UBC, NRC Canada launch clean energy collaboration centre

The ultimate aim of the centre is the commercialization of technology to enable affordable, clean alternatives to fossil fuels.

Last week, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) announced a Collaboration Centre for Clean Energy Transition.

Researchers from the NRC's Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre, and key faculty members and students from the UBC Applied Science and Science faculties will work together to develop innovations in hydrogen and carbon technologies across the value chain of clean energy development. This includes materials, systems, technologies and industrial applications.

The hope is that the collaboration will lead to discoveries and advances in the transition to clean technologies, including publications, patents, and the commercialization of technology to enable affordable, clean alternatives to fossil fuels.

Training opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will also be provided through this collaboration.

"We are excited to be enhancing our collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada through the creation of this centre. It brings together research strengths at both institutions to tackle key global challenges and support a transition to clean energy alternatives including hydrogen technologies,” said Professor Gail Murphy, vice-president, research and innovation at UBC.

“It will generate new learning opportunities for students and trainees, and through collaborations with community and industry partners, we hope to strengthen Canada's position as a leader in clean energy and the global hydrogen economy,” she added.

UBC has previously been recognized as a post-secondary leader in climate action. The institution has twice been honoured with a Sustainability Award from APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, recognition of efforts to embed sustainable policies and practices across the institution.