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David Wright

Wright, David
Professor Emeritus
B.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
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Current Focus

Professor Wright combines an Engineering PhD from Cambridge University with his current position as Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management to provide a business perspective on the Cleantech Industry, currently focusing on solar power. His present work evaluates capital cost trends for photovoltaics and identifies situations in which solar technologies can be economically viable without government incentives.


Dr. Wright has experience in academia, industry and government in three continents. His current university research is conducted in collaboration with industrial partners in the Cleantech sector. His previous research involved working with telecommunications equipment vendors and network operators on market analysis, network evolution, service requirements, distance education and the strategic impact of new technology on business. Earlier, in government, he developed systems dynamics models to evaluate the impact on industrial society of natural resource depletion, population growth and the ability of the environment to absorb pollution.

Dr. Wright is cited in: Who's Who in the World; Who's Who in Canadian Business; and, Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Wright, D.J., Ashwell, J., Ashworth, J., Badruddin, S., Ghali, MR and Robertson-Gillis, C. 2021. Impact of Tariff Structure on the Economics of Behind-the-Meter Solar Microgrids. Cleaner Engineering and Technology, 2(2021): 100039.
  • Al Garni, H.Z., Mas'ud, A.A. and Wright, D.J. 2021. Design and economic assessment of alternative renewable energy systems using capital cost projections: A case study for Saudi Arabia. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 48(2): 101675.
  • Wright, D.J., Liu, L., Parvan, L., Majumdar, Z. and Giebink, N.C. 2020. Economic Analysis of a Novel Design of Micro-tracked CPV. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 2020: 1-14.
  • Guidon, A. and Wright, D.J. 2020. Analytical Approach to Quantitative Risk Assessment for Solar Power Projects. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Review, 133(2020): 110262.
  • Fattahi, J., Wright, D.J. and Schriemer, H. 2020. An Energy Internet DERMS Platform using a Multi-level Stackelberg Game. Sustainable Cities and Society, 60: 102262.
  • House, M. and Wright, D.J. 2019. Using the health benefits of electric vehicles to justify charging infrastructure incentives. International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, 11(2): 85-105.
  • Al Garni, H.Z., Awasthi, A. and Wright, D.J. 2019. Optimal orientation angles for maximizing energy yield for solar PV in Saudi Arabia. Renewable Energy, 133: 538-550.
  • Wright, D.J. 2019. Closed Form Analytic Solution for Diffuse Irradiance on a Tilted Photovoltaic Collector. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 9(2): 391-396.
  • MacDougall, H., Tomosk, S. and Wright, D.J. 2018. Geographic Maps of the Impact of Government Incentives on the Economic Viability of Solar Power. Renewable Energy, 122: 497-506.
  • Wright, D.J., Badruddin, S. and Robertson-Gillis, C. 2018. Micro-Tracked CPV Can Be Cost Competitive With PV in Behind-The-Meter Applications With Demand Charges. Frontiers in Energy Research, 6: 97.
  • Tomosk, S., Haysom, J.E. and Wright, D.J. 2017. Quantifying Economic Risk in Photovoltaic Power Projects. Renewable Energy, 109(August 2017): 422-433.
  • Tomosk, S., Haysom, J.E., Hinzer, K., Schriemer, H. and Wright, D.J. 2017. Mapping the Geographic Distribution of the Economic Viability of Photovoltaic Load Displacement Projects in SW USA. Renewable Energy, 107(July 2017): 101-112.


  • Wright, D.J. Solarnomics: Setting up and Managing a Profitable Solar Business. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, 2022.
  • Sharpe, N.R., De Veaux, R.D., Velleman, P.F. and Wright, D.J. Business Statistics, Fourth Canadian Edition with MyStatLab. Don Mills: Pearson Education Canada, 2020.
  • Sharpe, N.R., De Veaux, R.D., Velleman, P.F. and Wright, D.J. Business Statistics, Third Canadian Edition with MyStatLab. Don Mills: Pearson Education Canada, 2017.

Chapters in Books

  • Badruddin, S., Robertson-Gillis, C., Ashworth, J. and Wright, D.J. Economically Optimal Solar Power Generation. In Yang, P.. Cases on Green Energy and Sustainable Development. Pennsylvania, USA: IGI Global Publishers, 2020.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2019-2020 NRCan A Transactive Electricity Sharing Solution and Net-Zero Energy Community Strategy for Smart Energy Networks R G Co-I N/A
2019-2020 UROP Competitive analysis of microtracked concentrating solar modules R I PI $ 1,000
2018-2019 SSHRC-PEG Optimizing the Economic Viability of Solar Power in Ontario R C PI $ 23,714
2018-2019 UROP Economic Analysis of Solar Microgrids R I PI $ 1,500
2017-2023 NSERC CREATE High Efficiency Photovoltaics R C Co-I N/A
2017-2018 UROP Analysis of Impact of Lithium-ion Batteries on Solar Economics R I PI $ 1,500


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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