The University of Regina’s Vice-President of Research says the world is looking at the Boundary Dam project in Saskatchewan.
David Malloy says a number of well-recognized institutions have signed memorandums of understanding with the U of R, including the University of Kyoto, the University of Texas, the University of Melbourne, the Imperial College of London, and most recently, the University of Edinburgh.
The agreements are to share information and students between the institutions, particularly towards the Boundary Dam Carbon Capture Storage facility, the first carbon capture facility in the world based on coal power.
Malloy says in the province, there has been some opposition to the new technology, but on the global stage, Saskatchewan is the “epicentre” of carbon capture technology with the Boundary Dam project. He says the proof comes from esteemed universities coming to the province to learn about the technology.
Malloy says international students can take courses on carbon capture and bring their ideas back to their home countries.
They are offering scholarships to 3 students at only the University of Edinburgh, but he hopes they can offer scholarships to other universities in the future, leading to a cohort of international students.
Malloy adds that the SaskPower facility is also helping the University of Regina’s reputation grow, by building relationships with some of the world’s top post-secondary schools.