Category Archives: Renewable Energy

CanmetENERGY Tour

Join SEEDS on a tour of the CanmetENERGY labs at Natural Resources Canada in Bell’s Corners.  The tour will be on the morning of Friday, January 18th at 9 am*.
The tour will be comprised of the Vertical Combuster & Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) technologies, the Advanced Concepts Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory, and the Electrical Energy Storage laboratory.
The tour is geared for both students in Mechanical & Aerospace as well as Environmental Engineering, though students from any background, graduate or undergraduate more than welcome to come.
The Vertical Combuster is the largest most advanced facility of its kind in the world.  This laboratory researches how to reduced GHG’s, NOx and SOx emissions, it also hosts  suite of advanced oxy-fuel and carbon dioxide capture technologies. The future of CCS technologies is somewhat controversial, some believing there is no future while others seeing it as our only hope to prevent the climate from warming more than 2 degrees.
The Advanced Concepts Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory concentrations on next generation systems for residential and commercial applications.  In this lab, electricity is generated with no moving parts, and the heat is recovered for space/water applications.  Alternative fuels, such as alcohols, bio-fuels, and hydrogen and being examined for high-efficiency combustion applications for buildings.
These technologies have huge impacts on climate, air quality and power generation techniques.  Please review this document for more information.
Join us on January 18th!  Students must RSVP in advance using this form.  Please email if you have any questions.  Limit of 20 students.  International students must RSVP at least 3 weeks in advance.  All tour members are required to wear closed toed shoes (safety boots preferred.)  Bring Photo ID!  Other equipment such as hard hats and safety glasses will be provided on site.

* For those who need a ride, rides will be leaving Carleton by 8:30 am, so please show up at 8:20.  We will meet in front of the University Center in the parking lot.  Other transportation options are being looked into, those who register will be kept informed of this.

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Green Energy Symposium

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

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The Ottawa Valley Executive of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and SEEDS would like to invite you to our Open House, which is set to take place on Thursday October 13 at 7pm in room 132 Azrieli Pavillion.

This evening will include:

  • A presentation by Mr. Bill Wong, P.Eng, a senior project manager and a process specialist, has over 25 years of technical and business experience in the environment, energy and healthcare sectors. An abstract of his presentation titled Innovation in Renewable Energy Technologies and Applications can be found below.
  • Information and benefits of joining the A&WMA and SEEDS (Networking, Scholarships, Awards)
  • Presentation by students who placed 2nd at the A&WMA’s student competition, the Environmental Challenge International (ECi) in Orlando, Florida
  • A chance to network with local professionals on opportunities for recent grads in the environmental field

The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be served. However, space is limited so please RSVP by clicking here.

Azrieli Pavilion is located between the Tory Building and Dunton Tower along Library road. For a more detailed map please click here.


Innovation in renewable Energy Technologies and Applications 

Solar and wind power has become more mainstream. Solar hot water systems are readily available across Canada. Where are the new opportunities for renewable energy integration into our built-environment? What are the barriers? How can we move to the next level of sustainable energy management in our communities? Through several project examples audience will learn about innovative ways of renewable energy technology integration and work to shape the future of our communities.

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Solar Energy Map

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”!

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It’s back! SEEDS’ Workshop and Competition for the Environmental Challenge International

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:

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 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

  • Workshop Date: Saturday May 14
  • Workshop Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Workshop Location: room 3444 Makenzie Building, Carleton University
  • Competition Deadline: 9:00 a.m. Monday May 16 for 5-page submission to
  • RSVP by clicking here or accept the Facebook invitation here.

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Solar Decathlon Project

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

Here is the message:

“The solar decathlon is a solar house design competition held by the US department of energy. There’s a lot of information on the website ( and you can take a look at the current teams for the 2011 competition. The way things are structured at Carleton is it’s a three year long project with three distinct stages. Currently we’re nearing the end of the conceptual design phase, next year will be the detailed design phase, and the final year will be construction and testing. 

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. […]


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Conference: Carleton University Green Energy Symposium (CUGES)

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 to confirm your attendance. For more information, please click here.

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