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Canada invests in British Columbia’s growing clean technology sector

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More than $13.4 million will support British Columbian businesses to create quality jobs and support Canada’s commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

May 2, 2022 – Burnaby, British Columbia – Pacific Economic Development Canada

British Columbians have felt the impact of climate change and climate disasters first hand. Investing in clean technology reduces emissions, protects the environment and supports the economy. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to supporting British Columbia’s growing clean technology industry.

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $13.4 million in funding for local clean technology companies, including $9.75 million for Loop Energy Inc. (Loop), based in Burnaby.

Loop is a key supplier of hydrogen fuel cell systems, which support the transition to a green economy. With funding through PacifiCan’s Jobs and Growth Fund, Loop will increase its manufacturing capacity, creating a more sustainable transportation sector in Canada by helping to commercialize zero-emission vehicles.

The funding will allow Loop to purchase new equipment and bring a key part of its manufacturing process in house, which will eliminate its reliance on international suppliers. The project is expected to generate significant revenues and 119 new jobs in Burnaby, producing new opportunities for the local workforce and hydrogen-related companies.

Two other local clean technology companies are also receiving PacifiCan support

Acuva Technologies Inc. (Acuva)

Acuva is receiving $3 million through PacifiCan’s Business Scale-Up and Productivity (BSP) program. The Burnaby-based clean technology company delivers water purification systems using proprietary Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diode (UV-LED) technology.

This funding will allow Acuva to improve existing products, commercialize new ones and bring them to market. The project is expected to increase revenues and create over 30 new jobs.

CORE Energy Recovery Solutions Inc. (CORE)

Vancouver-based innovator CORE is also receiving $673,050 in BSP funding to commercialize its fuel cell humidifier prototype, a critical part of hydrogen fuel cell systems. With this funding, CORE will increase production and quality control, so that the company can make products for heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles, such as buses and trucks. The project is expected to create nine new jobs and bolster revenue for the company.

The Government of Canada is taking action to grow the economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change. These investments will improve the competitiveness of the clean tech cluster in BC, generate millions in increased revenue for local companies and create 159 new jobs.

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Lighting up London

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LG Electronics opened a special exhibition displaying digital artwork using the company's organic-light emitting diode (OLED) panel, OLED evo, in collaboration with Yinka Ilori, a London-based artist, at The Conran Shop located in London, Monday. The exhibition will be open until June 24. [YONHAP]

LG Electronics opened a special exhibition displaying digital artwork using the company’s organic-light emitting diode (OLED) panel, OLED evo, in collaboration with Yinka Ilori, a London-based artist, at The Conran Shop located in London, Monday. The exhibition will be open until June 24. [YONHAP]

 

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Patio space, new lights and sound coming to Williams-Brice for 2022 season

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COLUMBIA — The scaffolding began soon after the new year, the electronics and audio will be installed later on. There’s a bucket of paint to throw around or signage to be posted after every football season, but this year, improvements at Williams-Brice Stadium will continue to follow the buzzwords that defined the last round of renovations.

“If you look around the athletics department the last 5-10 years, we’ve done a lot to improve our facilities, we’ve done a lot to improve the student-athlete experience,” Executive Associate AD/Administration Chris Rogers said. “The things we’re doing now are all about our want and need to improve our fan experience.”

The last major round of construction converted many of the stadium’s seats into more premium seat locations and club space, giving patrons more options on where in the stadium to enjoy the game. Yet those were for a select number of fans.

These improvements, which are on schedule to be completed before the Sept. 3 season opener, benefit the rest.

“We have a great home for football, but there are things that can be done to help modernize the stadium to create more excitement and a better fan experience,” athletics director Ray Tanner said in a school release. “When you consider we just did the largest stadium renovation ever in 2020 and now we are tackling ribbon boards, stadium lights, concourse expansion and new elevators, it’s starting to make a big difference.”

Ribbon boards have long been on the docket and will coincide with new LED stadium lights (Light-Emitting Diode), a new sound system and a revitalized West concourse and new elevator bank. The concourse and elevators will cost an estimated $5.7 million.

West stands patio

Drive by Williams-Brice today and you can see the supports and temporary rails for the new open-air spaces on the West concourse. They’ll give more of a patio feel for fans who want to look at Gamecock Park before the game or during halftime.

That, and the further spacing on the actual concourse, increases pedestrian flow and opens up more concession points of sale to alleviate lines at the present stands.

“We needed to increase square footage of the actual main concourse,” Rogers said. “The switchbacks, where people go into the ramps, we’re taking the concessions area in front of that and changing the configuration, so it’s more of a walk-through.”

Once the patio spaces are done, USC will decide if it will leave it as a space to stand and get some air, or add furniture and umbrellas for a more lounge-like feel.

Going up

The three elevators currently on the West side of Williams-Brice have been serviceable since their installation, but problems always arise at the end of games. That entire side of the stadium, from the press box down, patronizes those elevators and the waits after games are often long.

Throw in that coaches have to use the same elevators to get to the ground with five minutes left in the fourth quarter and one elevator is held for them; and catering and concessions use the same elevator bank throughout the game, and it’s been a problem for years. The stairs are always there, but walking down eight stories’ worth of cement steps isn’t universally conducive.

Extremely loud and incredibly close

“Right now, our audio is one speaker system, under the videoboard,” Rogers said. “Now the speakers will be all throughout the stadium.”

The new system will also eliminate the echo effect one gets if sitting in the South stands, opposite the videoboard. That and the new ribbon boards which will stretch around the field will help improve graphics and fan interaction, which ties in with the lights.

The former lights were always a problem for TV broadcasts, and the new LED lights will help with that. They illuminate the field but can also be lit in different colors.

That comes in handy when, say, it’s time to play “Sandstorm.” The lights can be synchronized with the ribbon boards to flash on and off in a pattern and the fans can play along with their cell phone lights, as they do at Colonial Life Arena.

The tides have shifted in college football, where before, it was about how many seats a stadium can boast and now, it’s about how comfortable can you make the space you have, even if capacity lessens. “A better gameday experience” is how it’s marketed.

The best gameday experience is when your team wins, but without being able to tell the future, USC is improving the home field and betting on the home team to follow.