Resources for Home Learning

During the COVID-19 disruption, Future Energy Systems researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will make home-learning resources available for students of all grade levels. Learn more about us in the video below:

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Bite Size Research

Want to learn about energy but don't have much time? Check out these talks where graduate students will share their work in under 5 minutes using understandable language. Many videos will be accompanied with learning extension worksheets for various grades.

How It’s Made: Exploration Using Solid-state NMR by Michelle Ha

Manufacturing Better Photovoltaics Using Computer Algorithms with Aaron Kirkey

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With libraries and schools closed, many of us are missing storytime, so Future Energy Systems team members will read stories related to the environment or energy. Many of the stories will be accompanied with learning extension worksheets for various students at various grade levels.

Solar Story by Allan Drummond

Read with permission from Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan Publishers) under their COVID guidelines.

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If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams

Read with permission from Roaring Brook Press under their COVID guidelines.

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Ask An Energy Expert

Have a burning question about energy? Our past, present or energy future? Submit your questions and we will film experts responding. Please note that, due to availability, it may not be possible for all questions to be answered!

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What Happens When We Burn Garbage?

with PhD Student Marina Lazic

How Will We Find New Sources Of Energy? 

with Dr. Arman Hemmati

Click below to see experts answer other energy questions!

Dr. Arman Hemmati

Kashif Javid, PhD Candidate

Marina Lazic, PhD student

Harshadeep Kukkikatte, MSc Student

Energy At Home

Learn about different energy topics, from land reclamation to wind power to vehicles and more, followed by hands on games, activities and crafts. These activities are particularly well-suited for younger audiences.

Activity 4: The Hot and Cold Of It

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Activity 3: Renewable Or Non-Renewable Energy, Test Your Knowledge?

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Activity 2: Adventures With Electricity

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Activity 1: Land Reclamation - Become an Earth Doctor

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Energy Talks Online

Future Energy Systems researchers and graduate students have been delivering public talks about complex energy topics in partnership with organizations like the Edmonton Public Library. Those talks are moving online, so stay tuned for presentations from experts on the technical, social, economic, and environmental aspects of energy systems. 

Power on Demand: Renewable Energy Storage (June 9, 2020)

With Professor Pierre Mertiny, Department of Mechanical Engineering, part of the University of Alberta Alumni Webinar Series

How do we store energy? Chemical batteries may come to mind, but there are other options for the energy system of the future. Pierre and his team are currently working with the City of Edmonton to study flywheels as a means to store energy for a new fleet of electric buses that will be on the road by 2030.

Click here if you'd like to learn more about Pierre's work or here to read about the electric bus project.

Explore A Lab

We may not be able to go outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore U of A’s exciting labs. In this game, try to guess what complex questions are being studied in some of our facilities, and then find out if you're right directly from our researchers.

Lab Tour 3: Can Spinning Store Energy? Let’s Explore Flywheels

Lab Tour 2: Using Heat To Make Power With Stirling Engines

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Take a minute or two and explore Future Energy Systems newsworthy stories about essential collaborations, groundbreaking research and more. Introductory videos explain research concepts, while feature articles bring you up to date with the latest developments!

Can We Engage Stakeholders Without Sacrificing Science In Wetland Design?

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Does Taxing Oil And Gas Operators Save Caribou?

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Past Newsworthy Stories:

Wireless Sensors to Monitor SAGD Reservoirs
Video: Wireless Sensors to Monitor SAGD Reservoirs
Story: Wireless Sensors, Wireless Power

Using Machine Learning to make better solar panels
Video: Affordable solar energy: coming soon to everyone
Story: Machine learning, and how it helps make discoveries much more quickly

Developing smart grids for renewable energy
Video: Powering new smart grid technologies
Story: New technology will help natural gas producers sell electricity to the grid