Fully-coherent Terahertz Detection via Biased Nonlinear Micro-slit

This project is concerned with the development of a novel commercial product for broadband low energy photon detection in the terahertz (THz) spectral range, lying between the traditional microwave and optical regions. Currently available THz detection techniques however are commonly limited to a narrow spectrum, typically below 3-4 THz.

Terahertz “Teramometry” for Diverse Applications

Two out of five Canadians are expected to develop cancer and one out of four Canadians is expected to die from cancer. For treatment of Melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer, plasmonic photo-thermal therapy is applied for precisely localized plasmonic heating of gold nanoparticles to kill cancer. One of the major challenges in heating applications involves precise temperature measurements. Current approaches are inconvenient, inaccurate, or costly. Thus, there exists a need to develop non-contact and non-invasive temperature sensing technologies e.g.

Spectroscopic optical coherence tomography for ageing assessmentof high voltage transformer insulation

We will develop an algorithm that uses subsurface images obtained by spectroscopic optical coherence omography (OCT), to estimate the remaining lifetime of high voltage transformer insulation paper. To allow uture almost instantaneous in-field estimation during transformer maintenance outages, this algorithm when sed with, e.g., a fiber-based spectroscopic OCT, should produce results in less than 5 seconds. Using existing ptical hardware, we will build a benchtop spectroscopic OCT setup to image both synthetically and in-field ged transformer insulation paper samples.

Probabilistic Evaluation of Transient Stability of Power Systems Containing Renewable Energy Sources

By incorporation of distributed power generation to passive distribution networks, these networks will change to active networks and the studies related to active networks should be considered for them. Disconnection of these networks from the upstream power system may let them operate in islanded mode (a micro-grid). One of the studies that should be considered is the transient stability. Due to the random parameters of micro-grids and active distribution networks, the most realistic method for transient stability analysis is the stochastic one.

Parallel Electromagnetic Transients Simulation UsingExtended-Frequency Dynamic Phasors

This internship aims to develop a new computer method for simulation of large electric power systems. Simulation of these systems is challenging due to their complexity and size, which translates into massive computational loads. The new simulation method will be faster by using parallel computing, will be more customizable than existing methods, and will assist power system designers and operators to gain deeper insight into the operation of the power grid.

Development of High-Performance Energy-Efficient Hybrid Door Systems for the Canadian North

Reduction of energy consumption in every aspect of our daily life is considered to be the primary key to address the causes of global warming and resulting climate change. Buildings consume up to 40% of our total national energy requirement and thus increased energy efficiency of the built environment would certainly help mitigating the causes of climate change. Recent upgrades in National Energy Code for Buildings have recommended significantly higher energy efficiency and thus resulted in increasing the insulating values of walls, roofs, windows and attics.

Naturally acquired immunity against important bacterial pathogens in Bruce County First Nations communities

The goal of this proposal is to clarify the reasons for an increased burden of serious bacterial infections caused by two common pathogens: Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae in Canadian First Nations. Methodology includes comparative analysis of the critical parameters of naturally acquired immunity against these pathogens in adult First Nations individuals living in two different geographical areas with diverse environmental conditions (Southern Ontario versus Northwestern Ontario).

High Voltage Indicators and Warning Systems

Fatal personnel injury due to accidental contact with high voltage lines and equipment happens from time to time despite of substantial efforts put in place by industry to minimize the risk. The objective of the project is to identify effective concepts, techniques and solutions to reduce the risk of inadvertent contact with high voltage equipment for both Hydro workers and the general public. We will identify the most common scenarios of potential fatal encroachment based on the data obtained from BC Hydro.

Static Voltage-Dependent Models and Conservation Voltage Reduction Factor for Load Reactive Power Component

In this project, mathematical models for estimating the behavior of electric appliances are derived using field measurements. These models are then used to estimate the amount of energy savings that can be achieved on each area, depending on the types of customers connected to each particular electric circuit. The outcomes of this project can be used in identifying the best locations in terms of achievable savings for implementing the energy conservation techniques within the BC Hydro system. Saving energy can benefit the environment and contribute in addressing the global warming issue.

Impact of Net Metered Solar Energy on Distribution Networks

The research will comprise effects of penetration of photovoltaic on existing distribution network. This will include power quality, voltage stability and customer load when there is a penetration. The graphs would display and let the utility organization know till what level the penetration should be done on a distribution network. The advantages and the need for doing the research is that the load can be distributed from the utility to the photovoltaic panels which are installed and the utility would have to generate less by the existing means. In this case by means of Hydro.