High-heat-flux microprocessor cooling using microgaps

Just as every computer needs a processor, every processor needs a cooling system. Without one, the significant heat generated by the processor will overheat the system. As time has advanced, this heating issue has only become more critical, thus necessitating the advent of more effective cooling solutions. Microgaps, which pass coolant through, as the name suggests, a microscale gap, are uniquely suited to meet the ever-increasing cooling demands of modern processors. Moreover, they are capable of doing so in a compact and reliable manner.

Lithium ion battery systems for decentralized solar photovoltaic storage in Sub-Saharan Africa

Jaza Energy Hubs supply energy separate from the unreliable local grid for rural communities in Africa. They do this via solar energy, which is abundant in this area, and store the energy in specially made lithium ion batteries. These batteries are removable so that locals can take to their dwelling. Because of old data being used and the sun having a varying amount of energy output through the day there has been cases of mismatched demand and generation. This means that people are not able to receive power when they need it.

Marine based antiviral coatings with bioamask applications towards SARS-CoV-2 virus

The research project we have undertaken alongside Clean Valley Biofiltration CIC is a novel solution to the highly inflated cost of face masks and other hospital PPE gear in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our objective is to create a biomask and other PPE using an antiviral compound derived from a Canadian sourced marine algae. Clean Valley has been developing a version of the biomask fabric and is looking to systematically assess and improve the antiviral efficacy of the biomask.

Modelling and Assessment of Cloud Based Smart Dual Fuel Switching System (SDFSS) of Residential Hybrid HVAC System for Simultaneous Reduction of Energy Cost and Greenhouse Gas Emission Under Smart Grid

The objective of this research is to develop models to assess potential benefits of cloud-based Smart Dual Fuel Switching System (SDFSS) of the residential hybrid HVAC system of electric air source heat pump (ASHP) and natural gas furnace/boiler (NGFB) for simultaneous reduction of energy cost and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission.

High-Energy-Density Solid-State Li Metal Battery enabled by High-Performance Composite Electrolyte and Protected Li Metal Anode

This project will aim to develop safe and high-energy-density solid-state Li metal batteries (SSLMBs) by constructing a stable Li/solid electrolyte (SE) interface and using high performance composite SEs based on sulfides and halides. The project includes three main directions: (1) design and synthesis of highly conductive and electrochemically stable composite electrolytes; (2) stabilizing the interface between the Li anode and halide or sulfide electrolytes; (3) design and assembly of high-performance solid-state Li metal batteries.

Performance map of effect of composition and heat treatment on the work output from shape memory alloys.

Shape memory alloys are materials which, when cooled are easily stretched, but when heated, return to its previously “remembered” shape with a high force. This allows for a simple heat engine to be made, which can use hot and cold sources to create motion and do work. The amount of work that can be done by a shape memory alloy is dependant on its composition, geometry and how the material is processed prior to use.

Autobot: Data-driven metadata tagging of building automation systems

As Building Automation Systems (BAS) are becoming a standard in commercial buildings, and additional 3rd party applications can help buildings owners gain insights from their BAS, structured metadata management becomes the key to success. However, as converting traditional sensors naming convention to structured tagging systems is an expensive and time-consuming process, this project aims at automating the process. By leveraging modern Machine Learning techniques combined with Rule-based systems, Autobot is developed to automate the process.

In-situ performance verification of the Pizza Oven Waste Energy Recovery (POWER) System within Restaurant Environments

The demonstration project provides the opportunity to substantiate the ability of the POWER system to repurpose wasted thermal energy from a cooking appliance’s exhaust gases and improve the overall restaurant energy performance across three Pizza Pizza locations within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The data collected through the project will also allow for further development of our building modeling tools and establish Harvest’s ability to deliver a complete “Made-in-Canada” waste heat recovery package at the completion of the demonstration project.

Further improvements of image analysis for multiplexed microarrays – Part 3

Microarray testing allows high-volume analysis. This work will develop tools for accelerated analysis and modifications to surfaces used within the partner facilities. The goal is to enhance the performance of current assay designs and to inform and guide the next-generation of assay designs (ie 384 well plates) which will support the partner’s technology leadership position. After implementing a print run and analysis using the current quality control protocols, data will be compared with existing results.

Feasibility Study of Wave Energy Conversion with Grid Connectivity

A renewable energy source that has not received much attention is tidal and wave energy, although numerous studies have concluded that wave power, and to a lesser extent tidal power, could contribute massive amounts to the overall energy picture. This project aims to explore the feasibility of tidal/wave energy absorption and its storage in the form of on-shore energy bank and using that to power on shore devices/generators.

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