Starting as a two-year contract, Worksport has forged a working relationship with Ontario Tech University, the company announced. Worksport will have access to Ontario Tech’s ACE Testing Facility, wherein the company will be collaborating with the research team that is supervised by Professor Sheldon Williamson, PhD.
As the Canadian Chair of Research in Electric Storage Systems, Williamson has experience in Worksport’s industries, having worked with and advised automotive companies including Ford and General Motors, the company said. This partnership commits Dr. Williamson’s research team to work full-time for the company and opens doors to funding from the NPO, Mitacs. The immediate goal of this partnership is to finish prototyping Worksport’s TerraVis Solar Truck Bed Cover System by the end of Q3, 2021. OTU and Worksport will complete validation and fine-tuning for TerraVis pre-launch in Q4, 2021, and accelerate towards full manufacturing in 2022, the company said. The prototyping, validation, and fine-tuning will be managed by utilizing OTU’s ACE Testing tunnel for testing of TerraVis usage in different environments and weather conditions.
Williamson and team, together with Worksport, will be focused on researching newer, highly efficient ways of transferring solar energy into useable electricity, the company said.
“My team and I are eager to further our R&D efforts with Dr. Williamson and his research team of incredibly impressive intellectuals on truly sustainable energy technology and tune our never-before-seen innovations to the practicality wonders of consumers and customer businesses at large,” said Worksport CEO Steven Rossi.