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NESTNet's 24 research projects are divided into four interrelated research themes addressing critical challenges facing energy storage in Canada. 

The NESTNet theme one team

Theme 1: Energy storage technologies

Theme leader: Dr. F. Handan Tezel, University of Ottawa

In this theme, research is focused on batteries (thermal management systems and innovative housing designs), flywheels (designs and modeling), compressed air energy storage (CAES; enhanced underwater designs and operation), thermal storage (materials and system designs), and hybrid energy storage models.

The NESTNet theme two team

Theme 2: Power electronics converters

Theme leader: Dr. Liuchen Chang, University of New Brunswick

Research in this theme focuses on power electronic converters, including modular converters, digital controllers, supervisory controllers, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and power electronics for repurposed electric vehicle batteries.

The NESTNet theme three team

Theme 3: Power systems integration

Theme leader: Dr. Claudio Cañizares, University of Waterloo

Research in this theme will enable the seamless integration of energy storage into power systems by developing planning tools, operational tools, protection systems, power quality mitigation solutions, and reliability benchmarks.

The NESTNet theme four team

Theme 4: Economics and policy

Theme leader: Dr. Miguel Anjos, École Polytechnique de Montréal

This theme investigates and provides solutions for techno-economic challenges in the successful integration of energy storage into power systems. In addition, it examines policy, regulatory and social challenges faced by storage solutions to enable successful uptake by utilities and societies.