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.

1. May 8, 2019Cheap, green fuel cells could replace gasoline engines

Advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the University of Waterloo.

The researchers have developed a new fuel cell that lasts at least 10 times longer than current technology, an improvement that would make them economically practical, if mass-produced, to power vehicles with electricity.

2. Mar. 1, 2019Researcher receives $1.9 million for fuel cell project Funding was formally announced this week for a four-year,$1.9-million project to develop low-cost, durable hydrogen fuel cells to power buses and cars.

The project – a collaboration involving academia, industry and government – is led by Waterloo Engineering professor Xianguo Li, a world-class researcher in the field for two decades.

3. Feb. 5, 2019New electricity system would cut rates, boost service

A new distribution system designed by Waterloo Engineering researchers would reduce electricity prices by more than five per cent while also improving service reliability.

The design involves the integration of the two kinds of electric current that power homes, industries and electric vehicles - alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC).