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University of Saskatchewan | Technologies propres

Key facilities

Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation: Advances value-added areas of nuclear innovation in medicine, materials research, power generation and environmental stewardship.

STOR-M Tokamak: A magnetic fusion laboratory for studies on plasma heating, anomalous transport, and developing novel tokamak operation modes.

Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy: Enhances research on policy and governance dimensions of science and innovation by drawing together researchers and stakeholders from scientific and humanistic fields.

Major collaborations

Creation of High Efficiency Organic Photovoltaic Cells: Focuses on the perovskite solar cell—a viable alternative to conventional crystalline silicon technology now in common use.

Heat and Moisture Exchangers for Energy Efficient Buildings: Focuses on developing new technologies that address economic and environmental needs by reducing energy consumption, costs and environmental impacts of heating/cooling buildings.

Transforming Low-Grade Oils into Fuel: Focuses on converting vegetable oil into biodiesel using solid acid catalysts and producing no byproducts other than glycerol. The result is a biodiesel that uses significantly less water and is environmentally friendly.

NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies: Helps Canada achieve a safe, reliable and sustainable power grid that incorporates renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, to significantly reduce emissions.

USask Flagship Program in Renewable Energy in Northern, Remote, and Indigenous Communities: The world’s first multi-sectoral partnership tackling policy challenges and barriers to renewable energy deployment in northern and Indigenous communities.

Researchers

  • Dr. Tony C. Y. Chung, NSERC/SaskPower Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies. An internationally renowned expert in power systems, smart grid and renewable energy.
  • Dr. Timothy Kelly, CRC in Photovoltaics. Focuses on developing high-efficiency third-generation photovoltaics – organic solar cells – with increased output and reduced manufacturing costs.
  • Dr. Catherine Niu, Associate Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Focuses on use of biosorption for wastewater treatment and biochemicals in drug delivery, as well as for dehydration of fuel bioalcohols for use as a sustainable energy source.
  • Dr. Ajay Dalai, CRC in Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing. Focuses on producing “green” liquid and gaseous fuels to reduce greenhouse emissions, and increasing the lubricant property of diesel fuel.
  • Dr. Bram Noble, Professor in Geography and Planning. Focuses on resource development, impact assessment, regulatory processes and the energy sector.

Special programs and work integrated learning initiatives

  • Engineering Professional Internship Program: Connects students, faculty, and employers through an established network of engineering professionals by offering 8 to 16 months of paid full time work in industry.
  • Physics Professional Internship Program: Students complete up to 16 consecutive months of supervised work experience with a sponsoring employer in addition to the requirements for a physics program.
  • Innovation Enterprise’s AIMday™: Brings together industry and academia to partner on research challenges identified by industry participants. Webpage: goo.gl/7HQLf9

Partners

  • AREVA Resources
  • Cameco
  • Dalton Nuclear Institute
  • ERCO Worldwide
  • Nortek Air Solutions Inc.
  • NuLife Green Tech
  • SaskPower
  • Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Radiation Safety Institute of Canada
  • TRIUMF National Nuclear Lab

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