Dr. E. Bibeau

Graduate programs (send mail only)

If you are interested in graduate studies in renewable energy with a strong focus on distributed generation, please read this section carefully. Positions are normally funded and promising students already established in Manitoba are highly encouraged to apply. The research in alternative energy is of interest to Manitoba Hydro and various stakeholders. Funding for projects is provided by the NSERC and Manitoba Hydro Industrial Chair and various other grants.

Please note that unless you have your own funding, only the opportunities listed below can be considered. Please make sure you mention the area of interest to you. This section was last updated Dec 2010.
Opportunities
The research is multidisciplinary with direct industrial relevance in the alternative energy field. Student will acquire skills in mathematical modeling and experimentation. Skills developed as part of graduate studies in alterative energy can be used in many scientific disciplines. Graduate stipends will cover tuition fees and maintenance and will follow University and NSERC guidelines. International students need to make sure they can secure a visa for Canada and their GPA qualifies by Graduate Studies for reduced fees. Please check website for details Graduate Studies. Students interested in this program are strongly encouraged to also apply for Student Awards: external granting agency fellowships such as NSERC, University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships, faculty departmental bursary scholarships, and research and teaching assistantships. Details and applications forms are available at Student Awards. Sending your resume and cover letter by normal mail is a preferred method to communicate and facilitates the process.

Available graduate programs

Project AreaProgramStart date Project
Wind turbines MSc. Apply now for 2011 Ice detection using capacitance method. The research is part of visit websiteWESTnet and will also be supervised by visit websiteDr. Stephen Tullis from McMaster University. Please apply through Dr. Bibeau at the University of Manitoba.
Wind turbines MSc. Apply now for 2011 Modeling of water layer formation on a wind turbine blade during de-icing mitigation. The research is part of visit websiteWESTnet and will also be supervised by visit websiteDr. Stephen Tullis from McMaster University. Please apply through Dr. Tullis at McMaster University.
Biomass PhD 2012 Develop a two-phase test facility to investigate the heat transfer occurring inside the recouperator for the Entropic power cycle. This research is funded through the NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Chair in Alternative Energy.
Kinetic turbines MSc. 2013-2014 Optimization of kinetic turbine design for cold climates. This research is funded through the NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Chair in Alternative Energy.
Kinetic turbines MSc. 2013-2014 Resource assessment of the kinetic energy in Canadian rivers. This research is funded through the NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Chair in Alternative Energy.

Summer undergraduate projects (drop by to discuss)

Some funding is available for undergraduate students interested to do research in renewable energy during the summer at the University: May 1 to August 31. However, students with a high GPA are encouraged to obtain their own research funding themselves by applying for a summer scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NSERC. If successful, the students receives a $9,000 scholarship that is administered by the Deans office. Students interested need to start the application process before the new year by discussing potential projects they are interested with Dr. Bibeau (see below). The next step is to fill out this NSERC Application Form. Once completed, the form is submitted to the Dean office and results are posted during the winter term. The entire application process takes about one hour. Summer students get exposed to exciting research in renewable energy, work collaboratively with graduate students present research findings and publish their results.

Opportunities

Current undergraduate summer projects available

Renewables Project Description Example
Biomass Anaerobic digestion: experimental testing in pilot digesters
Biomass Support testing for the Hybrid Brayton test facility
Biomass Help develop Entropic Cycle test facility
Kinetic Turbine Perform and analyze tests in the water tunnel using vertical and horizontal axis turbines
Solar Support the development and modeling of solar trough facility at RRC
Solar Develop the 5 solar systems being monitored on-line at the Alternative Village (see Solar Manitoba)
Wind Develop a controller and lab manual for wind turbine
Wind Perform icing experiments and test ice detection systems
  • Lab turbines:
  • In-situ test:
Past examples

