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A new energy market may soon be available in the province, thanks to a $2.7 million investment through the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement (WEPA).
Funding for the University of Regina to design, build and commission a feed-flexible and process-flexible, pre-commercial hydrogen production demonstration plant was announced today by Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre on behalf of the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and the Honourable Laura Ross, Minister of Government Services, on behalf of the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Enterprise and Minister Responsible for Trade.
Our Government is committed to clean energy technology initiatives like the University of Regina’s hydrogen pilot plant project,” said MP Lukiwski. “
This investment will help promote a clean energy source that will benefit the environment and generate new economic opportunities for Saskatchewan.”
By investing in hydrogen, we are investing in the future of our province,” said Minister Ross. “
This is a new energy source with significant market and export potential, and Saskatchewan looks forward to being a leader in this area.”
The H2 Plant project will demonstrate new and innovative ways to produce hydrogen in an environmentally sustainable manner. The pilot plant is intended to commercially prove new hydrogen technologies that have been successfully tested on a lab scale at the International Test Centre for CO2 Capture located on the University campus. Once commercialized, these new technologies will help to improve the energy sector, including ethanol and bio-diesel production. The University of Regina would own and operate the plant and hold ownership of the new technologies developed through its research.
The University of Regina is pleased to take part in this leading-edge hydrogen pilot plant,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons. “
This is another excellent example of how the University and governments can work together on exciting projects that stand to have important environmental and economic benefits for our province and country.”
Canada and Saskatchewan committed $25 million each to a renewed four-year Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Partnership Agreement in 2009. The Agreement works to strengthen economic activity and improve quality of life in western Canadian communities.
For additional information, contact:
Western Economic Diversification Canada
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University of Regina
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Dale Johnson, External Relations
Phone: (306) 585-5439
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