Greentech Lead America: Phoenix Canada has received a
Canadian Government Collaborative Grant for the company’s research project
called Efficient Catalytic Systems for Reverse Water Gas Shift (RWGS) Reactions
Based on Nano-Structured Nickel Catalysts.
The program will focus on developing a Low Carbon
Hydrocarbon Fuel (LCHF), a synthetic hydrocarbon fuel (the Phoenix Synfuel
technology) that is compounded from diverse sources of hydrogen and carbon.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC) is providing the fund for the grant. The research will be
directed by E. Baranova at the University of Ottawa.
LCHF, or Synfuel, is chemically identical to conventional
petroleum-based liquid fuels. The funded research will advance the development
of the Phoenix system to convert carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxide and
water, with flowsheets designed for commercial Synfuel production from carbon
monoxide compounded with hydrogen.
“Recently publicized discoveries of large scale
shale gas and oil reserves may be over-rated. By definition, shale is tight
rock – with minimal porosity and permeability, and yielding limited reserves.
Early and precipitous production declines are a virtual certainty. With world
oil demand now over 87-million barrels per day, each increasingly rare billion
barrel oil discovery covers less than 12 days of current world oil consumption.
We may logically conclude that the Phoenix Synfuel alternative can target the
replacement of conventional liquid fuels, and sooner rather than later,”
said Don Moore, Phoenix CEO.