ATEClogoThe Advanced Transportation & Energy Centre (ATEC) is a 3,000 sq. ft. research facility at Red River College that was established to help address the issues of emissions reduction and the integration of alternative, renewable sources of fuels for the transportation sector.

ATEC’s mission is three-fold:

  • Support innovation in the transportation industry
  • Introduce new vehicle technologies through applied research
  • Train the next generation of skilled workers to ensure the successful commercialization of new innovations

Applied research efforts have been focused upon the end-user:

  • Vehicle cold weather testing
  • Vehicle emissions testing
  • Optimization of fuel economy and emissions ~ Especially in heavy equipment and trucking
  • Alternate and renewable fuels utilization and implementation ~ Permanent multi-fuel refueling station development
  • Hydrogen, bio-diesel, ethanol and electricity

Winnipeg’s geographical location is ideal for ATEC’s applied research activities. With its central location, Manitoba is a major transportation hub within Canada and North America. The Manitoba-based trucking industry directly and indirectly employs 33,000 Manitobans or 5 per cent of the Manitoba labour force. Three of Canada’s ten largest employers in the for-hire trucking industry are headquartered in Winnipeg, and Winnipeg is home to two of North America’s largest bus manufacturers.

Completed ATEC Projects

Reduced Emission Diesel Engine Integration

RRC staff and students designed and built a prototype of Motor Coach industries’ (MCI) 2010 J4500 and 2007 D4500 buses to allow them to accommodate the latest U.S. EPA standards for new reduced-emission engines.  RRC worked, as part of the project team, to design and integrate airflow, water, and electrical components to enable the prototypes to meet  the new standards.  Both prototypes were successfully incorporated into a MCI’s products.

Red River Raycer Solar Car

RC’s solar-powered car, the Red River Raycer, was built to compete in the 2005 and 2008 4,000 km North American Solar Challenges. The Red River Raycer contains 406 solar cells, runs on a lithium ion battery and can reach speeds of up to 120 km per hour. In 2008, the Red River Raycer finished in 9th place among 15 competitors and was the only Canadian college entry competing against major universities from across North America – showcasing the College’s expertise in energy efficient design and technology,

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Transit Bus Demonstration

In 2006, RRC operated the bus and refueling station as part of the demonstration and testing of the 40-foot, zero pollution emitting New Flyer Industries vehicle that was outfitted with three HyPM 65 fuel-cell power modules and ultra-capacitors (to recapture energy from the bus’s brakes).  Other project partners included: the Province of Manitoba, Hydrogenics Corporation, NRCan, and Maxwell Technologies of California.

Hybrid Hydrogen Internal Combustion (HHICE) Transit Bus Demonstration

This project was an “in-fare” service demonstration of a hybrid bus in cold weather conditions. New Flyer Industries built the bus’s body and ISE Corporation in San Diego installed the 10-cylinder Ford engine and hybrid-electric drive systems. RRC staff generated the hydrogen fuel, operated the refueling station, maintained and serviced the bus, and provided troubleshooting expertise.  Project partners included: Kraus Global, NRCan, the Province of Manitoba, the Vehicle Technology Centre, the City of Winnipeg Transit Department, SunLine Transit Agency, the University of Manitoba Transport Institute, and Western Diversification.