SFU professor recognized among Canada's Clean50
Simon Fraser University’s School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) has been recognized nationally for its clean energy research and training. Professor Majid Bahrami is the recipient of a 2016 Canada Clean50 Award in the research and development category.
Bahrami, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Alternative Energy Conversion Systems, was among more than 550 candidates for a Clean50 title. He was cited for discovering new products and processes that improve the efficiency of heating/cooling systems for a broad range of uses, such as in vehicles, electronics and buildings, and for his leadership in training students to design sustainability solutions.
“Through collaboration with industry, Dr. Bahrami has developed innovative ‘clean’ solutions ranging from passive cooling systems for telecommunications (15 per cent carbon-footprint reduction) to adsorption cooling systems, using waste heat, and eliminating harmful refrigerants,” says Gavin Pitchford, chief talent officer of Delta Management Group.
Delta Management Group oversees Canada’s annual Clean50 Awards along with the Clean50 organization. They recognize individuals or small teams in 16 categories who have advanced sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.
Ensuring his new discoveries have an industrial application is important to Bahrami. “Collaboration with industry provides the insight needed to take the fundamental research, that my team does in the lab, to the next level,” he says. “It also provides great exposure for my students to real-life engineering problems and challenges, and helps them secure jobs in industry.
His research team recently worked with three fleet companies—Cool-It, CrossChasm Technologies and Saputo Dairy Products Canada—and the University of Waterloo to investigate eliminating the need to use a running engine to power a vehicle’s refrigeration system. Instead, waste heat from engines and brakes could be turned into power for the air conditioning and refrigeration using a process called “adsorption”.
“Bahrami has earned more than $10 million from funding agencies for his alternative energy research,” said Uwe Glässer, dean pro tem in SFU’s Faculty of Applied Sciences. “He is creative and clearly a leader in this important area. As a faculty member, he has provided an opportunity for many undergraduate and graduate students to challenge themselves and push the boundaries of their knowledge in sustainable energy.”
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