NESTNet Internationalization: Building Connections in Denmark and Germany

Picture of NESTNet delegates and colleagues at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

In March 2019, seven members of the NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network travelled to Central Europe to visit researchers in Denmark and Germany.  The trip was part of the NEST Network’s broader internationalization strategy – to make connections with like-minded researchers world-wide to promote the sharing of information, to grow student mobility, and to augment collaborative scientific investigations.  Following the Network’s successful Missions to

NEST Network Mission to the United States

Canadian NESTNet delegates with US host, Imre Gyuk

During the last week of September 2018, five members of the NEST Network travelled to the United States in order to learn about energy storage research activities going on ‘south of the border’ and to identify areas for potential future cooperation. This trip was a key part of the Network’s broader internationalization strategy.

NESTNet Mission to the UK - March 2018

NESTNet Representatives

Internationalizing research has come to be seen to be critical.  It takes the best minds from around the world – each bringing their own insights, wisdom, and experiences – to tackle the world’s most pressing problems and its most exciting opportunities.  Increasingly, collaborative, transnational research is vital to knowledge breakthroughs.

NEST Network 2018 Winter School

Winter School participants, Shawinigan, Quebec

On Wednesday, February 21st, Project 4.6 participants Dr. James Gaede (post-doctoral fellow) and Dr. Ian Rowlands (principal investigator) travelled, with others, to Shawinigan, Quebec to participate in the NEST Network 2018 Winter School.

In addition to the Network’s annual meeting (held in June every year in Toronto, Ontario), the Winter School provides an opportunity for smaller groups of Network researchers to come together to share results, to explore potential joint projects, and to build further the collaborative nature of the Network. 

Public discourse on energy storage - the importance of local narratives and system benefits

Chart: Percentage of articles from all sampled Ontario and Alberta newspapers that mention SPEED frames

Energy storage is increasingly recognized as integral to the further decarbonization of electricity grids in Canada, yet progress to date has been slow and inconsistent.  To complement ongoing research on the market and technical feasibility of storage, we wanted to better understand how public discussions around energy storage may be influencing deployment of the technology.   To do so, we conducted a comparative media analysis of public discourse on storage in

Trans-Atlantic Conversations on Energy Storage

Discussion at the Energy Storage Roundtable

I participated in the Canada-UK Energy Storage for Utility Applications Roundtable at Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy last week (21 September 2017).  Supported by the NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network and the British Consulate-General in Toronto, this meeting brought together more than 25 energy professionals from government, industry, research and other communities on both sides of the Atlantic

Mapping the social acceptance literature

Network map of citations connections in social acceptance literature

One of the objectives of our project on the social acceptance of energy storage systems was to conduct a systematic review of the existing literature on this topic. Unfortunately, preliminary literature searches revealed that there was very little literature in this area.