Centre for Energy Research and
Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions

Empowering energy innovation.

As a technology solutions provider, collaborator, and energy innovation accelerator, our mission at the Centre for Energy Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS) is to harness the power of green energy initiatives and sustain conventional energy resources. Our one-of-a-kind research facilities and labs enable our multitalented team of researchers and technologists to provide solutions to national and international energy challenges.

Our applied research expertise

  • Access early-stage research engagement for business development
  • Explore proof of concept ways to leverage investment and co-funding opportunities
  • The development, design, build and operation of your prototypes
  • Achieving positive results in technology performance and solutions
  • Investigating and finding solutions for technology limitations
  • Technology verification and third-party validation services to enhance profitability
  • Gaining access to local, regional and global innovation networks and drive brand awareness
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Research facilities

With state-of-the-art facilities and instruments, we are able to produce the highest quality results and solutions with our partners.

Research themes

At the Centre for Energy Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS), we're working toward a more sustainable future. 

Energy storage systems

As the demand for electrical energy increases, so does the need to find appropriate energy storage solutions. Energy storage devices, especially redox flow batteries (RFBs), are one of the fields in which we specialize.

This technology is particularly well-suited for large-scale energy storage applications, such as grid stabilization and renewable energy integration because it provides long-duration storage and efficient energy transfer.

We are currently working on implementing a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for an industrial client in an energy storage application.

Case study

Our battery storage project, winner of the City of Calgary's inaugural Mayor's Innovation Challenge, addresses issues related to renewable power intermittency, energy grid stabilization and climate resiliency.


Breakthrough vanadium energy storage system wins Mayor’s Innovation Challenge
Read more about our storage system

Water and wastewater

Water research is one of our main focuses for our researchers. Most of our instruments are applicable for water research specifically. Our water testing can range from produced water or other oil and gas-related wastewater to drinking water.

We are able to test parameters such as pH/conductivity, alkalinity, metal content, total inorganic and organic carbon, organics and anions content, and many others.

Case study

A $2-million research collaboration between the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is focused on finding improved energy and environmental solutions to one of the oilsands industry’s most common operational problems: erosion and corrosion in once-through steam generators (OTSG).

In-situ steam research contributes energy and environmental solutions in oilsands operations
Learn more about this research collaboration
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Do you have a project in mind?

Whether you're starting with an idea or an early design concept, we want to learn more. Our commitment is to provide exceptional value to our partners, staying mindful of budget constraints while actively pursuing funding opportunities on your behalf. Let's talk ideas and numbers.

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Made up of research scientists, engineers, and technologists, our team works with faculty, students, new graduates, thought leaders and industry experts from multiple disciplines to learn, share and contribute expertise to solve environmental challenges.

A hub of innovation

The ARIS research and innovation hub brings together researchers, innovators, industry and students to develop skills and collaborate. Join the network now. 

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Applied Research and Innovation Services

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.