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A new drive-in chamber, big enough for a bus, will allow extreme-climate performance testing for heavy vehicles and alternative fuels at Red River College.
The new addition is one of the products of $5.9 million in federal funding to RRC for research and development that was announced Wednesday by Manitoba MP MaryAnn Mihychuk, the federal minister of employment, workforce development and labour.
The chamber and a 1,000-horsepower dynamometer are part of the new MotiveLab, a 3,000-square-foot research, development and test facility in the Vehicle Technology and Energy Centre (VTEC). Both the centre and the MotiveLab are based in the Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre at RRC’s Notre Dame campus.
A dynamometer is a device for measuring force, torque or power produced by a motor.
The federal funds will be shared by the vehicle technology ($3.6 million) and food development ($2.3 million) sectors at the college.
"These investments help post-secondary institutions such as Red River College build on their research strengths and forge closer ties to business partners in our community and province," RRC president and CEO Paul Vogt said, adding Manitoba is already a major player in the world’s heavy-vehicle sector and is in "a renaissance" in terms of commercializing new food products.
The vehicle and energy centre has been established, and work is underway in setting up the MotiveLab.
"MotiveLab will be a development and test facility that local industry partners have been asking for to support their research and development needs," said Ray Hoemsen, RRC’s executive director of research partnerships and innovation. "It will allow them to test performance in extreme climates — especially cold — the use of alternative fuels, emissions reductions, the use of new materials and components and more — all right here in Manitoba. It will mean reduced time for product development and further incentive to innovate."
Karen McDonald, the chairwoman of RRC’s school of hospitality and culinary arts, said the funding will assist RRC in its work with Manitoba companies and food producers to create new products and create healthier menu items with innovative uses of locally grown food.
The funding came from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, which contributed two awards of $2.3 million from their college and community innovation enhancement grant program, while the Canada Foundation for Innovation provided $1 million from the college industry innovation fund program and $300,000 from the innovation operating fund.