Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre

The NRC's Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre delivers advanced technology to Canada's mining and energy industries. We harness our world-class expertise to bridge the gap between scientific discoveries and their application in industry. Our mission is to help Canadian industry benefit from the latest innovations in clean energy, advanced mining technologies and environmental remediation and to help partner companies put them to use rapidly and efficiently.

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Services and information

Bioenergy research facilities

  • Advanced sensors and diagnostic equipment
  • Bioengineering and fuel cell laboratories
  • Biorefining pilot plants
  • Combustion, engine and gas turbine research laboratories and test cells
  • Laboratory and pilot scale autoclaves
  • Material and gas characterization and analysis
  • Modeling hardware and software

Energy storage research facilities

  • A wide range of characterization equipment (e.g. XRD, TEM, SEM, XPS, TGA, XRF, NMR)
  • Cluster computing resources
  • Dry room
  • Electrode fabrication facilities
  • Energy storage component cyclers
  • Energy storage systems lab
  • Fire and containment facilities
  • Materials synthesis labs
  • Testing facilities
  • Thermal chambers

Mining storage research facilities

  • Acid rock drainage kinetics testing facilities
  • Effluent treatment facilities
  • Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and laser-ultrasonic labs
  • Powerful materials characterization and microscopy centres, including Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Specialized modeling hardware and software
  • Wear, corrosion and environmental testers and simulators

Why work with us

Susanna Laaksonen-Craig
Director General

We are a national organization that attracts the world's best and brightest, with a proven track record developing and transferring breakthrough technology to industry. Working with us gives you access to specialized labs and expertise across the country, where we work collaboratively to apply world-class competencies in electrochemistry, materials science, modeling and simulation, molecular biology, chemical and mechanical engineering, and many other disciplines. Our collaborative approach also lets us apply our insight and understanding of adjacent markets, such as transportation, construction and defence, to benefit NRC Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre clients.

Collaboration also lets us draw on extensive research networks across Canada and internationally to meet your demanding technology development and deployment challenges. We engage government departments and other public and private research and technology organizations, including universities, in strategic industry-driven initiatives to help us channel R&D resources towards your priorities. This expands your access to highly qualified people and critical research infrastructure in specialized areas. These networks give us flexibility to mobilize a critical mass of expertise towards targeted innovation goals that yield clear economic and environmental benefits for Canada.

We also have business experts to complement our applied research, engineering and technical skills to help clients take ideas out of the lab and into the field. We work with you to ensure technology is developed with the market needs in mind. We work nationally and internationally and can advise you in all leading aspects of scientific and technical endeavour from the microstructural, to the component and systems levels. This facilitates technology integration and compliance with regulatory codes and standards, speeds innovation and helps you get your products to world markets faster.

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