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James Cotton, B.Eng. '94

(Mechanical Engineering) | Big Ideas: Creating a Clean Ontario

Jim Cotton’s vision is to build sustainable energy systems in communities across Ontario. His commitment to this vision began when he started working as a Mechanical Engineering professor at McMaster 11 years ago. Now, with the creation of a novel energy research cooperative, his work could help shape the city of the future.

Currently, most of the energy used in industrial production and other businesses goes to waste. In fact, up to 70% of energy is lost in the use and transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil pathways to our communities.

Cotton wants to solve this problem with his integrated energy systems research. His idea is to combine thermal and electrical energy technologies to harvest waste heat, improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

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