A professor at Waterloo Engineering is part of an ambitious, $24-million research project that received the green light from the federal government this week.
Dr. Yimin Wu, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, is a co-applicant on CANSTOREnergy: Seasonal storage of renewable energy, a six-year initiative involving dozens of participants.
Contributions from Wu will advance his work on an artificial leaf to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into alternative fuels and chemicals, climate-change research that attracted worldwide attention when it was published in a leading journal in 2019.
He expects to receive about $1 million of the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) support for the overall project, which is led by Dr. David Sinton of the University of Toronto.
“This funding will be a huge boost to my group as we continue our work in the CO2 reduction field and move the technology closer to industrial adoption,” Wu said.
'Critical to Canada achieving net-zero emissions'
“With a team effort, we will hopefully have large-scale adoption of this technology by the end of the project, which will be critical to Canada achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.”
CANSTOREnergy was one of six large-scale, interdisciplinary research projects approved through the NFRF Transformation initiative to address major challenges facing Canada, including overcoming cardiovascular diseases and developing non-invasive cancer therapy.
Its primary focus is on the development of a renewable energy storage solution – essentially storing excess summer-generated renewable energy for use in the winter – that considers local concerns and displaces fossil fuels.