The past few decades have witnessed the unprecedented development of aqueous rechargeable batteries and there are many scientific groups focusing their interest on this energy technology research field. Ideal active electrode materials and plain economic considerations are the critical factors in the design of batteries. Among them, Fe//MnO2 aqueous battery is one of the best candidates because of lower cost, high safety and eco-friendliness. In addition, improved conductivity and better cycle performance can be obtained by carbon coating.
This project aims at applying the technique of Model Predictive Control (MPC) to control the thermostatic loads in HVAC systems in the context of smart buildings. The main objective of this project is to verify the capability of MPC-base control schemes developed in academic research projects with a real system operated by Fusion in terms of energy efficiency improvement and operational cost reduction. In the first phase, the model of a candidate building will be established and validated for the controller design.
Conventional power systems are based upon ac voltages and currents. Connecting these systems is a simple matter and is done using transformers. Modern power systems wherein renewable energy sources are increasingly deployed often include dc voltages and currents. Connecting these systems is more challenging as conventional transformers will not be applicable. The proposed research is aimed at investigating and evaluating options for linking and interconnecting dc power systems. Power electronics is the enabling technology for achieving dc system interconnections.
Nuclear power plants provide stable, carbon-free electricity to Canadians. In order to ensure their safe operations, materials in the reactors must be characterized on a regular basis. This project aims at developing an Artificial Intelligence—an artificial neural network—with the aim of automating the indentification of helium bubbles in Ni-based alloys currently in use in Canadian Nuclear power plants. These bubbles have a diameter of the order of nanometers, and can be observed using transmission electron microscopes. Currently, the analysis of the micrographs is done manually.
The widespread use of phasor measurement units (PMUs) in power-grids can greatly enhance state-estimation (SE) by making use of accurate, GPS time-stamped synchronous phasor measurements. Unlike conventional SCADA measurements which are reported every 4 seconds, synchro-phasor measurements are typically available as frequently as 30-60 measurements per second. While the availability of more measurements can provide accurate state estimates in real-time, the sheer amount of data can overwhelm the computational capabilities of most data processing systems.
Bulk storage of energy is a relatively new concept in many power systems. Among various energy storage media, batteries have shown great promise as a suitable option for use in power systems. Integrating a battery energy storage system in a power grid is not a trivial task and requires extensive studies to ensure that the system is able to respond satisfactorily to its surroundings variable conditions and deliver what is expected of it.
The current project aims to study a novel energy management system for residential heating ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Independently controlled wireless air damping vents will adjust the air flow in different zones of the building allowing independent control of the temperature which results in enhanced thermal comfort and energy savings. The intern will collaborate with the partner organization on studying a unique state-of-the-art predictive model to control the damping factor of the vents within fully closed to fully open range.
The field of plastic waste management is essential for sustainable society that utilizes plastic waste for energy production. Land filing and incineration of plastic waste has large environmental impacts due to GHG emissions. Thus, pyrolysis is considered a low environmental impact process with high value end products. RF thermal plasma technology will help reduce operating cost, cleaner thermal source, shorten reaction time and provide high quality hydrocarbon gasoline and diesel.
The research project aims to develop new computer models for accurate representation of battery energy storage systems that are used in modern power systems. In particular state-of-the-art modular multi-level converters with integrated dc-dc converters will be considered. The models to be developed will provide high levels of accuracy and feature low computational intensity so that study of battery systems that are integrated into the grid using advanced converter systems becomes feasible on present-day computing systems.
The objective of this project is to use artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to solve complex industrial problems. The two biggest advantages of AI-based approaches are the ability to continuously learn and also learn adequately from historical data. Traditionally, many process information are unmeasurable during live operations because of instrumentation limitations. Also, plants are not sufficiently optimized to maximize production quality, while minimizing waste.