Energy Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis for selected industrial and commercial Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) Customers

The objective of this proposal is to do energy assessment and cost-benefits analyses among selected industrial and commercial Enbridge Gas Distribution (EGD) customers, engaging Ryerson faculty and students. EGD operates defamed side management (DSM) programs to encourage its industrial customers to adopt energy saving equipment and strategies to reduce the natural gas consumption. As a part of DSM program, EGD is partnering with Ryerson University to undertake the energy assessments for small and medium size industrial customers.

The Role of Public Participation in Identifying Stakeholder Synergies in Renewable Energy Project Development: the Case Study of Ontario, Canada

Over the past several decades, the scope of decision-making in the public domain has changed from a focus on unilateral regulatory verdicts to a more comprehensive process that engages all stakeholders. Consequently, there has been a distinct increase in public participation in the environmental decision-making process. While the potential benefits of public engagement are substantial in terms of identifying synergies between public and industry stakeholders that encourage project development, this participation does not come without its challenges.

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).

Arch-App

The intention of the Arch-App is to create a mobile app that utilizes geo-location and augmented reality technologies to access data (including imagery, videos, and text) on building projects throughout the city in real time. The infrastructure of the Arch-App effectively provides users a resources (ranging from historic imagery to notable interviews) and tour guides to any local landmark in the real world condensed into their smartphones.  Currently, there is no such infrastructure which, supports said goals of Arch-App.

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.

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.

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.

Integration of Technologies for Smart Control of Micro Grids

S2E Company is developing a Smart Community in London, Ontario. This community will have the state of the art sustainable practices in community development. This community will be Net ZERO energy which simply means that it has zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually, minimize water usage, designed with sustainable storm water management, built electric car ready, emphasis Smart Grid technology and demonstrate a microgrid.

Dual Phase Change Material (PCM) Integration and Optimization for Heating and Cooling Seasons

One way to improve the efficiency of a building is to use thermal storage material. A recent thermal storage strategy is to use phase change material (PCM) which allows for the storage and release of thermal energy. One of the main advantages of using PCM over traditional thermal storage (like concrete) is that PCM can achieve the same level of thermal storage as concrete while using less material. Using PCM can also reduce and delay peak load, improve thermal comfort, and reduce the overall energy consumption of a building.

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