Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL)

Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Research, development and testing of clean energy systems including hydrogen thermochemical, electrochemical, and solar-based systems

Areas of expertise

The Clean Energy Research Laboratory (CERL) is one of the world-leading laboratories of excellence in the area of clean-energy research, innovation and commercialization, and in the development of tangible technological and innovative solutions for sustainable energy applications.

CERL is equipped with solar energy test facilities and hydrogen production laboratory, along with miscellaneous benchtop test facilities. It houses the world's first lab-scale demonstration of a fully integrated hydrogen production facility using copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting.

The facility houses unique and highly recognized expertise on: Analysis of several cycles for nuclear and non-nuclear hydrogen production techniques and their configurations; Cogeneration using nuclear, renewable, and conventional energy systems, Integrated sustainable energy systems for multi-generation; Hybrid nuclear-renewable energy systems; Solar and photochemical hydrogen production; Heat pumps and heat engines; and Heat upgrade and reuse.

Research services

Research and development, modelling and optimization, testing and monitoring, and thermal-fluid and thermochemical analyses of processes and components in renewable and clean energy systems, sustainable energy storage, hydrogen production technologies, battery systems, cooling and refrigeration, and fuel cell systems.

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Transportation
  • Utilities



Statclave G4

Chamber autoclave for sterilization

SRI Instruments Model 8610C Gas Chromatograph

Gas detecting analyzer

GOW-MAC Model 20 H2 detector

Hydrogen gas analyzer

SPI Infrared IRXP-5000

Thermal analysis infrared camera

Omega PSU505

Programmable DC power supply


Refrigerated bath circulator


Refrigerated bath/ultra low temperature recirculator

Lab scale fully-integrated facility

Fully-integrated Cu-Cl Hydrogen production


Solar simulator

ABB AO2020 Advance Optima Series Continuous Gas Analyzer

Continuous gas analyzer

Gamry Instruments Potentiostat

Measurement of potentiometry/galvanometry

  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL)
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) (USA)
  • Region of Durham
  • Enbridge
  • Veridian
  • Marnoch Thermal Power
  • Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
  • Phoenix Canada Oil Company Limited
  • St. Marys Cement