McGill started a new research center for innovation in energy storage and conversion

From upgraded batteries to green hydrogen and non-carbonated fuels, it significantly increases the need for energy storage and conversion, emphasizing the need for accelerated innovation efforts.

Climate change continues to attract the attention of the international community. Governments are increasingly responding to the issue, and have finally enacted laws to reduce global warming.

Close to home, and as the case may be, the government of Quebec The 2030 green economy, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, has been announced. Getting there requires significant improvements in electricity storage (ie, advanced batteries) as well as conversion to hydrogen. And other carbon-free energy carriers. Similarly, the Canadian federal government has announced plans to expand its hydrogen role as a energy carrier by 3050.

Against this background, the University of Maggill has announced the launch of the McGiselle Innovation Center. The new center will integrate Maggill into the world’s leading energy storage and transformation technologies, and will focus on these areas, especially in the areas of the green economy.

Hosted by the Faculty of Engineering at the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI), McISCE from several departments in the Faculty of Engineering, as well as various researchers in the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Management and other departments such as Natural Resources Science and Economics. Based on the core multidisciplinary nature of research, McISCE focuses on design, prototyping, certification, use of critical components, sustainable technologies, business and eco-socio-economic impacts, especially throughout the life cycle of proposed solutions. In every example of a round economy.

McISCE aims to be inclusive, balanced and diverse, all of which are reasons for developing comprehensive and socially acceptable technology solutions. A large part of public access will also be an important function.

“It’s a long time for Maggil’s broad research talent to work in a coordinated and collaborative fashion,” said McLCE co-leader Professor Silva Colombe. “The problems we face as a community are too complex for researchers to approach individually. Integrating the strengths of our network will result in greater results. ”

“Sustainability is the key goal of the university,” said Martha Crago, vice president of research and innovation. Considering the complexities associated with the development of novel renewable energy storage and conversion technologies, starting this center is not only logical but also very important.

McISCE has recruited a team of 30 researchers from faculty beyond Macgill and opened partnerships with some key power players in Quebec and Canada. There are also plans to coordinate research activities with other universities and institutions in Quebec and internationally.

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