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SFU professor Erik Kjeang is the director of SFU's Fuel Cell Research Laboratory at SFU Surrey and holds a Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cell Science and Technology Development.

Renewable Cities

Renewable Cities is a global program of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, Canada. Its mission is to work with policymakers and practitioners to accelerate the transition to renewable, restorative, resilient cities through meaningful engagement, critical research, capacity building and policy innovation. Using research-based dialogue, collaboration, and thought leadership, Renewable Cities works towards urban energy solutions with cities, governments, the private sector, utilities, researchers, and civil society.

2023 Clean Energy Summit

SFU partnered with the City of Burnaby on the inaugural Clean Energy Summit, which celebrated Burnaby as a hub for clean energy, and showcased groundbreaking technologies, policies, and business practices that shape our sustainable future. SFU professor and Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cell Science and Technology Development Erik Kjeang was a member of the Summit's Energy Production Panel.

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Clean Energy Canada

Clean Energy Canada is a climate and clean energy program within the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University. It works to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition by sharing the story of the global shift to renewable energy sources and clean technology.

Learn more on the Centre for Dialogue website


Teaching and Learning

Sustainable Energy Engineering student wins the 2022 FAS Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

Three graduate students from the Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) made submissions to this year’s FAS heat for the 3MT. It brought together graduate students across FAS vying for the chance to win and advance to the SFU 3MT Final.

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First-year Sustainable Energy Engineering students apply engineering skills to solve sustainability problems.

SEE 111 – Integrated Energy Solution 1, split into eight groups comprised of four to five team members to apply the engineering design process to develop a solution to a sustainability problem of their choice. The groups convened in the Capstone Design Lab on SFU Surrey campus to present their projects. Each group’s project exhibited both creativity and inquisitiveness as they presented their projects.

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SFU students to develop zero-emissions retrofit for Stanley Park Train

With the goal of a more sustainable future and an openness for collaboration to bring innovative problem-solving projects to fruition, SFU’s first cohort from Sustainable Engery Engineering, CityStudio Vancouver and the City of Vancouver are working together to electrify the Stanley Park Train. 

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SFU professor Vincenzo Pecunia, lead author of “Roadmap on Energy Harvesting Materials,” showcasing a printable solar cell that can convert indoor light into electricity.

Three SFU Sustainable Energy Engineering researchers receive $400,000 from Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI’s) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF)

SFU assistant professor Sami Khan and SFU associate professors Colin Copeland and Kevin Oldknow received a total of $400,000 to support building the necessary foundational infrastructure and acquire the tools needed to lead and conduct cutting-edge research. CFI’s JELF was created to help institutions recruit and retain outstanding researchers.

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Global experts propose a path forward in generating clean power from waste energy

Simon Fraser University professor Vincenzo Pecunia has led a team of more than 100 internationally-recognized scientists in creating a comprehensive “roadmap” to guide global efforts to convert waste energy into clean power. To realize the full potential of energy harvesting technology, Pecunia and 116 leading experts from around the world have published their Roadmap on Energy Harvesting Materials in the Journal of Physics: Materials.

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Sustainable Energy Engineering Researcher Receives Innovate B.C. Award.

SEE Professor, Gordon McTaggart-Cowan, in collaboration with Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) have been awarded $300,000. The funding will be used to advance hydrogen technology in the transportation industry. This project aims to increase the storage pressure of hydrogen and provide cost savings to further solidify hydrogen as the fuel of the future.

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Sustainable Energy Engineering Researcher receives ECCC’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund

SEE professor Vahid Hosseini is a part of a research team that was recently awarded $498,750 through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Climate Action and Awareness Fund. Hosseini will work with his research team, Collaborative Research on Energy, Air pollution, Transportation and Environment (CREATE) and the University of Alberta, under the guidance of principal investigator Bob Koch. The funding will be used to build tools and methodologies for analyzing, understanding, and developing transportation decarbonization pathways in cold-climate cities.

Clean Energy Research Group

A non-profit volunteer-based group associated with SFU dedicated to studying the challenges and opportunities for the global transition from fossil fuels to renewable, clean energy systems.

Visit “2022 Reports and News Stories” on their website

Research Groups

Facts and Figures

  • 455 research publications related to SDG 7, 2017-2022 (source: SciVal)
  • 243 active research projects related to SDG 7 funded from 2017 - 2022
  • Since the 2018/19 academic year, SFU has offered 10 courses relating to SDG 7, representing over 902 students


Climate Change Accountability Report (2022)

This PSO Climate Change Accountability Report for the period January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022, summarizes our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile, the total offsets to reach net-zero emissions, the actions we have taken in 2022 to minimize our GHG emissions, and our plans to continue reducing emissions in 2023 and beyond.

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2nd Year Anniversary for SFU’s Biomass Facility

In operation since October 2020, SFU, SFU Community Trust and Corix Utilities, celebrated the second anniversary of SFU’s Biomass Facility in October 2022 alongside 35 plus consulting, trade and contracting companies who contributed to the creation of the project.

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SFU Strategic Energy Management Plan

Over the years, SFU has embarked on various energy management initiatives that have generated significant energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction. The plan allows SFU to remain on track to achieve 2025’s interim target of 50% reduction. The plan also supports University Energy Utilization Policy (GP 43) and the Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan 2022-2025 with the following targets:

  • Reduce operational GHG emissions by 50% from 2007 by 2025
  • Shift 50% of the fossil-fuel based energy used by SFU to renewables by 2025
  • Reduce electricity and thermal energy by 1GWh and 5,000 GJ through energy saving

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