Thompson Melts Away the
Matt Thompson, a fourth-year
Western Engineering electrical student, has been selected as one of
twenty NRC Energy Ambassadors for his paper
titled Energy Conservation Competition Dual
paper, Matt proposed a system that would enable large
energy users to switch between energy sources, saving them money,
reducing the strain on energy producers and helping the environment.
project is aimed at new construction or renovation projects, such as
large offices or apartment buildings. In this project, he identifies
a system operation based on a service provider and a controller. The
system provider would obtain electricity prices from the Independent
Electricity System Operator (IESO), formally the Independent Market
Operator (IMO), and natural gas prices from Union Gas Limited.
That information would then go the controller via the Internet. The
controller would select the most appropriate energy source for the
building based on the price information and any distribution
number of similar switching techniques already exist in the
residential market, ranging from a simple manual system to a complex
wireless transmission system, Matt explains that his system is
different because the controller makes the energy source decision
based on information received from a service provider.
allows for a wider range of equipment compatibility, greater
customization and a guarantee that the information will be
transmitted when it is required," says Matt.
Energy Ambassador competition launched in the fall of 2002 and gives
students national recognition for their energy efficiency ideas. The
competition is managed by Natural Resources Canada's Office of
Maggie Johnston, Program
Manager, Energy Ambassadors, told Matt that his project was an
excellent example of Canadian innovation and achievement in the
field of engineering efficiency, commending him on his contributions
to Canada's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that
contribute to climate change.