Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association


University of British Columbia - Clean Energy Research Centre

2360 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3

Dr. Walter Merida


Phone: 604.827.4342



The Clean Energy Research Centre's (CERC) multi-disciplinary approach is dedicated to developing knowledge and solutions that will reduce the environmental impact of the use of energy and ensuring sustainability of energy supply and use.

CERC has existed in UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science since 2000 but was officially opened in 2006 with the completion of a physical laboratory wing. Initially, CERC primarily involved researchers from the Departments of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, with some participation also from Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computing Engineering. However, CERC involvement has been expanded to include a boarder range of members representing all departments within Applied Science and other faculty departments active in energy research at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

Currently there are over 60 faculty members and 200 graduate students participating actively in CERC activities. We welcome collaboration with industry, academic institutions and governmental bodies, inside and outside Canada.

Recent Projects

  • The UBC CERC-Fraunhofer $4.9 million partnership has established a framework for joint projects in areas that include biomass and electrochemical energy conversion, fuel cell and hydrogen technologies and energy efficient building technologies. As well, the MOU seeks to foster scholarly and student exchanges while increasing links with industry and commercialization opportunities.
  • UBC CERC and the Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) agreement to formulate a joint strategy related to fuel cell technology and the production, processing and liquefaction of natural gas.

The agreement includes a commitment from KOGAS to set up a research laboratory at UBC and for both institutions to explore areas of potential collaboration including, but not limited to, the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, natural gas production, processing and liquefaction technologies.

Reducing cost is a big part of what UBC’s team is working on. To that end, CERC is studying the different components of fuel cells and their performance as well as trying to reduce the amount of precious metals used and their failure response and prevention