Hydro-Québec donates $8 million to Concordia University

    MONTREAL, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Hydro-Québec announced an $8 million
donation to Concordia University's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science
(ENCS) today. The announcement was made at a reception attended by Concordia
University President Claude Lajeunesse and Thierry Vandal, President and CEO
of Hydro-Québec.
    $4.8 million of these funds will be used to create two new
multi-disciplinary research chairs in Electrical Energy Conservation and
Distribution Automation and Integrated Building Design and Operation. Areas of
research for the first chair will include distribution automation, demand-side
management, economic factors, environmental issues, consumer profiling and
human behaviour. The second chair will focus on multidisciplinary research to
develop energy efficient, high-performance sustainable buildings at lower
costs. The remaining $3.2 million will be used for scholarships and
fellowships (Bourses Hydro-Québec) for Concordia students.
    "Energy efficiency is one of Hydro-Québec's top priorities. We plan to
reduce consumption by almost 5 billion kWh by 2010. Concordia University is a
reputable institution that we are proud to count as a partner in our energy
efficiency efforts", said Thierry Vandal, Hydro-Québec's president and CEO.
    "This announcement marks the latest step in a long and fruitful
partnership between Concordia's Engineering Faculty and Hydro-Québec," said
Concordia president Claude Lajeunesse. "This is also an important day for
research into energy conservation and integrated building design. These
research chairs, together with other work being done in the Faculty, make ENCS
a leader in this field."
    Concordia University and Hydro-Québec are collaborating on a number of
successful projects. Hydro-Québec is a partner in The Solar Buildings Research
Network, a nationally accessible research and development base headquartered
at Concordia University that works on the adaptation and innovative
integration of new and existing solar and building technologies for the
Canadian climate and marketplace. The two organisations have also worked
together on other research areas focusing on energy savings using electricity
in buildings, the vulnerability of nuclear power plants against man-made
hazards, evaluation projects, energy analysis programs and various other
research projects.

    Concordia is the only university in Canada to offer an engineering
program dedicated to building design and operation that is focused on
improving energy efficiency. The Faculty has one of the largest schools of
graduate engineering studies in Canada and upholds some of the highest
standards of teaching.

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