The goal of this project is to improve the process by which professional energy managers and utility company personnel analyze large amounts of data related to energy consumption. This process is often exploratory, meaning that many analysis questions are open-ended and cannot be phrased as a directed query. Open-ended exploration can be supported by information visualization, which involves a collection of techniques for displaying and interacting with large amounts and varying types of data.
To meet increasingly stringent guidelines for offshore wastewater disposal, new technologies are being considered by Canada’s petroleum industries for the treatment of produced water (PW) effluents. The purpose of the proposed project is to test the effectiveness of ozonation and enhanced approaches for treating PW effluents. Lab-scale, bench-top experiments using a specially designed bubble column as the reaction chamber will be used to test the efficiency of ozonation and the influencing factors (e.g., bubble size, dosage, time), as well as enhanced options by UV irradiation.
In 2012, wind energy in Canada grew by nearly 20% and wind is expected to supply 20% of Canada's electricity by 2025. Accurate measurement of the wind resource is essential for future wind energy development but current wind resource assessment practices do not adequately measure atmospheric turbulence or stability. These variables affect average wind speeds, wind energy turbine performance, and energy production. The research proposed here will deploy advanced instrumentation (a 3-d sonic anemometer) to provide highresolution measurements of 3-d atmospheric turbulence and stability.
This project studies network capacity and throughput for newly emerging MSGN infrastructure including mesh planning strategies and how the number of hops and end-devices affects the overall throughput. The work includes developing the analytical framework, and confirmation through simulation and physical experiment, of proof-of-concepts in the smart utility lab IPv6 RF mesh test bed. During the course of this project, the intern will collaborate with SUL and BC Hydro engineers and staff, as well as industry partners Cisco/Itron.
This project aims at developing new coating materials exhibiting high oxidation, corrosion and wear resistance to addresses the specific needs of power generation equipment, which operate under severe erosion and abrasion conditions in corrosive environments.
The proposed project is dedicated to fast resistance and inductance extraction for multiconductor transmission lines. Since the complexity of power cable designs has grown significantly over the past decade, fast and accurate tools for electromagnetic characterization are required. The cable models presently used by Manitoba Hydro however are overly simplified compared to the ones available on the market. The alternative surface-volume-surface integral equation formulation is proposed to reduce computational time and memory.
Maintaining power system security is one of the major challenges facing transmission system operators today. In fast moving and de-regulated electricity markets, transmission companies across the globe often have a dual and conflicting responsibility for maintaining system security and for achieving high transmission performance levels.
The production capacity of the Kraft process is one of the important measures in the pulp and paper industry. A promising method for increasing the production capacity of the Kraft process is to lower the load of the recovery boiler by means of extracting lignin from the black liquor (BL).
An integrated biorefinery for furfural production is an opportunity for Kraft pulp mills to create value from hemicellulose, a class of wood component that is currently burnt for energy. Furfural is one of the top bio-products with the potential to replace many industrial organic compounds that are currently produced from crude oil revenue. The objective of this work is to develop an optimized biorefinery process that can be best integrated into a Kraft pulp mill.
The research proposal introduced is a development of a systematic method for evaluating the performance of Kraft process equipments from the point of 'view of energy, water and chemicals, using new and adapted key performance indicators. The objectives are (i) to develop new Key Performance Indicators adapted to the Kraft process operations and equipments to evaluate their performance regarding energy, chemicals and water utilization, (ii) to propose process improvement projects and validate their practicality with the mill engineers.