. Raphael Idem

 

Vision

To be the leading developer of clean energy technologies for various energy sectors in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world at large.

Mission

To develop an innovative, efficient and cost effective portfolio of technologies that will pave the way towards a low or zero carbon economy thereby enabling governments, policy makers, and the community at large to practically address climate change and global warming issues.

Dr. Raphael Idem

Strategy

We have designed a portfolio of technologies aimed at producing clean energy. They are;

Click on any of the technologies above to read more and see our related publications.

 

SCERCh Strategy Diagram

SCERCh Strategy Diagram

Blogs

What’s Cooking

Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization

By: Emma Kwarteng-Brakwah

Though the post – combustion capture process by absorption – regeneration is the more mature technology in Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS), its cost reduction is still necessary and requires immediate attention. The high cost in the capture process relates principally to infrastructure, energy and disposal of the CO2 captured.

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Back to Basics

Effect of Temperature on Amine-CO2 Reaction Kinetics

By: Sam Rhule

In general, rate of chemical absorption of CO2 increases with increasing temperature. This is because an increase in temperature will raise the average kinetic energy of the reactant molecules. Therefore, a greater proportion of molecules will have the minimum energy necessary for an effective collision that yields the product. This was observed in our experiments for the absorption temperature regime (40 - 60 ºC)...

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News & Media

Thermogravimetric Analyzer with Differential Scanning Calorimeter (TGA)

Alberta’s Recovery Plan

Our chair, Dr Raphael Idem and Dr. Paitoon Tontiwachwuthikul were acknowledged in Alberta’s announcement on helping industry cut emissions and create jobs.

The mention was at 21 to 22 min in the video.

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RE: “Entropy Inc. Announces Technology Development and Funding Agreement with Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute”

SCERCh group is helping to bring CCUS back on track in Canada and the world at large.

Check out this exciting announcement by Entropy Inc., Calgary, Canada:

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“Elon Musk’s $100M US carbon capture contest offers ‘a lot of motivation’ for research: Sask. prof” – Nicholas Frew, CBC Reporter

As a team, our vision is “To be the leading developer of clean energy technologies for various energy sectors in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the world at large.” The carbon capture contest by Elon Musk provides as a good opportunity to see this vision through. Our Chair, Dr. Raphael Idem expresses his views in the article below:

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APEGS 2021 Annual Meeting and Professional Development Conference

Production of Clean Energy: What Can Engineers Do?

Raphael Idem, PhD, P.Eng. – Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science – University of Regina

Abstract: Energy is required for industrialization and maintaining/improving our standard of living. At the moment, the majority of the energy is sourced from fossil fuels. This leads to the generation of GHGs, especially CO2, which is blamed for global warming and climate change. Many useful strategies have been conceived to mitigate this issue. None is a silver bullet. Therefore, one policy fits all type solution may not work. What is needed is to select and mix strategies depending on the natural resources of each jurisdiction. The challenge lies in finding the most effective mixing formula for the least cost per jurisdiction such that the targets on environment, economy and society’s living standard are met. These are tasks engineers perform, which may involve research, development, design, construction, operation, etc.

This presentation discussed the strategies and the varied roles engineers can play based on their best strengths to achieve cost-effective solutions that meet the targets.

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