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Renewable energy and energy efficiency

Every form of electricity production has an impact on the environment. However, engineers and other professionals can limit this impact by managing demand (energy efficiency) and by developing and opting for the use of renewable energy sources.

The Master's program is intended for professionals who are interested in acquiring advanced knowledge in the field of energy efficiency. Students also acquire scientific and technical knowledge about various forms of renewable energy, including wind, hydraulic, solar and geothermal energy. This knowledge helps them to evolve within organizations that carry out renewable energy projects, operate power stations or design energy production systems.

Graduates have the necessary skills and abilities to integrate new energy technologies and modern controls into company operations. In addition, they are able to design new technologies that consume less energy and can easily integrate them into the company’s operations.

Study programs and admission requirements

45-credit master's degree:
  • Master's degree in engineering, concentration in renewable energy and energy efficiency
    • with thesis (research) (in French or English)
    • with project (courses) (in French)

30-credit specialized graduate degree (in French):
  • Specialized graduate degree in renewable energy and energy efficiency

15-credit short program (in French):
  • Short program in energy efficiency
  • Short program in exploiting renewable energy

An example of engineering in the energy sector

From his office window at ÉTS, Professor Kamal Al-Haddad can see the LED streetlights that he designed for a fledgling Montréal company.

With the potential of creating energy savings of up to 73% compared to traditional HID streetlights when used in an urban agglomeration the size of Montréal, these streetlights would result in savings of 60 megawatts per hour, which is the equivalent of one-tenth of the power generated by the Gentilly-2 nuclear power plant! In addition, the streetlights designed at ÉTS have a life span of 20 years, whereas traditional light bulbs generally need to be replaced every two years.

Projects like this help to reduce electrical energy waste and increase our energy autonomy. ÉTS has several other projects in the works.

Renewable energy and energy efficiency research at ÉTS
  Canada Research Chair on Electrical Energy Conversion and Power Electronics
  Research Laboratory on the Nordic Environment Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines (NEAT)
  Industrial Research Chair in Technologies of Energy and Energy Efficiency (T3E)
  Hydro-Québec/TransÉnergie Chair on Simulation and Control of Electric Power Systems
  Centre for Thermal Technology (CTT)
  Power Electronics and Industrial Control Research Group (GREPCI)
  Integration and Sustainable Development in Built Environment Research Group (GRIDD)
  Experimental Station of Pilot Processes in Environment (STEPPE)