Electric vehicles and harvesting waste energy research projects among those to receive $15M from Ontario government

June 10, 2015

HAMILTON, June 10, 2015 – Two major McMaster University engineering projects are among those to receive nearly $15-million in research funding, one focused on building the next generation of electrified vehicles and another to develop new technologies to harvest waste energy.

Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale announced the funding this morning, which is awarded under the Ontario Research Fund program.

“McMaster University is doing important research that has a real impact on people’s lives in not just in Hamilton, but the world. I am proud of our government’s role supporting this great work. I want to congratulate all of the well-deserving researchers receiving these competitive awards,” he says.

“I extend sincere congratulations to all of our faculty members who have received funding from the government of Ontario," says Ishwar Puri, McMaster's Dean of Engineering. “Their efforts are emblematic of the innovation and excellence provided by McMaster Engineering. The funds that they have received will enable us to move forward with relevant world-class research and innovation, foster societal health and prosperity, and strengthen our leadership as Canada’s most research-intensive engineering faculty.”

McMeekin announced more than $4.4-million in funding to establish the Virtual Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Integration Lab (HEPIL).  Under the direction of McMaster’s Ali Emadi, who holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain, engineers and scientists will research and test the next generation of vehicles with electrified powertrains using a sophisticated dynamometer which can test vehicle force, torque or power.

Mechanical Engineer Jim Cotton and John Preston, Professor and Chair of Engineering Physics, and a team of collaborators have received nearly $2-million for the Research Facility for Integrated Building Energy Harvesting Systems (ReFIBES), the only test facility of its kind in North America. Their team will investigate new ways to capture the energy—electrical, thermal or fuel energy—which is lost during transport to our homes and communities.

The test facility will be designed and fully incorporated into the 24,000-sq. foot Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning, currently in the design stage and on track for a fall 2016 completion date.

“The current “siloed” approach to energy delivery involving separate suppliers for our electricity, heating and vehicles, where the expense leaves our community and the dollar flow is one direction – out,” Cottons says. “Integrated community energy systems and energy harvesting creates an energy ecosystems that retains investment, operation, maintenance and generation expenditure within the community."

Ali Emadi
Ali Emadi, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Hybrid Powertrain

McMeekin also announced research funding for four other engineering projects, including:

  1. Emily Cranston , assistant professor, chemical engineering, has been awarded an Early Researcher Award, Surface Engineering of Sustainable Composites Based on Nanocellulose
  2. David Latulippe, assistant professor, chemical engineering, has been awarded $80,000 to study Micro-Scale Separations and Analysis Suite (MSAS) for Bio- Processing and Environmental Applications
  3. Fei Chiang, assistant professor, computing and software, has been awarded $49,400 to study Continuous, Privacy Preserving, Data Cleaning at the McMaster Data Science Lab
  4. Tracy Becker, Lydell Wiebe assistant professors, civil engineering, have been awarded $338,561 to study Next-Generation Structural Systems for Seismic Protection of Infrastructure

Two other significant projects McMaster University projects also received major funding to battle superbugs, including more than $3.5 million for research into antimicrobial resistance and another $3.5 million for the McMaster Biointerfaces Institute.
For more information please contact:
Michelle Donovan
Public Relations Manager
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22869

Wade Hemsworth
Public Relations Manager
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 27988


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