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Learning environment

Officially opened in the 2011-2012 academic year, the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) is a 9,290-square-metre facility that houses Ontario Tech's unique-in-Canada education programs and research in:

  • Geothermal;
  • Hydraulic;
  • Hydrogen;
  • Natural gas;
  • Nuclear;
  • Radiation;
  • Solar; and
  • Wind energy technologies.

As the home of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, the ERC enables leading-edge research in clean and green energies and technologies, and promotes Canada's entrepreneurial advantage through public-private research and commercialization partnerships.

The spacious, four-storey ERC features:

  • A spectacular glass-covered atrium;
  • A 72-seat lecture theatre;
  • Three 50-seat classrooms;
  • Two 30-seat tutorial rooms with flexible seating and multimedia capabilities;
  • Twelve labs;
  • Eleven student-study (breakout) rooms;
  • Dedicated working stations for graduate students; and
  • Offices for faculty and administration.

The ERC is the result of a joint $45.4-million investment from both the federal and provincial governments as part of the Government of Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program.