Optimal Planning of Microgrids under Uncertainty

Utilizing advanced tools for optimal planning of Microgrids with high renewable energy penetration. Our models would be robust to handle uncertainty in supply, demand and technological changes. The inputs to our model would be demand, supply data (meteorological data) and technological costs for the specified location for the past. Statistical analysis of the data would empower us to develop robust probabilistic models to encompass the uncertainty in supply (wind and solar) and demand.

A novel passive wireless sensor for the measurement of AC/DC electric field in the vicinity of high voltage apparatus

The existing technologies used for monitoring the voltage and the electric field in the vicinity of the high voltage devices are bulky and expensive. On the other hand, maintenance of the monitoring devices requires specific safety precautions. In this research project, a small and inexpensive electric field sensor is proposed. They are passive and require no source of power. This eliminates the need of changing the batteries and direct contact to the high voltage apparatus. The interrogation system will be wireless that makes the distant measurement possible.

Sustainable and Resilient Neighbourhood Design

This research investigates how a neighbourhood in London, Ontario may be designed to be both sustainable and resilient, where “resilient” means capable of dealing with future shocks and stresses. One major future shock/stress will be climate change impacts, such as extreme temperature or precipitation. This research will also conduct preliminary energy modelling of a simplified community using both current and future London temperatures.

A Ranking Method: The Top Integrated Energy Generation/StorageTechnologies (Building and Community Scales)

Analysis of the best performing technologies will be conducted relative to the areas of building-integrated energy generation and storage of such energy at the building/community scale. Relevant product and other technological literature will be collected and various areas of performance will be used for comparison. Such metrics of performance for generation/harvesting technology will include (but may not be limited to) conversion efficiency from the energy source to usable energy, cost of installation and useful operating life span.

Tools for Enhancement of Power System Security

The aim of the proposed research cluster is to advance the state of the art of secure operation of power systems by developing new methods and tools. A power system is expected to perform within specified operating boundaries of system voltage and frequency under normal conditions when there are no component outages. Further, it should also be able to deliver the same performance under single outages that are most likely to occur. Two ways of advancing the state of the art will be addressed in this research cluster.

Potential of solar thermal/PV generation for a district energy system and generating a community building electrical and thermal load profile

This research investigates means for achieving net zero energy dwellings and neighborhoods through maximizing solar potential of dwelling units, isolated and in assemblages. This study will help the community planner to design an efficient layout to achieve maximum solar fraction. Optimum combine building loads in community will lead to a more energy efficient mechanical and electrical design and system. EnergyPlus, building simulation program will be used for estimating the response variables of energy solar potential and energy demand.

Investigation of optimal underground thermal energy storage systems

The growth of underground seasonal thermal energy storage systems has been relatively slow due to limited understanding with regard to optimal system design for different locations and building/community archetypes. Thermal interactions between underground storages and the surrounding strata as well as the effects of seasonal changes are not entirely understood making the development of optimized systems difficult.

Optimal Placement of Fault Circuit Indicator to Improve the Reliability of Distribution Systems using CYME Reliability Module

Within the past decades, there has been a significant growth in the electric power systems that have resulted in a large increase in the development of transmission and distribution lines. Distribution system is the final connection between the utility provider and the customers and constitutes a major component of the power system. However, since most distribution lines are overhead and spread over a wide area, they are susceptible to unexpected events such as short circuit fault or an open circuit fault.

Accelerating Solar/LED Community Lighting

This project with the nature of business research tends to talk about LED development and variable applications, specifically about solar/LED at the community public lighting, complying with the roadway lighting design code approved by the city of London, ON and relevant professional bodies. The content analysis of main LED suppliers and LED industry, together with evaluating the results of completed pilot LED cases will provide constructive suggestions on the creation of a solar/LED street lighting system for smart communities.

Optimized operational strategy planning model for Smart Net Zero Community

Due to some complex technical problems, both power plant’s generators and local grid transmission lines do not have the potential to generate and transmit enough electricity to cover and meet all load demand during peak hours.