Developing Detailed Energy System Models
Leading Canada's Net-Zero Emission Goals
This project will develop and publish spatially and temporally detailed models of the Canadian energy system that incorporate Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs). To achieve this goal, we will develop a suite of detailed chemical process models for NETs, and integrate these into a larger, pan-Canadian energy system optimization model to better represent the role and impacts of NETs on the net-zero transition.
Models for Business, Government and Society
Optimizing for Low-Risk and Cost-Effectiveness
By organically integrating NETs into detailed energy system models, this framework will identify optimal locations for NET deployment in the near-term, at the lowest risk and cost for businesses, government, and society. This will be done by including representations of the energy system, water resources, pipeline infrastructure, industrial up-scaling, and air quality impacts. Modeling results will help develop business cases for NET deployment, estimating their resource and material requirements in the process to ensure their sustainability, and generating estimates of their benefits for and costs to Canadians. Finally, these models will yield insights on the optimal cost and technical performance of new NETs: knowing which cost thresholds, system sizes, carbon removal efficiencies, and operational characteristics might accelerate their deployment would provide Canadian industry and government with benchmarks to target.
Developing Tools and Engaging Stakeholders