Living in the developed world means access to many things not all have the privilege to enjoy. Constant reliable sources of energy are one of those luxuries sometimes taken for granted. This National Engineering Month we’d like to highlight energy consumption and production to shine some light on the issue of energy access.

In 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report on Key World Energy Statistics. The IEA was established in November 1974 to promote energy security and provide authoritative analysis on energy. Organizations like the IEA are of significant importance as we continue to witness the effects of climate change.

Many leading academics and technology leaders have proposed switching to renewable energy sources to alleviate some of the stress on our planet.

Wind power generation is a key part of the energy transition. Wind power leaders like Vestas have been developing and implementing wind power systems around the world for decades. Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy.

Unfortunately for wind power generation companies, they still only add up to less than 1% of the global energy production. This is why it’s crucial to improve efficiency and minimize costs in the wind power industry.

Dr. Rupp Carriveau, an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, is researching the most profitable operation and maintenance options for extending turbine life in wind farms.

Financial analysis may not be what most people think of when it comes to engineering work, but it is a specific problem many in the engineering and tech world take on to promote systems change.

We sometimes point to solutions and wonder why we haven’t adopted them yet, but it is up to all of us to not only promote these solutions, but also to make them feasible.

The University of Windsor is helping drive change in the energy industry and also in the perception of what it is to be an engineer and who can be an engineer. UWindsor is one of NEM 2017’s sponsors because they know we need more active change in areas like energy access.

Part of leading that change is inspiring the next generation of problem solvers to join the ranks of engineering and technology professionals. We thank them for their support and look forward to seeing more contributions in energy sustainability from their institution.

This month we’ll be highlighting more energy access and sustainability stories so be on the look out for more cool contributions to the field.

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