Conversion of Petroleum Coke to More Valuable Products with Zero CO2 Emissions

The production rate of petcoke is growing rapidly because of continuous increase in the volume of heavy crudes. This poses a long-term challenge to the upgrading and refining plants to find an economical petcoke utilization approach and reduce their waste products and also environmental impacts. In addition to its profitability feature, this technology should ideally have minimum environmental impacts. Thus, the aim of this project is development and techno-economic optimization of a commercial scale petcoke-based plant that employs novel technologies to produce fuels, chemicals and electricity with zero CO2 emissions. After investigation of different scenarios, the best strategies (based on profitability, thermal efficiency, capital cost, CO2 emissions, etc.) will be introduced to the industrial partner for further research and possibly experimental tests.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ali Elkamel


Yaser Khojasteh Salkuyeh


Lakes Environmental Software


Engineering - chemical / biological


Environmental industry


University of Waterloo



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