Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre


We deliver advanced technology to Canada's energy and mining sectors by transforming scientific discoveries into applications for industry. Our research and technology development brings the latest innovations in clean energy, advanced mining technologies and environmental remediation to Canadian industry.

Services and information


Bioenergy research facilities

  • Advanced sensors and diagnostic equipment
  • Bioengineering and fuel cell laboratories
  • Biorefining pilot plants
  • Combustion, engine and gas turbine research laboratories and test cells
  • Laboratory and pilot scale autoclaves
  • Material and gas characterization and analysis
  • Modeling hardware and software

Energy storage research facilities

Mining research facilities

  • Acid rock drainage kinetics testing facilities
  • Effluent treatment facilities
  • Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and laser-ultrasonic labs
  • Powerful materials characterization and microscopy centres, including Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD)
  • Specialized modeling hardware and software
  • Wear, corrosion and environmental testers and simulators

Research programs

Technical and advisory services

  • Electrochemical devices
  • Advanced materials
  • Chemical process engineering
  • Environmental monitoring and remediation
  • Intelligent sensing and diagnostics
  • Biogas/waste-to-energy

Industrial R&D groups

Why work with us

Our experts work along the entire technology readiness scale, from fundamental research, to technology development and scale-up, to prototyping and field testing. We can leverage our relationships within the NRC and with our R&D collaborators to create both outstanding science and impactful industry-relevant solutions.

We serve and collaborate with a wide range of organizations from all parts of the energy, mining and environment sectors, including:

  • Small and medium sized enterprises
  • Large companies, including multinationals
  • Research organizations
  • Universities and colleges
  • Government departments, including federal, provincial/territorial, municipal

The NRC's business models are flexible and depend on the nature of each specific project/initiative:

  • Specialized technical services, capitalizing on our unique facilities and expertise.
  • Customized research services to address your specific technical challenges
  • Collaborative research projects
  • Multi-client initiatives, where several organizations have common objectives
  • Licensing of NRC-developed technology