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Canada: Canada Invests Another $34 Million In Automotive Energy Storage Research

Canada is boosting automotive battery research through more government-industry-universities partnerships.

Gary Goodyear, Canada’s Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced this morning that six new projects will be funded with support from the Automotive Partnership Canada initiative and the automotive industry. These projects will allow the automotive sector to significantly enhance the efficiency of vehicles.

Automotive Partnership Canada’s funding provides companies, both in manufacturing and in the aftermarket, greater opportunity to stay at the forefront of innovation. Today’s announcement means these university–industry partnerships will receive almost CAD$34 million in total project support. This includes just under CAD$19 million in funding through the Automotive Partnership Canada initiative and nearly CAD$15 million from industry and other partners.

As part of today’s announcement, Hamilton, On’s McMaster University received CAD $2.3 million to explore ways to improve the performance of lithium batteries. The goal of this project is to bring the next generation of automotive batteries to the cars of tomorrow. The researcher, Dr. Gillian Goward, will collaborate with Bruker Ltd., General Motors of Canada Limited and HEKA Electronics Inc. for this project.

BC’s Simon Fraser University received over CAD$5 million to work on a new generation of fuel cells. For this project, 17 scientists and engineers from nine universities across Canada will work on reducing the production costs of this new technology. Dr. Steven Holdcroft is partnering with Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, Ballard Power Systems Inc., BIC Inc., General Motors of Canada Limited and Hydrogenics and Hyteon Inc.
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