Lassonde Professor John Lam receives CFI funding for sustainable energy research

Lassonde Professor John Lam is among the recipients of $23 million in federal funding for 95 projects at 26 universities across Canada.

John Lam
John Lam

Canada’s Minster of Science Kirsty Duncan made the funding announcement March 14.

Lam, who is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Lassonde, received $70,000 as part of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. This fund is designed to help universities attract and retain the best and brightest researchers from around the world by giving them access to cutting-edge research tools.

Lam’s research focuses on developing highly efficient and cost effective power converter solutions that will provide Canadians with clean and affordable energy by significantly decreasing the cost-per-watt of wind and solar power.

“I am delighted that the Canadian Foundation for Innovation recognizes and supports the power electronics research activities at the Lassonde School of Engineering at York,” said Lam. “This funding provides a great opportunity to conduct research for sustainable energy application.”

Lassonde’s PELSER research laboratory allows experimental prototyping and testing equipment that is necessary to further develop and verify the practicality and feasibility of the developed research ideas, build functional proof-of-concept prototypes and perform in-depth experimental verification.

“Investments … in Canada’s research infrastructure are incredibly important to the nation’s future,” said Duncan. “They give Canadian researchers the tools they need to make new discoveries that will better the lives of Canadians today and for years to come.”