Analysis and optimization of networking and energy co-product recovery opportunities in Bécancour’s industrial park and port

Description

Bécancour’s industrial park and port are home to 11 industrial enterprises and more than 15 service companies. Collectively, they use a number of energy sources for their industrial processes and heating. Some also generate energy locally as a main product or co-product. It is possible to decarbonize this energy consumption through various circular economy strategies, including process optimization and the local reuse of waste heat, as well as the establishment of local energy co-product exchanges and joint infrastructures for co-product sharing.

Rooted in industrial ecology, the strategy involves the identification and implementation of industrial synergies within a park, territory or region to spark a culture of industrial by-product recovery, collaboration and resource sharing within industrial symbioses. The technical and economic analysis and eventual optimization of the options to implement the opportunities require a more comprehensive view of the networking possibilities for local stakeholders and a more local perspective to ensure stakeholders’ long-term participation. In the case of industrial synergies involving pooling or joint investments, the participation of all stakeholders is required.

The overarching objective is two-fold. The first is scientific and relates to the development of a mixed integer linear programming model to optimize the opportunities for synergies and industrial networking within an industrial park. The second is practical and relates to the realization of a technical and economic study of the opportunities to decarbonize the energy sources used in Bécancour’s industrial park and port.

Themes

  • Decarbonization
  • Eco-efficiency
  • Industrial ecology
  • Operations Optimization
  • Processes

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Collaborators

Léo Lamy-Laliberté

Polytechnique Montréal

Amount granted

$15,000
Mapping the political economy of regional electricity integration in northeastern Canada and the United States

Description

The project aims to more clearly map the integration policy of the northeast’s electrical power sector by undertaking a comparative research project focused on the political economy of the energy transitions in Québec, New York, New England and the Maritimes. The recent success of the Champlain Hudson Power Express and ongoing challenges facing the New England Clean Energy Connect signal the need for a better understanding of the issues. Indeed, the ambition to position Québec at the centre of a regional circular economy as the battery of the northeast could intensify regional tensions given the unequal gains expected from trade between jurisdictions.

A number of research projects have explored the integration of the northeastern power sector, though most have focused on economic issues without considering broader political factors in much depth. In the spirit of comparative politics, the research will contrast policies in these respective jurisdictions in terms of a wide range of salient factors such as ideas, interests and institutions.

Themes

  • Canada–US relations
  • Climate policy
  • Comparative methods
  • Decarbonization
  • Energy policy
  • Transnational cooperation

Affiliated research axes

Axis 1: Change and Transition Management

Axis 4: Policy levers

Collaborators

Jonathan Rubin

University of Maine

Fabrice Mukkendi Mutombo

UQAM

Amount granted

$15,000
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec