CBU’s Verschuren Centre Receives $1.1 million in Funding for Special R&D Project

Cape Breton University’s Verschuren Centre has been granted $1.1 million through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) Atlantic Innovation Fund to be used toward a special  research and development project.

On July 28, 2016, Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso, and the Honourable Mark Eyking, Member of Parliament for Sydney – Victoria, gathered at CBU’s Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment (VCSEE) to make the funding announcement on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA.

Rodger Cuzner addressing crowd at Verschuren Centre

Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso, announces $1.1 million funding by ACOA to CBUs Verschuren Centre

The funding will be used to support and allow CBU’s VCSEE to research and develop clean technologies aimed at breaking down organic matter commonly found in food processing wastewater. The end result, a water treatment device that can be used in various sized environments, will provide a cost effective remediation for food and beverage processors, reducing their environmental impact. This technology will provide opportunities for manufacturers, industrial sales representatives and various tradespeople.

“By investing in projects like CBU’s, the Government of Canada is helping Atlantic Canadian businesses grow, innovate and export so that they can create good quality jobs and generate wealth for the people of this region and doing so through environmentally conscious developments,” says the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA. “This type of growth is essential in shaping our future. That is why the Government of Canada, through projects like CBU’s, is committed to strengthening the Atlantic economy, supporting the middle class and increasing well-paying job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians.”

CBU’s VSCEE was first created to provide Cape Breton University with facilities for programs and research on sustainability in energy and the environment, and has a key objective of collaborating through research partnerships. The VSCEE is both pleased and proud to say that with the help of ACOA, its specialists are able to take another positive step toward achieving these goals.

Dr. Xu (Shine) Zhang (right) and part of his research team who will be working on the wastewater treatment project, funded by ACOA

Dr. Xu (Shine) Zhang (right) and part of his research team who will be working on the wastewater treatment project, funded by ACOA

“We are exceptionally proud of the research work taking place within the Verschuren Centre. Our experts in nanotechnology and in business development, have developed cutting-edge, market guided solutions that address global industrial challenges in industrial wastewater management,” says Andrew Swanson, Chief Executive Officer & Project Lead, Verschuren Centre. “This funding will help us to deploy and co-develop these applied nanotechnologies along-side our industrial partners in fisheries, food and beverage, manufacturing, achieving our shared goals of resource sustainability, cost savings, and environmental stewardship.”