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July 23, 2014   

University of Saskatchewan clean coal research receives funding

University of Saskatchewan researcher Todd Pugsley
March 18, 2011

A three-year coal gasification project led by University of Saskatchewan researcher Todd Pugsley has been awarded nearly $1.2 million to design, test and build prototypes of a new catalytic gasifier with the support of key researchers from the University of Regina.

Results from the gasifier project could provide a more cost effective and reliable clean energy product which uses low-grade coal and petroleum coke as its fuel source. The technology could potentially reduce capital and operating costs by 30 per cent for next generation power plants.

“The projected growth in global energy demand means that we will need to make use of all of our energy resources, including coal,” said Pugsley, U of S professor of chemical engineering lead investigator on the project. “This project will be a critical step in ensuring we can use coal in a cleaner fashion and in developing Canadian clean coal expertise and know-how that will be exportable worldwide.”

The funding was announced at the University of Regina March 17 by John Baird, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. It includes $899,000 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and $300,000 from Carbon Management Canada, with commitments from other key stakeholders supporting clean energy production within the industry.

For more information, see “Government of Canada backs clean coal power generation” at the Western Economic Diversification website: http://www.wd.gc.ca/eng/77_12772.asp

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