Pragasen Pillay

Pragasen Pillay

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University

Chair title

NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair: Energy Efficiency in Electrical Machines for Small Scale Renewable Energy Production Systems

Chair program

Industrial Research Chairs program


Senior Chairholder since 2009


Concordia University and Hydro-Québec have joined forces to establish a new Senior Industrial Research Chair in the broad area of sustainable energy systems. Building on the chairholder's recent efforts in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and machine design, innovative solutions will be developed to increase the electric efficiency of the energy system and contribute to the conservation of non-renewable energy sources. The Chair will further explore sustainable and affordable energy sources suitable for Hydro-Québec customers, such as: biomass, osmosis and small wind. The practical integration of these sources will then be examined at particular customer locations in settings ranging from urban office buildings to rural farms.

By linking some of the university's well-established research areas with building studies, renewable energy generation and solar energy in buildings, the Chair will help Concordia University become a leading force in the ever-expanding and globally important fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, both in Canada and internationally.

Pragasen Pillay has lived, taught and conducted research in South Africa, the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada. His technical contributions in electrical engineering and overall contributions to the field have been recognized through a fellowship with the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, the IEEE. Dr. Pillay's work has also been honoured by the President of South Africa, who granted him the Order of Mapungubwe in 2008, in recognition of achievements which served the country's interests while having an international impact.


  • Hydro-Québec
  • Equiterre

Contact information

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Concordia University
1515 St. Catherine West
Montréal, Québec
H3G 2W1

Tel.: 514-848-2424, ext. 3108
Fax: 514-848-2802


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