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Wright, David

Full Professor
B.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Cambridge)
Location
DMS 5133
Telephone
613-562-5800 x 4784
Email
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Current Focus

Professor Wright combines an Engineering PhD from Cambridge University with his current position as Full Professor 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.

Experience

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.

Research Areas
  • Analytics and Performance
  • Solar Economics

Publications during the last 7 years

Books

  • 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.
  • Sharpe, N.R., De Veaux, R.D., Velleman, P.F. and Wright, D.J. Business Statistics, Second Canadian Edition with MyStatLab. Don Mills: Pearson Education Canada, 2013.
  • Sharpe, N.R., De Veaux, R.D., Velleman, P.F. and Wright, D.J. Business Statistics, First Canadian Edition. Don Mills: Pearson Education Canada, 2011.

Chapters in Books

  • Tomosk, S., Wright, D.J., Hinzer, K. and Haysom, J.E. Analysis of Present and Future Financial Viability of High Concentrating Photovoltaic Projects. In Fernandez, E.F.. High Concentrator PhotoVoltaics. Boston, MA, USA : Springer, 2015.

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Haysom, J.E., Hinzer, K. and Wright, D.J. 2016. Impact of Electricity Tariffs on Optimal Orientation of Photovoltaic Modules. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 24(2): 253-260.
  • Le, T. and Wright, D.J. 2015. Scheduling Workload in a Network of Datacentres to reduce Electricity Cost and Carbon Footprint. Sustainable Computing, 5: 31-40.
  • Haysom, J.E., Jafarieh, O., Anis, H., Hinzer, K. and Wright, D.J. 2015. Learning Curve Analysis of Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 23(11): 1678-1686.
  • Murrillo, M., Paco, J. and Wright, D.J. 2015. Long-Distance Telecommunication in Remote Poor Areas: From Partnerships and Implementation to Sustainability. IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, 34: 19-30.
  • Wright, D.J. 2012. Evolution of Standards for Smart Grid Communications. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Telecommunications and Networking (IJITN), 4(1): 47-55.
  • Wright, D.J. 2011. Business Opportunities Arising from Smart Grid Virtual Power Plants. The Business Review, Cambridge, 17(2): 1-7.

Invited Contributions and/or Technical Reports

  • Haysom, J.E., Benedet, S., Wright, D.J. and Tomosk, S. 2014. "Photovoltaic System Performance and Financials: Part 2. Matching of PV to Grid Pricing and Grid Peaks", Report to Hydro Ottawa related to NSERC Engage Grant, http://sunlab.eecs.uottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/pdf/PVPEAC-REPORT2.pdf, n/a, pp. 22.
  • Haysom, J.E., Hinzer, K. and Wright, D.J. 2014. "Photovoltaic System Performance and Optimization for Grid Peak", invited paper, NextGeneration Solar Photovoltaics Canada, Montreal, n/a.
  • Haysom, J.E., Benedet, S., Wright, D.J. and Tomosk, S. 2013. "Photovoltaic System Performance and Financials. Part 1: Energy Yield Analysis", Report to Hydro Ottawa related to NSERC Engage Grant, http://sunlab.eecs.uottawa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/pdf/PVPEAC-REPORT1.pdf, n/a, pp. 30.
  • Wright, D.J. 2011. "Electric Vehicles: One Innovation Spawns Others", Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, April.
  • Wright, D.J. 2011. "Earning Money from Intelligent Fridges and Freezers", Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, August.
  • Wright, D.J. 2011. "Improving Ontario's FIT Program", Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, August.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2018-2019 SSHRC-PEG Optimizing the Economic Viability of Solar Power in Ontario R C PI $ 23,714
2017-2023 NSERC CREATE High Efficiency Photovoltaics R C Co-I $ 1,650,000
2017-2018 UROP Analysis of Impact of Lithium-ion Batteries on Solar Economics R I PI $ 1,500
2015-2016 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Comparative evaluation of the return on investment between alternative solar power technologies R I PI $ 5,892
2014-2015 OCE, VIP II Morgan Solar (industrial partner) Advanced Characterization of Innovative Concentrating Optics for Economical Photovoltaics R O Co-I $ 180,000
2013-2014 NSERC Low Cost Concentrated Photovoltaic Energy Yield Analysis for Canadian and Global Locations collaborator R C Co-PI $ 149,000
2010-2011 Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF) Literature Review of ICT Impact on Climate Change R I PI $ 3,929
2010-2011 CCSIP Joint Collaborative Research Consortium for a Green Cyber-Infrastructure R O PI $ 7,143

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

**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown

Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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