Assessing and enhancing energy-production performance of wind-power sites in operation

Energy-production performance is one of the most frequently analyzed parameters by wind-power site operators. Carrying out performance assessments is not usually a technical challenge for so-called conventional sites. However, the complex nature of winds and their interaction with turbines does make it difficult to assess wind-power performance. To date, only standard CEI 61400-12-1, which assesses performance for a single turbine at a time, is accepted industry-wide. In addition, it is a relatively onerous method.

Scheduling and sequencing airport ground handling operations

Operations research and optimization techniques are common throughout the airline industry; however, comparable tools are not yet in use for ground handling operations. This research project with Omega Optimisation, developers of Optime™ - a system for automating and optimizing critical workforce management processes, will study and propose methods for the automatic planning of aircraft-maintenance procedures.

Regional variability of zooplankton population dynamics in the northwest Atlantic: Assessing environmental effects with an Individual-Based Model

The intern in partnership with Fisheries and Ocean Canada will apply an individual‐based model (IBM) to explore spatial variability in environmental forcing on the population dynamics of the copepod Calanus finmarchicus. The IBM will include information on life history processes of C. finmarchicus (including development time, mortality and egg production rates) as well as the influence of food and temperature on these processes.

State of the Art Study of Civil Infrastructure for Advanced Rapid Transit

This project is in partnership with ISIS Canada. Bombardier’s Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) solution is a medium capacity transit system, filling the gap between street‐running trams (low capacity) and heavy rail metros (high capacity). This internship aims to understand the design decisions and how new approaches and technology can reduce the costs of civil infrastructure for ART systems. The prime focus of this study is on the guideway (beams, columns, footings) and its cost.

Large-scale Solar Farm Optimization for Ontario

Solar photovoltaic cells convert sunlight directly into electricity. As the technology has evolved it has become increasingly attractive to companies to invest in large solar farms. Solar energy is an inherently intermittent resource. For companies to invest millions (each 10MW solar PV farm represents an investment somewhere between $40 ‐ $45 million) in developing solar farms they must possess extremely reliable predictions of the energy output of the system.

Image Rectification for 3D Stereoscopic Displays

3D, or Stereoscopic video technology has entered a new era. 3D stereoscopic effect has always relied on the viewers wearing special glasses to allow left and right image to be seen by each respective eye to create the stereoscopic effect of depth. Some industry players have started to investigate ways to create a 3D effect on the screen or display that does not the user to wear glasses. Spatial View Inc.

Flexible Integrated Data Aquistion, Monitoring and Display System for the TRCA’s Sustainable

The project with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority , an agency that promotes the understanding, enjoyment and care of the natural environment, will entail the development of a robust data acquisition and monitoring system. This will be used for the long term performance evaluation of the various new and emerging green/sustainable/renewable housing technologies. The finished product will provide an impartial, robust hardware and software combination of monitoring and evaluation of the installed and future sustainable housing technologies in the two houses.

Enhanced UV Treatment of Fluids through Fluid Instabilities

Ultraviolet reactors are currently used on a commercial scale to disinfect fluids such as drinking water and secondary effluent. However, current reactor designs are limited in their ability to treat optically thick fluids, due to the short penetration of the UV in these fluids. New reactor designs are required to overcome this problem. This internship will use computer modeling to simulate the behaviour of a novel reactor for treating fluids with UV radiation. The modeling will help to determine the critical design parameters for treating various fluids.

Development of Solar Hot Water Heater Performance Monitoring Protocol and Equipment

The internship will entail the development of a flexible and robust data acquisition and monitoring system for the large‐scale long‐term performance evaluation of residential Solar DHW heating systems. The literature review will guide different alternative solar heating options. The expected result will provide flexible and portable hardware/software equipment and survey protocol for large scale monitoring and evaluation of solar DHW systems.

Development of Control Software Architecture for an Automated Specimen Processing Robotic

The project with Dynacon Inc., a company applying automation and robotic technology to microbiology industry, aims to design control software that drives an automated specimen processing robotic system. This robotic system automates the processes of handling and labelling biological specimen containers. It is used to increase the productivity of microbiology laboratories and quality of their results. This robotic system controller handles hundreds of specimen containers in a single run.