Spearheaded by President Levy, Ryerson founded a joint research and innovation centre devoted to India’s emerging urban energy challenges in August 2011: The Anna University — Ryerson University Urban Energy Centre (UEC).
Since then, 12 undergraduate and graduate students from Anna University have arrived at CUE for 45-day sponsored internships. They have worked on various research projects including solar potential in urban design, reliability analysis of power generating systems, nano materials for solar cell applications and bidirectional power flow control in smart grids.
In September 2013, students at Anna University began CUE’s inaugural two-year master’s program in Power Engineering and Management, a graduate program that is provincially recognized and approved by the Tamil Nadu government. In its first year, the program is oversubscribed and has admitted 20 students, six of whom will visit Ryerson on exchange in summer 2014.
The Anna University — Ryerson University Urban Energy Centre has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the provincial utility, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, for undertaking utility relevant research and development projects.
"Toronto and Chennai have a lot in common. They are populated and energy intensive. For example, the GTA consumes 30 per cent of Ontario's energy while Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu province, consumes a similar share of energy. Since both regions face similar sets of challenges, there is plenty of opportunity for us to learn from each other. Research conducted here can be easily transferred to the UEC.”
— Bala Venkatesh, Academic Director