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Backgrounder – Projects – $61.8 million in funding

The Harper Government is showing its commitment to stimulating innovation and job creation with an investment of $61.8 million to help 23 new clean technology projects from across the country reach commercialization.

 

1. Lead organization: Agri-Neo, Montreal, Quebec

Project Title: Bio-pesticide

Environmental Benefits: Clean soil/Clean water

Economic Sector: Agriculture

SDTC Investment: $1.5 million

 

Consortium Members:

Agri-Neo Inc.

Shabatura Produce

Veg Pro International Inc.

Engage Agro Inc.

Atomes Bio

 

Project Description:

Bacteria can be devastating to growers, infecting crops and decreasing yield – translating into lost revenue. The current method of control is a mixture of copper-based pesticides and chemicals, which causes crop yield decrease along with soil and water contamination. Also, bacteria are developing a resistance over time. Agri-Neo is developing a unique, convenient and safe-to-handle powder product that results in effective control of bacteria while being safe for the environment and health. In trials so far, the product has increased crop yields by 10-40% versus copper-based pesticides. In fact, unlike copper-based pesticides, the by-products of this bio-pesticide are beneficial to crops and non-toxic to the surrounding environment and invertebrates such as worms and other ‘decomposers’ which ensure soil health.

 

2. Lead organization: Airex Industries, Laval, Quebec

Project Title: Biomass torrefaction demonstration plant

Environmental Benefits: Clean air/climate change

Economic Sector: Energy exploration and production

SDTC Investment: $2.7 million

 

Consortium Members:

Airex Industries Inc.

Équipements Comact Inc.

 

Project Description:

Bio-coal could be an ideal supplement to conventional coal and heavy fuel oil. It can be made from a variety of available and renewable biomasses, it burns clean and it delivers more energy than its wooden pellet counterparts in industrial use. Airex has developed a torrefaction – or roasting – process to produce bio-coal from Canada’s abundant supply of waste biomass. There is strong export potential for this product, with the European thermal energy market expected to increase from the current 3Mt/yr to between 25-50Mt/yr by 2020.

 

3. Lead organization: Atlantis Operations (Canada), Halifax, Nova Scotia

Project Title: ARC-1000 Full scale tidal turbine demonstration at FORCE

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/Clean air

Economic Sector: Power generation

SDTC Investment: $5 million

 

Consortium Members:

Atlantis Operations Canada (AOC)

Lockheed Martin Canada (LMC)

Irving Shipbuilding (ISI)

 

Project Description:

Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy is uniquely powerful with the potential to produce 2,000MW of renewable energy; however, it is more aggressive than other tidal sites around the world, making site development a significant engineering challenge. Atlantis Resources is developing a 1+ MW tidal generator, the ARC1000, suited for this harsh environment – and able to withstand challenging conditions around the world. Based on results from a current prototype operating in Scotland, the project intends to re-engineer the technology with new features for anchoring, self-stalling blades in high currents, and horizontal alignment. Atlantis’ long-term target is to produce electricity that is cost competitive with the most efficient renewable energy technologies. The proposed project is targeting to achieve GHG reductions in Canada in excess of 735kt CO2e each year by 2020.

 

4. Lead organization: Borealis Geopower, Calgary, Alberta

Project Title: Optimized geothermal exploration

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Power generation

SDTC Investment: $2.4 million

 

Consortium Members:

Borealis Geopower Inc.

Kitselas First Nation

Enbridge

 

Project Description:

The Canadian Geothermal Association estimates that there is 5 GW worth of readily-accessible high-temperature geothermal resources in Canada, mostly in British Columbia. A significant barrier to exploiting geothermal energy is financing exploration: the current approach fails to provide a feasible return on investment. Borealis Geopower’s optimized geothermal exploration methodology is a carefully ordered set of processes and technologies that builds up an increasingly accurate picture of a geothermal resource, allowing the drilling of production wells precisely where they have the highest probability of hitting commercially-viable amounts of hot water. By 2020, this technology should enable 310 MW of cumulative generation capacity. The power generated is low cost, stable, reliable and dispatchable, meaning it could go far to satisfy Canada’s energy needs.

 

 

5. Lead organization: Canada Lithium, Toronto, Ontario

Project Title: QLI lithium metal pilot plant

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air/clean water

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $6.5 million

 

Consortium Members:

Canada Lithium Corp.

Phostech Lithium Inc.

Bathium Canada Inc.

Sherbrooke University

 

Project Description:

Lithium is in high demand, thanks to its use in the high energy-density batteries required by hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs), portable consumer electronics such as laptops and cell phones and energy grid storage facilities. Lithium ore can be used to produce lithium metal, a higher-end commodity whose production requires more than 100 kWh/kg of energy to extract and purify, over 10 times the energy required to produce base metals like copper or zinc. Canada Lithium is developing a technology to produce lithium metal with energy cost savings of up to 30 percent through the use of an alternative organic-based electrolytic cell and lower-temperature processing. The lithium metal produced will be of higher purity and cost 15% less than that from conventional sources. This new technology has the potential to reduce EV battery costs, thereby increasing the rate of EV up-take.

 

6. Lead organization: Développement Effenco, Montreal, Quebec

Project Title: Large scale demonstration of an engine-off hybrid system for heavy duty utility trucks

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Waste management

SDTC Investment: $1.8 million

 

Consortium Members:

Développement Effenco Inc.

Waste Management Inc.

Gaudreau environnement Inc.