Previous undergraduate summer projects

Project DescriptionYear Student
Experimental investigation of anaerobic digestion conducted under controlled conditions: data collection and analysis (funded by MITACS Globalink) 2011
Developing a solar trough test facility for heat, power and cooling in cold climates (funded by MITACS Globalink) 2011
Laboratory testing of a vertical river kinetic turbine (funded by MITACS Globalink) 2011
Hybrid Brayton cycle instrumentation (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2010 Derek Neufeld
Hybrid Brayton cycle test facility (funded by ABIN Network) 2010 Bill Wang
Hybrid Brayton cycle design of facility (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2010 Derek Neufeld
Wind turbine laboratory installation (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2009 Jordan Bull
Testing of solar panels (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2009 Tyra Wedel download pdf
Renewable energy analysis (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2008 Graham Leverick
Instrumentation of plug-in electric trailer (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2008 Derek Neufeld download pdf
Measurement of icing wind tunnel liquid water content (funded by NSERC Student Scholarship) 2008 Matthew McMahon
Design plug-in electric trailer (funded by NSERC Strategic) 2008 Luc Groening
Analysis of swine manure rheology and PHEV testing (funded by Manitoba Hydro) 2007 Tyra Wedel download pdf
Analysis of thermal conversion via gasification of cattails (Bibeau and Cicek: funded by iisd, MRAC, SDIF, and NSERC Scholarship) 2007 Jessica Yablec download pdf
Kinetic turbine Pointe du Bois project: Software (funded by Manitoba Hydro) 2006 Paul To
Kinetic turbine Pointe du Bois project: Instrumentation (funded by Manitoba Hydro) 2006 J. Brown
Analysis of the conversion of a Toyota Prius to a PHEV (Bibeau, Karlis and Zanetel: funded by MITACS) 2006 Zelon Lye
Analysis of marsh bio-filter for nutrient removal (Cicek and Bibeau; funded by iisd) 2006 H. Kozak
Analysis of thermal conversion via gasification of cattails (Bibeau and Cicek: funded by iisd, MRAC and SDIF) 2006 J. Yablec
Transient simulation of a PHEV vehicle (Bibeau and Zanetel; funded by Manitoba Hydro) 2005 Zelon Lye
Modeling of a new gasifier system in Manitoba (Bibeau and Cicek; funded by Manitoba Hydro) 2005 Brent Crawford
Spray bar for icing wind tunnel (Naterer and Bibeau) 2004 Mike Koupriyanov download pdf
Temperature gradient measurements in icing wind tunnel (Naterer and Bibeau; funded by NSERC Scholarship) 2004 Brent Crawford download pdf

Undergraduate thesis (drop by to discuss)

Undergraduate students in their third or fourth year can focus their thesis on renewable energy. Thesis topics that are available include:

Opportunities

Thesis projects currently available

Renewable areaProject
Wind Develop controller for 5 kW wind turbine and test output performance
SolarDevelop model to predict energy savings with various solar panels based on hourly weather data
Wind Data analysis of ice detectors exposed to in-situ icing and icing in a wind tunnel
Passive cooling Investigate passive cooling techniques in cold climates
Previous thesis

Completed undergraduate thesis projects

ProjectYearStudents Report
Solar panels in cold weather climates 2010John James Friesen
5-kW wind tower laboratory 2010Daniel Corder and Kateran Dewar
Testing of solar panels in cold weather climates 2009Tyra Wedel download pdf
Repurposing of PEV batteries 2009Chris Leggett and Ronaldo Jacinto
Optimization of bio-diesel plant 2009Tom Epp download pdf
Production of biodiesel from algae 2009Eyad El-Madhoon
Increasing the renewable energy ratio 1% per year in Manitoba 2009Richard Pereira and Rohan Lall download pdf
Solar energy system model at eco-village 2008 Heather King download pdf download xls download ppt
Solar heating system design at eco-village 2008 Louis Catellier download pdf download ppt
Emerado Public School: Energy Audit & Energy Conservation Alternatives (Bibeau and Zanetel) 2007 K. Mckenzie download pdf download ppt
Investigation of icing sensor and wind icing scale for meteorological towers (Kuhn and Bibeau) 2007 I. Ployzois download pdf download ppt
Investigation for converting wind farms to CHP systems (Bibeau and Zanetel) 2007 L. H. Yong download pdf
Experimental and numerical investigation of wood fired barbecue 2006 R. Granger and S. Rempel  
Modeling of icing tunnel using IDEAS simulation 2006 V. Moran
Modeling of a hydrogen reformer using Ideas 2006 P. To
Testing of biodiesel blends for cold weather applications (Zanetel and Bibeau) 2005 Z. Lye download pdf
Using biopower application in South America to displace diesel fuel 2005 D. Koop download pdf download daniel2_2005.
Land fill gas at Brady dump 2004 S. Rena and M. Steinbusch download pdf

NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Alternative Energy Industrial Chair
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba