I am confident that the future of energy will be cleaner, more sustainable, and inexpensive. Renewable power will play a major part in this transformation. However, currently energy from renewable sources is plagued with problems such as cost, environmental impact, and it's intermittent nature. I am currently working towards overcoming these three major problems.
I am addressing the first problem - cost - by working with a interdisciplinary research team at Western University in designing a low cost roll-to-roll system that uses inexpensive, earth abundant materials to produce dye-sensitized solar cells. This is a much less costly and energy intensive method than current silicon wafer cell technologies.
Additionally, at Western University, I am pursuing a dual degree in Green Process Engineering and Honour Business Administration. My program gives me the tools to design chemical processes that are more sustainable and environmentally friendly. I apply the skills and principles I learn from the classroom directly into my research.
Finally, I address the the third problem, which is the intermittency of renewables such as solar and wind, this summer working as a Research Intern at Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. My research project involves figuring out how electrical grids need to be altered to accommodate intermittent renewable sources as they continue to supply power to an increasing proportion of the electrical grid.I am currently making an impact in these three areas within the renewable energy field.To give a bit more information about myself, I am a 20 year old vegan male who is also interested in international development and animal rights. I play rugby and snowboard alpine recreationally. As a wine and beer enthusiast, I am looking forward to trying different products from various regions in Germany.I am very excited to go to Germany this summer to contribute to the field of renewable energy, and to share my experiences with you!Regards,Sam