SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Managing and developing new and renewable energy resources while minimizing their environmental impact is one of our world’s most pressing challenges. Dalhousie is a national and international leader in advanced materials and clean technology research, with world-renowned researchers developing products that improve performance, productivity and efficiency while at the same time reducing costs, energy consumption and waste.

High-impact research

From the ground up: How heat recycling could help keep Nova Scotians warmer each winter

A study led by Dal researcher Sussanne Benz, a Banting postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Water Resources Studies, found that shallow subsurface heat recycling offers a viable alternative to entirely heating spaces with fossil fuels like oil.
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Getting ready for the next energy revolution

Dr. Freund’s project, the Leaders in Energy Sustainability training program, will produce highly qualified energy and sustainability professionals ready to ensure Canada’s role as a global leader in the emerging energy revolution.
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Battery pioneers charge up with $6M NSERC Alliance Grant, the largest grant of its kind ever at Dal

Faculty of Science researchers Jeff Dahn, Chongyin Yang and Michael Metzger are the recipients of $2.9 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and an additional $3.1 million from Tesla to help develop advanced batteries for electric vehicles and grid energy storage.
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Exceptional student experience

Two Dal PhD students heading to global Falling Walls Lab finals in Berlin

Alternative energy was the big winner at the inaugural Falling Walls Lab – Atlantic Canada pitch competition Wednesday night (Sept. 21), with Dal PhD researchers focused on advancing hydrogen and battery science taking first and second place.
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Emera sponsorship helps student race‑car design team go electric

The Faculty’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) student team is building the university’s first electric-powered competition car thanks to a new sponsorship from Emera, which is building on its $10-million investment in the Emera ideaHUB.
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Civic university with global impact

Open Dialogue Live to discuss clean energy for the next generation

The United Nations estimates that energy production in the world’s cities accounts for 60 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions. What role does Dalhousie play in finding a solution? How can we help transition our fossil fuel-driven economy, into a ‘clean-tech’ economy, powered by renewable energy? Dal’s Open Dialogue Live event on Dec. 8 (no cost, streamed and in person) will tackle this very question.
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Dal Innovates is pleased to announce the winners of the Ready2Launch Pitch Day.

Ready2Launch is a three-month summer accelerator for early-stage startups. The 2022 program concluded with eleven teams competing for a chance to win three cash prizes. In first place was Zen Electric Bikes Inc. winning $6,000. Zen E-Bikes is a clean tech company building electric vehicles with advanced battery technology.

“What Do Scientists Do?” Podcast kicks off Season 2 by featuring Dalhousie's Dr. Michael Metzger

From “What Do Scientists Do?”: Supernova’s family-friendly STEM podcast, What Do Battery Scientists Dofeaturing Dr. Michael Metzger, Herzberg-Dahn Chair in Advanced Battery Research, as he teaches us all about building better batteries for electric vehicles.
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Foundation for inclusion and distinction

Among the energy elite: Dal’s biomass plant generates international accolades for energy‑efficiency gains

The Truro campus biomass plant represents a significant leap forward for alternative energy at Dal. The plant now provides enough power to satisfy nearly 75 per cent of all the Truro campus' electricity needs, an achievement that recently landed a coveted global award for innovation from the International District Energy Association (IDEA).
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Innovative energy efficiency practices on campus lead the way for the wider community

Many of the energy efficiency practices used on campus are leading the way within our communities. This includes the Howe and Shirreff Halls retrofit projects, which are among the first in Atlantic Canada to receive Investor Ready Energy Efficiency™ (IREE) certification from the Canada Green Building Council.
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