Energy usage has increased significantly since the steam engine launched the industrial revolution. This is due to our ever growing human population, increased production of consumer goods, and rising use of energy intensive devices such as automobiles, cell phones, computers and climate comfort units. Instability in oil production and the inevitable depletion of fossil fuels is forcing scientists to find new resources and develop new technologies to keep pace with elevating energy demands.
The Chemical Engineering Department at McGill University has an extensive research effort related to energy which is listed below.
Energy Related Research Areas
- Hydrogen production from the electrolysis of water
- Hydrogen storage and molecular modeling of hydrogen storage
- Hydrogen fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells
- Methane recovery, storage and transportation using gas hydrates
- Oil and gas flow assurance
- Plasma technology to produce nano materials for energy conversion/storage devices
- Catalysis and catalytic processes for energy conversion technologies
- Production of Bio-SNG