NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Chair Program in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering

Canada is a leading energy-producing country, and its energy sector plays a critical role in its economy. The production, conversion, and use of energy has environmental impacts including increases in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, fresh water consumption, and land use disturbances. Canada’s large energy sector must deal with these issues. The focus of the research program is to identify pathways to low carbon energy systems based on cost, life cycle environmental impacts, and resource availability.


While there has been considerable research on the development of technologies for the production, conversion, and use of energy, relatively little has been done at the systems level to understand and evaluate the relationship between energy and the environment. The Industrial Research Chair program is aimed at assessing technologies of energy production, conversion, and use at the systems level, along with associated environmental impacts through development of fundamental science based models. This aims at developing Canada’s fundamental research capacity in the area of assessment of energy pathways.


This research program will train researchers who can contribute to the Canadian workforce and will help in contributing towards Canada’s effort in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Life cycle analysis of bitumen transportation to refineries by rail and pipeline

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo

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A techno-economic comparison of centralized and distributed mobile pyrolysis systems for the production of bio-oil from hardwood

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Application of artificial intelligence to estimate life cycle GHG emissions in the production of transportation fuels from bitumen

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Assessing the impacts and costs of using low carbon energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

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Assessing the potential impact and cost of using low carbon energy technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

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Assessing the potential to generate heat and electricity from the wastes produced in Alberta industrial heartlands

Amit Kumar, Prashant Patel, Mahdi Vaezi

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Assessing the potential to generate heat and electricity in an integrated waste-to-value added facility in Alberta

Amit Kumar, Prashant Patel, Mahdi Vaezi

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Assessment of environmental and economic footprints of energy storage systems.

Amit Kumar

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Assessment of greenhouse gas reduction options for Canada’s iron, gold, and potash mining sectors.

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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Assessment of natural gas supply chains from Canada to Europe

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Krishna Sapkota

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Biomass and waste feedstock inventory for Canada

Amit Kumar

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Co-processing of bio-oil and crude oil in a conventional refinery: Cost and bio-carbon content assessments for different pathways

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Ali Alizadeh

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Comparative techno-economic analysis of bio-coal production through dry and wet torrefaction of biomass feedstocks

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Conversion of biomass and municipal solid waste into renewable jet fuel

Amit Kumar, Wasel-ur Rahman, Madhumita Patel

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Developing a framework for natural gas transmission GHG life cycle assessments

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Olufemi Oni

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Development of Biomass Feedstock Inventory for Canada

Amit Kumar

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Development of long-term GHG mitigation options for the Canadian oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Adetoyese Oyedun, Matthew Davis, Eskinder Gemechu

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Development of optimal location of biorefinery through integration of GIS and techno-economic models

Amit Kumar

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Development of rigorous refining model simulation models to determine the greenhouse gas emission impact of Canadian crude oil blends in a refinery

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Development of techno-economic and greenhouse gas emissions models for the assessment of valuable metals recovery from the oil sands

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Development of techno-economic models for the assessment of utility-scale electro-chemical energy storage technologies

Amit Kumar

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Identification of best energy efficiency opportunities in Alberta’s petroleum refining sector

Amit Kumar, Olufemi Oni, Ali Talaei

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Large-scale hydrogen production from alternative sources for hydrogen economy.

Amit Kumar

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Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning System - Application to Canada.

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

Misc

Long-term energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in the cement industry: A case study of Canada

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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Long-term evaluation of carbon capture and low-carbon energy technologies in the oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

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Market penetration modeling of bitumen extraction technologies into Alberta's oil sands industry

Amit Kumar, Saeidreza Radpour

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Optimal siting of municipal solid waste to energy conversion facilities through a GIS-based framework

Amit Kumar, Md Shahinoor Islam

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Production of renewable diesel from woody biomass and agricultural residue: a techno-economic analysis comparative study

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Prospects of renewable natural gas in North America: A review of feedstock availability, conversion technology, economic viability and emissions reduction potential.

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Quantifying uncertainty in life cycle assessments of transportation fuels

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Olufemi Oni

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Techno-economic analysis of ammonia production from black liquor gasification and co-gasification with pulp and waste sludges

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Techno-economic analysis of carbon capture of flue gases from coal and natural gas using amine separation

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Elvis Ibadin

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The development of a framework for the assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options and cost curves for the mining sector

Amit Kumar

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Uncertainty in life cycle GHG emissions of biofuels due to coproduct utilization

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Nafisa Mahbub

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Well-to-tank (WTT) energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the vapor solvent oil sands extraction process

Amit Kumar, Mohammad Ikthair Hossain Soiket

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Which crudes have the lowest GHG emission intensity? A discussion on perspective

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Olufemi Oni

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Ali Talaei was awarded Alan Wharmby Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Mechanical Engineering for the year 2017-18

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

Award

A comparative analysis of hydrogen production from the thermochemical conversion of algal biomass

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Mayank Kumar

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A comparative techno-economic analysis of algal thermochemical conversion technologies for diluent production

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Mayank Kumar

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A review and analysis of the models used to assess the market penetration of energy technologies with a focus on quantity-based models

Amit Kumar, Saeidreza Radpour

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A review of the process model and parametric study for the hydrothermal gasification of algal biomass

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Mayank Kumar

Scholarly Refereed Journal

A review of the value-added chemicals and materials from bio-based lignin feedstocks.

