Canada is becoming an international leader in energy storage systems. Battery energy storage systems (BESS) are one of the key parts of the storage landscape and can serve a wide range of applications across the electricity supply chain. The focus of this research project is on the application of BESS in mitigating power quality issues in industrial facilities.
A high-voltage, direct current (HVDC) transmission system provides an efficient, reliable, economical and environment-friendly solution to interconnect between different power systems. HVDC permits electric power to be distributed to remote areas, which benefits the community with economic electricity usage and the government with extra financial revenues. This proposed project aims to investigate novel methods to further improve the efficiency of the HVDC transmission systems.
A major part of the generated electrical energy in the power systems is consumed by the electric machines to support the required mechanical energy for the clients in various applications such as pumps, oil and gas, household, electric vehicles, etc. In large scales, higher efficiency, reliability, and life time of the employed electric machines in the network results in less burnt fossil fuel in the generation stations. Accordingly, a lower amount of carbon dioxide emission is predicted in this case and less health problems related to the greenhouse gases emissions are expected.
Recently there has been a growing adoption of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in many applications. Robust object detection and tracking algorithms are required in many UAV scenarios. However, existing object detection and tracking approaches are not specifically designed for UAV and therefore do not have satisfactory performance in UAV. In this MITACS cluster project, by working with the industrial partner, we will develop a set of improved object detection and tracking algorithms for UAV.
Microservices architectures is a new system architecture for building the next generation software system, where multiple single functional microservices can be distributed on different hosts and can communicate with light weighted network protocols. The advantages of such a system architecture are functioning decoupling, independent deployment for easy trouble shooting and easy maintenance. We have foreseen the current monolithic system will migrate to microservices architecture.
Ericsson is an industry leader in offering telecommunication solutions and products. As an important step on the path towards the automatic and autonomous management of next generation networks, Ericsson is developing technology in machine learning and artificial intelligence that will benefit operators around the world, including in Canada where Ericsson supplies technology to most of the major telecommunication network operators.
Air pollution is a major environmental risk to human health, and air quality has become an increasing concern in the industrialized world. Rapid and accurate detection and characterization of airborne particulates is crucial for monitoring and improving air quality. In this proposal, we develop a compact, cost-effective, computational lens-free holography platform for high-throughput characterization of airborne particulates.
NXTSens has developed an implantable continuous monitoring, stand-alone and potentially mass-producible microsensor for accurate monitoring of tissue pressure and temperature in damaged limb muscles to better diagnose ACS. The proposed research will involve several sub-projects that include: i) develop appropriate surgical models for the accurate and reproducible placement of the microsensors in rodent compartments; ii) test the performance of a prototype microsensor in a relevant cadaver model.
This project will investigate the applicability and merits of battery chemistries for use in a utility substation, where longevity, reliability, and security are prime considerations. The project aims to characterize the process of battery aging when batteries are used under representative utility substation loading profiles in order to determine how fast the batteries will age and what signatures may be used to determine how close the batteries are to the end of their life so that pro-active maintenance work may be initiated.
Energy consumption of a net zero energy home (NZEH) equipped with high efficiency natural gas fired furnace and an electrical air source heat pump will be monitored for a period of 12 months. The mechanical system of the house is designed to switch between these two sources of energy based on outdoor temperature. Based on current settings, heat pump works during milder/warmer weather condition and when temperature reaches below a certain point, system switches to furnace which works more efficiently in cold weather.