Cape Breton University’s (CBU) Verschuren Centre, along with Yava Technologies Inc., will take another step toward leadership in clean technology and environmental remediation with the creation of a “Green Mining Technologies Research Program.”
This five-year $2 million program will focus on developing innovative, economic and sustainable solution mining technologies to reduce environmental challenges posed by conventional mining and smelting techniques.
Primary research and development will take place in the Verschuren Centre laboratories. Pilot program commercial work and additional research involving scaling of equipment will be undertaken in the new Verschuren Centre Commercial Demonstration Facility. The program also includes a further $500,000 investment from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC) related to the purchase of critical specialty equipment for the commercialization of the technology, which ECBC/ACOA recently announced.
CBU president Dr. David Wheeler notes the importance of collaboration, “It is imperative that we continue to work together on programs such as this. Only through collaborative efforts will we succeed in finding the numerous opportunities for innovation and ingenuity in Canada’s future.”
The Yava-Verschuren Centre partnership began in 2012 with an agreement to perform lithium ion battery research and development at the Centre’s state-of-the-art labs. Robert Pepper, Yava CEO and president, notes, “We are very pleased with the progress we have achieved at the Verschuren Centre and now look forward to expanding our research and development program to include the development and commercialization of environmentally sustainable mineral recovery technologies.”
Verschuren Centre CEO, Dr. Andrew Swanson, concurs, “We are delighted to see the Yava relationship continue, especially with their focus on research, development and commercialization, which aligns perfectly with the Centre’s mandate and core strengths.” Included in the program’s positive economic impact are two new Verschuren Centre hires – a Green Mining Technologies Research Program fellow and a researcher.