Structure of ICED

Our 3-year plan centres around the new Innovation Centre for Energy Development (ICED). ICED is a new partnership between Southeast College’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI) and the Southeast Techhub (SETH).

This partnership will provide an ecosystem for companies and institutions to complete their Applied Research or Product Development projects in Southeast Saskatchewan.
This will in turn will lead to projects being commercialized and manufactured in Southeast Saskatchewan, creating new industries, companies, and jobs.

Organizational Structure

As ICED is a partnership between Southeast College’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation and the Southeast Techhub, we will take on the following structure.

Southeast College’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI’s) role will be to:

  1. Provide facilities and expertise for Applied Research.
  2. Training programs in partnership with clients of ICED’s ecosystem.
  3. Education that helps to build and grow the needed skills required by our clients.
  4. Work with Advanced Education Partners to help locate their applied research projects in Southeast Saskatchewan.

SETH’s roll will be to:

  1. Provide facilities and expertise to assist with product development.
  2. Assist with their fundraising needs. The focus will mainly be on private capital.
  3. Assist with business planning.
  4. Market Southeast Saskatchewan and ICED as a place for applied research, product development, commercialization, and manufacturing.

Labs and Projects

To create an ecosystem that meets the needs for applied research and product development in the energy sector, ICED will need to provide the following.

Hydrogen Hub. Gasification of Estevan’s Lignite coal to create hydrogen with the offtake CO2 being handled by our existing CCS infrastructure. While most of the hydrogen will be sold to existing customers, there will be hydrogen available for applied research and product development. Examples of projects include:

  • Powering agricultural machinery.
  • Powering aerospace including drones.
  • Powering rail.

Solar Powered Datacentre. Datacenters host all our websites and cloud-based computing. By 2040 this industry is projected to account for 14% of all global emissions. As such there is a strong push towards carbon neutral datacentres. Not only will our datacentre provide a reference point for this industry, it will provide computing and AI power for our clients. Examples included:

  • Microsoft is currently looking an SMR Technology for their datacentres.
  • Smaller Datacentre could be powered by microreactors.
  • Datacentres excess power is sent to the grid. Microsoft currently provides Ireland 35% of its grid’s energy needs.

Organic Chemistry Lab. Having a chemistry lab is one of the biggest requirements for our target market. The closest accessible lab is a 5-hour drive to SRC in Saskatoon. This delay in processing would not meet the needs of our market. We currently have the following active projects needing a lab in Estevan.

  • Coal to Graphite with the University of George Washington.
  • Lithium extraction from brine with Legacy Water.
  • Buffalo Potash.

Microgrid. A microgrid will allow various energy projects to tie into other projects to mimic a real-world environment. For example, a battery storage project tied into the microgrid can see how their product works with an energy generation project that is also tied into the same grid. This project will also provide training needed to work at a datacenter or a solar or wind project.

Computer Science Training Through Projects. This project creates a “Skunk Works” for our client’s software needs. Meaning, applied research and product

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