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CMC CO2lloquium – Carbon Conversion

November 27, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this special session, CMC brings three speakers together to talk about promising developments in the field of carbon conversion.

Location: Room C128, University Research Centre, 3535 Research Road NW, Calgary
Time & Date: 1 pm to 3 p.m., Friday, November 27, 2015

To Attend: Please RSVP to Joan.Smart@cmcghg.com. She will leave your name at the front security desk for access. To reach her by phone: 403 210-7104. To attend by conference call, please advise Joan and she will send the link.

Michal T. Bialkowski, Group Leader, Plant Process Concepts/Future Technologies/Carbon Capture and Utilization, GE, Switzerland
Title of Talk: Renewable energy driven CO2 utilization and decarbonization
Details: Electrochemical conversion of CO2 can valorize CO2 emissions and bridge industrial needs for sustainability and lower carbon footprint with energy generation dominated by renewables.

Olaf Stallmann, Program Manager Oxyfuel and RCC, GE, Switzerland
Title of Talk:

Sona Kazemi, Chief Technology Officer, Mantra Energy
Topic: Electrochemical Conversion of CO2: A promising solution for reduction of GHG emissions and storage of clean energy
Details: The oil sands industry is one of the largest producers and end-users of energy in Canada. The growing production from the oil sands and the consequent increasing energy use have resulted in increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, from 32 million tonnes (MMt) of CO2 in 2005 to 62 MMt of CO2 in 2013. This represents about 23% of Alberta’s total 2013 emissions of 267 MMt. The 2008 climate change action strategy call for an Alberta emissions target of 236 MMt CO2/year by 2020, and 176 MMt CO2/year by 2050 shows an urgent need to address this issue by considering all potential solutions, including CO2 capture for storage or reuse.

Among the possible strategies to address the GHG emissions issue, CO2 capture and conversion using clean energy sources is of particular specific interest to Mantra Energy Alternatives. Mantra Energy is a Canadian clean-tech incubator that is developing two technologies that can work independently or in conjunction to reduce GHG emissions from a variety of sources.

The first patented Mantra technology is the ERC (Electro-Reduction of CO2), an electrochemical process used to convert CO2 to a variety of chemicals and fuels, including synthesis gas (syngas) and formate brines. Syngas is used to produce synthetic chemicals, petroleum, and fuels such as methanol, diesel, and naphtha, for a variety of applications such as on-demand power generation or bitumen dilution. Formate brines can be used for oil well completion or in Mantra’s second patented technology; the Mixed Reactant Fuel Cell (MRFC), for on-demand clean power production. The loop that generates formate brines using renewable electricity in the ERC and then later consumes the formate brine to produce on-demand electricity in the MRFC, can essentially provide a scalable energy storage system.

Speaker Bio: Before completing her PhD at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Sona Kazemi received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Her research work has included fuel cell design, development, and operation, MEA and catalyst layer preparation and characterization, electro-analytical characterization, and bio-fuel cell design and development for electricity generation from wastewater. Sona worked extensively on microbial fuel cells, and is especially capable in the realm of electrochemical system modeling and simulation.



November 27, 2015
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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CMC Research Institutes
403 210-7104


University Research Centre
Rm. 128, 3535 Research Road NW
Calgary, Alberta Canada
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