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Joint seminar with China-Canada bioenergy Centre Development of biomass pyrolysis polygeneration and pyrolysis product upgrading October 21, 2021 @ 4:00 PM Abstract As the only carbon contained renewable energy resources, the utilization of biomass is the key for the problem between energy and environment. Pyrolysis can convert biomass to gas fuel, liquid oil and solid […]
Building on work conducted at UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) over the past 15 years, the new Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) will bring together top academic researchers and industry partners to create leading-edge technologies that could significantly reduce our reliance on carbon-intensive fossil fuels. From left: Dr. Pat Kirchen, associate professor in the UBC Department […]
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor John Ross Grace on 26 May 2021. He was greatly loved and respected in the Clean Energy Research Centre.  Dr. Grace was a founding member of the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC).  In the year that he served as an acting director of […]
CERC Seminar New Generation Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells May 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM Abstract Platinum Group Metal-free (PGM-free) catalysts have been extensively developed for both Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) and Alkaline Exchange Membrane (AEM) fuel cells aiming automotive, stationary and portable applications. In this lecture we will address the critical challenges that our team […]
CERC Seminar Understanding Coupled Transport and Reaction Processes in Fuel Cells Using Advanced Diagnostic Techniques April 26, 2021 @ 11:00 AM Abstract around the world. However, these power sources are intermittent and reliable management of renewable resources on the power grid requires a combination of flexible demand and energy storage. As an example, California had […]

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Upcoming Events + Seminars

    Events + Seminars Archive

    • CERC Research Seminar – January – 7th Jan 2021 1:00:pm
      Collaborating seminar with CHBE Utilization and Electrocatalytic Conversion to Products January 15, 2021 @ 1:00 PM Abstract Renewably powered CO2 electrocatalysis presents an opportunity to de-carbonize fuel and chemical production. Ultimate application of CO2 reduction will require electrocatalytic systems that provide reactants, electrons, and products at high rate and efficiency, and that are compatible with established upstream and downstream...
    • CERC Research Seminar – February – 22nd Feb 2021 3:00:pm
      The Path and Opportunities Toward Hydrogen Energy Development February 22, 2021 @ 3:00 PM Abstract The hydrogen development faces four major challenges, or requires “Four Miracles”, as suggested by Dr. Steven Chu (the former Secretary of US DOE): (1) the hydrogen production, (2) the hydrogen storage and delivery, (3) the fuel cell durability and cost,...
    • CERC Seminar – March – 29th Mar 2021 11:00:am
      RNG in BC: some observations from the field March 29, 2021 @ 11:00 AM Abstract Late in 2019, I was invited to evaluate a proposed RNG facility to be built in the lower mainland. I knew that meeting BC’s GHG targets would require fuel switching to electricity or RNG in legacy buildings (>50% of buildings...
    • CERC Seminar – April – 26th Apr 2021 11:00:am
      Understanding Coupled Transport and Reaction Processes in Fuel Cells Using Advanced Diagnostic Techniques April 26, 2021 @ 11:00 AM Abstract Solar, wind and other renewable energy technologies enabled transformation and decarbonization of the power generation sector around the world. However, these power sources are intermittent and reliable management of renewable resources on the power grid...
    • CERC Seminar – May – 25th May 2021 11:00:am
      New Generation Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells May 25, 2021 @ 11:00 AM Abstract Platinum Group Metal-free (PGM-free) catalysts have been extensively developed for both Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) and Alkaline Exchange Membrane (AEM) fuel cells aiming automotive, stationary and portable applications. In this lecture we will address the critical challenges that our team has faced...
    • Carbon Capture and Conversion webinar series – 27th May 2021 10:00:am
      Carbon Capture and Conversion webinar series The webinar series consists of four 90-minute talks that include a speaker from the CCC industry, a panel discussion with industry professionals, and a Q&A session. The topics and dates of each talk in the series are given below: Discussion of Large Scale Carbon Capture Implementations and Future Challenges...
    • CERC Seminar – September – 29th Sep 2021 11:00:am
      Sustainable Aviation Fuel/Biojet Technologies – CommercializationStatus, Opportunities and Challenges September 29, 2021 @ 11:00 AM Abstract Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will have to play a major role if the aviation sector is to meet its climate goals. However, to date, commercialization has been slow and current policies have proved inadequate to accelerate commercialization and widespread...
    • CERC Seminar – October 2021 – 21st Oct 2021 4:00:pm
      Development of biomass pyrolysis polygeneration and pyrolysis product upgrading October 21, 2021 @ 4:00 PM Abstract As the only carbon contained renewable energy resources, the utilization of biomass is the key for the problem between energy and environment. Pyrolysis can convert biomass to gas fuel, liquid oil and solid char efficiently, it can convert biomass...

    Funding + Awards Opportunities

    2020-2021: Alexandre Babin and Steven Zimmerman 2019-2020: Joseph English and Eric Lee About the Award John Tiedje was a graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering at UBC who went on to a successful career with Imperial Oil, where he was responsible for developing several new processes for converting petroleum into value-added products. He served as […]