March 28, 2014 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada Research Chairs Secretariat
Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today announced support for 102 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 33 post-secondary institutions across the country, including 14 Chairs in British Columbia. This $88,800,000 investment in one of Canada's most prestigious research programs is attracting innovative and talented minds to Canada.
Dr. Martin Ordonez, Canada Research Chair in Power Converters for Renewable Energy Systems at the University of British Columbia, joined Minister Findlay for today's announcement. Dr. Ordonez's research is maximizing the use of renewable energy sources (such as the wind, sun or ocean) by developing new storage solutions to produce low emission power when these sources are not able to produce clean energy to their fullest potential (for example, storing energy from wind turbines and using this power when the wind speed drops). This project will help Canada's energy sector maximize the use of renewable energy sources while creating both technological and environmental benefits.
Dr. Ordonez's research also provides an outstanding training environment for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows while his partnerships with industry will facilitate the adoption of the technologies he develops, leading to social, economic and environmental gains.
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