Using an analog approach to improve weather forecasts for a hydroelectric energy company

Accurate weather forecasts are extremely important when managing power production athydroelectric dams. BC Hydro uses weather forecasts to predict the amount of water flowing into reservoirs due to rainstorms and snowmelt. This project develops a system that improves these weather forecasts by correcting them based on how the forecasts performed in the past. The system finds days in the past that are similar to the forecast day and makes a correction based on what the forecast errors were on those days.

Modeling Microwave Heating of Food

Small food pieces, typically less than one centimeter, have different properties when absorbing microwave energy. This affects the design of antennas used to heat the food. The project will measure dielectric properties of different food types and sizes and then do computer modeling to determine the optimum design of antennas which will deliver the microwaves to the food. The rate of heating and the temperature distribution throughout the piece of food will be determined. With larger pieces, the food conducts the heat throughout averaging out the hot and cold temperatures.

Regulating Geothermal Energy in Alberta

In Alberta geothermal resources exist that companies want to exploit for power and direct heat.Currently, there is no licensing and permitting process that allows these companies to exploit the existing geothermal resources. The aim of this project is to explore means through which legislative amendments or new legislation could facilitate and enable a licensing/permitting the process (Thus, allowing the industry to develop). Prior to making any conclusions about suggested legislative changes the aim is to first look at the overall context existing in Alberta i.e.

Carbon-Nanotube Composite for Power Transmission Line & Inductor

The focus of this research project is possibilities of increasing the capacity of overhead power transmission conductors using Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). Current constraints to existing transmission conductors include: (i) high resistivity of the reinforcing steel strands; (ii) energy loss in the form of heat generated from this inefficiency; and (iii) and thermal expansion and increases the sag and length of the conductor. The unique properties of CNTs have generated much interest in their potential application to transmission conductors in the form of CNT-reinforced aluminum.

Mavi Mi1 Hydrokinetic Turbine Power Converter & Controller Design Review & Field Test

Mavi Innovations is pursuing a prototype demonstration of its 20kW hydrokinetic turbine for generating electricity from river and tidal currents in Fall 2013. Demonstration of this new system includes the development of a control system to govern turbine operation, and of the power electronics to manage generated power and provide electricity to the grid. The Mitacs intern will assist with the design and specification of the commercial off-the-shelf power electronics, and of the control method. The system will be modeled using the MATLAB SIMULINK dynamic modeling software package.

Energy Management System of Distributed Energy Resources

The distributed energy management system that needs to be optimized represents a control and command center for a network of distributed resources, which may operate within an isolated or weakly interconnected micro-grid. The controller’s primary functions are to communicate with each distributed energy resource controller to determine the operating status of each distributed energy resources and to issue energy management control commands to reliably manage the stable integration of the distributed energy resources with the larger scale grid.

Diesel Generators with PhotoVoltaic (PV) Co-Generation

This project aims to develop an optimal method of integrating Photovoltaic plants into Microgrid with Diesel generators. It is expected to achieve high quality, high efficiency, and low cost of power generation by the introduction of renewable power source and its control system. Although existing researches have provided quite a lot of references for this renewable generation topic, it is the first time we look into the detail of the integration method from an economic aspect of view.

Autonomous Energy System; Scalable, Flexible, Light and Low Cost – part 2

Nowadays the most rewarding aspect of engineering is to create solutions to the needs of society in a natural and resource efficient manner, therefore we must come up with more innovative and resource efficient solutions. One such solution can be a novel scalable autonomous energy system, which integrates Organic (polymer) based photovoltaics (OPVs), high density Polymer Energy Storage (PES) devices, and their Integrated Circuit (IC) interface all as a System-in-Package unit.

Development of Residential HVAC and Air Conditioning Demand Management and Control Systems

The project aims at the modeling and simulation of the HVAC system for the study of energy conservation strategies.

Candu nuclear reactor: Civil and mechanical engineering analysis

CANDU 6 is a Canadian technology 700 MWe class nuclear power reactor. CANDU 6 reactors are performing well on four continents with over 150 reactor-years of excellent and safe operation. Candu Energy is a Canadian-based company that is enhancing this reactor design based on the experience and feedback that was gained in the development, design, construction, commissioning and operational support of the 11 CANDU 6 unit fleet operating in five countries.