Research

Program - ResearchResearch in state-of-the-art clean energy technologies has largely examined individual technologies in isolation. Here, as an integrated team of researchers, we will develop distributed generation systems for Iqaluit, Fort Severn, and Rankin Inlet by integrating the constraints and outcomes of several research projects.

Trainees will have access to co-supervision from a range of disciplines not normally possible in a regular program, including chemical, electrical, materials science, and mechanical engineering. In addition, they will work closely with experts in energy policy and Aboriginal studies.

Areas of Research

  • Heat & mass transfer (Amon)
  • Electrochemical & microstructural modeling (Bazylak, Peppley, Kesler)
  • New materials & processing techniques (Bazylak, Kesler, Peppley)
  • Reliability/durability of fuel cells (Peppley, Kesler)
  • Supercapacitors & batteries (Lian)
  • Fuel processing (Peppley)
  • Alternative fuel combustion (Wallace)
  • Cogeneration & combined heat & power (Wallace)
  • Dynamic models for energy storage (Dawson)
  • Distributed generation hybridization & integration (Lehn)
  • Life cycle analysis (Mabee)
  • Behavioural analysis (Shu)
  • Energy policy (Mabee)

Researchers will look to identify and provide solutions to problems affecting distributed generation for remote communities, such as:

  • intermittency of renewable energy with no means to store it
  • lack of clean and efficient on-demand electricity and heat generation
  • ineffective wastewater treatment
  • lack of an electrical network for integrating clean energy technologies