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CanmetENERGY in Varennes

Clean Energy | Research | Innovation | Leadership

CanmetENERGY in Varennes, located near Montreal, leads innovative science and research activities to develop and implement solution pathways that create value as well as a sustainable energy future for Canadians. In pursuit of our mission, we:

  • Apply our science and technology (S&T) expertise to test, develop, demonstrate and implement clean energy technologies
  • Share our knowledge and expertise through collaborations with partners, including non-government organizations, academia, industry and all levels of government
  • Manage the world-leading RETScreen® Clean Energy Management Software

Our research and development (R&D) programs

With over 150 scientists, engineers, technologists, managers and support staff, CanmetENERGY in Varennes manages R&D programs aimed at developing efficient science and technologies for a low-carbon future. Our laboratories and pilot plants are equipped to develop, test and demonstrate clean energy solutions in real-world conditions to enhance their market uptake. We provide scientific and technical expertise as well as products, services and tools in the following areas:


Our R&D activities drive cost-effective and energy-efficient technologies and pathways toward a cleaner built environment and a low-carbon future.

Renewable heating and cooling systems

Intelligent buildings operation

Energy systems for northern and remote infrastructures  


Find out how we provide Canadian energy-intensive industrial sectors with whole-system design tools and knowledge to improve their global efficiency, increase their competitiveness, and reduce their environmental footprint.

Advanced biorefinery processes and decision support systems

Artificial intelligence for energy-efficient process industry  

Training in energy optimization and data analytics

Renewable Energy Integration

Discover how our R&D activities are helping to integrate an increasing proportion of renewable energy into the electricity grid in all regions of Canada. Through science activities, we strive to improve sustainable, reliable and affordable access to this resource.

Transition to high renewable integration on the grid

Smart cities and communities

Distributed energy resource (DER) assessment and technology development

RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software

Our platform enables low-carbon planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting.

Spotlight on CanmetENERGY in Varennes

An innovative solution for improving energy efficiency in the Canadian buildings sector

Researchers at CanmetENERGY in Varennes are working on a new thermal energy management technology that could mark a breakthrough in the design of heating and cooling systems for buildings by transforming how thermal energy is distributed and exchanged.

The proposed technology has been protected through a Patent Application (CA 3050895) entitled “Single-Pipe Thermal Energy”.

Find out more about the patent for this technology

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Learn about various forms of collaboration opportunities available by contacting CanmetENERGY in Varennes.

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