Links of Interest


Find a research expert (FOE).jpg Find a Research Expert (FOE)

"Find a Research Expert" is a service designed to assist industry faculty, staff, and the community at large in quickly finding a Waterloo Engineering expert in a particular field of research.
logo_long.pngMidnight Sun Solar Car

The Midnight Sun Solar Race Car Team is a pioneer and permanent fixture in the Canadian solar energy field. Founded in 1988, the Midnight Sun is a student-run organization that designs and builds a solar vehicle biennially to compete in solar challenges around the world.
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REEP Green Solutions is an environmental, non-profit organization empowering our community towards healthier homes and sustainable living. REEP provides the services, tools and programs people need to use energy and water wisely.
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The faculty of engineering hosts cutting-edge research in a variety of fields.

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Research Stories from the Faculty of Environment

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These pages outline some of the research activities related to sustainable energy underway in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo.
NEW_SCI_logo-01.pngUW Sustainable Campus Initiative

The Sustainable Campus Initiative (previously the University of Waterloo Sustainability Project) is a student run service at the University of Waterloo that provides a vast amount of environmental services to the University of Waterloo and its surrounding community. Read the Green Guide and about its actions to bring about positive behavioural and social changes in the community.
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Learn about the Waterloo Commercialization Office's efforts to ensure intellectual property is protected.
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Welcome to Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, the central hub for sustainability information, resources, and services around campus.
Through environmental education, innovative research, community engagement, and operational sustainability, UWaterloo is making a difference. We invite you to join us.


      150925_AE4H_logo.png       The Affordable Energy for Humanity Global Change Initiative is an emerging international collaboration between the world's leading scientists, technology developers and practitioners on the topic of universal energy access.
Our vision is to deliver the next generation technologies, innovations and practical solutions that will drive the costs of energy services to a level low enough for a revolution in energy access without the need for tax incentives and subsidies.
Participants in this initiative are guided by a common purpose to apply their skills, expertise and knowledge to the urgent cause of improving the affordability of clean energy in contexts where it matters the most. Harnessing the resources and enthusiasm of researchers in order to change the energy access equation is the primary inspiration behind the initiative.
Find out how to become involved!
Waterloo Magazine, Spring 2016, Feature: Power to the People - Driving a Revolution in Affordable Energy for Humanity
Waterloo Magazine, Spring 2016 Feature: 4 Ways to Open Energy Access
WGSI, Open Access Energy Blueprint 2017



The Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) is a partnership between Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. Learn more about the group's efforts to drive scientific and technological solutions.
Read more about WGSI and the Equinox Blueprint.jpgRead more about WGSI and the Equinox Blueprint

The Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030 - a detailed roadmap of the highest impact energy technologies with a set of implementation strategies, applying the latest scientific and technological thinking.


 Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity.gifCouncil for Clean and Reliable Electricity

Learn about the councils efforts in promoting public dialogue related to the generation, transmission and distribution of clean, affordable and reliable electricity.
Take a look at the CCRE Documents of Interest. 
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  •  Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)                                       
    • Learn about IESO's role in monitoring electricity consumption and helping predict future electricity requirements.
  • Ontario's Smart Grid Forum 
    • The Ontario Smart Grid Forum includes member organizations from Ontario's utility sector, industry associations, public agencies and universities working together to propose a vision for a smart grid in Ontario and examine the many components that comprise it.
  •  Electricity Summit 
    • The 2019 Electricity Summit: "Electricity Marketplace of the Future", June 17, Toronto
    • Media clip with WISE Executive Director, Jatin Nathwani

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Learn more about Ontario Power Authority's role in the development of North America's most reliable, cost-effective and sustainable electricity system.

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Sustainable Waterloo Region

Sustainable Waterloo Region is a not-for-profit that advances the environmental sustainability of organizations across Waterloo Region through collaboration. Learn more about its efforts to reduce carbon emissions in the Waterloo region.
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The Council of Canadian Academies is an independent, not-for-profit organization that began operation in 2005. The Council supports independent, authoritative, and evidence-based expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada.
The CCA has released a new report, Technology and Policy Options for a Low-emission Energy System in Canada. The full report is available for download, free of charge, on the Council of Canadian Academies website.
                 clip_image002.jpgUniversity Network of Excellence in Engineering (UNENE)

The University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE) is a Canadian based alliance of universities, nuclear power utilities, research and regulatory agencies for the support and development of nuclear education, research and development capability in Canadian universities. UNENE was established as a not-for-profit corporation in 2002.

