Sustainable Energy Systems Laboratories (SESL)

The existing expertise and experience at McMaster University form a firm base for innovative programs in photovoltaics, solar, wind, fuel cells, nuclear energy and conservation and energy modeling united under the overarching theme of developing energy systems with small environmental impacts that minimize resource requirements and at the same time are economically viable.

Conservation and Energy Modeling

Currently MIES is involved in energy demand analysis and policy evaluation work with three major research themes:  energy market behaviour; social and economic/demographic issues; and energy production in a sustainable environment. 

Fuel Cells

The Fuel Cell research forms an integrating bridge between the solar and wind energy technologies because these energy sources are inherently intermittent and require either energy storage or back-up systems in order to function as reliable providers of electricity to the grid.

Nuclear Energy

As a result of recent decisions, Nuclear Power will play an important role in electricity generation in Canada for decades into the future. 

Solar Energy

Photovoltaic (PV) energy, the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity, can potentially supply a significant portion of Canada’s rapidly growing demand for electricity with minimal environmental consequences.


Electrochemical supercapacitors (ES) are urgently needed as components in many advanced power systems requiring high power density. A new wave of interest in electrochemical supercapacitors is related to the development of electric and fuel cell vehicles.

Wind Energy

Wind Energy is the fastest growing renewable energy source in Canada. In 2006, installed wind capacity exceeded 1,000 MW making Canada the 12th largest country in wind energy.