State funding for Canadian PRO energy research

A three-year Canadian research project on pressure-retarded osmosis for the production of electrical energy has received Can$ 299,911 (US$ 288,939) funding from the National Sciences & Engineering Research Council.

The project, at the Centre National en Électrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales (CNETE)/Shawinigan College in Quebec, is also being funded by Hydro‑Québec, bringing its total value to Can$ 959,911 (US$ 924,753).

The work aims to facilitate construction of laboratory test-benches in 2013 to test the pretreatment options for fresh water and their effect on the forward‑osmosis performance of membranes, all in conjunction with Norwegian company Statkraft.