Bala Venkatesh is working to solve some of our most urgent energy challenges. With 82 per cent of Canadians now living in metropolitan areas, providing them with reliable electricity is becoming increasingly complex.
His industry-driven research, led by researchers in the Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) and applied to real-world scenarios, is unique in Canada. It brings together large-scale renewable energy and harnesses energy storage technologies that are suitable for the diverse challenges of an urban environment. Today, his technical solutions have been implemented by some of the largest utilities in Canada, such as Toronto Hydro, Hydro One and Alectra, to ensure there’s energy on hand when it’s needed most.
In 2016, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science unveiled the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Energy Storage Technology Network at CUE. Known as NEST Network, the network is a crucial platform for partners like the IESO, Siemens and Schneider Electric to work with local distribution companies, government agencies and eminent researchers from 15 universities across the country to help make Canada a world leader in energy storage.
As more people are living in urban centres and the demand for clean, renewable energy grows, Bala Venkatesh’s research is transforming the way we think about, collect, store, and use clean energy — in Canada and across the globe.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy