Bala Venkatesh speaking at the Centre for Urban Energy

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Ryerson receives $5 million in funding to help promote green energy

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By Annie Arnone 

The Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, announced on March 1 that the federal government will invest $48 million dollars for 76 research teams across Canada through grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering council.

Ryerson is one of the teams, made up of 27 researchers and headed by Bala Venkatesh, a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department. The project will receive $5 million.

“[Venkatesh’s] team is looking at alternates to traditional energy systems, such as lithium ion batteries, compressed air energy storage thermal storage and even hybrid models of these,” said Duncan.  

B Mario Pinto, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, congratulated Ryerson for their accomplishments thus far, saying that it is an honour to have been awarded the grant.

“The network will enable direct progress — without duplication of efforts — towards a strong domestic energy storage industry while benefiting consumers and helping make Canada a world leader in clean energy,” he said. 

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