How do we efficiently harness renewable energy?

Exploring resources, developing technologies, increasing efficiency and developing storage...

New energy technologies can make it possible to harness sources that are all around us but which have been underutilized. However, new forms of energy present numerous challenges, including the economic efficiency of conversion to a desired form (such as electricity or fuels), the practicality of energy storage, and the complexity of grid integration. Research projects within these five themes will develop new, more efficient and economical technologies for renewable energy production, while supporting their integration into current infrastructure.

Themes

Biomass

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Geothermal

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Grids & Storage

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Solar

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Wind

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Projects

Active, Stable, and Abundant Photocatalytic Materials for Hydrogen Fuels

Solar

Advanced Biological Fermentation Process Development

Biomass

Alternative Energy Generation: Strategic Design of Photovoltaic and Thermoelectric Materials Using Modular Chemistry and Assembly, Interface Engineering, and Spectroscopic Characterization

Solar

Artificial Photosynthesis Using Semiconductor Nanomaterials

Solar

Biobattery - Decentralized Production of Fuel from Forest and Agricultural Waste

Biomass

Bioconversion of Single-­Carbon Effluents into Biofuels and Biofuel Precursors

Biomass

Control of CI Engines for Efficient and Robust Biomass Utilization

Biomass

Current availability assessment of biomass resource in China and Canada and the potential for bilateral biomass trade to develop biomass co-firing in Chinese coal power plants

Biomass

Dependable and Autonomic Computing Platform for Managing Transactive Microgrids

Grids & Storage

Distributed Energy Storage

Grids & Storage

Economic Policy and the Future Electricity Grid

Grids & Storage

Energy Management Strategies for Distributed Energy Resources

Grids & Storage

Fluid/Rock Interactions in Canada’s Geothermal Systems

Geothermal

Future Smart Grids Structures

Grids & Storage

High-­throughput Materials Discovery through Materials Genomics

Solar

Hydrothermal Torrefaction of High Moisture Content Biomass

Biomass

Imaging, Characterizing and Modelling Canada’s Geothermal Resources

Geothermal

Investment Decisions and Policy Analysis

Biomass

Market Design for Increased Wind Generation

Wind

Micro-scale energy harvesting technology in remote communities of Alberta

Wind

New materials for Photovoltaics

Solar

Next Generation Energy Storage Using Unconventional Materials

Grids & Storage

Operational Decision Support for Smart Grids

Grids & Storage

Optimization of Small Wind Turbines for Gusty Wind Resources of Northern Canada

Wind

Optimizing Geothermal Energy Production and Utilization Technology

Geothermal

Regulation and Integration of Solar PV into Electricity Markets

Solar

Remote Micro-Grids

Wind

Research on Interfacial Control of Solid State Lithium Batteries

Grids & Storage

Socio-­economic Roadmaps to Commercial Geothermal Energy Production in W. Canada

Geothermal

Surface Science Hub for Clean Technology (SSH-CT)

Grids & Storage

Synthesis and utilization of ether fuels from forestry biomass in diesel engines

Biomass

Utility-­Scale Energy Storage

Grids & Storage

Wind Farm Operation and Grid Integration

Wind

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Researchers on Enabling Sustainability

Over seven years, Future Energy Systems plans to support more than 100 researchers and up to 1,000 Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP), including graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. To learn more about our researchers, visit the Researcher Directory.

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