Micro Geothermal Power Generation in Depleted Wells

Engineers use the earth's heat to create heat pumps, to store energy, and to generate power. As the world moves away from carbon fuels, geothermal resources are increasingly attractive, promising sustainable, reliable sources of energy. Fortunately, the oil industry has already provided infrastructure to access this resource—depleted horizontal oil and gas wells drilled to a minimal depth of 1500 m, where a supply a steady heat can be sourced at a minimum of about 60 °C.

CO2-less hydrogen gas production via RF (radiofrequency fields) methane pyrolysis

One of the major challenges today is reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) into the atmosphere and the increasing demand in the hydrogen energy sector. Currently, Steam Methane Reforming (SMR) is the industry standard in producing H2. Unfortunately, the H2 produced here is classified as “grey hydrogen” as the reaction between methane and water also produces carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane pyrolysis (MP) offers an alternative approach to H2 production as it decomposes methane molecules into H2 and solid carbon only, making the process significantly cleaner than SMR.

Behavioral mapping Using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to Predict Individual Behaviors and Team Dynamics

This project tackles the issue of knowledge incompleteness and lack of domain coverage in resume and job posting matching caused by the exploitation of domain-general resources. A variety of co-operative semantic/ontological resources will be used to filter out irrelevant resumes. A two-way (candidate to job and job to candidate) semantic-based automatic suitability ranking is proposed. The suitability is determined by the semantic distance of resumes and job postings, evaluated by their word embeddings.

Identification, localization, and characterization of human body inflammation using thermographic imaging

The research project undertaken by the intern is to investigate the relationship between inflammation and temperature, use that knowledge to define thermal metrics and develop a standard operating procedure for 3D thermal body imaging. During the project the intern will build a phantom to evaluate and optimize the performance of a commercially available 3D thermal imager for the identification, characterization and localization of inflammation.

Anomaly Detection in Highly Noisy Signals from Electrical Rotating Machines

Equipment failure is the primary source of unplanned downtime in industries working with rotating electrical machines. Fault detection at the early stages is an essential solution for reducing this downtime. Condition monitoring of machinery is the process of capturing and monitoring parameters such as vibrations to identify a developing fault. This project uses the data resulting from condition monitoring to develop anomaly detection algorithms for improving early-stage fault detection and diagnosis processes.

Hydrology and geochemical cycling of a complex urban stormwater system

The hydrologic cycle in major cities is influenced by roadways, rooftops, and other features, resulting in greater runoff and poorer water quality. At airport sites across Canada, de-icing compounds can also degrade water quality by altering water chemistry in surface ponds as well as subsurface water (i.e., groundwater). This project aims to characterize water movement between surface stormwater ponds and groundwater at the Calgary International Airport, to better understand the physical connections between these key parts of the hydrologic cycle.

Evaluation of CO2 Storage Potential in the Deep Mannville Coals - Phase 1: Vertical Well Injection Testing

To support blue hydrogen economy processes that generate CO2 as a by-product, and greenhouse gas (GHG) sequestration studies in general, the injection and storage of CO2 into deep (~1500m), un-minable coal seams hosted in the Mannville Formation of Alberta will be studied. A vertical (pilot) well will be drilled, cored, and completed in the target Mannville coal seams, and tested to determine the suitability of deep Mannville coals of Alberta for CO2 sequestration.

Biomarkers for detection of breast cancer and multiple myeloma using liquid biopsy - Year Two

Blood tests are highly sought after to enable earlier cancer detection. We previously developed a blood test for breast cancer that is in prospective clinical study in Alberta, Manchester (UK), Oklahoma (USA) and South Korea. The proposed project will investigate some clinical samples collected through this work to support the primarily focus of identifying biomarkers for a new cancer, multiple myeloma (MM). MM has a need for new monitoring approaches as it accounts for 10% of hematologic malignancies and is hard to cure, with a low five-year survival rate.

Performance Evaluation of Solvent Co-Injection Scenarios in Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD)-Based Bitumen Recovery

Through the outlined objectives and methodologies, this project aims at evaluating the performance of the solvent assisted bitumen recovery techniques under various operation scenarios and in presence of reservoir heterogeneities. The objectives are fulfilled through advance numerical reservoir simulation studies, detailed review of the present technologies, and analyzing the laboratory/field production results. Ms. Fazlyeva will be accomplishing the outlined tasks under direct supervisions of senior reservoir engineering and technology developers.

Development of optimized contact materials for interconnect layers in reversible solid oxide fuel cells for the conversion of CO2 and H2O to syngas

SeeO2 Energy has developed world-leading catalysts for reversible solid oxide fuel cell (RSOFC) systems with promising performance to produce syngas from H2O:CO2 feeds. The company has scaled-up the technology and has moved closer towards commercialization by building larger cells. However, assembling the RSOFC stack presents challenges due to issues associated with contact materials especially at the oxygen side of interconnects. The contact material connects the respective electrodes and interconnect and provides high electrical conduction paths between the interconnect and electrodes.

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