University of Victoria was granted two investments of $1.4 million from Western Economic Diversification Canada and one of $1 million by the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan Shipyards, to promote clean energy.
Western Economic Diversification Canada granted the investment to the University for the creation of the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED).
From their part the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan Shipyards want to support innovative teaching and hybrid electric technology research, led by Dr. Zuomin Dong in mechanical engineering, for cleaner and more environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
PRIMED aims to bring together the skills, tools and knowledge of companies, academics and coastal remote communities interested in MRE projects to provide solutions to the challenges facing the industry and to commercialize MRE technologies.
Moreover, clean energy technology has the potential to alter the way many Canadians consume energy.
Many remote communities in British Columbia rely on diesel fuel for power generation.
This method except from expensive, it also poses threats to the environment.
For that reason, developing a strong clean technology industry, will help support the adoption of alternative technologies and create well-paying, middle class jobs for Canadians.
“As we tackle the many challenges posed by climate change, our researchers are leading the way in sustainable energy research, working closely with governments, industry and community groups to foster clean growth and low-carbon economic development. We’re very grateful to the Government of Canada, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and Seaspan for their investments in this vital work, which responds to one of our most significant national and global challenges,” University of Victoria President Jamie Cassels stated.