News Release: Hatch supports University of Alberta’s $21 million “next-generation” research facility
Calgary, AB - June 24, 2010 - Hatch will help fund and otherwise support a new $21-million next-generation energy teaching and research centre at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering.
The centre will educate the next generation of clean-energy engineers and develop new technologies to process minerals, produce clean coal, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
To be known as the Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies (C5MPT) the Centre will be established with support from industry partners Hatch, Capital Power Corporation, Teck, Nexen, and Foundation CMG, and the Government of Alberta through Alberta Innovates–Energy and Environment Solutions.
“Our vision is to become a world-class research centre and innovation hub in clean coal/carbon and mineral processing technologies. By providing the basic research foundation we can promote the development and upgrading of Alberta’s natural resources in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Dr. David Lynch, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.
“The Centre will also help educate a new generation of clean-energy engineers who thrive in interdisciplinary research environments and who are capable of integrating knowledge across disciplines, working in teams, understanding industrial needs, and addressing problems from an engineering-systems perspective,” Lynch added.
C5MPT will be led by Dr. Qingxia (Chad) Liu, a respected academic who holds an MBA, and two PhDs in mineral processing and mining, and metal and materials engineering. Liu has a strong background in the private sector and holds eight patents on commercial applications.
With leading-edge equipment and facilities and internationally respected researchers, C5MPT will focus on three areas of research: Clean Coal Technology, Mineral Processing Technology, and Carbon Capture and Storage Technology. Liu says the centre is designed to ensure new scientific breakthroughs are brought to market, and research findings are shared with industry and research colleagues.
C5MPT will be a global centre, taking advantage of the Faculty’s existing partnerships with government, funding agencies, industry, and research centres around the world.
Hatch and predecessor company, Acres International, have more than 80 years of energy-project experience in more than 150 countries, and with expertise in energy technologies and processes, hydroelectric power, wind power, nuclear power, solar power, thermal power, oil & gas developments, transmission and distribution.
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