Welcome to Greener Production @ Waterloo

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

Greener Production @ Waterloo 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. Aug. 17, 2022New project with the Transition Accelerator
    a poster about the project

    Our group receives a 2022 Transition Pathways research grant to study the potential of connecting fuel cell electric vehicles (#FCEVs) to the grid, suppoted by the Transition Accelerator.

  2. July 8, 2022Mike and Ankit presented their works in IGEC2022

    In the 14th International Green Energy Conference, Mike and Ankit presented their works "Hybrid battery and hydrogen energy storage for a 100% wind power microgrid" and "Sustainability assessment of ethylene production from waste sewage sludge," respectively. And Mike won the "Best Student Presentation Honorable Mention"! Congratulations to both Mike and Ankit!

  3. July 6, 2022Our paper on power-to-ammonia is accepted in iScience!
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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.