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The future of sustainable energy: Q & A with Professor Aimy Bazylak

From wind turbines and solar power to fuel cells and hydroelectricity, sources of sustainable energy are as diverse as the researchers working in this area. Professor Aimy Bazylak (MIE), Director of U of T Engineering’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE), sees this diversity as a strength of both the Institute and the field. Next year,… Read more »

Three U of T startups receive SDTC funding to advance commercialization

Nanoleaf, QD Solar and ARDA Power Inc. are among 36 Canadian companies to receive funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support commercialization of their innovative technologies. QD Solar is the recipient of $2.55 million to support their efforts toward commercializing their innovative colloidal quantum dot technology for next generation photovoltaic cells.  The research… Read more »

First Annual SPE Energy Symposium

The 1st Annual SPE Energy Symposium is a U of T event being hosted by the SPE – UT Student Chapter with networking and presentations by several companies from all forms of energy.  This event is focused on informing students about the endless opportunities in energy exploration, production, distribution and evolution where a large percentage… Read more »

Professor David Sinton awarded E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

Professor David Sinton, past director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, has been awarded the 2015 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The award supports Prof. Sinton’s research into optimizing the growth of algae and cyanobacteria – photosynthetic microorganisms that can use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into… Read more »

Launch of Biojet Supply Chain Initiative

Researchers from BioFuelNet Canada will be launching a project in collaboration with Air Canada, aimed at demonstrating the operational feasibility of a supply chain for biofuels in aviation.  While successful tests have already demonstrated the viability of a 50/50 fuel mix of conventional and biofuels, with a substantial reduction in carbon emissions, the initiative will look… Read more »

Solar Fuels – Carbon Dioxide and the ‘solar refinery’

Professor Geoffrey Ozin, Canada Research Chair of Materials Chemistry and Nanochemistry is the recipient of a $1 million award from the Connaught Global Challenge Award program to investigate the utilization of carbon dioxide as a renewable feedstock for fuel.   Using catalysis, the work looks at using solar conversion of gaseous CO2 to create fuels, including methane, in a… Read more »

2015/16 Scholarship Recipients

ISE is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Hatch Graduate Scholarship for Sustainable Energy Research, the Mercedes-Benz Canada Graduate Fellowship in Fuel Cell Research and the new Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Graduate Scholarship in Sustainable Energy.  In total, 17 outstanding students will receive scholarships worth $160,800 for the 2015/16 academic year. Hatch Scholarship recipients with ISE… Read more »

Next Generation Solar – Photovoltaics Canada – May 13th and 14th

Next Generation Solar 2015 – Photovoltaics Canada, the Sixth National Scientific Conference will be held at the University of Toronto on May 13 and 14, 2015 and will draw together many photovoltaic experts and students from a wide range of disciplines from all across Canada, in addition to industry representatives. The Conference will provide a wonderful… Read more »

Fields Institute: Optimization for Smart Grid and Power Tranmission Networks

The Fields Institute Industrial Seminar presents: Miguel Anjos, Ecole Polytechnique Montréal Current challenges and recent progress in optimization for the smart grid and Innocent Kamwa, Hydro-Québec Applications of optimization to improve performance of power transmission networks Date: Monday, March 16th, 5:00pm Location: Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Room 230 http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/cim/14-15/optimization_seminar/ ————————————————- Miguel Anjos, Ecole Polytechnique Montréal Current Challenges and… Read more »

ISE announces its inaugural Industry Advisory Board

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Industry Advisory Board. Calvin Coulter – Director, Insitu New Technology, Suncor Energy Richard Donnelly – Global Director Water Power, Hatch Doug Hooper – Partner, Waterfall Group Peter Howard – Director, Commercialization and Project Management, Pond Biofuels Ivano Labricciosa – VP, Toronto Hydro Steven Martin – CEO, Pond Biofuels Nicolas Morgan –… Read more »