Development of Indicators and Benchmarks of Sustainability for a Standardized Municipal Sustainability Index

Municipal sustainability in Canada has been gaining importance in recent years. In order to ensure real progress is made, sustainability assessment must be conducted. Indicators are the recommended measures for sustainability assessment. This research project will create a core set of indicators for use in a sustainable cities index. A set of sustainable best practices will also be compiled to assist in developing benchmarks for use in ranking of sustainable cities.

Real time prediction of a wind farm power output

Presently, wind farms in Canada have a capacity of 4,588MW while Newfoundland and Labrador have a capacity of 54MW. Canada’s wind resource is immense and well distributed in rural areas throughout the country and more wind farms are under construction. Utilities need information about wind farm output power few hours in advance so that they can plan operation of their thermal units. Therefore, prediction of wind farm output power production is essential for system operation.

Development of carbon storage and emission flow diagram for harvested wood products within British Columbia

The purpose of this project is to aid in the development of more complete carbon accounting within forestry carbon projects, by working towards a means of calculating long term carbon storage within harvested wood products in British Columbia (BC). The project will involve a literature review of harvested wood products manufacturing statistic in BC and product life-cycle information. Using the literature review, a diagram will be developed modeling the flow of carbon from initial forest harvesting to product disposal.

Understanding fundamental processes in Dielectric Barrier Discharge Devices used in air quality improvement.

Air Phaser is a proprietary product produced by Air Phaser Environmental and designed to oxidize and/or reduce air-borne pollutants that need to be transformed to environmentally benign forms. The Air Phaser uses electrical discharges to destroy and break down the VOC’s present in the contaminated air. Although, the technology is effective for many VOC’s, some classes of compounds, specifically aromatic species, are not degraded enough to completely eliminate odor or potential adverse health impacts.