Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

April 10, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Centre national en electrochimie et en technologies environnementales Inc.

SHAWINIGAN, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 10, 2012) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that the Centre national en électrochimie et en technologies environnementales Inc. (CNETE) received two financial contributions that have enabled the organization to strengthen its applied research capabilities through the establishment of two new technology platforms.

"By lending its financial support to the Centre national en électrochimie et en technologies environnementales, the Government of Canada is showing its firm commitment to promoting economic growth that hinges, most notably, on innovation," says Minister Lebel.

CNETE, a college technology transfer centre established by Collège Shawinigan, is dedicated to applied research in the areas of bioprocesses, membrane separation technologies, environmental technologies and electrochemistry. The organization provides information and technical assistance to clients operating mainly in the agri-food, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors.

CNETE was granted a first financial contribution in 2011 for the acquisition of laboratory equipment to develop a technology platform that optimizes biomethanation processes based on the residual matter used. The second contribution was used to purchase the equipment needed for a second technology platform that serves to accurately identify the molecules produced through fermentation and to detect impurities in certain organic products of commercial interest. According to the organization's directors, these projects together resulted in the creation of two specialized jobs.

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This financial assistance, granted in the form of non-repayable contributions in the amount of $253,070 and $123,555, respectively, was awarded through Canada Economic Development's Business and Regional Growth program.

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