Transforming Canada’s electricity system by delivering innovative energy storage technology

Decreasing global fossil fuel supplies and increasing environmental concerns have put electrochemical energy storage and conversion technologies at the forefront of Waterloo Engineering's research efforts.

We're developing everything from an innovative zinc-air rechargeable battery, which may one day be used to store energy generated by solar collectors and wind turbines, to technology that has the potential to  double the amount of electrical energy held by rapid-charging devices such as smartphones.

Our research advancements are providing sustainable energy solutions as well as resources for future generations.

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Rithu Muthalathu gained a lot more than insight into the subject at hand when he recently took part in his first academic research study exploring ammonia as a green energy carrier.

A fourth-year chemical engineering student, Muthalathu also learned that research is a journey with a way of taking you in unexpected directions.

"It was a unique experience as an undergraduate student," he said.

A company that was co-founded by an alumnus of Waterloo Engineering has secured $4 million in backing from the federal government to help commercialize new green energy technology.

Clear Blue Technologies, which is headed by CEO and co-founder Miriam Tuerk (BASc ’85, electrical engineering), was launched in 2011 to bring smart, clean, renewable, efficient and cost-effective power to billions of people who still lack access to reliable power.

Two students at Waterloo Engineering took the top prize in a national contest for social entrepreneurs.

Peter Cornelisse and Lucas Godkin, both fourth-year mechanical engineering students, received $25,000 as the winners of the NU National Student Award for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurship.

Cornelisse and Godkin are developing an off-grid, renewable energy generation and storage system as an affordable alternative to fossil fuel generators.