International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Defence scientist working on collaborative green energy research projects

February 7, 2023 - Defence Stories

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Defence scientist Dr. Gisele Amow (right) and research engineer Alex LaChance from Natural Resources Canada CanmetENERGY (left) use an infrared camera to detect heat loss from the building envelope.

The United Nations declared February 11 as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science in 2016 to encourage gender equality in science. This year, the international campaign is focusing on the role of women in advancing sustainable development goals including affordable and clean energy.

That’s familiar territory for Dr. Gisele Amow, a defence scientist with the Department of National Defence (DND)’s science and technology organization, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Dr. Amow leads multiple research projects that target greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for DND and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) assets. This includes four collaborative research projects, funded by DRDC and the Greening Government Fund, which provides project funding to federal government departments and agencies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their operations.

“Science and technology is key to helping DND/CAF to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency of operations and integrate clean energy solutions into existing platforms while ensuring operational capability is maintained,” Dr. Amow says. “Given the broad complexities of military platforms and operations, particularly in view of a changing climate, science and technology approaches must encompass a broad range of expertise and collaboration to ensure project objectives are met.”

Dr. Amow works in the power and energy group at DRDC Atlantic Research Centre, which provides advice in the domain of supplying power and energy across a wide range of defence applications, including soldier systems, fixed infrastructure, deployed camps, Arctic and naval platforms, energy storage, modelling and simulation and energy storage, and renewable energy technologies.

Research into energy, security and climate change supports building leaner capabilities able to deploy rapidly across multiple domains in response to global trends under the Institution strategic focus area of the Defence and Security Science and Technology program. It supports DND’s Defence Energy and Environment Strategy.

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