Category Archives: Renewable Energy
The second annual Carleton University Green Energy Symposium (CUGES) is set to take place next Saturday November 5th in Minto Foyer at Carleton University.
The best thing about this day-long conference is that it is free for all attendees and includes lunch and refreshments. The conference aims to break new ground when it comes to raising awareness and knowledge of sustainable development, on both a social and technological level. Guests will be exposed to several educational morning presentations from industry experts in various facets of sustainability. During the afternoon, a thought-provoking panel discussion on Poverty and the Environment will challenge industry experts to present their ideas on global consumption.
- Date: Saturday, November 5
- Location: Minto Centre Foyer, Carleton University Campus
- Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (see attached agenda here for detailed schedule)
- Cost: Free, including refreshments and lunch; pre-registration is not required
Students of all ages, faculty members, industry professionals and outside guests are all welcome. Any inquiries may be directed to the Carleton University Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Society (SREE Soc.), at carletonSREE@gmail.com.
While the SEEDS Team is putting the final touches on their poster, check out this article from the New York Times that talks about the potential for solar panels on the rooftops in New York (*article: “Mapping Sun’s Potential to Power New York”*). It’s like that old saying: “every little bit counts”!
SEEDS Carleton, with the support of the Ottawa Valley Chapter (OVC) of the A&WMA, would like to give 4 students a chance compete once again in the Environmental Challenge International, or ECi, presented as part of A&WMA’s annual conference and exhibition (ACE 2011) in Orlando, Florida from June 20-24, 2011. ECi 2011 is a great opportunity to present your solution to industry professionals, to network and most importantly, to have a chance at the price money!
The title of this year’s challenge is “A 2025 Federal Renewable Portofolio“. The full information documents can be found here: http://events.awma.org/ace2011/yp_students.php
To help you prepare your submission, SEEDS will be holding a one-day workshop on Saturday May 14th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in ME 3444 where students will be able to talk to local experts, to form groups of 4 and begin working on their 5-page (max) proposals. Local experts and professionals will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon) to discuss with students and point them in the right direction. Students have until 4:00 p.m. to work in the boardroom. By Monday, May 16th at 9:00 a.m. each group must submit a 5-page (max) proposal of their solution to firstname.lastname@example.org. The solutions will be judged by the A&WMA experts and the the winning team will be awarded a chance to compete in the ECi in Orlando. The winning team will have until May 28 to further develop their proposal and submit it to the competition organizers. A poster and presentation must be prepared for the conference itself.
Come prepared with your ideas and enthusiasm! Only student members of the OVC-A&WMA are eligible to participate however, if you are not a member you can join on Saturday May 14 for a reduced membership price of $10. Lunch will be provided by SEEDS.
SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International
Here is a message that SEEDS has received from Austin, a student in Aerospace Engineering at Carleton. He’s looking to diversify the Solar Decathlon Team. If you are interested, you can email Austin at email@example.com.
Here is the message:
The project involves researching, designing, simulating, building and testing systems. I have enjoyed the project a lot because I know that the decisions I make have a real impact and I will see my designs beign built. Also, green building design is not trivial, there are so many variables and it’s difficult to optimize all the factors, for instance we have to balance engineering, marketability, cost, weight (because the house has to be shipped), and environmental impact. So it is a very realistic senario, and it provides a good experience that will stand out on a resume.
There are two issues with the project that need to be fixed. The first is that there is usually a steep learning curve. For example, it took us the first four months of the project to understand what we needed to do, and about two more months to get good at it. So we need 3rd year students to get involved now to understand what’s going on so the project will get rolling quickly in the fall. That is the main reason I’m emailing. The second thing (and I don’t know if this is applicable or not) is that we only have mech, aero and architecture students at the moment, and, while those diciplines are good and necessary, our focus has been too narrow. We need a greater range of skills as there are definitely things in our blindspot that we have not considered.
The cool thing is that this industry is really about the explode, there is so much room for growth in this area. I decided I wanted to switch career paths after joining this project once I realized that you could reduce the energy use of a building at code to half without any extra cost, just in the method of building. So, it’s definitely useful experience. […]
If you are interested in Sustainable energy policy and technology, the Carleton University Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering (SREE) Society is hosting a one-day conference and workshop on Campus on November 6th, 2010. The conference is free to attend but email carletonSREE@gmail.com to confirm your attendance. For more information, please click here.