Canadian Queen Elizabeth Advanced Scholar
QES Project: Low pressure evaporators for sustainable sorption cooling systems
Research project: Sorption Cooling Systems can provide sustainable air conditioning driven by solar thermal energy or waste heat. Sorption Cooling Systems that use water as a refrigerant operate at low pressure and require specially designed evaporators for effective heat transfer. During my doctoral research, I have designed and tested capillary-assisted low pressure evaporators that utilize finned tubes and porous metal coatings.
My QES-AS research project will focus on developing a compact low pressure evaporator with a high overall heat transfer coefficient that will significantly enhancing the performance of thermally driven air conditioning systems. This research will take place in Dr. Bahrami’s Laboratory for Alternative Energy Conversion (LAEC) at SFU, and on-site in Bangalore, India in the research group of Dr. Pradip Dutta, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Transfer of knowledge about design and testing of prototype sorption cooling systems and components at the laboratory scale and building scale (demonstration systems) will also be emphasized.
Providing Sustainable Potable Water and Greenhouse Crops
The United Nations (UN) predicts that the world population will reach 8.5 billion by 2030, placing significant stress on energy, water, and food resources. Food production and the related supply chain are responsible for 30% of total global energy consumption. Providing clean, reliable, and sustainable crops is a great priority and a global challenge, specifically for developing countries with fast growing population and regions threatened by climate change and seasonal drought. The Providing Sustainable Potable Water and Greenhouse Crops program covers an array of key clean technologies for growing crops and providing potable water that are essential for semi-closed greenhouses utilizing solar-thermal energy or waste-heat from biofuel plants, power plants or numerous other sources. The objective is to cultivate international research collaborations to develop clean technologies and policies for producing crops sustainably under any climatic conditions. The program aims to strengthen and broaden partnerships and enhance institutional capacity in the area of clean water-energy-food technologies, linked to water and food security.