December 13, 2016

Taken from BC Government News – Energy and Mines News Release:

Provincial funding supports clean energy research partnerships – Monday, December 12, 2016 9:30 AM

Victoria – The Province is providing $342,000 from the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund for four clean-energy science and technology research projects at British Columbia public post-secondary institutions, supporting energy efficiency and conservation.

The funding is distributed to research teams at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria for projects dedicated to coastal wave energy, high-performance batteries and battery chargers, and building insulation.

The funding is awarded through the Post-Secondary Clean Energy Partnerships (PSCEP) Program which leverages federal government funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and requires investment from a private company or industrial research partner.

The projects were selected through a process defined in a Memorandum of Understanding between the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and NSERC. Provincial funding is contingent on researchers’ successful application for federal funding from NSERC.

ZMM Canada Minerals Corp. and University of Victoria VIP Project:

Vacuum insulation panels with zeolite-fibre composite core ($49,967): A collaboration between the University of Victoria and ZMM Canada Minerals Corp. of Peachland, B.C. to develop alternative core materials for use in vacuum insulation panels. The thermal insulating capacity of vacuum insulation panels is five to ten times higher than traditional fibrous or foam insulation, but their mass use in the construction industry is restricted due to the high cost and uncertainty regarding long-term performance. Researchers will explore the use of locally­ available zeolite powder in the core materials of vacuum insulation panels to bring the cost of producing the panels down to that comparable with traditional insulation (NSERC: $49,998, ZMM Canada: $31,250).

LuVerne E.W. Hogg, President and CEO of ZMM Canada Minerals Corp. –

“The prospect of working with Dr. Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, of the University of Victoria, to create vacuum insulation panels in Canada, utilizing clean technology and ZMM’s natural zeolites, represents a unique opportunity to create a new, high performance, thermal insulation that will provide significant benefits to the environment. Thanks to the financial support of the Innovative Clean Energy Fund and generation of insulation that has the potential to reduce building energy requirements by up to 40%. ZMM believes a successful R&D program for vacuum insulation panels will be classed as breakthrough technology with significant, positive economic implications that go beyond Canada and North America. The impact of the technology would dramatically reduce greenhouse gases in both cold and hot climates.”

Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines

“Congratulations to the researchers sharing funding of $342,000 under our Post-Secondary Clean Energy Partnerships Program. Working with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and private industry partners we’re supporting research and development being undertaken in British Columbia ‘s post-secondary institutions that will result in technological advancements, energy efficiencies and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and stimulate technology and innovation in British Columbia .”

Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education –

“Our research universities are recognized as global leaders in research and development. The partnership between these three research universities, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and private industry will help to stimulate the clean tech industry, while driving innovation that can be commercialized with real-world applications.”

Dr. B. Mario Pinto, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada –

“NSERC strongly supports research and development in high-priority areas, such as clean energy. These academic-industry collaborations will result in cutting-edge technologies that benefit our environment, create commercial opportunities and improve our quality of life.”

NSERC offers grant programs that build research relationships between post-secondary institutions and Canadian companies and help advance research and development in many sectors and disciplines relating to science and technology.

The #BCTECH Strategy is a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of B.C.’s vibrant technology sector and strengthen British Columbia’s diverse innovation economy. The multi-year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund and initiatives to increase talent development and market access for tech companies that will drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.

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