Research Spotlight Institute for Sustainable EnergyResearch Spotlight: Tackling electrical traffic jams in microgrids<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/9zvHRGsVXC/thumbnails/PORCO.jpg?width=300" style="height: auto;" alt="PORCO" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="9zvHRGsVXC"></p><p>Microgrid managers face a big challenge: ensuring the smooth flow of electricity between intermittent energy sources (such as wind, solar and hydro), storage systems and energy users. WISE researchers want to help. John Simpson-Porco, Mehrdad Kazerani and their Chilean colleagues have developed a distributed control system that overcomes many of…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyThu, 19 Mar 2020 11:43:27 -0400 Spotlight: Compressed air calculations offer energy storage insights<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/8W7uXxFlhO/thumbnails/feb 2020 RS picture.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" alt="feb 2020 RS picture" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="8W7uXxFlhO"></p><p><br></p> <p style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:0in;line-height:115%;font-size:15px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;text-align:justify;'><span style="font-size:13px;line-height:115%;">Some days are windier than others. So when you’re relying on wind farms for electricity, you need a way to store unused energy, creating a buffer between supply and demand. </span></p> <p style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:10.0pt;margin-left:0in;line-height:115%;font-size:15px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;text-align:justify;'><span style="font-size:13px;line-height:115%;">Compressed air energy storage (CAES) offers a solution. This approach uses excess energy to pressurize and cool air, storing it in underground caverns. When energy is…</span></p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyTue, 04 Feb 2020 10:38:39 -0500 Spotlight: Valuing the knowledge of Inuit in diesel-dependent communities<div><p><br></p><p>Of 259 off-grid communities in Canada, 190 depend almost exclusively on diesel to generate electricity. And although the majority of these communities identify as First Nations, Inuit or Métis, little work has been done to understand Indigenous views on energy sustainability.</p><p> To help change that, the NunatuKavut Community Council partnered with…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyFri, 31 Jan 2020 11:20:22 -0500 Spotlight: Greener Energy, Drinkable Water<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/33i2aFx0tq/thumbnails/Spotlight%20picture.png?width=504&amp;height=282" style="width: 504px; height: 282.074px;" alt="Spotlight picture" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="33i2aFx0tq"></p><p>Call it a double win. WISE researcher Maurice Dusseault and his Iranian collaborators have proposed a system that tackles two global imperatives: cutting carbon emissions and addressing water shortages at the same time. </p><p>Renewables like wind and solar offer green sources of electricity. But to be viable on a large scale, we need a way to store…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyWed, 30 Oct 2019 11:02:43 -0400 Spotlight: Giving retired electric vehicle batteries new life<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/v9KhXPIaJt/thumbnails/Deliver%20Aug%202019.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px; height: auto;" alt="Deliver Aug 2019" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="v9KhXPIaJt"></p><p>The battery in an electric vehicle (EV) faces serious performance demands every time the driver steps on the accelerator or the brake. So after a number of years, when its capacity has dropped 20 to 30 per cent, it gets replaced.</p><p>But that retired battery can still function well in less demanding applications — like stationary energy storage systems…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyTue, 03 Sep 2019 08:46:04 -0400 Spotlight: Transforming food waste into fuel<div><p><br></p><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/zWKt0XSW2i/thumbnails/H-SLee.png?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="H-SLee.png" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="zWKt0XSW2i" data-src="/.api2/binaries/zWKt0XSW2i/thumbnails/H-SLee.png?width=300"></p><p><br></p> <div tabindex="-1"> <div dir="auto"> <div contenteditable="true" dir="auto" spellcheck="true" unsafe.aria-disabled="false"> <p>In North America, we throw out roughly 400 kilograms of food waste per person each year. The bulk of those potato peels and chicken bones ends up in landfills, where it creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some municipalities take a greener approach. Some burn the methane to produce electricity, but that’s an expensive process.…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyTue, 11 Jun 2019 11:17:33 -0400 Spotlight: Assessing energy efficiency on the farm<div><p><img class="fr-dib" src="/.api2/binaries/PlPfaMHrFV/thumbnails/pastedImage?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="Pasted Image" data-ig-embed-key="PlPfaMHrFV" data-src="/.api2/binaries/PlPfaMHrFV/thumbnails/pastedImage?width=300"></p><p>Producing food consumes a lot of energy — and, as a result, creates a significant proportion of the world’s greenhouse gases. As the global population grows and the planet continues to heat up, it becomes more important than ever to produce food efficiently.</p><p>That’s why WISE member Keith Hipel, along with colleagues at York University and Queen’s…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyWed, 15 May 2019 11:05:31 -0400 Spotlight: A better model for EV battery performance<div><p><br><img src="/.api2/binaries/aKwIKnfpRI/thumbnails/fowler.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="fowler.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="aKwIKnfpRI" data-src="/.api2/binaries/aKwIKnfpRI/thumbnails/fowler.jpg?width=300"></p><p>An electric vehicle (EV) is only as good as the battery that powers it. Battery performance drives vehicle performance and reliability — and ultimately the willingness of consumers to trade their conventional car for an electric version. </p><p>Various numerical models have been developed to predict the behaviour of batteries. But to be useful to EV…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyFri, 29 Mar 2019 12:59:23 -0400 Spotlight: a nano-sized solution to global warming<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/7zaH7SogcW/thumbnails/cHEN.png?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="cHEN.png" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="7zaH7SogcW" data-src="/.api2/binaries/7zaH7SogcW/thumbnails/cHEN.png?width=300"></p> <p style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:2.25pt;margin-bottom:7.0pt;margin-left:0in;font-size:15px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;text-align:justify;'><span style='font-size:12px;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;'>To prevent global warming from reaching catastrophic proportions, we need to slash greenhouse gas emissions. The question is how. WISE researchers have a nano-sized solution: tiny balls that trap CO<sub>2</sub> emissions within smokestacks before they wreak climate havoc. </span></p> <p style='margin-top:0in;margin-right:2.25pt;margin-bottom:7.0pt;margin-left:0in;font-size:15px;font-family:"Cambria",serif;text-align:justify;'><span style='font-size:12px;font-family:"Arial",sans-serif;'>For a number of years, investigators have recognized that porous carbon can adsorb…</span></p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyMon, 14 Jan 2019 12:09:07 -0500 Spotlight: Dry Ideas: Designing Buildings with Moisture in Mind<div><p><img src="/.api2/binaries/BaluMVsORt/thumbnails/conserve.jpg?width=300" style="width: 300px;" alt="conserve.jpg" class="fr-fic fr-dib" data-ig-embed-key="BaluMVsORt" data-src="/.api2/binaries/BaluMVsORt/thumbnails/conserve.jpg?width=300"></p><p>When the three little pigs built their houses, their top priority was protection from a huffing, puffing wolf. But according to WISE member and civil engineer John Straube, the biggest concern when it comes to building performance is actually water.</p><p>In every climate zone on Earth, houses must be designed to handle moisture, whether it’s rain on the…</p></div>Waterloo Institute for Sustainable EnergyWed, 05 Dec 2018 09:55:07 -0500