Partnership in Canada – the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative

The Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI), as an independent international research cooperation, combines expertise from the Helmholtz Association and the University of Alberta (Canada) and makes use of respective synergy-effects to mutually provide contributions towards tackling urgent global challenges. This occurs through successive development of thematically focussed cooperation projects such as those in the Helmholtz Research areas Health, Environment and Energy. The research cooperation works in compliance with the sustainability principles of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):

-implementation of concepts regarding sustainability measures in the context of the research cooperation

-assessment of the sustainability criteria

-procedures for evaluation.

In the initial HAI cooperation projects, the University of Alberta has been cooperating, since April 2010, with four Helmholtz facilities (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – KIT, and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ) in the field of environmental and energy research. The fundamental goal of this project consists of provision of independent knowledge, innovative technologies and system solutions for environmentally friendly and energy-efficient deployment of globally relevant fossil and renewable energy resources.

The following research topics are currently being worked on:


  • Energy efficient preparation of fossil-energy sources (Coordination: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)
  • Capture of CO2 in the combustion process (Coordination: Forschungszentrum Jülich)
  • Geological CO2 storage (Coordination: Helmhltz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences)    
  • Utilisation of deep geothermal energy as a renewable source of energy (Coordination: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences)
  • Environmentally compatible processing of waste water (Coordination: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)
  • Reclamation of landscapes following mining projects and associated research regarding fundamental processes in soil and landscape genesis (Coordination: Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences)   

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