Hydro One

TVO - January 08, 2016
Heated Over Hydro - Ripped Off?
Panelists on the Agenda discussing Hydro One and the Auditor General's report discuss Prof Jatin Nathwani's editorial in the Globe and Mail.                                 
cepa.pngCanadian Energy Pipeline Association

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 119,000 kilometres of pipeline in Canada and 15,000 kilometres in the United States.
This interactive map shows all member pipelines in North America that transport liquid fuels and natural gas across the continent.

           CanGEA_Logo.png CanGEA October + November 2016 Newsletter

Featuring policy news, calls for proposals from governments and universities, employment grants available, news from recent CanGEA events, public poll results, future events

Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA)

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is the collective voice
of Canada's geothermal energy industry with a focus on power generation
from geothermal resources and industry-scale direct use. They are a
                 non-profit organization.
cerp.png The Atlas of Canada - Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP)

The government of Canada has provided this interactive atlas of clean energy resources and projects in Canada. These projects include: bioheat and biomass generating stations, carbon capture and storage facilities, clean energy test centers, dams, hydro generating stations; research, development and demonstration projects; solar generating stations; small-scale and distributed generation; tidal generating stations, tidal mean potential power, and wind generating stations.
Canada.pngEnergy Resource Forecasting/Projections

Tool provided by the National Energy Board
em_logo.pngEfficiency Main Home Heating Costs Calculator

Can help you estimate what your home heating costs would be using different heating systems.
FullLogo.jpgBuild It Solar's Home Heat Loss Calculator

This calculator will provide an estimate of the heat loss for your home, including:

- Maximum heat loss in BTU/hr for coldest day (useful for furnace sizing)
- Total yearly heat loss in millions of BTU
- Total yearly cost for fuel
- Total ten year cost for fuel (with 10% fuel price inflation per year)
- Pounds of CO2 gas emissions for heating your house
Ontario%20Ministry%20of%20Transportation%20logo.png.jpgElectric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Deployment in Ontario

Through the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) grant program, the province is working with 24 public and private sector partners to create a network of electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways and at workplaces and public places across Ontario.

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Leading to healthier communities and economic prosperity through the protection of Ontario’s air, land and water.


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EU Sustainability Energy for All Summit Video

Watch this motivational video on the need for sustainable energy in poverty stricken nations that was developed as part of the EU Sustainable Energy for ALL Summit - April 16, 2012.

David McFadden on the AgendaElectricity's Smart Future - Power Change Video

David J. McFadden, co-author of the "Renewing Ontario's Electricity Distribution Sector" report, discusses Ontario's uniquely complex and inefficient electricity system, and what needs to change so that it can support the province's economic future.
EIT_ICT_Labs-Future-Energy-Grid_Report.jpgEuropean Institute of Innovation and Technology study: Future Energy Grid

This report discusses planning Germany’s next steps to ensure the successful construction of smart grids by 2030.


docs_of_interest.pngOped: What would Trump’s agenda be on Alberta energy?      
Opinion: Canada’s relationship with the United States will ensure continuity and many policies will remain the same for now.

Green Economy, Green Jobs

Opinion: Ontarians and all Canadians need tangible economic benefits from “Greening” including the creation of jobs in high value added activities. Lessons in program design from the Ontario Green Energy Act (2006) need to be recognized; and a legislative framework adopted that will facilitate dynamic innovation and technological change.
Rather than specify them (e.g. targets on electric vehicles) in advance, or favor particular methods (e.g. solar), the law should enable entrepreneurs to home-in on methods and means that broadly reduce GHGs at low costs per tonne – even if it means continued use of hydrocarbon fuels for some time, such as natural gas replacing coal and transportation fuels.

A Transformation Manifesto for Albertans to Reduce GHG Emissions from Oil and Gas

Opinion: Oil and gas interests can lead and advocate for reduction of GHGs by transforming how hydrocarbons are used with new, lower GHG strategies.

Canadian Oil Exports to US by Rail will be Next Target

An opinion about the change in demand for Alberta oil.

Hydroshearing and Hydrofracturing in Geothermal Development

Break-Even Price for Shale Oil

Maurice Dusseault, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Waterloo

The Colours of Energy: Essays of the Future of Energy In Society

A collection of essays from Shell and others
Business Case for Electric Vehicle Use in Service Vehicle Fleets is a final report on ‘Project EVAN (Electric Vehicle Analysis)’.
The report is published by Pollution Probe, a national, not-for-profit, charitable organization and is provided for informational purposes

Shale Gas Development

Learn more about issues related to the potential shale gas development in the UK. Take a look at these documents of interest:

Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Research Directions

Farshad Malekzadeh, PhD, PEng and Maurice Dusseault, PhD, PEng

BP Energy Outlook 2018 edition

A document that explores the forces shaping the global energy transition to 2014 and key uncertainties surrounding that transition.

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