Category Archives: Recent Talks

Smart Futures

link: DSEA Smart Futures

Robert Stasko: Speaker

SmartFutures:  Connecting Energy, Technology & Communities

November 2 & 3, 2011

The Durham Strategic Energy Alliance is hosting our Signature Conference Event in November.  This year’s theme is: SmartFutures: Connecting Energy, Technology & Communities, covering topics related to the smart energy ecosystem.  A successful energy ecosystem must consist of a truly integrated network of systems and capabilities.  This year’s conference will focus on the collaboration and intersection of three key segments of the smart energy market – energy, including renewable energy and energy storage; technology or enabling applications, including issues around privacy and security; and communities; including case studies of community adoption of smart energy practices.

In an effort to bring together professionals from various industries and disciplines topics covered will provide local examples of smart energy applications and projects underway; best practices from leading jurisdictions on the adoption of various technologies and discussions around the relationships and collaborative efforts that have enabled energy ecosystem successes around the world.

Fourth Annual Colloquium on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies

Building on the success of the last four years, the Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC), Kingston and
the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Ottawa announces the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Fuel Cell and
Hydrogen Technologies.
This year’s colloquium features the following invited speakers:
• Dr. Shawn Litster, Carnegie Mellon University
• Dr. Warren Mabee, Queen’s School of Policy Studies
• Dr. Joshua Pearce, Queen’s University
• Mr. Robert (Bob) StaskoOntario Centres of Excellence
The objective of the colloquium is to provide a forum for presenters and attendees to learn and exchange
valuable experiences concerning the following topics:
– PEMFC and SOFC Modelling
– PEMFC and SOFC Materials and Manufacturing
– Fuel Cell Applications and the Hydrogen
Economy (portable, stationary, transportation)
– Alternative transportation fuels

OSEA Community Power 2010: Electric vehicle and grid integration

link: OSEA Community Power 2011

OSEA sees Community Power being defined as:  a class of sustainable energy projects that are owned, developed and controlled in full or in part (50 per cent or more) by residents of the community in which the project is located.

Topic: Electric vehicle and grid integration

Sandy Di Felice, Director, External Affairs, Toyota Canada

Dr. Jatin Nathwani, Waterloo University and co-author of the PEV Gap Analysis

om Odell, Manager of the Electric Vehicles Project, Toronto Hydro

Bob Oliver, Director Transportation Projects, Pollution Probe

 Moderators: Cara Clairman, VP of Susutainability, OPG; Robert Stasko, Director Business Development OCE

International Green Energy Conference – University of Waterloo

Opening Session:

Dr. Xianguo Li and Dr. Jatin Nathwani Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, VP Academics and Provost, University of Waterloo

Dr. Kamiel Gabriel, Assistant Deputy Minister and Science Advisor, Ministry of Research and Innovation, Government of Ontario

Mr. Jonathan Norman, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Government of Ontario

Mayor Brenda Halloran, City of Waterloo

Robert Stasko, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)

Evolution of the Electricity Grid – McMaster Institute for Energy Studies

Workshop on The Evolution of the Electricity Grid: Cognitive Energy Systems

March 19th, 2010

Mr. Bob Stasko, Director, Business Development, OCE
“How Innovative Technologies and New Thinking Can Shape the Evolution of the Electric Grid” »

Smart Metering & Advanced Metering Infrastructure Conference & Exhibit


Hydrail Conference


Dates:  Thu, 06/11/2009 – Fri, 06/12/2009

Location:  Charlotte, NC USA

The Focus: The Fifth International Hydrail Conference agenda departs somewhat from the first four IHCs in that it focuses on three featured subjects: (1) mass carbon-free hydrogen production technologies to fuel hydrail trains and other vehicles; (2) the economic importance of avoiding commitment to new externally powered rail lines – especially for streetcars; and (3) hydrogen fuel cell streetcars: the hydrolley and its revolutionary significance for urban transportation planning.

Spotlighting Canada: Canada’s long-standing leadership role in hydrail introduction will be emphasized. The Canadian Consulate to North Carolina plays a major role in producing this year’s Hydrail Conference.

Conference Presentations

Thursday June 11, 2009

Prologue Speakers

• Robert Stasko, University of Ontario – Promising technologies for producing industrial scale hydrogen with low or zero carbon emissions

• Dr. Barry Burks, Charlotte Research Institute – Welcome Why CRI Is Hosting This Years IHC

• Jennifer Roberts, Mecklenburg County Commission Chair – Welcome

• Jason Hoyle, Appalachian State University – Brief History & Origin of the International Hydrail Conference

• Dr. Alistair Miller, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. – Why Rail is the Best use of H2 & The Environmental Urgency

Mass Production of Hydrogen Fuel for Hydrail

• Kevin Major, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Nanocatalyst-based hydrogen production

• Dr. Bill Summers, Savannah River National Laboratory – High Temperature Thermochemical Water Splitting Using the Sulfur/Iodine Cycle