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July 2017

Blown away: Brazilian intern takes her research to Saskatchewan wind farms

At a glance
The intern

Luanna Siqueira, Universidade Federal Da Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil

Hosted by

Professor Wei Peng, Department of Engineering, University of Regina

The research

Developing a system that will control efficient wind power generation

Twenty-two-year-old undergrad Luanna Siqueira is getting used to the quietness of Regina this summer — a city she describes as “small and cozy” compared to the hustle and bustle of her home city, João Pessoa, Brazil, with a population of more than 800,000.

Luanna’s in Canada as a Mitacs Globalink intern where she’s collaborating with Professor Wei Peng on a project to make wind power more efficient.

“Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve had a love for renewable energy,” says Luanna. “When I read about this project, I jumped at the chance to take part in it and further my knowledge.”

Together Luanna and Professor Peng are developing a system for wind turbines that will control efficient wind power generation and transmission using modern technology, such as artificial intelligence, and traditional methods like statistical technology. The system will make output power constant when speed and wind direction are uncertain.

“This project will benefit Canada’s wind power quality, and will have long-term benefits on Canadian socio-economic development and environmental sustainability. Wind power provides clean and cost-efficient energy, brings new jobs to communities, and reduces the use of oil and coal,” says Professor Peng. Luanna adds, “With concerns about earth’s changing environment, the necessity for renewable energy is huge.”

Luanna says she’s getting the cultural and hands-on research experience she was looking for when she applied for the program: “In Canada, I’m having the opportunity to interact with people from other countries and learn about their cultures."

“I’m also working on an innovative project where I’m improving my skills daily and collaborating with top researchers like Professor Peng in laboratories with excellent equipment.”

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink research internship program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and Research Manitoba.

In addition, Mitacs is pleased to work with the following international partners to support the Globalink program: Universities Australia; Brazil's Unidersidade de Sao Paulo; the China Scholarship Council; Campus France; the German Academic Exchange Service; Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico; and Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Mission Universitaire de Tunisie en Amerique du Nord.

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