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

Book Chapter

A techno-economic assessment of renewable diesel and gasoline production from aspen hardwood

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Ammonia production from black liquor gasification and co-gasification with pulp and waste sludges: A techno-economic assessment

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

Scholarly Refereed Journal

An assessment of opportunities for cogenerating electricity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

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Assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options for Canada’s oil sands

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Assessment of energy storage technologies: a literature review; formerly Techno-economic and life cycle assessments of electrical energy storage technologies: a literature review

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Assessment of long-term energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas emissions mitigation options for the cement industry

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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Assessment of the impacts of process-level energy efficiency improvement on greenhouse gas mitigation potential in the petroleum refining sector

Amit Kumar, Olufemi Oni, Ali Talaei

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Comparative techno-economic assessment of producing pure CO2 from flue gases produced from fossil fuel plants using amine and ammonia separation

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Elvis Ibadin

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Developing a greenhouse gas life cycle assessment framework for natural gas transmission pipelines

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Development of a techno-economically optimized framework for assessment of decentralized production of bio-oil

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Energy efficiency improvement opportunities and associated greenhouse gas abatement costs for the residential sector

Amit Kumar

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Evaluating energy and greenhouse gas emission footprints of thermal energy storage systems for concentrated solar power applications

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Evaluating long-term greenhouse gas mitigation opportunities through carbon capture, utilization, and storage in the oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

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Evaluation of energy and GHG emissions’ footprints of bitumen extraction using Enhanced Solvent Extraction Incorporating Electromagnetic heating technology

Amit Kumar, Mohsen Safaei, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Evaluation of energy and greenhouse gas emissions of bitumen-derived fuels from toe-to-heel air injection extraction technology

Amit Kumar, Mohsen Safaei, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Extending sensitivity analysis using regression to effectively disseminate life cycle assessment results

Amit Kumar, Giovanni DiLullo, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Greenhouse gas emission abatement potential and associated costs of integrating renewable and low carbon energy technologies into the Canadian oil sands

Amit Kumar, Ryan Janzen, Matthew Davis

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How to model a complex national energy system? Developing an integrated energy systems framework for long-term energy and emissions analysis

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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How will Canada’s GHG emissions change by 2050? A disaggregated analysis of past and future GHG emissions using bottom-up energy modelling and Sankey diagrams

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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Key factors affecting greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s industrial sector: A decomposition analysis

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Ali Talaei

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Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions of upgrading and refining bitumen from the solvent extraction process

Amit Kumar, Mohammad Ikthair Hossain Soiket, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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Mapping Canadian energy flow from primary fuel to end use

Amit Kumar, Matthew Davis

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Market penetration models for energy technologies: a new approach based on a review

Amit Kumar, Saeidreza Radpour

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Options for conversion of by-products of pulp and paper mills in Western Canada

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Maryam Akbari

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Potential for energy efficiency improvement and greenhouse gas mitigation from Canada’s iron and steel industry

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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Predicting the biomass conversion performance in a fluidized bed reactor using an isoconversional model-free method

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

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Techno-economic and life cycle assessments of the natural gas supply chain from production sites in Canada to north and southwest Europe

Amit Kumar, Krishna Sapkota, Olufemi Oni

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The development of a framework for the assessment of energy demand-based greenhouse gas mitigation options for the agriculture sector

Amit Kumar

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The development of a process simulation model for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of a vapor solvent-based oil sands extraction and recovery process

Amit Kumar, Mohammad Ikthair Hossain Soiket, Olufemi Oni

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The development of a techno-economic model for the extraction, transportation, upgrading, and shipping of Canadian oil sands products to the Asia-Pacific region

Amit Kumar, Krishna Sapkota, Olufemi Oni

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The development of an integrated model for the assessment of water and GHG footprints for the power generation sector

Amit Kumar

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The development of framework for the assessment of long-term energy efficiency options and associated greenhouse gas emissions mitigation in the chemical sector

Amit Kumar, Ali Talaei

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The development of net energy ratio and life cycle assessment of large-scale energy storage systems

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu, Olufemi Oni

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The environmental performance of hydrogen production pathways based on renewable sources

Amit Kumar, Eskinder Gemechu

Book Chapter

Upgrading of bio-oil via hydrodeoxygenation

Amit Kumar, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel, Mayank Kumar

Book Chapter

What is the production cost of renewable diesel from woody biomass and agricultural residue based on experimentation? A comparative assessment

Amit Kumar, Raj Gupta, Adetoyese Oyedun, Madhumita Patel

Scholarly Refereed Journal