Release Date: September 3, 2008
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University of Regina and Innovation Norway to sign climate change research Memorandum of Understanding
Today, climate change research at the University of Regina will take an important step forward through a new international agreement.  That afternoon at the International Test Centre for Carbon Dioxide Capture (ITC), the U of R and Innovation Norway will co-sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to enhance both organizations' development of climate change technologies.

The MOU - which will be signed by Vianne Timmons, U of R President, and Arnfinn Hattrem, Consul for the Norwegian Embassy - will promote educational and academic exchanges between the University of Regina and Norway, particularly in the area of energy and the environment.  The MOU outlines the University of Regina and Innovation Norway's mutual commitment to such initiatives as research partnerships, joint commercial development activities, student research exchanges, and visiting lecturers.

"Through the International Test Centre, the U of R has become a world leader in developing carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies," Timmons says.  "At the same time, Norway is actively working to implement such technologies as part of its forward-looking approach to energy and the environment.  As a result, this MOU is extremely important because it lays the groundwork for a number of future collaborations that could help address the global issue of climate change."

Innovation Norway, which will sign the MOU with the U of R, is an Oslo-based organization whose mandate is to increase academic and commercial ties between Norway and Canada. It is closely connected with the Norwegian Embassy, giving it the ability to build partnerships between Canadian institutions and their Norwegian counterparts.

The signing of this MOU is the most recent example of the U of R's continuing involvement in Norwegian energy and environment initiatives.  In March, HTC Purenergy, the Regina-based company that is commercializing the carbon capture technology developed at the University of Regina, signed a contract to provide an engineering and design plan for a full-scale CO2 capture project at a power plant in Kårstø, Norway.  Also in March, HTC agreed to provide a design plan for a European CO2 Test Centre at Mongstad, Norway.