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Nova Scotia receives funding on Hybrid Electric and Fuel Cell Systems


Today, the government of Canada announced it will deliver $17 million in funding to Nova Scotia Community College. Accordingly, this investment will help the College develop a clean marine propulsion lab. Moreover, this initiative will support companies in the region in developing hybrid electric and fuel cell systems.

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Why invest in hybrid electric and fuel cell?

According to the Canadian administration, hybrid electric and fuel cell applied research taking place at colleges across the country “is key to advancing innovation.” Therefore, the government noted, college-industry collaborations give businesses access to top-notch knowledge; also, all the skills and equipment they need to stay ahead.

Indeed, the Canadian government noted this hybrid electric and fuel cell expertise access comes from “smart” farming technologies and practices. Additionally, it helps Canadian companies stay at the forefront of the mining and green energy sectors.”  

In this way, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced investments through the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). Accordingly, this funding will go to 16 research infrastructure projects at 15 colleges across the country; specifically hybrid electric and fuel cell knowledge. Further, these initiatives will support productive partnerships with Canadian businesses.

Particularly, the funding will allow colleges to obtain the state-of-the-art labs and equipment their researchers need. Consequently, this investment will help them advance their hybrid electric and fuel cell innovative ideas.

Similarly, these projects will generate socio-economic benefits locally and nationally. Lastly, they will provide opportunities for a new generation of innovators.

More about the initiative

Worth noting, among the colleges receiving funding through the CFI’s College-Industry Innovation Fund, is the Nova Scotia Community College.

Finally, among the commentaries on reception was the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry. Accordingly, he commented; “As we work together to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also look at the next big challenges in front us; particularly, with climate change at the top of the list.”

Therefore, “the projects we are funding today will allow colleges to provide the tools researchers need to find solutions to these great challenges,” continued Mr. Champagne.

Similarly, Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President, and CEO of, Canada Foundation for Innovation, said; “Bringing industry partners together with researchers and students in spaces equipped with technology’s latest tools is a recipe for innovation and economic growth.”

Further, “this investment will enable bright ideas to be tested, applied and developed into new businesses in labs; that indeed have collaboration and partnerships at their core. Thus, the Canada Foundation for Innovation is proud to contribute to Canada’s future by supporting our extraordinary colleges, institutes, and Cégeps.”

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