April 16, 2019 | 8:30–9:15 am
Research Spotlight– Project Updates from post secondaries and other research initiatives.
Wayne Grozsko, Applied Energy Research, NSCC
Lukas Swan, Director, Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory, Dalhousie
Joe Allen, Managing Director, Energia, UNB
Moderated by Sean Kelly, Director of Energy Programs, Clean Foundation
About Lukas Swan
Lukas Swan is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and the principal investigator at the Dalhousie University Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory. He has 15 years’ experience with energy storage and renewable energy where he focuses his R&D on unique, elegant, and robust solutions to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Lukas has a broad range of experience with most major secondary (rechargeable) battery chemistries and consistently publishes new battery storage methods for lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. He has developed, tested, and evaluated an enormous variety of battery packs ranging from hand tools to freight trains to grid storage to remote islands. Lukas’ research team at Dalhousie have helped dozens of industrial collaborators develop and enhance their technologies, including experimentally operated several MW class energy storage projects. In the last 8 years he has published 25+ journal articles, dozens of conference papers, and nearly 100 industry reports, and supervised over 40 HQP while directly supported by over $2M in grant funding and $1M in research contracts. He has been co-applicant on two NSERC Strategic Networks (each valued greater than $5M) and is presently leading the technology transfer committee of a third submitted application. In addition to his role at Dalhousie University, Lukas is also the President of Charged Engineering Inc with two patent pending battery manufacturing technologies; sits on the boards of Project Colors International focused on aid in Africa; is founding director of Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field with multi-MW wind turbines and long term power purchase agreements; and acted as expert witness is energy storage arbitration at International Court in excess of $10M. He is also a member of CSA and UL committees that have created and published international standards for energy storage systems. Lukas achieved both his graduate degrees (PhD, MASc) at Dalhousie University, and received his undergraduate engineering degree from California Polytechnic where he started in the renewable energy sector. He is a proud Nova Scotian and lives in Cole Harbour with his wife and three young children.