Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Quebec Final 2016 - Thomas Ribeiro won first place

SOREL-TRACY, QC, April 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Thomas Ribeiro, secondary 4 student at Laval Senior Academy was awarded the Hydro-Québec First Prize, the highest distinction available at the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Quebec Final. He received a cash prize of 1 500 $, a trophy, and a trip to James Bay.


How can we decrease the growing rates of global warming and meet the future needs in energy in a green and cost-effective manner? This is the question that Thomas Ribeiro, xx years, from the Laval Senior Academy, asked himself. The presentation of his project '' SUPER PLANT '' at the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Québec Final 2016, seems to have convinced scientists who met him that he could very well do that: they granted him the highest honors, the Hydro-Québec First Prize.

Highlighted with a spectacular model, his proposal consists of a system for extracting the greenhouse gas found in the biomass wetlands found upstream of hydroelectric dams. These extracts, rich in methane and carbon dioxide, are used in a complex system involving the oxidation of methane, a Sabatier reaction and methanotrophic bacteria to produce energy in the form of electricity and heat while ultimately getting rid of methane and carbon dioxide. An innovative proposal that perfectly represents sustainable development principles.

In addition to the Hydro-Québec First Prize, Thomas was also awarded the following prizes:

  • Participation à l'Expo-sciences internationale du MILSET au Brésil en août 2017
  • Médaille d'or du Réseau CDLS-CLS, catégorie Intermédiaire -  500 $
  • Prix de l'Université Concordia - 4000 $
  • Prix d'ArcelorMittal - 500 $

The hard work of many other participants was also rewarded at the award ceremony, where nearly 250 000 $ en cash prizes, bursaries and participations in higher fairs, were handed out.  In addition, 40 of these students were selected to make up the Quebec delegation for the Canada-Wide Science Fair, in Montral, from May 9 to 20 2016, sponsored by Merck Canada Inc. Three exhibitors were also selected to participate in MILSET International Science Fair in Brazil, in August 2017.

A photo of the winners of the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Quebec Final 2016, as well as a summary of their projects, is available at

For more information about the Hydro-Québec Science Fair

For a preview of the projects that will be presented at Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, Quebec Final, a detailed schedule of the event or to learn more about the Hydro-Québec Science Fairs, please visit The Science Fair also on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you to the Science Fair's partners

The Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec is an event organized by the Réseau CDLS-CLS and made possible by the support of our presenting partner Hydro-Québec. This project is also financially supported by the Ministère de l'Économie, des sciences et de l'Innovation through the NovaScience program. Other national partners are: Merck Canada Inc. for the support of the experimentation side on the Science Fairs, the Alcoa Foundation, and our media partners La Presse + and BLD Publications (Les Explorateurs, Les Débrouillards et Curium).

Thank you to our Elite partner ArcelorMittal longs products, and our Distinction partner Autobus Intersco.Thank you also to our regional partners : M. Sylvain Rochon, député de Richelieu, Regroupement des commissions scolaires de la Montérégie, CIT Sorel-Varennes, Maxi de Sorel-Tracy, Eska, Gâteaux et tralala, Tim Hortons, and to our regional media partners: Les 2 Rives et La Voix.

About the Hydro-Québec Super science fair, Québec final:

The top 125 sciences projects from across the province are competing during the Hydro-Québec Super science fair, Québec final. Exhibitors are 12 and 20 years old and are presenting experimental, conceptual or popularization projects.

About the Réseau CDLS-CLS:

Through regional Conseils du loisir scientifique, the Réseau CDLS-CLS is present everywhere in Québec and offers the following programs : Science Fairs, the Défis technologiques, the Super Expo-sciences Hydro-Québec, 2015 Québec Final Club des Débrouillards and Les Innovateurs à l'école. The Réseau CDLS-CLS also provides educational science kits to primary and high schools.

About NovaScience program:

This program is designed to improve the understanding of science and technology by the youth and the public at large as well as to promote the emergence of the new generation of scientists.



Image with caption: "Thomas Ribeiro, winner of the Hydro-Québec First prize with de M. Jérôme Gosset, directeur principal Institut de recherche en électricité du Québec (crédit : Philippe Manning) (CNW Group/RÉSEAU CDLS-CLS)". Image available at:

For further information: Maude Péloquin, Conseillère en communication, Tél : 514 252-3027 poste 3895 / Cell : 514 772-3460,; Andrée Peltier, Relationniste de presse, 514 846-0003,


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