Research Spotlighthttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-storiesWaterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyBuilding batteries to get flying cars off the groundhttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/building_batteries_to_get_flying_cars_off_the_ground<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/OzKIals9nU/thumbnails/Picture1.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="OzKIals9nU" data-contentlength="41107" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/OzKIals9nU/download/Picture1.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/OzKIals9nU/thumbnails/Picture1.jpg" data-name="Picture1.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="OzKIals9nU"></p> <p id="isPasted" style="text-align: justify;">Flying cars are no longer reserved for sci-fi novels, with groups like Boeing, Toyota and NASA working to move electric vehicles into the skies. One of the key challenges is ensuring the power batteries in these airborne automobiles don’t overheat during takeoff and landing, when discharge rates peak.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Flat heat pipe (FHP) technology offers a…</p></div>Sana SadiqTue, 17 Jan 2023 14:24:52 -0500https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/building_batteries_to_get_flying_cars_off_the_groundProlonging the life of wind farm transformershttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/prolonging_the_life_of_wind_farm_transformers<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/Pl2ULrSXnI/thumbnails/Image.png?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="Pl2ULrSXnI" data-contentlength="415300" data-contenttype="image/png" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/Pl2ULrSXnI/download/Image.png" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/Pl2ULrSXnI/thumbnails/Image.png" data-name="Image.png" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="Pl2ULrSXnI"></p> <p id="isPasted" style="text-align: justify;">Transformers are a crucial — and expensive — part of wind farm infrastructure, boosting the low-voltage output from turbine generators to the higher voltage required by the grid. But too often, they fail prematurely.<em> </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">That’s because standard transformers aren’t designed to handle spikes in high-frequency energy that are common in wind farms,…</p></div>Sana SadiqMon, 05 Dec 2022 13:32:00 -0500https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/prolonging_the_life_of_wind_farm_transformersAnalyzing the economic potential of electrified ammonia productionhttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/analyzing_the_economic_potential_of_electrified_ammonia_production<div><table class="fr-no-borders" style="width: 100%;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 100.0000%;"><img src="/.api2/binaries/QB4iqQfb3H/thumbnails/shutterstock_766842277.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="QB4iqQfb3H" data-contentlength="7259959" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/QB4iqQfb3H/download/shutterstock_766842277.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/QB4iqQfb3H/thumbnails/shutterstock_766842277.jpg" data-name="shutterstock_766842277.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="QB4iqQfb3H"></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 100.0000%;"><br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p id="isPasted" style="text-align: justify;">Today, new technologies are emerging that use electricity to produce low-carbon ammonia — a versatile commodity that can be sold locally as fertilizer, traded as an export good or used to temporarily store electricity when supply exceeds demand.  </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It’s an enticing idea for energy producers, who often sell their excess…</p></div>Sana SadiqThu, 10 Nov 2022 14:13:30 -0500https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/analyzing_the_economic_potential_of_electrified_ammonia_productionMaking offshore wind farms lean and greenhttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/making_offshore_wind_farms_lean_and_green<div><p><br><img src="/.api2/binaries/lepSQ6uadi/thumbnails/Picture1.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="lepSQ6uadi" data-contentlength="131969" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/lepSQ6uadi/download/Picture1.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/lepSQ6uadi/thumbnails/Picture1.jpg" data-name="Picture1.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="lepSQ6uadi"></p> <p id="isPasted" style="text-align: justify;">As the number of offshore wind farms around the world grows, so do efforts to make them more cost-effective and efficient. One way to do that is to avoid oversizing the power electronic convertors that transform the variable-frequency electricity produced by the turbines into a fixed frequency suitable for the grid. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In series-connected,…</p></div>Sana SadiqThu, 22 Sep 2022 14:24:50 -0400https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/making_offshore_wind_farms_lean_and_greenGame Theory in the Energy Storage Markethttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/game_theory_in_the_energy_storage_market<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/QbHqgIp5iA/thumbnails/pic.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="QbHqgIp5iA" data-contentlength="5090433" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/QbHqgIp5iA/download/pic.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/QbHqgIp5iA/thumbnails/pic.jpg" data-name="pic.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="QbHqgIp5iA"></p> <p id="isPasted" style="text-align: justify;">Energy storage systems like batteries, supercapacitors and flywheels play an important role in the world of renewables. When the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing, these devices ensure customers have reliable power.