Energy and Natural Resources

Track Description:
Given the realities of climate change and social licence to practice, industry and academia continue to explore opportunities to minimize the impact of natural resource extraction and processing through efficiency gains, novel production methods, effluent sequestration and treatment, and clean energy production and storage. Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is critical for the future. Energy is central to nearly every major global challenge. This technical track explores traditional and emerging technologies in resource extraction, energy production, oil and gas processing, affordable and clean energy, energy storage, and the energy/carbon economy.

Track Organizers:
Markus Li, Envent Engineering
Michael Pegg, Dalhousie University
Edris Madadian, Dalhousie University
Adango Miadonye, Cape Breton University


Sessions in Track: Energy and Natural Resources

Carbon Economy

Keynote Speaker:
Robin Hughes, National Resources Canada

Keywords: greenhouse gas mitigation, carbon capture, post-combustion, pre-combustion, chemical looping, innovative separation technologies, integrated processes and process analysis, carbon storage, CO2 conversion, CO2 utilization

Energy Storage and Conversion

Keynote Speaker:
Dominic Groulx, Dalhousie University

Keywords: electrochemical energy storage, batteries, hydrogen production, fuel cells, thermal energy storage, new technologies for energy storage, energy harvesting, energy conversion technologies, conversion efficiency

Oil and Gas

Keywords: oil, bitumen, coal, shale oil shale gas, gas hydrates, natural gas

Renewable Energy

Keywords: biofuels, biomass, solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, thermochemical conversion, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction, mixed fuels, unconventional applications of renewable energy, innovative devices