Dedicated to the research of energy sciences and technologies, the Ability R&D Energy Research Centre (AERC) has been established in August 2011 at City University of Hong Kong with a $10 million donation from the Ability R&D Limited. The Centre has been named after the company in appreciation of its generous support.

Housed under the School of Energy and Environment, the research centre aims to develop innovative technologies that increase energy efficiency and offer a clean, safe, cost-effective and sustainable energy supply to help combat impending energy problems.