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Calgary projects get $3.5 million for clean technology development from Ottawa


Kent Hehr, minister of sport and persons with disabilities, speaks at a University of Calgary news conference Dec. 12, 2017. Photo by Colleen De Neve.

$714,500 for 2 Univ. of Calgary projects, one to design system for detecting, measuring methane emissions from oil and gas sector

Two University of Calgary research projects that support the development of clean technologies in Alberta will receive support from the federal government, according to a press release.

At a news conference held at the university’s downtown campus on Wednesday, an investment of almost $3.5 million towards a total of eight projects in Calgary was announced.

“The Government of Canada believes that world-leading research organizations like the University of Calgary and CMC Research Institutes Inc. are positioning Canada at the forefront of clean technology innovation,” said Kent Hehr, national minister of sport and persons with disabilities.

“Investments in these institutions are helping to transition Canada to a low-carbon economy while promoting economic growth and creating high-quality jobs for Canadians.”

As part of this announcement, the University of Calgary will receive $714,500 to support two projects.

“This investment from the Government of Canada will enable our researchers to test ideas, apply solutions, and develop cutting-edge applications at scales that will accelerate deployment and adoption by industry. These projects pave the way for Canadian industry to expand and develop new business opportunities in clean tech, and enhance Canada’s position as a global energy leader,” said Ed McCauley, Vice-President (Research), University of Calgary.

University of Calgary professors Marc Strous, and Greg Welch from the Faculty of Science, recently developed innovative, cost-effective and robust technology for production of algal biomass from CO2 with sunlight, which is one of the projects to receive funding.

“The University of Calgary has the capacity needed to tackle the challenge of eliminating reliance on non-renewables, and we have the proximity to energy corporations, decision makers, and technology users to affect real change.”

The other project led by geography professor, Chris Hugenholtz will be a platform for developing new and improved technologies aimed at better detecting and measuring methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

It will also guide investment in new smart technology solutions for reducing methane emissions. SENST will seek to lower the oil and gas sector’s carbon footprint by accelerating made-in-Canada methane-sensing solutions.

Located in the heart of Canada’s energy sector, the University of Calgary has built a reputation as a global leader in energy research and innovation.

With a focus on Alberta’s low-carbon future, diverse teams are also assessing the effects of energy-related processes while harnessing unconventional hydrocarbon resources through the Energy Innovations for Today and Tomorrow research strategy

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