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This has sparked interest in privately owned energy storage hubs that could sell power to customers as they need it. To…</p></div>Sana SadiqMon, 29 Aug 2022 14:51:55 -0400https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/game_theory_in_the_energy_storage_marketParticipating profitably: how compressed air energy storage can make the most of electricity marketshttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/participating_profitably_how_compressed_air_energy_storage_can_make_the_most_of_electricity_markets<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/rrAFpjskxU/thumbnails/AdobeStock.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="rrAFpjskxU" data-contentlength="2246944" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/rrAFpjskxU/download/AdobeStock.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/rrAFpjskxU/thumbnails/AdobeStock.jpg" data-name="AdobeStock.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="rrAFpjskxU"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Compressed air energy storage (CAES) facilities offer an attractive way for bulk power systems to buffer the intermittent nature of renewable energy, storing excess energy when it’s not needed and retrieving it during peak demand. But few studies have examined their operation in electricity markets.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For WISE researchers Claudio Cañizares,…</p></div>Sana SadiqFri, 25 Mar 2022 10:56:57 -0400https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/participating_profitably_how_compressed_air_energy_storage_can_make_the_most_of_electricity_marketsOvercoming short-circuit shortcomings on wind farmshttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/overcoming_short_circuit_shortcomings_on_wind_farms<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/oGRuYRc55c/thumbnails/iStock-1137394150.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="oGRuYRc55c" data-contentlength="10455187" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/oGRuYRc55c/download/iStock-1137394150.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/oGRuYRc55c/thumbnails/iStock-1137394150.jpg" data-name="iStock-1137394150.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="oGRuYRc55c"></p> <p id="isPasted" style="text-align: left;">Wind farms contribute an ever-growing share of the energy flowing through the world’s electricity grids. Because those grids have to be stable and reliable, wind farms are required to stay connected even if a short circuit causes the voltage to drop. This prevents a short circuit from knocking out other generators and causing widespread outages.</p> …</div>Sana SadiqWed, 26 Jan 2022 16:10:27 -0500https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/overcoming_short_circuit_shortcomings_on_wind_farmsPlotting the path to a hydrogen economyhttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/plotting_the_path_to_a_hydrogen_economy<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/ojosWlf7Kt/thumbnails/PIC-1.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="ojosWlf7Kt" data-contentlength="1060317" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/ojosWlf7Kt/download/PIC-1.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/ojosWlf7Kt/thumbnails/PIC-1.jpg" data-name="PIC-1.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="ojosWlf7Kt">When you burn fossil fuels, the by-products are greenhouse gases and particulates. When you burn hydrogen, the by-product is water.</p><p>This versatile gas can serve as fuel for transportation and heating, as a way to store energy, and as a feedstock for many products such as ammonia and methanol. It’s easy to transport via pipelines, trucks or tankers,…</p></div>Sana SadiqWed, 21 Jul 2021 16:38:26 -0400https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/plotting_the_path_to_a_hydrogen_economyUnpacking performance problems in geothermal systemshttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/unpacking_performance_problems_in_geothermal_systems<div><div class="fr--space-wrap"><span class="fr-img-caption fr-fic fr-dib" style="width: 304px;"><span class="fr-img-wrap"><img src="/.api2/binaries/k30cV7f1mT/thumbnails/Picture1.jpg?height=160&amp;width=304" data-key="k30cV7f1mT" data-contentlength="30812" data-contenttype="image/jpeg" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/k30cV7f1mT/download/Picture1.jpg" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/k30cV7f1mT/thumbnails/Picture1.jpg" data-name="Picture1.jpg" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="k30cV7f1mT"></span></span> <p class="fr-img-space-wrap2"> </p> </div> <p>Enhanced geothermal systems (EGSs) take advantage of heat deep beneath the Earth’s surface, forcing water through an engineered set of fractures at high pressure. The resulting steam can then be used to generate electricity or to heat buildings. However, this complex process is vulnerable to short-circuiting— a positive feedback loop in…</p></div>Sana SadiqWed, 21 Apr 2021 15:04:09 -0400https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/unpacking_performance_problems_in_geothermal_systemsSolving the equations that govern geothermal powerhttps://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/solving_the_equations_that_govern_geothermal_power<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/6yQFgkFOwt/thumbnails/Picture1.png?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-key="6yQFgkFOwt" data-contentlength="123118" data-contenttype="image/png" data-binarylocation="/.api2/binaries/6yQFgkFOwt/download/Picture1.png" data-thumbnaillocation="/.api2/binaries/6yQFgkFOwt/thumbnails/Picture1.png" data-name="Picture1.png" data-isprofilephoto="false" data-ig-embed-key="6yQFgkFOwt"></p><p>Exploiting geothermal power is easy in volcanic regions like Iceland, where geology brings heat from the Earth’s core close to the surface. In other places, however, accessing this source of renewable energy requires enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). </p><p>These systems use a network of channels created by hydraulic fracturing. Water pumped down one…</p></div>Sana SadiqWed, 31 Mar 2021 17:53:48 -0400https://wise.uwaterloo.ca/news1/research-stories/solving_the_equations_that_govern_geothermal_power