Meet Our Scholars

Living Lab Scholars

June 2021 Update

Kamaria Kuling, MASc student
PICS Living Lab Scholar, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering
Research Group Website

Kamaria is a Master's of Applied Science student in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering. She earned her bachelor's degree in physics from the University of British Columbia. She is interested in energy systems modeling.

What motivated you to participate in SFU’s Living Lab program?
Sustainability is such an important aspect of our time. The Living Lab is a great way to contribute to the community and to see the direct impact of our work.   

What do you hope to achieve with your project?
My project investigates the benefits and challenges of replacing SFU’s operational vehicle fleet with low or zero emission vehicles such as electric vehicles (EVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

The goals of my project are to reduce fleet emissions, to shift SFU towards renewable energy and to meet SFU’s climate action targets.

What is a life cycle assessment?
Life cycle assessments look at all the materials and energy that go into building, owning operating and disposing of a vehicle. With the LCA tool, we can also measure broader implications for example unforeseen benefits and tradeoffs. That’s really the goal of energy system modelling, to clearly understand something before implementing. We want to make sure changes are done in an efficient way.  

How is the everyday person impacted by your project?
It’s necessary for us to operate within the means of the planet and not cause more large-scale climate change. Transportation is a huge part of emissions. And the university is a great place to start with this kind of work. Universities can lead by example. Institutions with the means and desire to be a force for good have the responsibility to make sustainable changes.  

June 2021 Update

Since beginning her research, Kamaria has identified gaps in data collection and is procuring new tracking technology to mitigate this lack of data. Once enough data is gathered, she will highlight areas of high emissions reduction for lower cost, possibilities for quick emissions reductions, and long-term emissions reduction pathways. Once the scenarios have been refined to include more information on the usage needs of the fleet, she will summarize the findings and produce a set of recommendations for SFU to support fleet decarbonization.

Figure 1: Kamaria Kuling with an electric vehicle charger

Research project

LCA Analysis for SFU Fleet Electrification

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