Development of High Efficiency Compact Recuperators

Distributed Power Generation (DPG) offers a novel approach to reduce power losses. Micro-turbines (MT) are instrumental in the development of a high efficiency DPG system. The major drawback is the associated wasted heat. Increasing the viability of DPG is directly linked with the development of higher efficiency MTs. MTs equipped with a recuperator preheating the inlet gas using the heat recovered from the hot exhaust gases have the potential to reach over 50% thermal efficiency. To this end, a new method for producing recuperators has recently been developed by Brayton Energy Canada.

An Analysis of Power Pole Foundation Conditions

The purpose of the research project is to identify the main soil types found within the FortisBC Electric service territory and identify the best alternatives for power pole installations within each soil type. This information will be made readily available to power line designers for use when selecting the foundation alternative during the design process. The large number of power poles installed each year has created a need to streamline the design process and installation cost.

Hybrid Small UAV Powerplant

An analysis is to be conducted to investigate the integration of a hybrid power system for a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A hybrid power system is proposed as a substitute to the existing batteries to enhance the endurance of UAV systems. A UAV with flexible PV‐panels and a proton exchange membrane fuel cell is to be modeled. UAV propulsion tests are to be conducted to determine the required electrical power. The required power is to be used to determine the endurance of the UAV with the hybrid power system.

Multi-Fidelity Design Optimization of Hydro Turbine Runner Blades

From an energy production perspective, the mobile component of the turbine, the runner, plays a key role in the operation of a water turbine. In the present competitive situation of deregulated energy markets, there is a great demand for more efficient runners which can withstand severe operating conditions. Traditional trial-and-error runner design methods largely depend on the designers’ experience, and always need long design cycles.

Personal Transportation Vehicle for use in Local Neighborhoods

The main objective of this project is to provide the growing elderly population with a means of transportation, which will allow them to get around the community to perform their daily activities. This project will focus on designing a personal transport vehicle that will be safe, easy to drive, and user friendly. This vehicle will be designed in a manner so that it can provide transportation to anyone in the society. Existence of such a vehicle will decrease the need for public transit improvements, and provide people with a sustainable mean of transportation.

Modular aqua-farming system for growing fish

The proposal of the project Structure of Zero GHG Footprint Sustainable Community will benefit the community. The creation of the module design system using aquaponics methods, exploring the design of cooling system and thermal system will integrate the full process of producing sustainable food with zero pollution to the environment. As a researcher in this project, it would be a learning experience.

High-Resolution 3D Mapping and Modeling of Solar Neighbourhood Potential

This research project will be focused on the development of a new software technology in order to model and map maximum solar energy potential on the rooftops and facades of buildings with high spatiotemporal resolution, with particular emphasis on optimal community design for smart net-zero energy solar communities. The goal of this project is to increase our assessment ability of solar energy utilization and planning support for clusters of different types of buildings (such as mixed use communities in which different forms and functions of buildings will be considered).

Structure of near-zero carbon footprint sustainable community

The goal of this project is to propose a design of near-zero carbon footprint sustainable community within the designated area. Design constrains will include the available land, target number of housing units, target commercial space, and target emissions of CO2 and effluent water. We will consider as part of the solution: (i) energy efficient buildings, (ii) photovoltaic energy generation, (iii) district heating and cooling, (iv) community design that promotes walking and bicycling in order to minimize GHG emissions associated with daily activities.

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.