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Ontario Recognizes Local Alternative Energy Research

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Ontario Recognizes Local Alternative Energy Research

McGuinty Government Celebrates Dr. Paul A. Charpentier’s Achievements

Ontario is honouring Dr. Paul A. Charpentier with the Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Award for research in developing green nanotechnologies for alternative energy solutions. 

Dr. Charpentier is developing ways to generate electricity from sunlight more cost-effectively and efficiently. He is also working to create new coatings that convert sunlight directly into heat for hot water and floor heating.

A professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University, Dr. Charpentier is one of two Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Awards recipients this year. The other recipient is Mississauga's Xerox Research Centre of Canada in the organization category for greening its products and processes. 

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario Green Chemistry and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment and administered by the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network of the Chemical Institute of Canada.
  • The awards are given for significant contributions to the field of green chemistry and engineering in Ontario, including technical, economic, human health and environmental benefits.
  • Through the Toxics Reduction Act, Ontario is the leading province in Canada in toxics reduction legislation.

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“I congratulate Dr. Charpentier on his groundbreaking solar energy work. His innovations promise to make Ontario—and the world—greener and more sustainable. We can all take pride in having such a distinguished scholar at work in Ontario, and we look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of the Environment

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