An Information Representation Framework for the Performing Arts

As much of the performing arts activity has moved to the virtual space over the past eighteen months, an effective online presence, as well as an efficient way to reach potential audiences has become essential for arts organizations everywhere. Information that can be machine processed effectively is key to a successful online presence.

Thermophotovoltaics for waste-heat to electric power conversion on spacecrafts

Space missions are very costly, limited and often short-lived. The capabilities and value of a space mission depends on the energy and power available on a space craft. For many space missions it is not possible to bring an energy source that can supply the required power throughout the entire duration of the mission. Furthermore, spacecrafts often generate excess heat that is largely unused. Cooling systems on spacecrafts are designed to radiate unwanted heat into space to prevent overheating. However, unwanted heat on spacecrafts has great potential to generate electric power.

Wild bee microbiomes and pollinator health

The holobiont view of organism microbiomes suggests that microbial communities influence and are influenced by animal behaviour. While many microbes are beneficial and necessary for digestion and homeostasis, others can be detrimental, including pathogens leading to compromised immunity and disease states. Recent studies suggest microbiomes covary with landscape floral and fungal diversity, yet fine scale data does not exist examining consistent hubs for beneficial and pathogenic microbes outside of select few crop and flower species.

Going Beyond Backlash: Mitigating Resistance to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives

Some may think that it is only members of underrepresented and marginalized groups who experience identity threat in an organization. However, members of traditionally well-represented groups can feel threatened by diversity, equity, and justice (DEI) initiatives, and this can result to backlash which could derail those efforts.

Development of hand hygiene disinfectant using natural and non-flammable active ingredients

The use of hand disinfectant appears to have become a common practice for infectious as well as non-infectious individuals across the world for years now. Recently, a strong push to enforce the usage of hand disinfectants after touching any surface in public places due to the pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic was seen worldwide. Many varieties of hand disinfectants for killing bacteria and viruses have been in use across the world. However, most of them use flammable solvents including alcohol as the main disinfectant.

QT and BIPOC volunteer rider experiences with The Bike Brigade

The Bike Brigade serves vulnerable communities by signing up volunteer cyclists to deliver food and other resources to individuals in need. In collaboration with The Bike Brigade, this project is meant to highlight the experiences of QT and BIPOC volunteer bicyclists, in order to increase The Bike Brigade’s capacity and inform their anti-oppression and equity framework.

New cathode materials for advanced batteries as a cost-effective energy storage for the electric grid

Advanced energy storage plays a critical role in addressing climate change and increasing the high penetration of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Among energy storage systems, lithium-ion batteries are the most electrifying and sustainable. These technologies' functional constraints, prices, and safety all have an impact on the acceptability of large-scale battery storage systems.Lithium-ion batteries have surpassed all other battery storage options, accounting for more than 90% of the global grid battery storage market.

How to Create Affordable Housing Models in Toronto? The Discussion on Missing Middle and Financing Redevelopment

Toronto has been experiencing a housing affordability crisis for almost two decades and the house prices continue to increase. The increasing unaffordability causes many problems in the city including increasing social inequality and difficulty of accessing affordable housing essentially for newcomers and racialized communities. This project aims at focusing on the discussion of “missing middle” and attempting to analyze what type of redevelopment is necessary in order to create an affordable housing system in Toronto.

Self-learning Microgrids for Decarbonization of Industrial Applications

Industrial applications are among the heaviest producers of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and require a large amount of energy to operate. Industrial applications have now begun to invest in "microgrids", which are small-scale power systems that utilize clean energy sources, such as solar, batteries, and electric vehicles, to satisfy energy demand. This project will develop an artificially intelligent, learning based method to learn the individual patterns of the clean energy sources, and schedule them in a way to maximize the reduction of GHGs and energy cost.

Design and Implementation of a Three-Phase Two-Stage Transformerless Bidirectional Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Inverter with Battery Energy Storage System

The goal of this project is to design, implement, and validate a coordinated control scheme for a three-phase two-stage transformerless grid-connected PV inverter with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) using real-time Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop (P-HIL) testing. The project partner, SpinorX Inc., is a Canadian technology company specialized in developing emerging energy technologies and related systems and procedures to allow more renewable electricity to be integrated into the grid in a cost?effective manner.