The Renewable Energy Development and Implementation Lab

Renewable Energy Development and Implementation (REDI) Lab

  • Deciduous tree photographed in 2016 , southern Ontario

    Deciduous tree photographed in 2016 , southern Ontario

  • A place to think about research; at the student retreat held at the Queen's University Biological Station, 2016, Elgin, Ontario

    A place to think about research; at the student retreat held at the Queen's University Biological Station, 2016, Elgin, Ontario 

  • Dr. Mabee in the lab 2017, Kingston, Ontario

    Dr. Mabee in the lab 2017, Kingston, Ontario

  • Forest restoration in Halton Region, 2009

    Forest restoration in Halton Region, 2009

The Renewable Energy Development and Implementation (REDI) Laboratory focuses on understanding the challenges with transition to a renewable economy. Our group has amassed geo-referenced data on Canadian renewable resources and developed specialized tools for managing these resources. Extensive databases on policy and institutional support mechanisms related to renewable energy development are also available.

A major research project that we have undertaken is an evaluation of renewable energy opportunities and challenges specific to Eastern Ontario, which we have proposed as Canada’s first Renewable Energy Region. This will allow us to take a case study approach in examining policy for renewable energy options, and will provide a framework for expert advice to both federal and provincial governments on the development of strategies to reduce our reliance upon fossil energy sources. This research approach builds on international examples, in Sweden, Germany, Japan, and elsewhere, of successful regional strategies to develop renewable energy solutions.

The research program in the REDI lab is strongly connected to the activities of the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy Task 39 ‘Liquid biofuels’, which offers us an avenue to explore different approaches to new energy systems, and provides a window to the world of international technology and policy development. We are also engaged in partnerships with our neighbours in the USA, through mechanisms including the IEA and the Great Lakes Sustainable Energy Consortium.

The REDI lab is closely associated with the Sustainable Bioeconomy Centre (focused on technology solutions to drive the bioeconomy forward) and Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy (focused on a portfolio of environmental and energy-related issues).

Vision Statement 

Conducting and contributing to innovative, multi-disciplinary research that informs transformative energy, environment and sustainability policies that lead to renewable energy development, implementation and transitions to a bio-based, circular economy future that we share with colleagues globally.  

Mission Statement 

The REDi (Renewable Energy Development and Implementation) lab at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada researches and explores renewable energy transitions within the bio-economy and the circular economy along with private sector and government collaborations for the advancement of sustainable policies and programs to meet national and global energy and environmental challenges. To achieve our mission of exploring and fostering renewable energy transitions, sustainable policies and collaborations, the REDi lab utilizes research tools and techniques including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), and Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA).  The REDi Lab is actively pursuing research in the following areas: brownfield development, hydropower, forest biorefining, Natural Heritage Systems, waste to energy and woody biofuels.  

 

*** GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES***

My students and I work across a broad spectrum that covers environmental policy, international approaches to renewable energy development, and commercialization of new products and processes with particular emphasis on wood energy and biofuels. If you are a graduate or upper year undergraduate student interested in field and laboratory based research related to the interface between renewable energy policy and technologies, and/or environmental policy related to climate change contact me.