Unveiling of Co-generation Plant and Signing of Algonquin College/Siemens MOU
Algonquin College and Siemens Canada mark Earth Day
With introductory remarks by Ambassador
(Ottawa, April 22, 2016) Algonquin College President, Cheryl Jensen, and Siemens Canada CEO, Robert Hardt, came together today, Earth Day, to unveil a new high-efficiency co-generation power plant that will take the College’s Ottawa campus off the grid. Both organizations also strengthened ties by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that will benefit Algonquin College students for years to come by having the opportunity to learn first-hand in a living lab for the new age of energy systems.
Enlarge image Introduction by German Ambassador Werner Wnendt (© German Embassy Canada) Now at full capacity, the co-generation natural gas plant will generate two megawatts of power - enough to cover the baseline power needs of the Ottawa campus. Algonquin College and Siemens Canada will continue to collaborate to provide leading edge academic programming that will maximize experiential learning opportunities for students and lead to new applied research opportunities. Starting in Fall 2017, Algonquin College students will be able to take a new Energy Management Graduate Certificate.
Enlarge image After the signing of the MOU: Algonquin College President Cheryl Jensen shaking hands with Siemens Canada CEO Robert Hardt. On the left: Claude Brulé, Senior VP, Academic, Algonquin College (© German Embassy Ottawa) "This project is a game-changer in our efforts to maintain our facilities, control our costs, and expand the learning opportunities for our students," said Cheryl Jensen, President, Algonquin College. "Delegations the world over have visited our Ottawa campus because of the innovative thinking behind this project. This project has become a trend-setter, and we thank Siemens Canada for their creativity and their partnership."
Energy Minister, Bob Chiarelli and Ottawa West-Nepean MP, Anita Vandenbeld were on-hand to tour the new plant and the future site of the new Energy Innovation Centre that will showcase innovative technologies for sustainable energy generation and energy management.
"I want to congratulate Algonquin and Siemens as they unveil this innovative project", said Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. "This cutting edge project will have long-term positive impacts on our community and on our province. It will provide innovations in technology to better manage energy use while training the next generation of power workers and energy system innovators."
About Algonquin College -
The mission of Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology is to transform hopes and dreams into skills and knowledge, leading to lifelong career success. Algonquin College, an Ontario public sector community college, does this by offering hands-on, digitally connected applied learning in over 185 programs. Based in the Ottawa Valley, Algonquin College is the largest polytechnic institute in Eastern Ontario.
About Siemens - www.siemens.com
For more than 100 years the innovative ideas from Siemens have helped make Canada a better place. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, more than 4,500 employees in Canada work together to provide answers that last in the fields of industry, energy, healthcare and infrastructure solutions for cities. Since it was federally chartered in 1912, Siemens has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality and reliability.