The SBES team is proud to announce its latest undertaking, the construction of a state-of-the-art research facility on campus generously funded by Urbandale Construction, our industry partners, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

The Carleton Research and Innovation in Sustainable Energy facility (C-RISE) will support a multifaceted research programme aimed at discovering and critically evaluating novel concepts to increase energy efficiency and maximize the use of solar energy in Canadian single-family detached housing. The infrastructure will include a highly configurable house built to the 2012 R-2000 standard as a basis for further research; however C-RISE will also incorporate features such as innovative heat storage systems, insulation, and active heat management systems that will extend the research far beyond the R-2000 standard.

Detailed design of the numerous engineering aspects of the facility has been ongoing and ground-breaking is scheduled for September 2013. Stay tuned for updates or follow us on Twitter.

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Research Interests

Simultaneous production of heat and electricity

SBES has developed unique laboratory and simulation capabilities for studying the integration of micro-cogeneration into Canadian housing. A heavily instrumented and highly flexible hydraulic test facility has recently been commissioned in our laboratory in Carleton's Mackenzie Building. This includes the ability to mimic house space heating and hot water demands and allows the reconfiguration of storage and supplementary heating systems. SBES also possesses liquid-fuel Stirling engine and natural-gas-fired internal-combustion engine micro-cogeneration devices.

Simulation studies are currently underway to explore appropriate system configuration and control strategies for incorporating thermal and electrical storage with micro-cogeneration for Canadian housing to maximize the exploitation of thermal output and to minimize the impact of grid interaction. These will inform the experimental work that will subsequently be performed in the new laboratory facility.

SBES is currently collaborating with NRCan/CanmetENERGY and NRC/ICPET to experimentally assess a PEMFC micro-cogeneration device and lithium-ion battery storage at NRCan/CanmetENERGY's laboratory in Ottawa.

Using and developing software for energy analysis

Building performance simulation (BPS) is a key tool employed in many of our research projects. The further development of new modelling capabilities for BPS is also seen as critical to enable the study and design of innovative and integrated energy systems for sustainable housing in the future. SBES is one of the main development sites of ESP-r and we extensively employ and continually develop this tool in our research.

We also employ TRNSYS and are currently developing a run-time coupling between ESP-r and TRNSYS to enable a more accurate treatment of architectural and energy system concepts that are appropriate for so-called zero-energy housing. Led by SBES, this ESP-r / TRNSYS co-simulation initiative includes collaborators at École Polytechnique de Montréal and Thermal Energy Systems Specialists and is funded by NRCan/CanmetENERGY to support its HOT3000 modelling tool.