Welcome to Greener Production @ Waterloo

Our goal is to utilize renewable resources to improve global living standards.

Greener Production Group combines expertise in thermal science, material engineering and techno-economics to develop sustainable technologies for energy conversion and chemical production (e.g., hydrogen/ammonia production, energy storage, CO2 capture and utilization, biomass and hydrocarbon valorization). 

Both experimental and numerical methods are applied to develop a fundamental understanding of the thermodynamics and kinetics. Thermo-electro-chemical processes are of interest to maximize system versatility. The kinetics and reaction mechanisms can be obtained from high throughput benchtop reactors and physical models. System-level numerical analysis will be used to investigate the optimal operating conditions and the energy-chemical integration. Techno-economic analysis will be applied to evaluate the costs. These findings will accelerate the material development and process optimization and can facilitate the commercialization of these technologies.

We are looking for self-motivated undergraduates, graduates (both master and PhD), postdocs and visiting scholars to join our sustainable endeavour. Find out more about current opportunities in the openings page.

If you are interested in collaborating with our group, sponsoring some projects, or just chatting about energy and sustainability, please contact XiaoYu!

  1. Jan. 30, 2024DOE University Consortium EARNEST
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    Greener Production Group is part of the Department of Energy (DOE, US) University Consortium: An Equitable, Affordable & Resilient Nationwide Energy System Transition (EARNEST).

  2. Jan. 16, 2024Our study on connecting fuel cell electric vehicles to grid is on UWaterloo News

    We studied the potential economic and environmental benefits of using idling fuel cell electric trucks to generate electricity in the peak demand hours. More information can be found here.

  3. Jan. 15, 2024Congratulations to Daniel on finishing his MASc thesis!
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Meet our people

XiaoYu Wu

XiaoYu Wu

Assistant professor

A focus on sustainable energy conversion and chemical production processes!

XiaoYu Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. He obtained his PhD at MIT, and his MS and BS degrees in Zhejiang University. He is enthusiastic about sustainability, especially how clean technologies can impact sustainability and how developing countries can incorporate sustainability in the development.