Industry Partner

Researchers at CERC have been involved in different research projects with industry partners, from contracts and agreements to combined research grants. The university invests $500 M annually on research, which can be used to leverage industrial support through several programs and mechanisms.


BC-SMART: Biofuels for decarbonizing long distance transport in BC  

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 – commercializing conventional and advanced transport Biofuels from Biomass and other renewable feedstocks

UBC Group: Forest Biotechnology & Bioenergy Lab (Jack Saddler)

Partners: Parkland Refinery, Boeing, YVR, Air Canada

Characterization and Mitigation of Methane Emissions in Real-World Conditions of a Marine Vessel

Wave modulation spectrometry (WMS) is a simple and inexpensive technology being used measure methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas, from the exhaust of natural gas-fuelled marine vessels, in partnership with Seaspan Ferries.

UBC Group: Pat Kirchen research group

Partners: Seaspan Ferries Corporation

Visual Characterization of a Pilot-Ignited Direct-Injection Natural Gas Combustion

 A convertible thermodynamic/optical engine at CERC is being used to understand what happens inside an engine cylinder with a direct-injected diesel and natural gas fuel system that can lower the greenhouse gas emissions in heavy-duty trucks by 10-15%.

UBC Group: Pat Kirchen research group

Partners: Westport Fuel System

CERC Spin-off Companies

Membrane Reactor Technology

A membrane reactor for high purity hydrogen production (John Grace & Jim Lim)

Mangrove Technology 

An electrochemical reactor for converting CO2 and saline wastewater into chemicals and reusable water (David Wilkinson)

Highbury Energy

A pilot dual fluidized bed biomass gasifier for liquid and gaseous biofuels (Paul Watkinson & Tony Bi, Naoko Ellis John Grace, Jim Lim)

Agora Energy Technologies Ltd

CO2redox flow battery for large-scale energy storage (Elod Gyenge)