Sustainable and Resilient Neighbourhood Design

This research investigates how a neighbourhood in London, Ontario may be designed to be both sustainable and resilient, where “resilient” means capable of dealing with future shocks and stresses. One major future shock/stress will be climate change impacts, such as extreme temperature or precipitation. This research will also conduct preliminary energy modelling of a simplified community using both current and future London temperatures.

A Ranking Method: The Top Integrated Energy Generation/StorageTechnologies (Building and Community Scales)

Analysis of the best performing technologies will be conducted relative to the areas of building-integrated energy generation and storage of such energy at the building/community scale. Relevant product and other technological literature will be collected and various areas of performance will be used for comparison. Such metrics of performance for generation/harvesting technology will include (but may not be limited to) conversion efficiency from the energy source to usable energy, cost of installation and useful operating life span.

Potential of solar thermal/PV generation for a district energy system and generating a community building electrical and thermal load profile

This research investigates means for achieving net zero energy dwellings and neighborhoods through maximizing solar potential of dwelling units, isolated and in assemblages. This study will help the community planner to design an efficient layout to achieve maximum solar fraction. Optimum combine building loads in community will lead to a more energy efficient mechanical and electrical design and system. EnergyPlus, building simulation program will be used for estimating the response variables of energy solar potential and energy demand.

Investigation of optimal underground thermal energy storage systems

The growth of underground seasonal thermal energy storage systems has been relatively slow due to limited understanding with regard to optimal system design for different locations and building/community archetypes. Thermal interactions between underground storages and the surrounding strata as well as the effects of seasonal changes are not entirely understood making the development of optimized systems difficult.

Accelerating Solar/LED Community Lighting

This project with the nature of business research tends to talk about LED development and variable applications, specifically about solar/LED at the community public lighting, complying with the roadway lighting design code approved by the city of London, ON and relevant professional bodies. The content analysis of main LED suppliers and LED industry, together with evaluating the results of completed pilot LED cases will provide constructive suggestions on the creation of a solar/LED street lighting system for smart communities.

Optimized operational strategy planning model for Smart Net Zero Community

Due to some complex technical problems, both power plant’s generators and local grid transmission lines do not have the potential to generate and transmit enough electricity to cover and meet all load demand during peak hours.

Integration of Technologies for Smart Control of Micro Grids

S2E Company is developing a Smart Community in London, Ontario. This community will have the state of the art sustainable practices in community development. This community will be Net ZERO energy which simply means that it has zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually, minimize water usage, designed with sustainable storm water management, built electric car ready, emphasis Smart Grid technology and demonstrate a microgrid.

Structure of near-zero carbon footprint sustainable community

The objective of this project is to conduct a feasibility study and build a business case for the design and deployment of an electric energy storage infrastructure from renewable and mostly solar energy sources. The feasibility study will follow a thorough benchmarking and evaluation study of the various existing choices an select the one(s) that are the most promising for new and large sustainable communities.

Study of potential technologies for Net-Zero Housing

With the escalating global warming and its detrimental effect on the environment, there is an urgent need to reduce fossil fuel burning to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings are one of the large energy consumers and their contribution to the global greenhouse gas emissions needs to be reduced. Net Zero Energy Homes generate the energy that they consume. Equally important consideration is the Net Zero Water where the water consumption is equal to water production. For sustainable housing, it is very crucial to achieve Net Zero consumption in both Energy and Water.

Feasibility Study of a Community Microgrid: Key Components, Control and Communications

This project involves the feasibility study of specific community microgrid technologies for the development of a Smart Community in London, Ontario by SE2 Technologies Inc. A first of its kind, such a community will represent a learning platform for universities and other cities in Canada. The smart community will consist of a minimum of 50 residential units situated in London, Ontario, and will be Net ZERO energy, built electric car ready and emphasize Smart Grid technology including the demonstration of a community microgrid.