Evaluating grid modernization pathways, opportunities and emissions impacts

Across Canada, electricity is becoming a scarce resource as there are increasingly urgent calls to electrify fossil fuel loads. Furthermore, even if ample generation is present, the electrical grid will be unable to accommodate the increased demand. This research project will propose and investigate tangible solutions to optimize the power flow and usage within the distribution network so that existing electrical grid infrastructure will be able to deliver more energy with fewer losses, while ensuring the grid remains safe and stable.

Ryan Underwood Mitacs Elevate with General Fusion: Investigation of Novel Photon Detection Devices for Fusion Diagnostic Applications

General Fusion is pursuing a fast, efficient, and collaborative path to practical fusion power. Its vision is a world with clean, limitless energy, and General Fusion’s mission is to deliver it using its proprietary Magnetized Target Fusion technology. General Fusion is building a Fusion Demonstration Plant to prove this technology and will require numerous state-of-the-art fusion fuel measurement tools. TRIUMF has research experience in relevant electronics and measurement tools.

Smart Garments to Correct Lower-Limb Mechanics in Runners

The overall goal of the project is to develop tools to correct people’s running movements using smart garments. The research method will employ an experimental testbed composed of a way to sense gait, a way to change the gait, and a computer program to provide the correction for non-optimal running patterns. The testbed data results will be translated to prototype garments in collaboration with our partner to design athletic wear composed of smart materials g.

Development of sensors and interface electronics for consumer and industrial applications

Accelerometers are a type of sensor that have various applications from everyday handheld devices such as smart phones to complex systems such as airplanes. Sensors are devices that we use to “see”, “hear” or” sense” the environment around us. With accelerometers, we are measuring motions.

Analysing Marine Vessel effects on whales in Boundary Pass in the Salish Sea, British Columbia

Boundary Pass is a busy vessel traffic area of the Salish Sea and is a critical foraging habitat for many cetacean species, specifically Southern Resident killer whales, transient (Bigg’s) and humpback whales. With the shipping lanes passing through this area, whales are at risk of disturbance from underwater noise and, at times, from close vessel proximity. However, DFO has created a seasonal vessel no-go zone (Interim Sanctuary Zone) for whales to reduce acoustic and physical harassment in the region.

Unpacking the role of environmental stress and disease in salmon declines.

This program will investigate the role disease plays in salmon declines and the risks posed by open-net salmon farming to wild Pacific salmon. First, our ongoing partnership with the Broughton Archipelago Transition Initiative (BATI) will monitor salmon-farm impacts, serving as a testing ground for monitoring technologies to support Indigenous self-determination. Second, we will expand our work on the west coast of Vancouver Island, casting focus on the impacts of BC’s last major salmon-farm cluster on imperiled populations of Chinook salmon.

Transfer learning for semantic segmentation of fungal growth images to accelerate high-throughput fungicide development

There is a growing need to develop new crop protection products that are more effective against fungal disease and mitigate pathogen resistance. The fungicide product development process is time consuming and expensive and there is a great opportunity to reduce costs and time by using machine learning. In this project, an existing deep learning algorithm for quantifying fungal growth in 96-well plate images will be transferred to new pathogens to extend Terramera’s automated high-throughput screening pipeline.

Optimization of low-temperature carbon electrodes for efficient hole extraction from perovskite absorbers with variable bandgap

The project involves the investigation and optimization of carbon electrodes to achieve efficient perovskite photovoltaic devices for indoor and outdoor applications based on a method that can be used for industrial production.
The intern will first study the optimization of carbon electrodes for solar cells, which will involve materials and device engineering. Then, the intern will engineer carbon electrodes for wide-bandgap perovskite absorbers, with a view to realizing efficient photovoltaics for indoor energy harvesting.

Rapid End of Line Testing for the Hydrogen Economy

The hydrogen strategy for Canada sets the target for hydrogen to provide up to 30% of the country’s energy demand by 2050. As technology and infrastructure development for the hydrogen economy advances, mass manufacturing practices to rapidly produce and test electrochemical cells at high throughput and low cost becomes of critical importance. The proposed research is envisioned to develop rapid end of line test methods that can detect a failure in an electrochemical stack within minutes, thereby addressing one of the major bottlenecks in the mass production of the hydrogen economy.

Understanding shifts in angler effort and steelhead abundance in British Columbia’s recreational fishery

British Columbia (BC) supports world-renowned recreational fisheries for steelhead, which are prized by national and international anglers. In recent decades, the prosperity of these fisheries has been challenged by widespread declines in many of the stocks in southern BC, many of which are of conservation concern. While there is no commercial fishery for this species, data collected annually from anglers provides important information about steelhead status. However, it is unclear whether this recreational data accurately reflects trends in wild populations.

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