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U British Columbia inks $6.6M research deal with TEBO Group for sustainable construction and infrastructure technology


By David Schwartz
Published: September 20th, 2022

The University of British Columbia (UBC) and TEBO Group of Industries have signed an innovative research partnership aimed at developing highly sustainable and carbon-efficient construction and infrastructure technology. The collaboration will bring together TEBO engineers with UBC researchers to explore and develop made-in-Canada solutions that could be important elements of TEBO’s infrastructure and development projects.

“We are a trusted Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) provider striving toward sustainable approaches to design and construction. This co-created research and development program will enable us to integrate breakthrough technologies and process efficiencies to strengthen our leadership in building infrastructure for the green economy,” said Alan Khara, TEBO’s managing director.

“This collaboration with TEBO further enhances the university’s commitments to sustainability. It enables UBC researchers across multiple disciplines to work closely with an industry partner to address pressing global challenges by focusing on both academic research exploration and viable industry applications,” added Dr. Gail Murphy, UBC’s vice-president of research and innovation. “It gives our next generation of researchers and engineers opportunities to develop approaches and technologies related to sustainable development and the circular economy with potential local and global impact.”

Initial research collaborations will include:

  • Resilient Infrastructure, focused on advancing technologies and building approaches that reduce the carbon footprint and improve resilience to climate change and natural disasters;
  • Circular Bioeconomy, addressing waste-to-energy processing by developing engineered materials and systems to accelerate renewable fuel production;
  • Advanced Fabrication, exploring the potential to develop circular supply chains, turning waste materials from decommissioned steel structures into raw material for additive manufacturing applications.

“In close collaboration with TEBO Group, we will leverage UBC research, development and demonstration capabilities such as the UBC Biorefining Research & Innovation Centre to support the development and adoption of waste-to-energy infrastructure technologies and supply chain optimization processes,” says Dr. Xiaotao (Tony) Bi, director of both the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre and the Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre.

Source: Business Wire

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