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Connaught Global Challenge Symposium: “CO2 Solutions to Climate Change” - The Solar Fuels Cluster at the University of Toronto is proud to announce details of our Connaught Global Challenge Symposium on “CO2 Solutions to Climate Change”. It will take place on May 9 and 10, 2017 at the University of Toronto St. George campus. This symposium will focus on different ways of utilizing CO2 as... Read more »
ISE Seminar – Ontario’s Energy System – Emissions and Rates - ISE presents a two-part seminar on Ontario’s energy system, touching on ways to affordably reduce emissions, and alternative models for electricity rates. Speakers: Paul Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng., FCAE Charles Rhodes, B.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P. Eng. Date and Time: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST Location: Fitzgerald Building, room 103, 150 College Street, Toronto, ON Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ise-seminar-global adjustment 1.... Read more »
ISE presents: Dr. Manfred Fischedick “Germany’s Energy Transition” - When: October 26, 2016 Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm Where: University College, room UC161 15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ise-seminar-with-dr-manfred-fischedick-tickets-28364056657 Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick As the Vice President at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of... Read more »

Connaught Global Challenge Symposium: “CO2 Solutions to Climate Change”

The Solar Fuels Cluster at the University of Toronto is proud to announce details of our Connaught Global Challenge Symposium on “CO2 Solutions to Climate Change”. It will take place on May 9 and 10, 2017 at the University of Toronto St. George campus. This symposium will focus on different ways of utilizing CO2 as a chemical feedstock for making chemicals, materials and fuels. Attached is a poster providing information on registration, abstract submission, and our list of invited speakers. We welcome any graduate or undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, staff, or industry partners who are interested in participating. Registration and abstract submission will close on March 31, 2017. Seats are limited, so please register early to secure your spot!

Click here to register.

Please feel free to visit our website (www.solarfuels.utoronto.ca/symposium.html) or contact us at cgcsymposium2017@gmail.com for any further information.

 

ISE Seminar – Ontario’s Energy System – Emissions and Rates

ISE presents a two-part seminar on Ontario’s energy system, touching on ways to affordably reduce emissions, and alternative models for electricity rates.

Speakers: Paul Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng., FCAE
Charles Rhodes, B.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P. Eng.

Date and Time: Thursday, February 9, 2017, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Location: Fitzgerald Building, room 103, 150 College Street, Toronto, ON

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ise-seminar-global adjustment

1. Ontario’s Energy Dilemma: Reducing Emissions at an Affordable Cost
The seminar discusses the challenges we face to reduce emissions across the economy and the opportunities to leverage a low emission electrical system to facilitate carbon emission reductions in other sectors like transportation, buildings and industry. The presentation includes:
• Power System Carbon Emissions
• Consumer Demand Profile
• Production Profiles for Zero-Emission Generation Technologies
• Availability of Surplus Zero-Emission Electricity
• Policy Barriers to Effective Utilization of Surplus Low Emission Electricity

Speaker: Paul Acchione, M.Eng., P.Eng., FCAE
Paul has a B.A.Sc. and M.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Paul is a licensed professional engineer in Ontario and is a member of ASME, ANS, IEEE and ISA and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Paul has over 44 years of engineering and management experience in the power generation industry. He worked for 31 years with Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its
predecessor companies. He is now a Management Consultant at Market Intelligence & Data Analysis Corporation and was the 2013-14 President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE). Paul is currently a member of OSPE’s Energy Task Force and CSA Group’s Advisory Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).


2. Electricity Rates – Back to the future
A century ago Ontario Hydro’s primary energy source, Niagara Falls, was non-fossil-based and electricity rates were demand-based. During the last four decades, Ontario’s electricity rates have undergone significant problematic changes, to the unbeknownst detriment of Ontarians. Today most of the grid supplied electrical energy is again non-fossil-based, and for economic viability and environmental sustainability Ontario must
return to demand-based electricity rates that encourage load management and energy storage. During this talk, I will discuss the problems that our current energy infrastructure faces and what corrective steps should be taken for a sustainable future.

Speaker: Charles Rhodes, B.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P. Eng.
Charles received his B.Sc. in Honors Physics from Simon Fraser University and received his M.A.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. Charles was a founder of ADMIC Controls and was its CEO for 25 years during which time it introduced microprocessor based real time energy management, high efficiency commercial boilers and co-generation systems into over 100 major buildings in the GTA. During the 1980s ADMIC and its associated companies were responsible for much of the thermal energy storage in Ontario. Charles represented associations of large building owners at Ontario Energy Board hearings into Ontario
Hydro wholesale electricity rates. Charles developed energy performance contracts and acted for major parties on matters relating to purchase and metering of electricity, natural gas and heat.

ISE presents: Dr. Manfred Fischedick “Germany’s Energy Transition”

When: October 26, 2016
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Where: University College, room UC161
15 King’s College Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

Register Online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ise-seminar-with-dr-manfred-fischedick-tickets-28364056657

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick

As the Vice President at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal, Dr. Fischedick’s work and research has focused on energy system analysis, innovative energy technologies (particularly renewable energies), multi-criteria assessment of technologies and sustainable urban infrastructures.

Drawing on his expertise as the lead author of a chapter on “Industry” with the 2014 UN International Panel on Climate Change Report, Dr Fischedick brings his expertise and experience to our current discussions in Canada about climate change and transitioning to a robust renewable energy economy. Dr. Fischedick is adviser to the European Union, German government, various state and city administrations on national and international level and the business sector.

Through his work with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) commissioned by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Dr. Fischedick offers resources for decarbonization pathways and effective policy in Canada to move to a renewable energy economy as well as meet its UN COP 21 climate change commitments.

As the Director of the Future Energy and Mobility Structures Division in the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and an adviser to the governments and the business sector, Dr Fischedick brings invaluable breadth to current discussions of renewable electricity, clean infrastructure and buildings, and sustainable transportation across Canada.

Poster: energiwende-oct-26