Full steam ahead
SAIT receives funding for steam generation research
SAIT has been awarded $1 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) for oilsands steam generation research.
Kirsty Duncan, Federal Minister of Science and Sport, who made the announcement, said the funding will help turn ideas into reality.
"Our government is committed to harnessing the power of science to fuel a stronger economy and a growing middle class," says Duncan. "By investing in modern labs and equipment we are supporting students and researchers to turn made-in-Canada ideas into commercial success. Through investments like these, we are proudly putting science to work."
The CFI funding has been matched by the Government of Alberta - with an additional $500,000 contribution coming from Suncor Energy for a total of $2.5 million.
"Alberta's innovators are making our province proud - attracting national attention and investment," says Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.
"That's why we're supporting CFI - to bring together experts that help them take on new research projects that benefit all Canadians - at the same time as laying the groundwork for new jobs and a more diversified economy here at home."
"Suncor is committed to innovation and, as SAIT's industry partner in the CFI award, we thank the government for investing in state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Canada's colleges and universities," says Victor del Valle, Suncor Manager of Operational Technology.
This award will support the Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) program research led by Dr. Vita Martez in steam generation and environmental sustainability at SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS).
"We appreciate the investments made by government and our partners in SAIT and our applied research infrastructure," says SAIT President and CEO Dr. David Ross.
"Funding is vital to attract and retain talent for student success in training the next generation of researchers, and to support private-sector industry transformations which boost the Canadian economy while demonstrating leadership in innovation."
The main goal of the research is to develop clean technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts in the energy industry. Alternative energy, water conservation, high-efficiency steam generation and water waste management will be the primary focus areas of the research.