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Energy In The News

Energy In The News

CEI in the News

Solar Energy Research Facility

In March 2011, the CEI received a grant of $150,000 toward a Solar Energy Research Facility from NSERC-ARTI. The grant is for equipment only and Centennial is providing a matching grant of $150,000 for infrastructure and manpower support to realize the facility.

Through this state-of-the-art facility, to be constructed at the College's Progress Campus, the CEI intends to be a central resource for commercial solar research and development.  The facility will be used for training, applied research, and testing on solar thermal and solar electric applications, as well as various technologies used to measure, record, analyze and disseminate solar energy  and associated environmental characteristics for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The facility is currently under construction and the CEI is in the process of reviewing and purchasing the relevant equipment for use in the facility.  We expect that the facility will be fully operational by summer 2012.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will find the resources invaluable to them for benchmarking and comparative analyses of existing commercial STE and PV systems.  Data will be shared appropriately across the Toronto Solar Radiation Network (TSRN) of higher education researchers.

For further information in this facility, please contact Corinne Bassett at

Globe and Mail features CEI-REGEN Collaboration Showcasing How Colleges Aid Industry

February 17, 2009 - Centennial College's partnership with REGEN Energy Inc, is an example of how small enterprises with scares resources can use college research departments to improve their business. Charla Jones of the Globe and Mail writes "Centennial is among just over half of the approximately 150 colleges across Canada involved in applied research, undertaking $100-million to $110-million in research activity annually, according to Lorna Malcolmson of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges".

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Makes Funding Announcement at Centennial's HP Science and Technology Centre

January 5, 2009 - REGEN Energy Inc. was named as one of eight Ontario companies that will receive funding under the Ministry of Research and Innovation's Investment Accelerator Fund.  This $29 million fund was designed to help eligible start up companies develop their technology and gain entrepreneurial expertise to bring their product or service to market.  With REGEN being awarded up to $500,000 of this money, they will be in a better position to do just that.

CEI and University of Petroleum & Energy Studies Sign Memorandum of Agreement 

November 26, 2008 - CEI and the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies have taken a step forward in their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding for Scientific Research and Educational Cooperation. Both institutions will encourage institutional facilitated contact and cooperation between their students, faculty members, departments and research institutes under provisions of this Memorandum.