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Research Infrastructure

With more than 80 state-of-the-art facilities, we have the capability to improve processes, policies, productivity and competitiveness to make a difference in the Durham Region, Northumberland County and far beyond.

multi axis shaker table ace

 Some examples of our cutting-edge facilities that showcase our research depth and foci are:

  • ACE

    cold weather testing wind tunnelA world-leading, multi-purpose facility, ACE houses one of the world’s most sophisticated Climatic Wind Tunnels, Climatic Chambers, a Climatic Four-Post Shaker and a Multi-Axis Shaker Table. It has garnered $18 million in research and development funding with 125 different companies over the past five years. Each year more than 100 tours and 40 community/outreach events take place ACE.

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  • Clean Energy Research Lab (CERL)

    CERL BuildingCERL is an internationally recognized facility, funded through more than $20 million in provincial/federal funding. It is designed to research and develop heat engines, nanotechnology and, most notably, hydrogen-producing technologies for clean energy. Since hydrogen is a clean energy carrier of the future, and potentially a major solution to the detrimental effects of climate change, one of the projects being developed at CERL is the world’s first lab-scale demonstration of a copper-chlorine cycle for thermochemical water splitting and nuclear hydrogen production.    

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  • Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC)

    erc exteriorERC houses our unique-in-Canada education programs and leading-edge research in geothermal, hydraulic, hydrogen, natural gas, nuclear, solar and wind energy. The centre also promotes Canada’s entrepreneurial advantage through public-private research and commercialization partnerships.

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  • Digital Culture and Media Lab (Decimal Lab)

    decimal labThe Decimal Lab is designed to explore proposed digital lives through the study of digital technologies as they emerge and are proposed for the future, and the consequences that this evolution spurs. The Decimal Lab concentrates on personal media that people carry, pocket, wear, implant, and consume in order to understand how this transformation to very personal tech is affecting life, society, culture and the arts. Research creation projects take a critical media approach, intending to provoke meaningful dialogue and reflection.

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    eilab logoThe EILAB co-exists as a physical and virtual space and is designed for research at the intersection of education and informatics. A dynamic virtual space, EILAB brings together the digitally connected minds of international researchers who share ideas, interests and practices in the emerging domain of educational informatics and the importance of understanding and improving the human experience of using digital information and communication technologies (e.g. computers, smart phones, gaming consoles, tablets, phablets and more). 

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  • STEAM 3D Maker Lab

    steam labThe STEAM 3D Maker Lab is a unique rolling classroom used to examine how emerging digital media and interactive tools can challenge traditional curricular and teaching/learning methods to develop an understanding of the intersection of new digital technologies and pedagogies. It also looks at how these technologies and pedagogies support technology-enriched and practice-integrated active learning, in the classroom and the real world. This includes the development and evaluation of teaching practices that support active student learning, address the digital literacy needs of at-risk students, and promote greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the Arts (STEAM).

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  • Aquatic Toxicology Lab

    aquatoxicology labThe Aquatic Toxicology lab is a 20,000-litre wet lab used to conduct research designed to foster an understanding of the impact of threatening contaminants on aquatic life while developing the tools required to help us rapidly respond to potential threats.

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  • UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation

    uoit cmcc logoThe UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation brings together health research and innovative supportive agencies, educational partners, health-care delivery institutions, industry and government to examine questions focused on the prevention and management of chronic musculoskeletal and psychological conditions and disabilities.    

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  • Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC)

    SIRC exteriorThe SIRC building provides flexible and innovative research, study and learning space in addition to three Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science laboratories and the Faculty of Business and Information Technology Incubator, where students can interact with community and industry partners to develop new businesses and products.

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  • Centre for Advance Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE)

    carie buildingCARIE will create a home for our university’s innovation enterprise and partnership mandate and be designed for faculty members and students involved in collaborative research. Being constructed through $26.9 million in funding from the federal government, the facility will bring together talent, services and resources that catalyze research and development and enable the university to support and grow its capacity for research, partnerships, technology transfer and community outreach.

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  • Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System

    Borehole Thermal Energy StorageThe university serves as an innovator in clean energy and energy efficient infrastructure with our Borehole Thermal Energy Storage System. The system consists of 384 holes, each 213 metres deep, providing the basis for a highly efficient and environmentally friendly heating and cooling system capable of regulating eight of the university’s buildings.

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  • Microgrid and Innovation Park

    The Microgrid Research and Innovation Park is a unique facility for the research and testing, and the training of skilled engineers to improve and develop the microgrid concept for broader use and seamless power transition during power failures.

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