Energy Talks

A Public Lecture Series

Energy Talks is a speaker series featuring groundbreaking research presented by experts from the University of Alberta's Future Energy Systems research initiative and Energy Systems Signature Area. Energy Talks lectures can be delivered in numerous venues across Canada, in partnership with local host organizations.

If you are interested in hosting an Energy Talks lecture, please contact indicating your organization, preferred topic(s), proposed date, and audience. Please note that due to research and teaching obligations, our research group may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Upcoming Dates

Edmonton Public Library Series (2020)

January 22, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Edmonton Public Library Strathcona Branch
Title: Power on Demand - Renewable Energy Storage
Speaker: Professor Pierre Mertiny
Renewable energy technologies are appearing on the landscape across Alberta, but we still rely on hydrocarbons like coal to keep the lights on if the wind doesn't blow or the sun doesn't shine. Is it possible for renewable energy to be ready whenever we need it? Can we support new kinds of demands on our grid, like electric vehicle charging? Energy storage may be the answer.

In this talk, mechanical engineering Professor Pierre Mertiny will review the fundamentals of renewable energy systems and explain how energy storage technologies –– including ones being built and studied in his lab –– can fundamentally shift our relationship with energy. This is a unique opportunity to hear the latest about energy systems research and development at the University of Alberta!

February 26, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Edmonton Public Library Strathcona Branch
Title: A Just Transition - How Community Energy Can Be a Part of Our Future Energy System
Speaker: Master students Andrea Miller and Sonak Patel
Description: Master students Andrea Miller and Sonak Patel describe the state of renewable energy in Canada and highlight an innovative opportunity to develop community-owned and operated renewable energy projects. Andrea and Sonak identify the environmental, social, and economic benefits of community energy and the barriers to development, focusing on Indigenous and municipal communities. Case studies from their research show how community energy can be part of a just transition to renewable energy and further efforts towards climate action.

March 25, 2020
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Edmonton Public Library Strathcona Branch
Title: TBA
Speaker: TBA
Description: TBA