Improved Plastic to Oil Pyrolysis Process Technology with Advanced Plasma Technology

The field of plastic waste management is essential for sustainable society that utilizes plastic waste for energy production. Land filing and incineration of plastic waste has large environmental impacts due to GHG emissions. Thus, pyrolysis is considered a low environmental impact process with high value end products. RF thermal plasma technology will help reduce operating cost, cleaner thermal source, shorten reaction time and provide high quality hydrocarbon gasoline and diesel.

Evaluation and Identification of Gaps and Technical Challenges in Candidate Carbon Capture/CO2 Conversion Technologies Part 2

In the wake of the Paris meeting on global climate change in December of 2015 (COP21), commitments to drive down greenhouse gas emissions have escalated around the world. Man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are accepted as the largest contributor to climate change. Promising next-generation technologies for decreasing CO2 emissions are being investigated at the lab scale. Unfortunately, the technology developers often lack next-step projects and connections with industrial end-users to allow the technology to advance and become commercialized.

Identifying potential approaches to managing water resources in Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ Traditional Territory, Yukon

Yukon Energy Corporation (YEC) began generating hydro-electricity at the Aishihik Hydro Facility, situated within Champagne and Aishihik First Nations’ (CAFN) Traditional Territory, Yukon, in 1975. Their continuing water use license will expire in 2019. Notwithstanding the Aishihik facility’s 41 years of energy production, CAFN has repeatedly expressed social and environmental concerns associated with the facility's operation.

Investigating nanostructured local data storage and off-grid powering for the adaptive corrosion protection system

During the proposed internships, smart-grid integrated adaptive corrosion protection system (ACPS) will be developed as a stand-alone unit to provide optimum corrosion protection along with the nanostructured local data storage and off-grid powering. This will allow the continuous monitoring of the corrosion status of the metal infrastructures (e.g. transmission towers) along with the power-grid monitoring data. The proposed system can be directly monitored from the centralized control-room.

Electrochemical Impedance Modeling and Optimization of Li-Ion Battery Utility using Active Battery Management System (ActiveBMS)

Lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are considered the top candidates among electrochemical energy storage systems (ESS) due to their high energy density which has triggered the growth market of popular devices such as cell phones, computers, electric vehicles (EV) etc. As ESS, LIBs are continuously charged and discharged during their utility. The charge/discharge cycle is known to contribute towards their degradation depending on the charging protocol and operating conditions.

Degradation Assessment for Critical Assets in Power Generation

Degradation assessment for critical assets in power generation has great significance for power industry. Existing degradation assessment models failed either in combining the multimodal condition monitoring data or in removing time-varying working condition influences, resulting in inaccurate and/or unreliable degradation assessment results. In order to achieve robust and accurate degradation assessment for power generation critical assets, this project aims at developing new models based on both maintenance data and condition monitoring data from ENMAX.

Next Generation Selective Nanocomposite Fibrous Membrane for Energy Recovery Ventilators - Year two

Heating and cooling in residential and commercial buildings account for 20% of total energy consumption in Canada. Conditioning indoor air using less energy is closely associated with minimizing production of greenhouse gases and making a sustainable global environment. In this study, we apply a nanocomposite fibrous membrane for an energy recovery ventilator (ERV). Heat and moisture from an exhaust contaminated indoor air are captured via ERV and recycled for conditioning entering outdoor air, ultimately resulting in energy savings and improving the indoor air quality of buildings.

Predicting Building Energy Consumption Using Machine Learning Methods: a Comparison

The aim of this project is to predict building energy consumption for next days. Firstly, we will collect several data such as weather data, time data, and historical energy consumption of the building. We will analyze the collected data to recognize the usage patterns of the building, for instance, the low and the high electricity consumption of building. After data analysis, we will apply several machine learning models to predict energy consumption of building, and finally all models will be compared to choose the outperform method.

Wide Area Measurement Based Robust Damping Controllers for Power Systems with Embedded Power Electronic Devices

This research will investigate Wide Area Measurement based controllers for improving stability in systems with HVDC and FACTS devices embedded in AC networks. The approach will extend the candidate’s Ph.D. research which introduced a new method that is always able to guarantee improved damping of all modes in the face wide changes in the network. The approach will lead to controller designs which are robust against configuration or operating point changes, or communication loss.

Developing Integrated Smart Home Controllers with Energy-Efficient HVAC Operation

AYO Smart Home is an integrator of new technologies to provide affordable and energy-efficient housing for First Nations communities across Canada. AYO manages the technology and supply chain to deliver Net-Zero houses consisting of efficient building envelopes, heat recovery systems, energy-efficient HVAC, LED lighting, mold-resistant materials, and smart home controllers.