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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Bringing Power to the People – Smart Grids and the Future of Renewable Energy


Liuchen Chang, University of New Brunswick

For many small-scale wind and solar power generators to displace carbon fuels, they have to work seamlessly with sophisticated power systems built around large and predictable point source generators. Matching the power supply with demand, when the sun goes down or the wind stops blowing, presents huge technological challenges and also a remarkable opportunity for innovation. Smart grids, which blend information and communication technologies, promise just this level of integration. Liuchen Chang will discuss the latest progress in this field and how it is helping Canada expand its traditional leadership in power systems research into green technologies.

An electrical engineering professor at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), Dr. Chang is the 2010 winner of the R.J. Templin Award of Canadian Wind Energy Association for his contribution to wind technology development. He was responsible for establishing the university’s Sustainable Power Research Group, which collaborates with industry and government on large-scale, multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research and development projects. Since 2007, Dr. Chang has also led the pan-Canadian NSERC Wind Energy Strategic Network (WESNet) and prior to that he held the NSERC Chair in Environmental Design Engineering at UNB. In addition to publishing more than 190 papers on renewable energy systems and smart grids, he has commercialized numerous technologies for wind and solar power converters.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday October 27, 2011, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday October 24, 2011