Innovate BC announced $1,075,000 awarded to four BC research and development projects. The funding, through Innovate BC’s Ignite program, is accelerating the commercialization of these projects.

Innovate BC announcement

Two of the projects involve UBC researchers:

Transcritical CO2 Rock Pulverization

This project is developing a rock comminution processing system that deploys a first-of-a-kind approach in comminution. It aims to improve efficiency, GHG reductions, achieve operational simplicity and minimize environmental impact.

Award: $300,000


Dr. Bern Klein (Mining Engineering), University of British Columbia;
Chuck Lee, Rockburst Technologies Inc.;
Richard MacKellar, Chrysalix Venture Capital Fund

Contact-based inspection using tethered flying robots

Traditional industrial asset inspection methods are unsafe, expensive and time consuming. This project is developing tethered flying robots for contact-based inspection to eliminate health hazards and risks to human operators and to reduce time and cost of inspection.

Award: $300,000


Dr. Shahriar Mirabbasi (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of British Columbia;
Dr. Reza Tavakoli, Avestec Technologies Inc.;
Dr. Pouya Kamalinejad, Avestec Technologies Inc.


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