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Renewable Natural Gas Through Electrocatalytic CO2 Conversion

Strategic Area

Energy - Technology and Innovation
GHG & Air Emissions




Natural Gas Innovation Fund
Ontario Research Fund – Research Excellence


Clean Growth Program



CGP Contribution

$ 1,304,000

Science & Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) Contribution

National Research Council Canada
$ 297,950

Project Total

$ 2,067,950



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Research at the University of Toronto

Lead Proponent

University of Toronto

Project Objectives

The objective of this project is to develop an electrocatalytic based carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion technology, which can convert captured CO2 into low carbon intensity synthetic methane (CH4) using clean electricity and water. This novel technology approach has the potential to reduce GHG emissions from the production and end use of natural gas.

Expected Results

This technology could potentially reduce GHG emissions from Canada’s upstream natural gas sector converting otherwise vented CO2 streams into synthetic methane. This would have the combined effect of lowering CO2 emissions from natural gas processing facilities while increasing methane yield, resulting in lower carbon intensity natural gas.

The project could also create a pathway for captured CO2 in urban areas where sequestration is not viable. In this case, CO2 emitted by industrial sources could be captured and converted to low carbon intensity synthetic methane, which would be injected into the local natural gas distribution system.

Anticipated Environmental Benefits: GHG reductions through the conversion of CO2 into low carbon intensity synthetic methane.

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