The Centre for Energy Systems Applications (CESA) at BCIT has a mandate to develop, coordinate and support polytechnic training and education in integrated energy systems applications. This includes demand side management and renewable energy technologies. CESA will conduct applied research to transfer emerging technology in an integrated system approach and will consider conservation techniques, renewable (photovoltaics, micro-hydro, biomass, etc.), alternative and emerging energy systems (hydrogen, geoexchange, etc.) as they relate to integrated building design and construction, waste management, climate change, and overall global energy sustainability. Applied research at CESA will focus on applications to the built and natural environments, standards and best practices, efficiencies and conservation.
CESA’s interest and emerging areas of curriculum development and applied research is in energy systems that minimize impacts on the natural environment and consumption of non-renewable resources. Examples include demand side management, wind, micro-hydro, PV, passive solar, biomass, geo-exchange, waste-to-energy and alternative fuels such as hydrogen.