Kevork Hacatoglu received an honors degree in Chemical Engineering Environmental Option from the University of Toronto in June 2006. MES 2008.
Kevork is now working on other areas of energy and sustainability at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa (pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering).
Supervisors: David Layzell (Biology); James McLellan (Chemical Engineering).
There are many concerns regarding our reliable access to fossil fuels. Global issues affect our access to a steady supply of oil, oil sands development and increasing demand are putting stress on our natural gas supplies, and environmental concerns surround the use of coal. The replacement of nonrenewable fossil fuels by fuels derived from biological sources is already very popular in Europe and gaining recognition in North America.
His thesis focused on the production of SNG (substitute natural gas) from biomass through biological (anaerobic digestion) and thermochemical (gasification) conversion processes. The feasibility of the process from both a technical and economical point of view will be investigated including the possibility of injecting SNG directly into the TransCanada natural gas pipeline network. Possible end-uses for SNG include use as a transportation fuel or to generate heat and power.
January 2011: "Feasibility study of a Great Lakes bioenergy system," was recently published in Bioresource Technology 2011, vol. 102, pp. 1087-1094.
March 2010: One manuscripts was recently accepted by Environmental Science and Techology (ES&T) http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es901561g