Picture: Renewable Energy Learning Centre our newest addition to the CSI
Lakeland College’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation encompasses research in three of the College’s four areas of strategic priority and academic excellence: Agriculture, Environmental Sciences, and Energy. These areas are supported by significant strengths in construction, manufacturing, and business and are approached with an interdisciplinary mindset. The College’s fourth priority area is Fire and Emergency Medicine.
On May 31, 2012 the College celebrated the opening of the Centre for Sustainable Innovation and the key pieces of infrastructure that form the backbone of the applied research activities. The dedicated land base and facilities will be used for the College’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation project focused on integrating multiple renewable energy and building science technologies together to identify best practical applications of these technologies in Western Canada. This research on distributed energy generation (wind, solar, solar thermal, geothermal, cogeneration) and storage has significant potential for our rural region.
The Renewable Energy Centre and the Research Fabrication Shop are the first stops on what we hope will become a Centre showcasing a multitude of technologies. We are looking forward to growing our relationships relating to bioenergy and advancing Alberta’s bioeconomy and we have already made great progress with our partners at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Western Economic Diversification and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
We look forward to inviting you back to explore and learn with us as we grow the Centre.
Read the press release on the grand opening of the Centre for Sustainable Innovation.