Modeling and optimization of the exploitation of a seasonal thermal storage system for the Canadian Arctic
In Canada, almost 200,000 people live in remote communities where electricity is provided by thermal power plants and space heating, by diesel furnaces. Although the situation is currently evolving due to projects deploying wind turbines and PVs in the arctic territory, the outcome of these projects is limited, mostly due to the absence of a viable seasonal energy storage solution adapted to the North and that would allow dealing with the intermittence of renewable energy sources. A research program has been elaborated to develop an audacious solution for long-term heat storage in the Arctic, i.e. underground heat storage. The present MSc project is part of that program and focusses on the surface components such as the solar panels, intermediate reservoirs, and heat exchangers. The objective of the project is to optimize the systems based on modeling, while considering the limits of technologies and the behaviors of those who use them.
- Heat transfer
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Heat exchanger
- Thermal storage
- Solar panel
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Master's in Mechanical Engineering - with dissertation
Financial aid available*
Financial aid related to research project
$17000 per year for 2 years.
Program-Specific Financial Aid
Graduate Studies Awards
Université Laval: Student Financial Aid
Master's Scholarships for International Students
: These 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.
- Mechanical Engineering
Requirements and Conditions
-Good academic background
-Good knowledge on HVAC and heat transfer
-Interest for arctic issues and for interdisciplinarity
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript
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Département de génie mécanique