Developing the Innovation Capabilities of a Specialized Manufacturing Firm: A Longitudinal Action-Research Case Study

This field research project is a continuation of an on-going multi-year action-research program, undertaken in a large Manufacturer of Industrial products in the Energy Sector. Like many Canadian corporations, faced with pervasive globalization, economic uncertainty, fierce competition and strict legislations, this Family-owned Company aims at revitalizing its product lines, entering new specialized market niches and upgrading the technological level of its offering through the introduction of Internet of things (IoT).

Calculation of the induced voltage between overhead transmission lines and adjacent gas pipelines via electromagnetic transients simulation

The candidate will utilize his knowledge and experience in transmission line modelling to implement test cases required by BC Hydro to validate the results of measured induced voltages between the transmission lines and gas pipelines. The simulations will be performed using well-known computer packages available at power laboratories of the University of British Columbia as well as computer programs written by the candidate to implement the recently developed line model in his PhD work. Simulation results will be compared with the measurements.

Development of Graphene Modified Cathode for Next Generation Aqueous Rechargeable Lithium Batteries - Year 2

Aqueous rechargeable lithium battery has received great attention recently due to the less toxicity, lower cost and higher safety compared to the non-aqueous systems. When using the commercially available lithium manganese oxide as active materials, there are demands in suppressing manganese dissolution and graphite consumption in the cathode. As a potential solution to achieve these goals, in this proposal, two dimensional graphene materials are integrated on the surface of the cathode, forming a hybrid cathode aqueous battery.

Next Generation Catalyst Layer Design for PEM Fuel Cells

The performance of non-precious metal catalysts (NPMCs) for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) has now reached a stage at which they can be considered as possible alternatives to expensive Pt, especially for low power applications. However, despite significant efforts on catalyst development in the past, only limited studies have been performed on NPMC-based electrode designs. Thus, it is required to develop an effective NPMC-based electrode that can correctly balance the complex parameters to maximize the performance it can bring.

Secured Cell Broadcasting technology in M2M communication for energy specific application

This project will focus on researching Cell Broadcast solutions for Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications (command and control operations). As an alternative to the Internet, Cell Broadcast is expected to offer great
advantages to both Utility providers as well as Commercial/Residential HVAC consumers due to its characteristics and it’s broadcasting nature over cellular control channels. Adopting Cell Broadcast will generate several communications-related challenges that will be studied and researched throughout the grant period.

The impact of correlations on VaR

Energy companies are in the business of turning energy from one form into another. For example, a gas-fired power station turns chemical potential energy stored in the natural gas into electrical energy. A natural gas storage facility allows energy (held in the form of natural gas) to be stored at one point in time and recovered at a later time. A gas pipeline moves energy from one location to another. The result is that the financial risks faced by an energy company involve a large portfolio of spreads – differences between energy prices.

Prediction Improvement on User’s Consumption

The goal of the research is to implement different data mining algorithms in order to improve the prediction on a user’s electricity consumption. The research will be dedicated to improve the existing algorithms or implementing new algorithms for the improvement of the prediction accuracy. Besides application of the prediction algorithms, different data pre-processing methods will be used. Research will include supervised and unsupervised modelling of the dataset by using the R programming language.

Life Cycle Analysis of Kakwa Derived LNG for Power Generation and DistrictHeating in China

Natural gas is one of the cleanest fuels for heat and power generation. But in China, coal is still the dominant fuel
but burning coal has caused severe and damaging air pollutions. The partner organization of this project, Seven
Generations Energy Ltd., is a significant Canadian producer of natural gas. This project will comprehensively
assess the overall environmental performance of natural gas production (by Seven Generations) and exporting it
to China to replace coal.

A Cloud-based Real Time Infrastructure Monitoring System

The proposed research focuses on developing a secure, reliable and real-time heterogeneous communication system to monitor and protect utility assets such as metering infrastructure, pumps and underground pipelines. The proposed system will be able to collect and aggregate data and upload the data through a cloud gateway to allow remote monitoring and control. The proposed system will interface the transmitted data with Lexcom’s Capital Infrastructure Management Systems (CIMS).

Molten Salt Reactor Dynamics Analysis Phase 1

This project seeks to understand how a next-generation nuclear reactor, a molten salt reactor, behaves under various conditions. Particular attention is paid to aspects of the reactor’s performance that could have an impact on its safe operation. This research focuses on how the various properties of the reactor evolve in time after a change to the reactor’s operating configuration is made. The analysis is done using state-of-the-art computer codes and a multi-physics approach that model both the nuclear and thermal behaviour of the reactor.