Dr. Daniel R. Rousse, ing., Ph.D.

Professor, École de technologie supérieure

Chief Scientific Officer, Energy Solutions Air

Daniel Rousse is a full professor at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Canada, where he is director of the t3e Group and director of the Masters in renewable energy and energy efficiency. He has studied philosophy and literature before completing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from McGill University (1994). He is also founder (2010) and Chief Scientific Officer at Energy Solutions Air, a heat exchangers manufacturing business and senior consultant for a few decades.

Daniel Rousse was professor of energy at Laval University (1995) before accepting the position of Vice President Development – Lévis Campus at Université du Québec in Rimouski (2004) to build an energy efficient 160 000 ft2 campus involving a 125 boreholes geothermal field, an enthalpy wheel, passive solar shields, active solar walls, etc. From 2007 to 2009, he was director of development and special projects of the network of the University du Quebec, in charge of the Energy Workshop involving four universities.

Daniel Rousse is not a sensing specialist per se, but he has been implementing advanced sensing in energy solutions for several years. In his brief talk, he will expose his view that from the perspective of the laws of thermodynamics, most components of any energy system have almost reached their maximum efficiency. In light of this, he will then propose that the next step for improved energy processes and systems is advanced sensing or AI.

Subsequently, he will provide two examples of how advanced sensing could help north of the border.
1) He will first present an overview of the government-owned utility, Hydro-Quebec, indicating that the company faces the problem of insufficient power capacity to fully meet the power demands during the winter while having overall energy surpluses. He will make a few suggestions on how to reduce the peaks of power demand.
2) His second example will apply to the agricultural sector, for which an energy efficiency revolution could improve profitability dramatically, in two ways….
Advanced sensing is one of the key issues in both cases.

Presentation: The Need For Sensing: Two Examples From Canada