On July 19, Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, enjoyed a visit with Cambrian College’s applied research team and special access to world-class researchers working on an innovative clean technology project.
The project, led by Dr. Dean Millar, who is CEO and President of Electrale Innovation Ltd., aims to bring a low-cost, low-carbon gas compression system to market that relies on a hydraulic air compressor (HAC). A fully-operational model of the system, called the Baby HAC, was demonstrated to the Minister.
The Baby HAC stands five metres tall and provides researchers with a working model to pilot test programs. A pre-commercial demonstrator system, which is ten times larger, has been constructed at Dynamic Earth to showcase the technology.
Cambrian Innovates collaborates on clean tech project
Cambrian College’s applied research division, Cambrian Innovates, is a partner in this project. Cambrian Innovates fabricated the HAC’s innovative air-water mixing head and is providing facilities for researchers to continue their work on the Baby HAC.
Dr. Millar is the Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO) Research Chair of Energy and Mining at Laurentian University’s Bharti School of Engineering and the Director of the Energy and Renewables and Carbon Management group within MIRARCO.
Cambrian College is a hub of applied research activity in northern Ontario. The College is ranked third in Canada among mid-sized colleges for the number of students employed in research activity, and sixth in Canada overall. It is the only college in Northern Ontario to be among Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, as determined by Research Infosource. Cambrian’s applied research activities are concentrated within Cambrian Innovates.
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