Energy and Power Innovation Centre

Mohawk College

Hamilton, ON


The Energy & Power Innovation Centre (EPIC) provides expertise and facilities to support Canadian companies with their operational challenges with a particular focus on energy and resource management. EPIC also supports utilities and electrical companies with developing new solutions, as well as training in state-of-the-art facilities.

EPIC is also home to the Energy & Power Technology Access Centre (TAC), a national resource for the Canadian manufacturing and agri-food sector. As a TAC, EPIC helps companies who would like to adopt energy technologies that can reduce operating costs throughout the manufacturing process and/or de-risk the implementation of new technologies.

The cross-functional research team - which includes EPIC applied research staff, dedicated co-op students and Engineering Technology Faculty members- works collaboratively with the Sensor Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Lab, the Centre for Climate Change Management, the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC), and the mHealth & eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC).

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Caroline Substation Protection & Control Lab

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  1. Energy
  2. Renewable energy
  3. Energy conservation and efficiency
  4. Energy planning
  5. Protection and Control
  6. Industrial communications
  7. Automation
  8. Data acquisition
  9. Microgrids

Previous Research Projects:

  • Development of an online energy tool to provide a regional and community level automatic data for First Nations to better understand their energy-related opportunities
  • Development of a short circuit brush finder for Printed Circuit Board (PCB): reverse engineering and quality control; including PCB design and 3D case printing
  • Create an advanced case study and training guide to demonstrate new software tool applications for electrical protection relay testing, individual and system-based.
  • Performance validation for new artificial intelligence (Fuzzy Logic) controller vs traditional PID controller using a lab test-bed, as well as replicating an industrial process using real-time simulation.
  • Mechanical and electrical fault case test-bed for electric motors.
  • Performance validation and modelling of Mohawk College Net Zero building solar thermal water system.
  • Automation and remote monitoring support for a waste heat recovery pilot plant for reducing natural gas consumption in commercial buildings.


  1. Clean Technology
  2. Data
  3. Energy
  4. Environmental Technology


Equipment Function
Protection & Control equipment Electrical system protection relays (SEL, Schneider, and Siemens ), OMICRON protection relays test sets, SEL Real-Time Automation Controllers, SEL software-defined network switch, CISCO and RUGGEDCOM communication switches.
Energy systems Chroma Battery and Solar PV Emulators, Chroma programmable load bank, Schneider bi-directional inverters; as well as resistive, capacitive, and inductive loads.
Real-time simulation (OPAL-RT) Replicate industrial and electric systems real-time and able to integrate Hardware-In-the-Loop simulations
Metering Power quality analysis equipment, data-loggers compatible with common sensors, short- and mid-term energy metering devices.
Miscellaneous LabVolt electrical components testing modules, power supplies, and oscilloscopes.
Net Zero Building Available Data Electrical and thermal sub-meters, 28 well geothermal system, 500 kWAC solar PV system, 450 litre solar thermal water system, and 228,000 litre rain water harvesting system.
  • Enertics Inc.
  • Independent First Nation Alliance
  • ENA Electronics
  • BBA Consultants
  • Xiera Technologies Inc.
  • EllisDon
  • Carbon Cap
  • OMICRON Electronics