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CIPEC Future Leaders Awards

In an effort to promote a new generation of energy leaders, the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) honour post-secondary students whose projects or initiatives have impacted industrial energy efficiency in a considerable way. The first CIPEC Future Leaders Awards were presented during the Energy 2011 conference, Canada’s foremost industrial energy efficiency event.

Winning a CIPEC Future Leaders Award provides students with national recognition and greater appeal to future employers. In addition to being presented with framed plaques, recipients are invited to present their projects at the Energy conference and are recognized in the CIPEC Annual Report and national news releases. The winners are also featured in CIPEC’s bi-monthly newsletter, Heads Up CIPEC, which is delivered to more than 10,000 industry and government officials.

2011 Awards Winners

Hossein Safaei, University of Calgary
Category: Leading-edge Project
Project title: Enhancing the Overall Efficiency and Economics of Compressed Air Energy Storage Systems through Waste Heat Recovery

  • Performed techno-economic assessment of heat recovery from Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) plants for municipal heating
  • Assessment revealed economic superiority compared to the conventional design (due to increased efficiency of energy storage)
  • New design filed as a provisional patent

Nathaniel Gosman, University of Victoria
Category: Leading-edge Project
Project title: Effective Program Design for Maximizing Planned Energy Savings Reliability in Industrial Demand-side Management Incentive Programs

  • Conducted research on the potential of demand-side management (DSM) performance incentive program models to minimize risks affecting the development and performance of energy efficiency measures
  • Proposed recommendations for revised DSM programs to maximize energy savings reliability in the large industrial sector in British Columbia (BC)