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$14.2M for solar and nano-scale R&D

The University of Saskatchewan has received more than $14.2 million in funding from various sources that will drive R&D into more affordable solar power and the development of new nano-scale materials.


May 26, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

SASKATOON: The University of Saskatchewan has received more than $14.2 million in funding from various sources that will drive R&D into more affordable solar power and the development of new nano-scale materials.

The Brockhouse X-ray Diffraction and Scattering Sector project is getting $2.1 million through Western Economic Diversification Canada, $500,000 from the province and $11.1 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

This investment supports Canadian Light Source Inc., Canada’s national synchrotron research facility in Saskatoon, with the development of a suite of three beamlines and ancillary facilities to investigate the structure of materials at the nanometre scale, then manipulate them for a range of applications including creating the next generation of computer chips and innovative batteries.

The Solar Photovoltaic Research Group will use $491,100 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and $50,000 from the American Chemical Society to design, fabricate and test organic solar cells, improve their longevity and cost-effectiveness and introduce new opportunities for photovoltaic power generation.