Research project

Impact on urban heat island of using cooling strategies relying on aquifers

Project Description

Conventional technologies for building cooling reject a significant amount of heat in the air and contribute to the formation of urban heat islands. Aquifers, geological formations saturated in water, represent a natural infrastructure that can contribute to energy-friendly cooling and fight urban heat islands. In the present project, a model will be developed for simulating the exploitation of an urban aquifer for cooling buildings according to different scenarios (e.g., reuse of the heat in winter, centralized vs individual systems, etc.). The model will include thermo-hydrogeological phenomena in the geological environment and the systems for distributing and exploiting the water. The case study will be the "basse-ville de Québec", a neighborhood where urban heat island are present and for which some data is already available. This project is part of a larger research program called "The Aquifers, a Natural Infrastructure for Energy Efficient Cooling" involving academic researchers in geology, microbiology and engineering, as well as researchers from the federal government.

Research Field

- Geothermal energy
- Hydrogeology
- Buildings
- Heat transfer
- HVAC
- Cooling
- Heat pump
- Design
- Modeling
- Aquifer

Research Supervisor

René Therrien

Research Environment

Department of geology and geological engineering/Department of Mechanical Engineering, Université Laval

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Related Programs

Master's in Earth Science - with dissertation

Program description

Financial aid available*

Financial aid related to research project

$17000 per year for 2 years.

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Plan Steps Incentive
Evaluated activity
$650
Achievement scholarship
$1,000
Total $1,650

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Sources de financement Montant
Leadership and Sustainable Development Scholarships 2 x $5,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships (in French)
$1,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
$14,100 to $21,000
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

Master's Scholarships for International StudentsThese scholarships are available in a number of programs to students from Africa and Europe, excluding France. This scholarship of $7,000 per year is awarded based on university academic achievement * Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Master's in Mechanical Engineering - with dissertation

Program description

Financial aid available*

Financial aid related to research project

$17000 per year for 2 years.

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Plan Steps Incentive
Evaluated activity
$650
Achievement scholarship
$1,000
Total $1,650

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Sources de financement Montant
Leadership and Sustainable Development Scholarships 2 x $5,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships (in French)
$1,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
$14,100 to $21,000
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

Master's Scholarships for International StudentsThese scholarships are available in a number of programs to students from Africa and Europe, excluding France. This scholarship of $7,000 per year is awarded based on university academic achievement * Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Desired Profile

- Geology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Geological Engineering
- Water Engineering

Requirements and Conditions

- Good knowledge and interest for simulation tools
- Interest for interdisciplinarity

Required Documentation

- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript
Please note that only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Find Out More

René Therrien
Professeur
Département de génie mécanique
Rene.Therrien@ggl.ulaval.ca