Natural Gas Research and Innovation Program

This program will bring together innovators from academia and industry who are developing solutions for the production, distribution and utilisation of natural gas. The Research and Innovation Program taking place on May 15, 2018 includes leading researchers, technology companies, customers and other stakeholders from Canada and around the world. The event is hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Clean Energy Research Centre and will create an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest technology developments, share best practices and network with industry experts.

Exhibiton Floor Auditorium, Vancouver Convention Centre East, Canada Gas and LNG 2018

The program will include presentations and discussions on:

  • Innovative fuel solutions for remote communities and industries
  • Technologies to increase the economic supply of renewable natural gas (RNG) 
  • Advances in natural gas engine efficiency and emissions reduction
  • The latest sensors, analysis and modelling techniques to increase safety and enhance environmental benefit
  • Cutting edge solutions for heat and power production from natural gas
  • New applications for gas like data centres
  • Carbon capture and utilisation
  • Deployment in novel vehicle and vessel applications

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Agenda

10:00 am Welcome and Program Start.

10:05 am Opening Keynote: Walter Merida – Clean Energy Research Centre.

10:15 am Session 1: Renewable Natural Gas Opportunities.

10:45 – 11:30 am Coffee Break.

11:30 pm Session 2: Renewable Natural Gas Solutions.

12:50 - 2:00 pm Session 3: Breakthrough Technologies – Tech Talks.

2:00 pm Session 3: Near-Zero Emissions Trucking for Urban and Long Haul Applications.

3:05 – 3:30 pm Coffee Break.

3:30 pm Session 4:  Natural Gas Engines Advances for Trucks, Ships and Trains.

4:00 pm Session 5: Remote Communities and Industries Using LNG for Power.

5:00 pm Wrap Up and Program Finishes.

DETAILED AGENDA AND SPEAKERS

Natural Gas Research and Innovation Program

May 15, 2018

Vancouver Convention Centre East

10:00 am Welcome and Program Start

10:05 am Opening Keynote: Walter Merida – Clean Energy Research Centre

The UBC Campus as a Living Lab program has created the opportunity to demonstrate a range of advanced clean technology solutions in a city- scale environment.  Dr. Merida will highlight some of these experiences and ongoing research areas at the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre, including the creation of Natural Gas Futures, a program focused on addressing the needs of the natural gas industry.

10:15 am Session 1: Renewable Natural Gas Opportunities

Renewable natural gas has the potential to replace up to 50% of Canada’s fossil sources and deliver massive greenhouse gas reductions in the process.  This session will address how much biomass supply there really is and what technology solutions are out there to economically convert it to renewable natural gas.

  • Sarah Smith – FortisBC : Utility perspective
  • ​Douglas Singbeil – FP Innovations:  Opportunities from forest residue
  • Christopher Bush - Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society : Opportunity from farming waste

Moderator: Scott Stanners – BC Bioenergy Network

10:45 – 11:30 am Coffee Break

11:30 pm Session 2: Renewable Natural Gas Solutions

  • Cliff Mui - Nexterra: Renewable energy from waste
  • Tony Bi – UBC: Research into catalytic conversion of woody biomass
  • Matt Babicki - G4 Insights: PyroCatalytic Hydrogenation for RNG production
  • Timothy Abbott – UBC : Advances in anaerobic digestion
  • Brad Douville – Greenlane Biogas : Upgrading to RNG for vehicles and pipelines

Moderator: Scott Stanners – BC Bioenergy Network

12:50 - 2:00 pm Session 3: Breakthrough Technologies – Tech Talks

Innovative companies are pushing the boundaries of efficiency and emissions. Learn how these path finders are seeking to change the paradigm of how to produce and use natural gas.

  • Peter Kostka - Etalim : Thermo-acoustic generators for CHP and remote power
  • Gary Schubak – Ekona Power: Direct hydrogen production from natural gas
  • Jaeson Cardiff - CleanO2 : Micro-carbon capture and utilization
  • Michael Wolf – UBC : New catalysts for methane emissions reduction
  • Todd Thompson  - Carnot Compression : Isothermal compression technology
  • Alan Clarke – iGen : Self-powered furnace
  • Rob Harvey  - Hydrogenics : Power to gas solutions for grid decarbonization
  • Bo Yang – Jereh : Micro-Liquefaction

Sandwich lunch will be provided.

2:00 pm Session 3: Near-Zero Emissions Trucking for Urban and Long Haul Applications

Drastic improvements to urban air quality are now being realised even as fleets save on fuel costs.  Renewable fuels enable similarly impressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions.  This session will examine the practicalities, experiences and potential.

  • Iain Johnstone – Clean Energy Fuels : Advances in CNG refuelling
  • Gary Olszewski – Port of Vancouver : Drayage truck emissions reduction project
  • Charlie Ker – Cummins Westport: Near-Zero NOx engine options
  • Sunny Li – UBC : Reducing fill time and increasing range with fast fill heat dissipation

3:05 – 3:30 pm Coffee Break

3:30 pm Session 4:  Natural Gas Engines Advances for Trucks, Ships and Trains

A wider and wider range of applications are now open to be fueled by natural gas thanks to the activities of engine manufacturers and their technology partners.  This session will highlight that latest developments and the research that has gone in to enabling these advances.

  • Dale Goudie - Westport Fuel Systems : Advances in gas engine technology for heavy-duty trucks
  • Jeremy Rochussen – UBC : Combustion visualisation and emissions measurement research
  • Les Gingell – MAN Diesel and Turbo : 2-stroke gas engines for open ocean shipping

4:00 pm Session 5: Remote Communities and Industries Using LNG for Power

Natural gas is an economical and clean alternative to diesel fuel for the generators powering remote industries and communities.  Several projects are already in progress in British Columbia. This session will highlight the progress made, while also exploring in more depth the technologies needed for liquefaction, transportation, transfer and vaporization of the LNG.

  • Jason McIvor – Cryopeak : LNG logistics for remote power applications
  • Amir Sharafian – UBC : LNG transfer optimisation and boiloff gas management
  • Kevin Markey – GP Strategies : LNG vaporisation solutions for remote LNG power
  • Derek Hosking – Siemens : LNGO solutions

5:00 pm Wrap Up and Program Finishes

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