This Friday, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced their new Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition. Thus, researchers from the NRC’s Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre, and key faculty members and students from the UBC Applied Science and Science faculties will develop innovations in hydrogen and carbon technologies.
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Indeed, the designed solutions will aim to be helpful throughout the overall clean energy development value chain. Accordingly, this includes materials, systems, technologies, and industrial applications.
Moreover, this collaboration will look to lead to discoveries and advances in the transition to clean technologies. Therefore, the NRC-UBC center will produce publications, patents, and the commercialization of technology. Particularly, to enable affordable, clean alternatives to fossil fuels.
Similarly, the center will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with training opportunities.
About NRC and UBC new collaboration center
Indeed, both the NRC and UBC have a long-standing history of close collaborations and joint research activities. Worth noting, in the areas of clean energy materials and devices, and future energy systems, they’ve based their expertise on alternative fuels; for instance, including hydrogen and synthetic hydrocarbons derived from carbon dioxide conversion.
Thus, the objectives and activities of this Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition will complement those of the NRC-University of Toronto Collaboration Centre for Green Energy Materials.
Accordingly, the center projects will build on work in progress across the clean energy value chain. For instance, they range from materials and components for electrolyzers to data analytics for hydrogen refueling system studies.
Moreover, the Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition will have dedicated research space at the National Research Council of Canada and the University of British Columbia.
Indeed, this center initiative comes as NRC is looking for ways to help position Canada as a global leader. Thus, the institution is increasing its collaboration with regional ecosystems, universities, polytechnic institutions, and colleges by establishing collaboration centers.
Moreover, to foster collaboration, NRC co-locates researchers and equipment with partners to create collaboration centers anchored in shared mutual interest research themes.
Advancing the energy transition
In this regard, François-Phillippe Champagne, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, said; “Building a foundation for a greener, more sustainable economy starts with strong supports for our scientists and researchers. Therefore, our Government is committed to fostering collaborative opportunities like this one through the National Research Council of Canada and the University of British Columbia; mainly because some of the best ideas come when innovative minds work together.
Besides, “this partnership is an important step in strengthening Canada’s position as a global leader in clean technology. Also, in moving us closer to a more resilient and healthier future for all Canadians.”
Similarly, Mitch Davies, President, National Research Council of Canada, commented; “We are excited to further strengthen our collaboration with the University of British Columbia through this agreement. Besides, we look forward to working together to make breakthroughs together to decarbonize our economy.”
Finally, Prof. Gail Murphy, Vice-President, Research & Innovation, UBC said; “We are excited to be enhancing our collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada through the creation of this center. Hence, it brings together research strengths at both institutions to tackle key global challenges. Also, to support a transition to clean energy alternatives including hydrogen technologies.”
Therefore, “it will generate new learning opportunities for students and trainees,” continued Prof. Murphy. And also, “through collaborations with community and industry partners, we hope to strengthen Canada’s position as a leader in clean energy and the global hydrogen economy.”