The effects of stress during white sturgeon early life history on larval physiology, development and olfactory sensitivity

Elevated levels of stress hormones (i.e. cortisol) provide a potential mechanism by which substrate condition affects larval development and survival in the endangered white sturgeon. The possibility that stress hormones mediate larval response to substrate conditions will be investigated by artificially elevating cortisol levels and identifying effects on larval physiology. Cortisol levels of wild caught adult fish will also be investigated to determine the effects of capture and handling on spawning success and larval quality.

Using an analog approach to improve weather forecasts for a hydroelectric energy company

Accurate weather forecasts are extremely important when managing power production athydroelectric dams. BC Hydro uses weather forecasts to predict the amount of water flowing into reservoirs due to rainstorms and snowmelt. This project develops a system that improves these weather forecasts by correcting them based on how the forecasts performed in the past. The system finds days in the past that are similar to the forecast day and makes a correction based on what the forecast errors were on those days.

Autonomous Energy System; Scalable, Flexible, Light and Low Cost – part 2

Nowadays the most rewarding aspect of engineering is to create solutions to the needs of society in a natural and resource efficient manner, therefore we must come up with more innovative and resource efficient solutions. One such solution can be a novel scalable autonomous energy system, which integrates Organic (polymer) based photovoltaics (OPVs), high density Polymer Energy Storage (PES) devices, and their Integrated Circuit (IC) interface all as a System-in-Package unit.

Study on the Frequency Response of Overhead Transmission Lines

The goal of this project is to research and develop a model that is suitable for BC Hydro’s application to predict the sag of a power transmission line from its induced frequency response. Transmission lines always elongate over time due to the temperature of the conductor. The ability to monitor and obtain the shape of transmission lines is one of the most important tools in evaluating power transmission line’s effectiveness in operation, maintenance and the most important, safety.

An Evaluation of the Coordination of Transformative Energy Efficiency and Conservation by BC Hydro and MEMPR

The purpose of this project is to a) understand how the objectives set out by the province of British Columbia to plan for and pursue long-term energy efficiency and conservation (EEC) are being coordinated between the BC Hydro, the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) and the province’s other key energy stakeholders; b) evaluate whether this is sufficient to realize the transformative levels of energy savings being sought in the province; and c) recommend changes to help increase the institutional capacity for coordinating the desired levels of energy savings.

Analysis of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles in Distribution Networks

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are hybrid vehicles with large batteries that are capable of travelling on electricity but still maintain the reliability of an on‐board internal combustion engine for extended trips. The batteries will typically be recharged from a standard household outlet, thus increasing the demand for electricity. It is important to understand and predict how these vehicles will affect the operation and planning of networks in British Columbia.

Performance Metrics/Leadership Development Analysis

This internship will assist in the development of a diverse generational employee survey towards leadership development and workplace goal alignment. Initial baseline measurements will be obtained from Watson Wyatt, who have worked with BC Hydro since 2002 to develop, deliver and analyze the annual employee survey and results. The main objective of the research is to understand the perspectives and gauge the level of engagement of the workforce of BC Hydro.

Investigation of the Benefits of Resource Diversification with an Energy Portfolio Dominated by Storage Hydro

This project will investigate the relative financial benefit of adding different types of power generating resources to the BC Hydro energy portfolio over time. The analysis will consider various drivers of financial risk that influence this evaluation such as commodity prices, energy demand, and water inflows. Appropriate measures of risk will be considered to aid in evaluating the comparison of alternate resource additions. A spreadsheet model will be constructed to complete the analysis.

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