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New provincial funding supports internationally significant research


Two Queen’s researchers have received over $4.8 million from the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) for their cutting-edge research.

“These grants from the ORF-RE program recognize the strategic value, commercial quality, and international importance of the research happening here at Queen’s and in Ontario,” says Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss. “The ORF-RE program encourages collaborations and partnerships in priority fields that are key to our economic prosperity. Importantly, this investment helps to supports the development of future Canadian research talent by encouraging each funded project to develop youth outreach and mentorship activities.”

Patrick Martin is a professor in the School of Computing.

Patrick Martin received $3,347,385 in ORF-RE funding for an ultra-large scale services (ULSS) research program. ULSS are national or global computer software systems that process the financial, healthcare, communications, leisure and networking infrastructure that underlie every aspect of modern life.

Dr. Martin’s research team will create methods and tools to support the development and operation of high-quality, cost-effective ULSS that can handle the services' continuously growing user base.

“Our multi-institutional team, along with our industrial partners, will work to maintain and grow Ontario’s competitive advantage in the ULSS domain and train 50 highly qualified personnel in all aspects of ULSS delivery,” says Dr. Martin, a professor in the School of Computing.

Brant Peppley received $1,503,600 in ORF-RE funding for a project called Energy Storage and Recovery Ontario (ESARO), which will develop technologies to help in managing the variability of solar and wind power generation.

Brant Peppley is cross appointed to the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The ESARO team will develop ways in which excess solar and wind energy could be converted to hydrogen and stored for use in fuel cell generators when there is a need for additional power on the grid. The team will also examine methods of recovering waste heat from industrial processes to either produce electricity directly or enhance the growth of plants that could then be turned into biofuels.

“Our project will allow society to use renewable energy more effectively and will create an opportunity for Ontario to manufacture energy systems that complement renewable energy. These energy systems could then be exported to many countries in the world, increasing the global use of intermittent wind and solar energy,” says Dr. Peppley, Director of the Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre and Canada Research Chair in Fuel Cells.

For more information about the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program, please visit the website.

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