Energy Efficiency Expertise (Chief Scientist Vlog)

Learn more about some of the energy-related science being conducted at CanmetENERGY in Varennes, Quebec.


Energy Efficiency Expertise at Natural Resources Canada
CanmetENERGY – Varennes, Quebec
(Chief Scientist Vlog)

Want to learn more about some of the energy-related science being conducted at Natural Resources Canada?

Experts with CanmetENERGY, whose research centres are located in Alberta, Ontario and Québec, have been conducting both fundamental and applied research to drive cleaner production and use of Canada’s energy resources for more than a century.

At the CanmetENERGY Centre in Varennes, just south of Montreal, scientists and engineers collaborate with industry, academia and other government agencies on improving energy performance in homes, in buildings, in communities and also in industrial settings. Together they provide answers to help Canadians use energy in ways that are more efficient and sustainable.

Let’s meet three of NRCan’s energy experts who focus on areas like integrating renewable energy resources, optimizing industrial processes or even developing intelligent buildings.

Radia Ammara

Heat Management Group

Hi my name is Radia Ammara I’m a research scientist at CanmetENERGY Varennes. I work with the Industry Group on heat management and my work, or my expertise, consists of energy integration and energy optimization of pulp and paper industry and pulp and paper facilities in Canada.

So we work with the industry to help them be more energy efficient and therefore they can be more economically healthy and they can face the international competition. And at the same time help them reduce their GHG [greenhouse gas] emission and help them make a better environment for Canada and for Canadians. And this is what we do at CanmetENERGY Varennes in the Heat Management Group.

Anjali Wadhera

Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources

Hi, my name’s Anjali Wadhera and I’m a Projects Engineer at CanmetENERGY in Varennes.

My expertise are centred around the modernization of the electricity system. My group focuses on the integration of renewables and distributed energy resources, which involves looking at the generation side of the power system, so wind, solar, and all the way until demand management, so things like electric vehicles for example.

In this system what we look to do is to optimize each of this different nodes along, in order to make sure that the power is flowing and adapting to the way that the electricity system is becoming more modern.

So when renewable energies are more intermittent we’re able to actually control the demands that exist on the power system to order to ensure that we are adapting to the system constraints.

So to ensure that Canada has a reliable electricity grid that people can depend on, even though we might have variable renewable energy sources, we want to make sure that standards are in place in order to comply and meet the demands that do exist on the electricity grid.

Jose Candanedo Ibarra

Buildings Group

Hi my name is Jose Candanedo. I work in the Intelligent Buildings Team in the Buildings Group at CanmetENERGY Varennes, specifically in the area of predictive control for buildings.

While buildings might be complex and complicated and they include more and more systems, their controls remain relatively simple, basic. There are many, many possibilities — many things that can be incorporated.

In a nutshell, what we are trying to do is use predictions of the energy needs of a building — building loads — based on weather forecast, occupancy predictions, predictions of occupant behaviour, and then make decisions accordingly beforehand.

How can this benefit Canadians? Well in many ways. It is possible that simply by saving energy we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we would have an important economic impact by reducing big loads. This benefits utilities. We can also use smaller HVAC equipment in buildings. And last but not least, comfort is a significant factor and one that people can probably appreciate the most. It has a very important role in productivity and, in the case of schools, in academic performance — and in general, the wellbeing of everyone.