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HARPER GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
INITIATIVE AT CAPE BRETON UNIVERSITY
SYDNEY (NS) – August 2, 2012 – With support from the Harper Government, the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and Environment at Cape Breton University (CBU) and Yava Technologies Inc. have entered into a collaboration agreement to implement a multi-year research and development project pertaining to the next generation of battery technologies.
“Our Government’s top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of Defence and Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “We believe in supporting innovation, research and development to strengthen the competitiveness and productivity of the Atlantic Canadian economy.”
With an investment of $500,000 from Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation (ECBC), the Verschuren Centre will increase its technical capacity by creating a battery material research laboratory. In addition, ECBC will provide a repayable loan of $438,600 to Yava Technologies Inc., which will use the laboratory to conduct applied research and development on the next generation of lithium ion battery cathode materials. The new laboratory and equipment will become a permanent addition to CBU and will be available to researchers and students enrolled in various CBU programs.
Yava Technologies Inc. (Yava) is a privately-held company that is developing a range of environmentally-friendly mining technologies to recover metals including gold, silver, copper, nickel, cobalt, lead, zinc and manganese to produce value-added products such as lithium manganese oxide, lithium cobalt oxide and lithium nickel oxide.
Yava holds exploration and development rights for two mineral sites in Cape Breton containing lead and manganese, both of which are central components of rechargeable lead-acid and manganese based lithium ion batteries. The company will continue its research and development activities in conjunction with CBU to develop improved methods of producing rechargeable lithium ion battery materials.
The CBU/Yava collaboration will initially focus on optimizing Yava’s patent-pending technology to produce superior cathode materials. This technology has the potential to provide the basis for the next generation of lithium ion batteries which are used extensively in portable electronic devices and most recently in electric and hybrid vehicles.
“The lithium ion battery market is the fastest growing segment of the global battery industry,” said Bob Pepper, President and CEO of Yava Technologies Inc. “The research at CBU will be watched closely by some of the largest organizations in the global battery industry. Should it prove successful, these organizations have indicated an interest in licensing and/or assisting Yava in commercializing the technology.”
“CBU is pleased to collaborate with Yava Technologies Inc. on this exciting initiative,” said Dr. John Harker, CBU’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “It will serve to increase the research and development capacity at CBU, attract highly qualified personnel, and provide state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for our students.”
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