Government of Canada Announces New German–Canadian Materials Acceleration Centre

Ontario: In partnership with Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, Natural Resources Canada and the National Research Council of Canada today announced the German–Canadian Materials Acceleration Centre (GC-MAC). With an aggregate $8.8 million (€6M) in funding over five years, the Centre received $2.2 million (€1.5M) in support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), with matching funds from the German host organizations, and $4.4 million (€3M) in in-kind support from the Canadian government.

Co-located in both Germany and Canada, the Centre will be a joint hub for advanced energy materials development. In the global drive to a net-zero economy, this collaboration represents an important contribution on behalf of these two countries. GC-MAC will have implications across the clean energy spectrum and will focus on critical technologies for production and use of clean hydrogen, carbon capture and conversion to renewable fuels, and initiatives aiming at new battery technologies, like Battery 2030+ in the EU.

Canada and Germany are celebrating 50 years of science and technology co-operation in 2021. This partnership fosters skills training, research exchange and expertise sharing, thriving on access to world-class know-how and infrastructure in both countries. The Centre will integrate researchers from the academic community, including the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the Helmholtz Association, Helmholtz Institutes in Ulm and Erlangen-Nürnberg, RWTH Aachen University, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and the University of Münster.