Ontario Puts CAN $5M Into Renewable Energy & Cleantech Research

The Ontario government is investing more than CAN $5 million [US $4.2 million] to support research projects in the clean technology and renewable energy sectors. Funding for the investment comes from the Ontario Research Fund. The funding will support 260 researchers involved with 34 projects at 11 different institutions.

“Provincial support for clean technologies and energy research is an important part of Ontario’s Innovation Agenda – turning good ideas into good-paying jobs and better lives for Ontario families,” said Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson.

Research projects receiving funding include developing new hydrogen-based energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, led by Dr. Greg Naterer at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and developing workable, cost-efficient fuel cells that can run on both traditional fuels and on renewable fuels like biogas and ethanol, led by Dr. Olivera Kesler at the University of Toronto.

“Research and innovation has a major role to play in helping us reach our targets for greenhouse gas reductions and transforming Ontario into a green economy. Becoming a leader in green technology will translate into better jobs for Ontarians and healthier, stronger and more successful communities all across the province,” said On tario Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen.

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