Tim Weis, BASc, MSc, PhD, PEng

Industrial Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept

Pronouns: he/him


Industrial Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Dept
(780) 492-2983
10-324 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211 116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Energy And Environment Renewable Energy Energy Storage Engineering Management Economic Forecasting



  • Ph.D. in Sciences de l'environnement, Université du Québec à Rimouski, 2011
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2002
  • B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (with Environmental Engineering Option), University of Waterloo, 1999


My work has focused on renewable energy with a particular interest in wind energy and remote community wind-diesel hybrid applications. Prior to joining the University of Alberta, I spent much of my career working on the interactions of technology, policy and business for renewable energy, including working for the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Wind Energy Association and the Government of Alberta. I am cross-appointed to the Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment (CABREE) in the School of Business as the Executive Director of Electricity Research, where I am working on questions around the evolution of Alberta’s electricity market as it transitions off of coal to an increasing role for renewable energy, including the role for energy storage, wind energy price impacts and policy modelling.


  • Duran-Castillo, G.E., Weis, T., Leach, A., and Fleck, B. (2023) Revenue-optimized photovoltaic orientation in a northern competitive electricity market with carbon offsets, Energy Reports, Vol10, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egyr.2023.09.135  
  • Thibault, B., Weis, T.M., and Leach, A. (2023) Alberta’s quiet but resilient electricity transition, in Sustainable Energy Transitions in Canada, edited by Mark Winfield, Stephen Hill, and James Gaede, UBC Press, www.ubcpress.ca/sustainable-energy-transitions-in-canada
  • Gan, K.E., Taikan, O., Gan, T.Y., Weis, T., Yamazaki, D. and Schüttrumpf, H. (2023), Enhancing Renewable Energy Systems, Contributing to Sustainable Development Goals of United Nation and Building Resilience Against Climate Change Impacts. Energy Technol., 11: 2300275. https://doi.org/10.1002/ente.202300275 
  • Avkhimenia, V., Gemignani, M., Weis, T.M., and Musilek, P. (2022) Deep Reinforcement Learning-based Operation of Transmission Battery Storage with Dynamic Thermal Line Rating, Energies, Energies, 15(23), 9032; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15239032 
  • Leach, A., Hastings-Simon, S., Shaffer, B., and Weis, T.(2022) Alberta’s Renewable Electricity Program: Design, Results, and Lessons Learned, Journal of Energy Policy, Vol 171, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2022.113266 
  • Noel, W., Weis, T.M., Yu, Q., Leach, A. and Fleck, B. (2022) Mapping the Evolution of Canada’s Wind Energy Fleet, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Journal, Vol 167, ISSN 1364-0321, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2022.112690
  • Avkhimenia, V., Weis, T.M., and Musilek, P. (2022) Sizing Transmission-Scale Battery Energy Storage System with Dynamic Thermal Line Rating, IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM) 
  • Avkhimenia, V., Weis, T.M., and Musilek, P. (2021) Generation of Synthetic Ampacity and Electricity Pool Prices using Generative Adversarial Networks, IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference (EPEC) eCF Paper ID: 1570744202
  • Udovichchenko, A., Fleck, B., Weis. T.M., Zhong, L. (2021) Framework for design and optimization of a retrofitted light industrial space with a renewable energy-assisted hydroponics facility in a rural northern Canadian community, Journal of Building Engineering, Vol 37, ISSN 2352-7102, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2021.102160 
  • Weis, T.M., Thibault, B. and Miller, B. (2016) Chapter 15: Alberta’s Electricity Future, in First World Petro-Politics: The Political Ecology and Governance of Alberta, edited by Laurie Adkin, University of Toronto Press
  • Weis, T. (2014) Chapter 12: The Potential of Clean Energy for Equity in Remote Communities in the North in Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Making Progress on Environment and Equity, edited by Jody Heymann and Magda Barrera, Oxford University Press
  • Weis, T.M. and Ilinca, A. (2009) Assessing the Potential for a Wind Power Incentive for Remote Villages in Canada, Energy Policy, JEPO-D-09-01171
  • Weis, T.M., Ilinca, A. and Pinard, JP, (2008) Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Barriers to Remote Wind-Diesel Power Plants in Canada, Energy Policy 36 (5), pp. 1611–1621
  • Weis, T., et al (2009) Green Power Programs in Canada. Prepared for Environment Canada, www.pembina.org/reports/green-power-programs-in-canada-2007.pdf
  • Weis, T.M. and Ilinca, A. (2008) The Utility of Energy Storage to Improve the Economics of Wind-Diesel Power Plants in Canada, Renewable Energy, 33 (7), pp.1544-1557


  • MECE 340 - Applied Thermodynamics
  • MECE 443 - Energy Conversion
  • MECE 463 - ThermoFluids System Design


MEC E 910A - Directed Research Project

Detailed Engineering report in the student's major area of interest.

MEC E 910B - Directed Research Project

Detailed Engineering Report in the student's major area of interest.

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