Energy Research at UOIT
UOIT is a market-driven university focusing on selected research areas of significant impact, such as energy systems. Strategic partnerships with the energy sector include:
- Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL)
- Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
- Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA)
- Enbridge Inc.
- General Motors Canada
In collaboration with AECL, OPG, partner universities across Ontario, Argonne National Laboratory (U.S.), and others, a UOIT-led consortium is building a lab-scale demonstration of the copper-chlorine (Cu-Cl) cycle for thermochemical water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen. A scaled-up plant could be eventually linked with Canada's nuclear reactors or other sources of industrial waste heat (such as incinerators, kilns, petrochemical plant emissions or furnaces) to achieve higher efficiencies, lower environmental impact and lower costs of hydrogen production than any other conventional technology.
UOIT is located near two major nuclear stations: OPG's Darlington and Pickering nuclear plants, which produce a significant portion of Ontario's electricity supply.
UOIT's Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) offers a world-class climatic wind tunnel, including unique testing facility for hydrogen vehicles.
This 'Energy Wheel' represents the wide spectrum of energy activities in which UOIT is actively engaged through partnerships with many stakeholders which are represented in the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA). DSEA is a non-profit organization comprised of industry, government and educational institutions working together for the advancement of Durham Region's strengths in the energy sector. DSEA is addressing the energy challenges facing Ontario and Canada, as a leader in the development of clean, affordable energy technologies.
For more than 40 years, Durham Region has been home to a wealth of energy expertise and infrastructure, combined with progressive government, and a knowledgeable and supportive host community. Research and development capabilities are led by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology's (UOIT) engineering and science programs, unique in Canada, while Durham College is a leader in skilled trades training.