Twenty-one educational institutions in Canada and the United States will receive advanced infrared imaging cameras from Fluke Corp.

The equipment, worth a total of more than $100,000, was made possible through Fluke’s education grant program.

Each winning school will receive one Fluke Thermal Imager kit including software, two rechargeable batteries, charger, operation manual and USB adapter. These Fluke imagers are designed for inspecting buildings to spot leaks and find places where energy is being lost.

The Fluke weatherization grant program, announced in July 2009, drew applications from more than 100 high schools, community colleges, universities and training programs across North America. Winners were chosen by a review committee of industry professionals who examined many program elements, including the breadth of course offerings and the types and numbers of certificates and degrees conferred.

“It is a privilege to contribute to training the young technicians who will keep our homes and businesses warm, comfortable and energy-efficient in the future,” said Kirsten Paust, general manager for Fluke thermography. “We were extremely impressed by the quality and depth of these programs. These advanced Fluke test instruments will help make them even better.”

Interest in energy conservation, home energy inspections and weatherization services has gained popularity in the wake of the energy price spikes and passage of federal financial assistance programs for increasing efficiency at homes of low-income citizens, Fluke said.