Lambton College receives $2.3M from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council to establish Lambton Energy Research Centre


September 8, 2016

NOTE: Interview opportunities with Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College and Dr. Shahram Karimi, Industrial Research Chair, will be available at the Lambton Energy Research Centre’s Sustainable Smart House between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during Green Energy Doors Open on Friday, September 9.

SARNIA, September 8, 2016 – A substantial contribution from the Government of Canada will help transform current Lambton College research initiatives into innovative business opportunities.

The College was recently awarded $2.3 Million on behalf of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Program (CCI).

The NSERC Community Colleges Innovation Enhancement Grant is a five-year grant developed to increase innovation at the community and/or regional level by enabling Canadian colleges to increase their capacity to work with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The funding was created to support applied research and collaborations that facilitate commercialization, as well as technology transfer, adaptation and adoption of new technologies.

“Through today’s investment, the Government of Canada is supporting collaborations between talented scientists and engineers working hard on college campuses and their counterparts who are leading local businesses. Such partnerships can lead to the commercialization of ideas, job creation for the middle class and sustainable economic growth that benefits all Canadians,” says The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science.

The new funding will be used to establish the Lambton Energy Research Centre (LERC), which was built upon the expertise and experience that Lambton College has developed in applied research in the area of green energy. The LERC will further enhance Lambton College’s capacity to continue to support the development of energy-related technologies.

“The Lambton Energy Research Centre falls directly in line with Lambton College’s strategic priorities, and is a welcome addition to our recently established Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies,” explains Judith Morris, President & CEO, Lambton College. “This new funding will allow our College to continue to expand on our expertise and leadership in the area of renewable energy.”

The goal of LERC is to support the energy industry with applied research, services, technology development, knowledge transfer and commercialization by providing high-quality personnel (faculty researchers and students), research facilities, laboratories and access to funding. Through the LERC, the College will collaborate with industrial partners to conduct applied research in the areas of:

  • Renewable energy, micro grid, smart grid, energy storage, distribution, optimal design and operation management.
  • Pilot plant studies, prototyping, installation, testing, automation and optimization of the most promising energy technologies.
  • Process feasibility studies and market analysis.

“The LERC will operate as a hub for research and development of green energy technologies in this region while supporting the growth of Sarnia-Lambton Sustainable Energy Cluster,” says Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Dean Applied Research & Innovation, Lambton College.

To date, the LERC has been involved in nine projects in collaboration with seven partners including AVEtec Energy Corporation, BioGenerator Energy Solutions, Bluewater Power Corporation, Grenetek Inc, Screaming Power, Structual Tech Corporation and Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership.

To learn more about the LERC, the public is invited to attend Green Energy Doors Open 2016 taking place this coming Friday, September 9 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Guests of the event will have to opportunity to tour the LERC’s Sustainable Smart House (located off Entrance B on London Road) and learn more about current energy-related projects happening at Lambton College.

For more information on Applied Research at Lambton College, please visit lambtoncollege.ca/research.


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Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081
Email: jami.kloet@lambtoncollege.ca