West 5 community in London, Ontario, will pursue high penetration of electric vehicles, and is exploring an innovative marketing program of including them with the sale of each new condominium unit. The primary objective of this project is to determine an economical approach to create an acceptable infrastructure for these electric vehicles that will be desired by the community. The study will evaluate how to improve the efficiency of using Solar Energy to charge vehicles battery and for other DC loads in the London West 5 community.
The smart hybrid DC-AC microgrid is an emerging technology with remarkable potential benefits such as (i) facilitating integration of distributed energy resources and renewables, (ii) improving reliability and quality of the electrical energy supplied to the consumers, (iii) increasing the efficiency of power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, and (iv) facilitating implementation of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
S2E Technologies is a consulting company leading the design and implementation of two Smart communities, to be located in London and Guelph, Ontario. The aim of this research collaboration is to assist S2E with the modeling, design, and analysis of rooftop solar greenhouses integrated with grocery stores, anaerobic digesters and livestock barns. The analysis will consider advanced energy design measures capable of reducing energy demand and generating renewable energy on-site, such as from solar and biomass resources.
The future of energy supply in Ontario is uncertain. We are faced with an aging nuclear fleet and pressure to avoid future energy generation near communities. Building demands are a strain on energy supplies. A solution is to reduce building energy needs while providing sufficient distributed energy generation on a community-scale. A net-zero energy (NZE) community creates as much energy as it requires. The impetus behind this research is a community under development in London, ON, which aims to achieve NZE.
Over the past several decades, the scope of decision-making in the public domain has changed from a focus on unilateral regulatory verdicts to a more comprehensive process that engages all stakeholders. Consequently, there has been a distinct increase in public participation in the environmental decision-making process. While the potential benefits of public engagement are substantial in terms of identifying synergies between public and industry stakeholders that encourage project development, this participation does not come without its challenges.
The main objective of this project is to provide the growing elderly population with a means of transportation, which will allow them to get around the community to perform their daily activities. This project will focus on designing a personal transport vehicle that will be safe, easy to drive, and user friendly. This vehicle will be designed in a manner so that it can provide transportation to anyone in the society. Existence of such a vehicle will decrease the need for public transit improvements, and provide people with a sustainable mean of transportation.
The proposal of the project Structure of Zero GHG Footprint Sustainable Community will benefit the community. The creation of the module design system using aquaponics methods, exploring the design of cooling system and thermal system will integrate the full process of producing sustainable food with zero pollution to the environment. As a researcher in this project, it would be a learning experience.
This research project will be focused on the development of a new software technology in order to model and map maximum solar energy potential on the rooftops and facades of buildings with high spatiotemporal resolution, with particular emphasis on optimal community design for smart net-zero energy solar communities. The goal of this project is to increase our assessment ability of solar energy utilization and planning support for clusters of different types of buildings (such as mixed use communities in which different forms and functions of buildings will be considered).
The goal of this project is to propose a design of near-zero carbon footprint sustainable community within the designated area. Design constrains will include the available land, target number of housing units, target commercial space, and target emissions of CO2 and effluent water. We will consider as part of the solution: (i) energy efficient buildings, (ii) photovoltaic energy generation, (iii) district heating and cooling, (iv) community design that promotes walking and bicycling in order to minimize GHG emissions associated with daily activities.
Utilizing advanced tools for optimal planning of Microgrids with high renewable energy penetration. Our models would be robust to handle uncertainty in supply, demand and technological changes. The inputs to our model would be demand, supply data (meteorological data) and technological costs for the specified location for the past. Statistical analysis of the data would empower us to develop robust probabilistic models to encompass the uncertainty in supply (wind and solar) and demand.