A Valuable Synergy
The vitality of the clean technology sector in Sherbrooke is evidenced by the many businesses that work in different areas, but also by a very innovative and diversified research sector. Sherbrooke’s clean technology infrastructure is showcased by its many groups, research centres and chairs, such as the Chaire de recherche industrielle sur l’éthanol cellulosique (Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol) and the Chaire SAQ en valorisation du verre dans les matériaux (SAQ Chair for the recovery of glass in materials).
- Bio-industries and green chemistry
- Residual material recovery
- Water and soil treatment
- Sustainable transportation and constructio
- Other centres and research groups in Cleantech
A large number of players, including Université de Sherbrooke researchers and the business world have mobilized themselves to stimulate the development of the energy sector. From energy efficiency to producing solar energy or specific nanotechnology applications for the benefit of LED, the know-how of Sherbrookers is remarkable at a global level.
- Canadian Collaborative Center on Concentrated Photovoltaics
- NSERC Chair in INdustrial Energy Efficiency
- Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Power Microsystems
- Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT)
- Chaire Hydro-Québec / RTE – Structures et mécaniques des lignes de transport d’énergie électrique (Research Chair)
- Centre de recherche en électrochimie et électrocatalyse (Research Chair)
- Groupe de recherche appliquée sur les piles à électrolyte solide (GRAPES)
Bio-industries and green chemistry
Sherbrooke is renowned for its competencies in environmental bio-industry, as evidenced by the existence of an ACCORD cluster (regional development) in this sector. Today, the development of biofuels from algae, waste, vegetable oils or bio-sourced products, such as bio-plastics and biodegradable disinfectants, is growing thanks to close partnerships between research and innovating businesses.
- Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol
- Canada Research Chair in Cell-Biomaterial Biohybrid Systems
- Laboratory of Bioprocesses Development
- Groupe de recherche sur les technologies et procédés de conversion
Residual material recovery
Waste recovery is a major challenge in Québec. This concern is reflected by research in Sherbrooke, for example by the recovery of mixed glass in concrete and collaboration with municipal affairs, notably via Valoris.
- Chaire SAQ en valorisation du verre dans les matériaux (Chair for reuse of glass in materials)
Water and soil treatment
Sherbrooke has a vast expertise in water and soil treatment. Research teams are multidisciplinary in nature, which promotes technological innovation. Among research areas, we find land rehabilitation, water treatment by biological and electrochemical means, and the restoration of aquatic environments.
- Laboratoire de génie de l’environnement (Research Laboratory)
- Centre d’études et de valorisation de la diversité microbienne (Research Centre)
- Équipe de recherche sur le développement de technologies avancées de traitement des eaux usées (Research Team)
- Canada Research Chair in Terrestrial Observation and Phytoplankton Ecophysiology
- Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Demography and Conservation
- Canada Research Chair in Terrestrial Biogeochemistry
- Centre for Topographic Information – Sherbrooke (CIT-S) – Natural Resources Canada
- Centre d’applications et de recherches en télédétection (CARTEL)
Sustainable transportation and construction
New requirements relative to the reduction of the carbon footprint greatly influence the sustainable transportation and construction sector. Interdisciplinary research by Sherbrooke researchers enables the creation of new generations of material and high performance mechanical systems, more durable and tougher.
In the sector of transportation powered by electricity, Université de Sherbrooke researchers are working, among other things, on the development and improvement of a hybrid-electric recreational vehicle, a two-seat electric vehicle, an electrical propulsion system for bicycles and industrial electric vehicles.
- Centre de technologies avancées BRP-Université de Sherbrooke (CTA)
- Canada Research Chair in Composite Materials Used for Civil Engineering Structures
- NSERC Industrial Research Chair on High-Performance Flowable Concrete with Adapted Rheology
Other centres and research groups in Cleantech
- Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
- Centre de technologies environnementales avancées pour le développement durable
- Observatoire de l’environnement et du développement durable –Université de Sherbrooke(Environment and Sustainable Development Observatory)
- Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change – Bishop’s University
- Desjardins Chair in the Management of Sustainable Development