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A message from the Dean and VPRI

Steven N. Liss
Steven N. Liss
Tom Duever
Tom Duever

The Centre for Urban Energy’s (CUE’s) innovative and collaborative research has been at the forefront of efforts to help Toronto, and the rest of the country, slow climate change and reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Since its inception, CUE has been awarded over $35.6 million to fund initiatives that have secured its reputation as a world-class clean energy research centre.

This report summarizes CUE’s major research and activities in 2022, including:

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation
  • Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Grid Innovation Fund with partner Toronto Hydro
  • NSERC Alliance-Mitacs Accelerate grant with partner Hydro One
  • NSERC Alliance-Mitacs Accelerate grant with partner Toronto Hydro

In 2022, the launch of the Power Up Program in CUE’s Clean Energy Zone (CEZ) to support the city’s transition to a prosperous low-carbon economy was incredibly exciting! This program helps students and early-stage entrepreneurs with developing new

visions and ideas for minimum viable products (MVPs) while gaining leadership experience, technical expertise, business acumen and communication skills. At the end of the year, CEZ incubated 55 startups and created 220 jobs.

The goal for the coming years is to expand our research horizons and develop solutions for energy transition using hydrogen and small modular reactors, and to pursue cybersecurity and deep learning technologies for the energy sector.

Tom Duever

Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Steven N. Liss

Vice-President, Research and Innovation

A message from the CUE team

Center for Urban Energy staff portrait

CUE builds and delivers industry solutions through academic excellence, accelerating energy transition in Canada. CUE has played a crucial role in fulfilling Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU’s) 2020- 2025 Strategic Research Plan by bringing together energy stakeholders and harnessing their respective expertise to break new ground.

The CUE team are researchers and much more. We connect, collaborate, enable and co-innovate with universities, utilities, government and the private sector, and the pan-Canadian NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NESTNet) is a prime example. We span the globe from South America, Europe and Asia through strong international partnerships, and work collaboratively and inclusively with an international group of experts to develop real-world, deployable clean energy solutions at home and around the world.

Our goals include academic research and more as we convene interdisciplinary stakeholders and students to innovate and work on global problems. We are motivated to address energy challenges and build solutions for affordable, secure and sustainable energy systems for generations to come.

Bala, Eleonora, Karen and Michelle

We’re proud to work with CUE as we continue to modernize the grid and prepare for increasing electricity demand in the future. CUE’s research helps Toronto Hydro develop practical solutions for building a smarter, more flexible and resilient energy grid.

Elias Lyberogiannis, Executive Vice-President, Planning and Chief Engineering and Modernization Officer, Toronto Hydro


Founding Sponsors

Hydro One
Toronto Hydro

2022 Partners and Sponsors

Halton Hills Hydro
Hydro One
Opus One

Peak Power
Tata Power
Toronto Hydro
Magna International

Advisory Board

Thomas Duever
Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Toronto Metropolitan University (Chair)

Matthieu Bureau
Vice-President, Power Systems Canada, Schneider Electric

Tom Chapman
Senior Manager, Market Development and Strategy, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Martin Huang
Vice-President, System Operations, Hydro One

Steven N. Liss
Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Toronto Metropolitan University

Elias Lyberogiannis
Executive Vice-President, Planning and Chief Engineering and Modernization Officer, Toronto Hydro

Neetika Sathe
Vice-President, Green Energy and Technology (GRE&T) Centre, Alectra

Thomas Timmins
Leader, Energy Sector Group, Gowling WLG

Bala Venkatesh
Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy