es-city Energy Systems - A University of Alberta Signature Area

Energy Systems is a cross-disciplinary research and teaching network that focuses on generating the innovations, discussions, and collaborations that can guide local and global communities through energy transitions needed today and tomorrow.

Global Energy Systems Conference

From 30 May - 5 June 2022, the University of Alberta Energy Systems Signature Area will host the Global Energy Systems Conference

The conference will encompass all areas of energy research, from generation to storage and transmission to societal impacts and regulation. We invite you to be part of the conversation. Click here for more information.


Energy Systems at the University of Alberta
The University of Alberta is among the world's top 10 producers of energy systems research, and is home to Canada's largest energy systems research and teaching network. Building on U of A's century long history in energy and environment research and teaching, we aim to spark new ways of thinking about energy systems, while leading the international, collaborations and partnerships that will inspire and inform the global community's energy transitions. Our geography, history, and skilled talent place the U of A at the nexus of the global energy conversation.


Energy Systems

1908: The U of A is founded, including 5 engineering students who study under the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

1926: The U of A's Karl Clark starts the first energy-focused research on bitumen and hot water separation. Learn More

1966: The Petroleum Recovery Institute (PRI) is established with the help of the U of A Dean of Engineering, Dr. R.M. Hardy Learn More

1983: The co-op learning program is introduced in the Faculty of Engineering, blending real-world experience with academic learning in classroom and labs.

1999: The Nanofabrication and Characterization Facility (nanoFAB) is established at the University of Alberta. Learn More

2000: Centre for Applied Business Research in Energy and the Environment is created in the Alberta School of Business. Learn More

2003: The Charles R. Stelck Chair in Petroleum Geology is created to recognize the discovery and development of oil and gas reservoirs in western Canada. Learn More

2011: Energy conversations broaden with the launch of both Petrocultures and the Land Reclamation International Graduate School.

2016: The U of A's leadership in energy is recognized with a federal investment of $75 million for Future Energy Systems. Learn More


Energy Systems

Energy research today must encompass a full-range of approaches, from the sustainable development of both fossil fuels and renewables, to understanding and measuring climate change and devising pollution controls, to reclaiming and improving land and water use and rethinking environmental law and policy, and more. With more than 500 experts from across 18 faculties, the U of A is applying an interdisciplinary lens to the study of energy systems.


Solving the complex challenges of energy together.

Ready To Ask The Hard Questions About Our Energy

Energy Systems Director Anne Naeth explains why meeting the global energy needs of today and tomorrow requires a collective, systems-based approach - which is what our Energy Systems signature area is here to do.

New Trail explores past and present energy transitions.

Power Up: The Challenge of Powering the Next Generation

Featuring the insights of some of the University of Alberta's leading voices on energy, New Trail Magazine takes a look at the energy transitions that have already happened across history and the challenges facing us today.

A University of Alberta Signature Area

At the University of Alberta, we value excellence in teaching, research and creative activity that enriches learning experiences, advances knowledge, inspires engaged citizenship and promotes the public good-in Alberta and around the world. Our signature areas bring together world-renowned excellence in research and teaching across disciplines to address complex issues facing society today and tomorrow.