23 Feb 2016 |
Research article |
Sustainable Development, the Circular Economy and Environmental Issues
The t3e Group: Past, Present, and Foreseeable Future
As part of the Soirées des cycles supérieurs, Daniel R. Rousse, B.Ing, M.Sc.A., Ph.D., Director of the Industrial Research Chair in Technologies of Energy and Energy Efficiency (t3e), gave a conference on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, providing an overview of past and ongoing projects to tie in with the future plans of his research group.
What Does t3e Stand For?
t3e – energy technologies/energy efficiency- is a research group in Technologies of Energy and Energy Efficiency, launched in 2010. The t3eGroup benefited from the support of an Industrial Research Chair from 2010 to 2015. Their activities focused on supporting companies and the industry (Fig 1).
Now the group limits its industrial activities and tries to balance support to industries with knowledge development. This group and its industrial, institutional, and academic partners provide a unique and dynamic environment to develop both basic and project-oriented industrial applications. The t3e Group is involved in many activities such as multidisciplinary collaborations in international research, support projects to communities and businesses, and organizing talks, conferences, and seminars here and around the world. It is funded through grants, contracts, corporate sponsorship, and the exceptional philanthropic donation of Mr. Michel Trottier, who has agreed to sponsor the activities of Group t3e until 2025.
The t3e objective is to be among the Canadian leaders in research, development, and training in the energy field; to be part of national and international teams of specialized resources working in synergy to promote economic and social development; and finally, to work in order to stimulate the production of Canadian expertise in energy and sustainable development.
t3e is based on the following values: satisfaction, excellence, respect, vision, innovation, creativity, teamwork (SERVICE).
The work of t3e focuses on the following areas: Radiation (including solar thermal), energy storage (sensible and latent), and bioenergy. This is represented in the following research areas: renewable energy, buildings of the future, energy optimization of existing buildings, and the integration and optimization of industrial processes.
What Are the Current Projects of t3e?
The group currently hosts a post doctoral project, 8 Ph.D projects, 8 Masters projects, and 2 bachelor projects focused on the following issues:
- Community development: pumping, water purification and heating, drying, construction of buildings adapted to the natural environment and made from local materials, electrification
- Product development: thermal destratification, dehumidification, ventilation, heating, etc.
- Radiative transfer
- Energy storage
- Industrial development
The Future of t3e:
Along with the original vision of the research group comes a willingness to work closely with several organizations and businesses to implement energy and environmental solutions in communities for which access to these resources is limited or inexistent. Its primary mandate remains the training of highly qualified personnel and the production and application of scientific and technological knowledge, as well as working closely with international partners in research and training. It also aims to train conscious engineers able to realize the social and environmental impacts of their decisions. In the long term, the objective is the creation of a philanthropic research chair (Fig 2.) to ensure intellectual independence to face current major sustainable energy challenges.
For instance, Energía para la vida is an ongoing initiative in collaboration with the ÉTS, a Quebec high school, a foreign University and a high school from the same country to create projects in training, intended to remain perennial thanks to the diversity and plurality of the partners involved.
After a stay in the Drâa Valley – Morocco’s longest river which flows from the Atlas to the desert, Daniel Rousse got the idea for the project Sun-Drop: laboratories testing solar technologies that would be integrated into kasbahs to pump the underground Draâ water and stop desertification in the Sahara. These labs would be led by Moroccan, Canadian or European university students, to develop research projects, conduct hydrological surveys, and create pump stations.
Examples of Diverse and Various Projects:
Daniel R. Rousse
Daniel R. Rousse is a professor in the ÉTS Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the t3e-Industrial Research Group in Technologies of Energy and Energy Efficiency.