Government of Canada provides research grants to reduce air emissions from rail transportation

News release

July 26, 2018    Waterloo, Ontario    Transport Canada

Clean growth is essential for Canada’s transportation system – to meet our emission reduction targets, grow our economy, and build resilience to a changing climate.  The Government of Canada is committed to protecting air quality and ensuring Canadians have healthy communities in which to live, work and raise their families.

To achieve this, Transport Canada established the Clean Rail Academic Grant Program.  The program provides funding to support academic research programs that are developing technologies and practices to reduce air emissions from the rail sector.

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced an investment of $25,000 for a University of Waterloo project called “Hydrogen hybrid locomotive and refueling design for Ontario.” The project will study costs, benefits and new designs for clean rail technologies, including hybrid batteries and fuel cell technologies.

She also announced an investment of $50,000 for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology to undertake two projects.

The first project is called “Feasibility studies on novel combined gas turbine and fuel cell systems for clean rail applications.” The project will evaluate the potential of new power-train technologies for rail applications, including fuel cell and gas turbine systems.

The second project, called “Active levitation and propulsion system for hyperloop transport”, will investigate an electrified system to propel and levitate a hyperloop pod – eliminating any frictional losses and related emissions.

Quotes

“I am pleased that we are taking concrete action to a cleaner, more innovative economy that reduces emissions and protects the environment. Our clean transportation efforts will achieve emission reductions, improve human health, and provide environmental benefits, while supporting clean growth and generating jobs for Canadians. We will all benefit by reducing rail emissions and by supporting research of new and emerging technologies.”

The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

“Canada is in the midst of an essential transition to a clean growth economy. Clean technologies are a key component of Canada’s approach to promoting sustainable economic growth. Through projects like these, regions like Waterloo play a leading role in transforming Canada into a low-carbon economy, reducing rail emissions and generating jobs for Canadians. With these grants, our government is proud to support innovative research that will be shared with Canadians and the world."

The Honourable Bardish Chagger
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Waterloo

Quick facts

  • The Clean Rail Academic Grant Program provides funding to support academic research programs that are developing new technologies and practices that reduce air emissions from the rail sector.

  • Under Round 5 of the Program, 10 research projects will receive a grant of up to $25,000.

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Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Delphine.denis@tc.gc.ca
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Media@tc.gc.ca
613-993-0055


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