Turning ideas into results
May 29, 2012

SOVAR participates in raising $690,774 to fund a project carried out by Professor Guy Dumas’ research team at Université Laval

SOVAR is proud to announce that Professor Guy Dumas of Université Laval’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was awarded $490,210 in funding by the province of Quebec’s Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE). This support came from the PSVT Program (Programme de soutien à la valorisation et au transfert – Technology Development and Transfer Support Program) through its component dedicated to social innovation and economic growth in technology development and transfer. Additional contributions of $200,564 from other partners involved in the project, namely JAMEC, the Maria-Chapdelaine Regional County Municipality (RCM) and SOVAR, brought the overall funding to $690,774.

The project’s main goal is to transfer and make commercially operational the outcome of research carried out over the past eight years at Université Laval on an innovative and valuable turbine technology referred to as the oscillating-foil hydrokinetic turbine. Bolstered by regional and business partnerships, JAMEC, a company from Normandin in the Lac St-Jean region, will benefit the most from this transfer of expertise and technology. The project calls for the design, manufacturing and testing of a hydrokinetic turbine demonstrator leading to deployment in the natural environment of the Lac St-Jean region.

For additional information, see the MDEIE press release (in French only).


In business since 1987, JAMEC offers complete design, fabrication and maintenance services for innovative value added industrial equipment. JAMEC is a company that is well-established in its community employing more than 45 people. The company is looking to diversify its expertise and product offer. Through its involvement, it is striving to contribute to the development and growth of renewable energy sources as well as to the emergence of a stimulating new industrial sector for the Lac St-Jean region. The region has abundant rivers representing several potential sites for hydrokinetic energy production that eliminates the need to build power dams therefore greatly minimizing environmental and ecological impact.

About Maria-Chapdelaine RCM

The Maria-Chapdelaine Regional County Municipality in the North-West corner of the Lac-Saint-Jean region covers an area almost as large as Switzerland (40,000 km2) and is the fifth largest in Quebec. Its name comes from the famous novel Maria Chapdelaine from author Louis Hémon who at the beginning of the 20th Century lived for a while in the territory that inspired this world-renowned work of fiction.

Legally incorporated in 1982, the Maria-Chapdelaine RCM is made up of 12 municipalities and one non-organized territory. From a biophysical standpoint, the RCM features wide open spaces and an imposing hydrographic network that notably comprises the great rivers of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region and over 8,000 lakes.