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Where : CCIS 1-160
When : 05:00pm, September 25, 2012
We would like to introduce the next Energy Club event happening next Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 5PM: The Role of Renewables in the Future Energy Mix. The event is a panel discussion featuring three speakers from unique backgrounds:
Commercial Management Specialist
Capital Power Corporation
Chihiro Kinjo has worked for Capital Power Corporation (CPC)/EPCOR since 2003 and has had various roles starting with working on the Alberta retail markets and then moving onto the Portfolio Analytics group. After spending a few years in that position, Chihiro moved over to the Market Assessment and Forecasting group as the Manager of Western Power Market Assessment where he was accountable for the corporate long-term power forecast for CPC’s western target power markets (Alberta, California, Desert Southwest and Pacific Northwest). In that role, Chihiro supported many Business Development activities by providing input into the valuations on acquisitions, divestitures and power project developments. Currently, Chihiro works in the western Commercial Management group that manages the commercial agreements for all of CPC’s non-coal fired power plants in the west markets. This includes two wind facilities that are currently under construction.
Chihiro is an alumni of the University of Alberta School of Business, graduating in 2002. Chihiro also has a MBA from Queen’s University.
Dr. Marc Secanell
Director, Energy Systems Design Laboratory
University of Alberta
Marc Secanell is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Alberta. He is also the director of the Energy Systems Design Laboratory located at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Marc Secanell recieved his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Victoria and his B. Eng. from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya. Dr. Secanell currently manages 15 graduate students in his lab. The Energy Systems Design Laboratory is currently focusing research on polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Specific current projects include analysis and design of polymer electrolyte membrane electrode assemblies, multi-scale membrane catalyst layer modelling, and analysis of water transport in micro-porous layers.
(excerpts from the Energy Systems Design Lab website)
Dr. Surindar Singh
Executive Director, Renewable and Emerging Resources
Dr. Surindar Singh is the Executive Director of Renewable and Emerging Resources. His areas of responsibility include bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydrogen and fuel cells, wind, solar, underground coal gasification, nanotechnology, nuclear power and other emerging energy and environmental technologies in Alberta.
Previously, Surindar worked for 21 years at the Alberta Research Council, where he was responsible for the coordination and development of corporate strategies, business plans and budgets to achieve broad based corporate goals; and for providing advice and recommendations to senior management regarding new technology trends and business opportunities.
Surindar has managed and participated in numerous energy and environment-related projects, including oil sands extraction and upgrading, in situ hydrogenation of heavy oil, enhanced oil recovery schemes, coal gasification and liquefaction, biomass conversion to fuels, steel and magnesium manufacture, natural gas upgrading and petrochemicals manufacturing. He has developed, enhanced and maintained several large-scale optimisation models in petroleum, natural gas, coal-liquefaction, environment and petrochemicals for policy analysis and project evaluation studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
(from the Alberta Innovates webpage)