The Applied Energy Research team develops and tests sustainable energy alternatives and has extensive experience in solar energy technologies, monitoring devices, and microgrids.
The team, led by Dr. Wayne Groszko, tests better methods of collecting, managing, analyzing, and communicating findings from 'big-data' related to energy use. Thanks to the support of a $2.3-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), AER developed the EnergyData Program. This five-year project with industry aims to integrate energy hardware, sensors, software, and data analytics to generate new energy products and services.
Industry and community Partners
Applied Energy Research works with local business, government and academics.
- Thermo Dynamics Ltd.
- HRM Solar City
- Solar Global Solutions
- NeoThermal Energy Storage Inc.
- Think Tank Water Heaters
- Surrette Battery
Energy Research Facilities
Applied Energy Research Lab – Most of AER’s research takes place in the lab located at Ivany Campus. The lab is home to a microgrid, a solar power plant with storage capabilities. The microgrid uses electricity generated by the college's roof-top solar panels to run appliances in a model kitchen. The kitchen can be disconnected from the grid and run from batteries. Data on this system is being collected to provide key insights to industry.
Pilikan House – Pilikan is a residential demonstration site and living lab that provides a hands-on teaching and research facility for alternative and sustainable energy systems. The house is located at the Annapolis Valley Campus in Middleton. Learn more about Pilikan House.