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ENN and Carleton University to establish LNG research centre

LNG Industry,

Carleton University and ENN Group have signed an agreement to establish the Clean Energy Research Institute at the university’s Ottawa campus that will explore liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology and related clean energy technologies.

The institute will be located within the Faculty of Engineering and Design, and will conduct clean energy research and development programmes, evaluate natural gas liquefaction and storage technology, research the use of LNG in trucks and establish industrial and technical standards.

“We are delighted to partner with ENN Group on this important research and it is a natural fit,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “ENN is a world leader in clean energy innovation and one of our chief priorities at Carleton is to employ our skills to promote sustainable communities around the globe.”

“Canada is poised to become an LNG export leader given the many recent discoveries of shale natural gas,” said ENN Chairman Wang Yusuo. “Technologies such as those that Carleton University is working on will enable the industry to be more competitive and safely transport and store this valuable new resource.”

According to Environment Canada, natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel and can be 30-40% less expensive than traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel, given the large deposits of shale gas recently discovered in Canada and elsewhere.

Junjie Gu in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who began work with ENN GROUP in 2008, will direct the institute. To date, he has explored new areas of energy conversion and synthetic natural gas. The commercialisation of the technology is expected in 2015.

“This lab is a continuation of the collaboration with ENN and suits well our expertise in refrigeration, thermal energy and vehicle engineering,” said Gu. “We will focus on LNG research – from its production to LNG engines for trucks, exhaust emission control, and other areas.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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