Canada and India join hands in progressing energy-efficient technology, creating local jobs

The Engineers in Canada and India will work together in progressing energy-efficient technology, creating local jobs.

An issue faced by many countries is the need for clean, efficient sources of energy to power their homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. With reliable energy sources comes an improved, more consistent quality of life.

That’s why engineers in Canada and India are working together under a new research partnership agreement between Toronto-based energy consulting company Kinectrics and the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU). The partnership involves a new state-of-the-art laboratory to test and develop conductors that can transfer significantly more electricity to highly populated areas or to industrial hubs than ever before and at lower cost.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, participated in a stone-laying ceremony for the new laboratory.

She said, “I applaud the partnership between Kinectrics and GFSU and look forward to their efficient-energy technologies that will be the source of new opportunities for learning, training and local jobs. It’s technologies like these that have the greatest potential to impact our daily lives and improve our quality of life.”

This will be the first laboratory in the world built specifically for testing high capacity (or high-temperature low-sag) conductors. These types of conductors are widely used by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) and State Electricity Boards.

Researchers working in this innovative facility will develop practical and cost-effective high-capacity transmission conductors that will improve the long-term quality and reliability of energy sources for the people of India.

Kinectrics and GSFU are each investing $1.75 million. The partnership will create research collaborations between Canadian and Indian scientists as well as training opportunities for Indian students who will be equipped with the skills they need for high-quality jobs in the growing energy sector.