By 2030, 80 per cent of the world's population will live in urban areas. The way we use energy in these environments will dramatically impact the way we live, work and grow as a community. That's why Ryerson created the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE).
Established in 2010, CUE is an academic-industry partnership that is exploring, developing and commercializing sustainable, innovative, cost-effective and practical clean energy solutions and technologies. The creation of CUE was supported by $7 million in funds from its principal sponsors: Toronto Hydro, Hydro One, and the Ontario Power Authority (now part of the Independent Electricity System Operator).
CUE brings together industry and government partners, and top researchers from across Canada and around the world to undertake a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to the study of urban energy. CUE combines engineering, science, environmental issues and infrastructure management to tackle immediate challenges such as development of clean energy technologies; the advancement of smart grid technologies; the integration of energy storage, electric vehicles and renewables; energy conservation and demand management; alternative local energy generation; carbon footprint reduction; and net-zero buildings and infrastructure.
"In all that it does, the Centre for Urban Energy is at the forefront of enhancing our reputation as a global urban innovation university. By building great partnerships to harness Ryerson’s strengths in education and applied research, it is shaping the future with sustainable solutions to urban energy challenges."
— Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ryerson University
To be a world-class research and innovation centre dedicated to solving urban energy challenges.
- Build academic, public and private sector partnerships.
- Conduct research, development and demonstration, leading to commercialization.
- Create the next generation of energy entrepreneurs.
- Encourage multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches.
- Provide scholarship and learning opportunities.