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:: Xstrata Nickel Gives Boost to Cambrian Sustainable Energy Centre

Xstrata Nickel has provided $2 million to boost Cambrian College’s sustainable energy centre. A recent ground-breaking ceremony took place at the Sudbury campus of the college for the $5 million Xstrata Nickel Sustainable Energy Centre. Other funding has been provided by FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.

The 16,400 square-foot facility will be home to applied research and teaching with a focus on green building and renewable energy. The building design itself incorporates eco-friendly technologies such as ventilation heat recovery and low-flow water fixtures.

“Cambrian and Xstrata are proud partners in this initiative that promotes environmental stewardship in education and industry," said Sylvia Barnard, President of Cambrian College. “With the rapidly developing green economy, this Centre will provide significant opportunities for Cambrian students and the wider community to capitalize on the potential of this field to build successful careers and energy technology-based businesses."

The new facility will be home to Cambrian’s Energy Systems Technology course. This is three-year program involving streams for modeling green buildings and designing renewable energy conversion systems. Fieldwork in the third year will allow students to experiment with energy production from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric and hydrogen fuel cells.

The centre will also have six “Living Labs” to be used for research, education and technology development by Cambrian students, entrepreneurs, secondary school students and the general public. “A project of this scope relies upon the support of the community and all levels of government," added Ms. Barnard.

Northern Life was at the sod-turning ceremony for the facility in Sudbury. It reported that Marc Boissonneault, Xstrata Nickel Vice President Sudbury Operations, said his company faces rising costs for energy and looks forward working with the college on these challenges.

Ontario’s $10 billion mining industry spends more than $500 million annually on energy, which represents between 15% and 30% of operating costs at various mining operations. Conserving and managing this input cost is a priority for all mineral producers in Ontario.

Xstrata Nickel, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is the fifth largest global nickel producer and one of the world's largest producers of cobalt. In Canada, the company has mines and processing facilities at Sudbury in Ontario at Raglan in northern Quebec.




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