Advanced batteries are critical for achieving high-performance electric vehicles (EVs) and supporting goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The prevailing rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) using liquid electrolytes, are the major choice for current EVs. However, these LIBs still suffer from safety, lifespan, and energy density issues.
Bipolar membranes (BPMs) are already a commercially relevant technology as they are used in the electrodialysis process, that is, they are used to convert salt water into industrially useful acid and base products. Recent research, on the laboratory scale, has demonstrated that bipolar membranes also have useful applications in water splitting technologies that produce hydrogen gas, which can then be captured, stored and used as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Membrane based energy recovery ventilation (ERV) is now a key component of most energy efficient modern buildings. The ERV market is estimated to grow to $3.8B by 2022. ERVs improve the indoor air quality of buildings through ventilation and reduce the energy cost of ventilation by using building exhaust air to pre-condition fresh building supply air. In cooling conditions heat and humidity are removed from the incoming air and in heating condition heat and moisture are added to the incoming air.
The partner organisation, Sigma Energy Storage, develops energy storage by gas compression. This technology is based on the storage of electricity from intermittent energy sources, such as wind or solar power, and the recovery of unused electricity from diesel-based power sources located in remote communities not connected to the electrical power grid system. During the gas compression, carbon dioxide can be liquefied and extracted. The proposed project aims to convert CO2 into valuable fuels through electrochemical process.
The first part of the project will be to determine the best material to store heat energy produced by the OM solar system. This project will look into the solar energy and heat capacities of various materials. CRE will befit by being able to choose the best material for heat storage in there home. The intern will benefit because they will get first hand experience in sustainable construction, heating and cooling of a sustainable home.
The Paris Agreement spelled out an ambitious goal to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The IEA recognizes that the gap between the goals of the Paris Agreement and efforts on the ground looms large. Carbon Capture and Sequestration is recognized by climate modelers as necessary to meet the Paris commitments in a cost effective manner. However, progress in deploying CCS technology has been slow.
Research and development efforts in solar, wind, and other renewable energy technologies are required to continue for, improving their performance, establishing techniques for accurately predicting their output and reliably integrating them with other conventional generating sources. The objective of this project is to model a hybrid power system for buildings, which is technically feasible and economically optimal.
The joint objective of the consortium is to undertake R&D necessary to produce a scalable, cost-effective combined hydrogen storage and fuel cell solution for UAVs that addresses weight and volume and improves refueling logistics. The novel hydrogen storage system will be combined with a high-power density optimized fuel cell stack for UAVs that integrates with the low pressure, volumetrically efficient, hydrogen storage solution.
The initiative is best described as two interwoven threads: mapping renewable energy potentials at the landscape scale, and using these maps to engage local stakeholders in a dialogue to identify acceptable locations for particular kinds of RE development. The Project Team will use the Town of Caledon, located in the Region of Peel, and the City of Markham, located in York Region as pilot case studies for this initiative.
Light emitting diode (LED) is the future of lighting. In this project, we will work with LOOM Inc., a lighting Innovation and marketing company, to Improve the lighting efficiency and quality of an LED lighting fixture designed based on the revolutionary concept of the waveguide, demonstratively Improved on by LOOM Inc.