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“Where cleantech innovation abounds”: Cleantech Commons a hub for innovation and commercialization

Writing about Ontario’s “world-class clean technology ecosystem” in its new publication, “Where cleantech innovation abounds,” Invest Ontario calls Cleantech Commonsa growing hub for driving innovation and commercialization in clean, green and low/zero-carbon technology.”

Cleantech Commons executive director, Martin Yuill, describes the focus of the research and innovation park at Trent University as “advancing collaboration, discovery and innovation for a greener world.”

Ontario is a global leader in the acceleration of clean technologies, says Invest Ontario. It cites “cleantech research and development leadership in energy storage, electric vehicles, water purification, hydrogen, smart energy technologies and industrial biotechnology.

Invest Ontario lists world-class R&D capabilities, low business costs, access to leading industry talent, a supportive government and strategic market access, which, it says, makes Ontario “the place to grow ideas or source solutions that will meet the exploding global demand for effective clean technology products and services.”

Peterborough is well-positioned to contribute to the green economy

In addition, a newly-released edition of “Perspective” magazine argues that as the world transitions to a clean growth economy, Peterborough is well-positioned to contribute to that shift.

Leading the growth of the local clean technology scene is Cleantech Commons at Trent University®, an 85-acre cleantech-focused research and technology park,” writes Perspective magazine (see Page 32).

Cleantech Commons executive director, Martin Yuill: “Cleantech Commons is a community where innovation flourishes, enduring partnerships are created, and creative collaborations drive discovery and innovation for a greener world.”

Created alongside Trent University’s main campus, Cleantech Commons is designed to be a point of convergence for academic and industry partners focused on clean, green, zero-carbon & sustainable technology research, innovation, commercialization & entrepreneurship.

The community of Peterborough, Perspective points out, is home to rich natural resources, leading educational institutions, and a well-equipped business and innovation landscape.

Peterborough is also home to world-class research facilities that are actively partnering with local cleantech businesses and start-ups. This includes Trent University and Fleming College – and, within a short drive, Ontario Tech University.

The local economic development agency, Peterborough & The Kawartha’s Economic Development, says that the community’s growing cleantech innovation cluster benefits from strong connections to global leaders in the cleantech sector, including SGS CanadaSiemens Milltronics Process InstrumentsRolls-Royce Naval Marine CanadaAclarus Ozone Solutions, and Rainmaker Worldwide.

Yuill believes that Cleantech Commons builds on that connectivity: being a hub that is specifically designed to boost collaboration between the private sector and the academic, research and student communities in order to get new technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace and to generate new intellectual property.

Cleantech Commons offers companies in the cleantech sector an opportunity to co-locate with the academic and research expertise of Trent University, one of Canada’s leading environmental academic institutions.

As such, the research park offers a unique space for industry to work alongside Trent’s students and world-class researchers to explore practical solutions to global energy, environmental, and climate challenges.

According to Yuill: “Cleantech Commons is a community where innovation is able to flourish, enduring partnerships are created, and creative collaborations begin.”

If Cleantech Commons sounds like a place you would like your company to call home, contact Martin Yuill at (+1) 705.748.1011 ext. 6036 for a confidential discussion or contact us! 

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