In-situ evaluation of ground heat exchanger performances

Geothermal systems are an efficient and environmentally friendly technology to cool and heat buildings. However, the system installation remains expensive making its expansion difficult. Versaprofiles, a Canadian enterprise, has developed a thermal enhanced pipe especially designed to geothermal applications. This pipe allows to reduce the system cost, improving its performance. Experimental tests in systems using standard and enhanced pipes will allow to compare the two systems performance, searching to assess the advantages of the thermal enhanced pipes.

Evaluating Low Carbon Technologies and Best Practices

The intent of this project is to demonstrate the GHG and electricity use savings of a range of low carbon heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies in the multi-unit residential building (MURB) sector.
Technologies to be studied include:
• ductless mini-split air source heat pumps (ASHP)
• gas absorption heat pumps
• smart thermostats
As part of a broader program of work that will include long-term performance monitoring studies of these technologies, this MITACS project will involve a qualitative study identifying other barriers presented to the technologies and str

Developing a web server system to process Multispectral raster to extract NDVI data

This research is focused on building a web-based system for processing big earth data available in a form of Raw multispectral imagery captured by a UAV or a satellites system. The data gathered will be processed to obtain the end results in a vegetation indices (Vis), or NDVI form, which could be used for crop monitoring. The efforts are required in developing a web server, which will allow inexperienced users to classify raster imagery without any supervision.

Intelligent High Voltage Bushing System Analysis and Monitoring

It has been demonstrated in the previous research that monitoring only one point as the sole region of insulation degradation is not sufficient for operational safety of high-voltage bushings. Therefore, monitoring a wider volume of the high stress region inside the bushing using ECT sensing becomes a necessity for earlier detection of defects. In this project, we will investigate this problem and develop algorithms and prototypes of using microcontroller, sensors and wireless networking technologies for determining the condition of polymer high voltage bushings.

Conversion of low alcohols to high alcohols through continuous process with highly active multifunctional catalysts

In this project, a series of highly efficient and highly selective multifunctional Guerbet catalysts are developed and will be investigated for the condensation of low alcohols to high alcohols in a continuous-flow reactor. Low energy density bioethanol and methanol will be upgraded to n-butanol and iso-butanol with high energy content comparable to gasoline with high octane number and good miscibility with gasoline. Long chain linear alcohols C6-C10 will also be converted to branched primary alcohols C12-20 with high value application as additives, lubricants and surfactants.

Development of longwave IR colloidal quantum dot solar cell and Development of high throughput characterization methods for solution processed IR colloidal quantum dot solar cells

The potential candidates will help QD solar develop a nano-technology based solar cell using Colloidal Quantum Dots. The research will be focus on the Infrared (IR) portion of the sun’s energy spectrum where standard silicon solar cells are not effective at converting solar energy into electrical energy. More specifically this project will target longwave IR and when combined with QD Solar’s focus on shorter wavelength IR, will create a more complete offering to the marketplace.

Development of a continuous fluidized bed biomass torrefaction technology

There have been great interests on the utilization of biomass as a potentially renewable and sustainable energy source for greenhouse gas mitigation. In British Columbia and Quebec, abundantly available biomass residues are potential renewable energy sources if effectively utilized.

Cognitive and well-being impacts of tunable LED lighting in secondary school students

The current project aims to examine how tunable LED lighting influences productivity and well-being in students at the Port Coquitlam’s Riverside secondary school. The project aims to identify the optimal lighting conditions in order to maximize productivity and well-being in healthy students as well as students with special needs. We hypothesize that the tunable LED lighting that is consistent with the natural daylight cycle will be more beneficial to students than standard constant lighting condition in an average classroom.

Wind turbine drive-train condition monitoring

As well as being green, wind energy is one of the cheapest ways of generating electricity and it is currently the most common generating technology for new installations in Canada. Wind farm owners, however, are finding that key turbine components, such as the generators and gearboxes, can fail long before the 20 year lifetime that is normally assumed. This project will develop methods to use the outcomes of monitoring those components to develop techniques to improve the detection of component faults and allow better and cheaper scheduling of maintenance.

Development of Combined Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal (BIPV/T) System for Net-Zero Energy Building Applications - Year two

Building integrated photovoltaic–thermal array (BIPV/T) incorporated within a building structure is a system that combines the roof/facade, photovoltaic cells and thermal collector as an all-in-one product instead of installing each individually. BIPV/T effectively replaces conventional building materials and is more cost-effective than having several separate products, and installation of the BIPV/T system can be implemented during initial building construction.

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