Progressive Waste Solutions (BFI Canada)

 

Project Description:

Garbage trucks, which already spend 40-50 percent of their time idling between stops, require much energy to power the hydraulic systems that collect and compact waste. Effenco is developing Hydraulic Equipment Assisting Devices” (HEAD) that capture and use the energy from braking in large class eight trucks (i.e., the largest, heaviest trucks on the road, including garbage trucks). The initial HEAD development funded by SDTC uses the energy from braking to assist with the operation of the hydraulic pumps currently operated by the truck’s engine. The technology under development, called ‘Engine-Off’, actually shuts off the engine when stopped, then uses the stored braking energy to power hydraulic equipment and assist with restarting the truck’s engine. The improvement is expected to reduce energy losses related to idling, resulting in estimated fuel savings of as much as 25 percent. Each device is estimated to reduce a garbage truck’s annual CO2e emissions by 19 to 28 tonnes. By the end of 2020, the yearly cumulative GHG emissions reduction could reach 24.6 kt CO2e in Canada. In addition, the use of this technology is expected to contribute to improved air quality through a 25 percent reduction of gases such as NOx and CO.

 

7. Lead organization: Diacarbon™ Energy, Burnaby, British Columbia

Project Title: Commercial demonstration bio-coal production facility

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Energy exploration and production

SDTC Investment: $1 million

 

Consortium Members:

Diacarbon Energy Inc.

Lafarge Canada Inc.

Seabird Island First Nations

Jake’s Construction

 

Project Description:

Canada has an abundant supply of waste biomass. Diacarbon’s thermal biomass refinery (TBR) is a system that uses a slow chemical process to convert biomass into bio-coal, bio-oil, and syngas. Bio-coal yields more energy than the wood pellets commonly used as a coal alternative, making it ideal for heat and power producers which include cement facilities, combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating applications as well as coal-fired power generators. Bio-coal is mechanically and physically equivalent to coal. The proposed project will result in a technological demonstration for the production of bio-coal using an indirect heating approach using combustion gases. The global market for bio-coal, concentrated in Europe, is estimated to be $20 billion a year.

 

8. Lead organization: Eocycle, Levis, Quebec

Project Title:Transverse flux permanent magnet (TFPM) high-torque low-speed generator for large wind turbines

Environmental Benefits: Climate change / clean air

Economic Sector: Energy Utilization

SDTC Investment: $6 million

 

Consortium Members:

Eocycle Technologies Inc.

SUZLON Energy GmbH

 

Project Description:

With a rising demand for wind power, turbine manufacturers are looking for solutions that increase efficiency, reliability and cost-competitiveness. Current gearboxes add weight, increase systems’ inefficiency and have high maintenance costs. Capital costs for wind turbines are also driven by the price of magnet, which increased approximately 400% between 2007 and 2011. Eocycle will demonstrate the commercial and technical viability of its TFPM (Transverse Flux Permanent Magnet generator) technology. The high torque-low speed generator eliminates the need for conventional multi-stage gearbox and features a smaller generator. Eocycle’s technology has the highest electrical power per unit volume when compared to all competing technologies, specifically up to 20 to 25 percent as compared to the technology currently used. Turbines will weigh 26 percent less and use 50 percent less magnetic mass, resulting in a 25 to 35 percent generator unit cost reduction compared to the closest competing technology.

 

 

 

9. Lead organization: GHGSat, Montreal, Quebec

Project Title: Satellite-based remote emissions-sensing solution

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $2 million

 

Consortium Members:

GHGSat Inc.

Xiphos Systems Corporation

MPB Communications Inc. (MPBC)

University of Toronto – Inst. for Aerospace Studies, Space Flight Laboratory (SFL)

Suncor Energy

Hydro Québec

Dr. James Sloan

 

Project Description:

Industrial facilities worldwide are increasingly subject to emissions caps, both for greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants. GHGSat will provide a satellite-based remote sensing solution, designed to monitor individual industrial facilities in regulated industries including oil sands, power generation and waste management. The ability to precisely and repeatedly measure total emissions from a point source (such as a stack), or area source (such as a tailings pond or hydro reservoir) will enable accuracies comparable to continuous monitoring solutions at a cost comparable to indirect estimation processes. This project will allow GHGSat to launch a demonstration nanosatellite to verify and validate system performance, leading to regulatory recognition and commercialization of the service. Based on estimates of industry's ability and motivation to implement emissions reduction programs facilitated by the accurate and near-real time data, GHGSat anticipates environmental benefits totalling over 200 kt GHG by 2020, in addition to corresponding reductions of SOx and NOx of over 300 tonnes and 30 tonnes respectively.

 

 

10. Lead organization: MEG Energy, Calgary, Alberta

Project Title: Hi-Q heavy crude quality improvement field demonstration

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Energy Exploration and Production

SDTC Investment: $7 million

 

Consortium Members:

MEG Energy Corp

Western Research Institute (University of Wyoming Research Corporation)

 

Project Description:

In order to transport bitumen from the oil sands, either an additive (or diluent) is used to thin it out or it is upgraded to a synthetic crude oil. The current industry-standard method to convert bitumen into synthetic crude – delayed coking – is relatively energy-intensive and expensive. However, MEG’s patent-pending HI-Q process uses a combination of processes that convert bitumen into pipeline-ready crude oil, no longer requiring diluents for transportation. It is less complex and capital intensive, as well as less energy intensive, which is expected to deliver lower operating costs. The previous development of a 5 bpd prototype was also supported by SDTC. This field pilot project scales design and operations up to 1,500 bpd to further test the technology. This is anticipated to be the final development step before commercial deployment. The HI-Q Process substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions for bitumen production and conversion, producing 21% less greenhouse gases on a Wells-To-Tank (WTT) basis compared to a barrel of bitumen upgraded through delayed coking.

 

11. Lead organization: Minesense Technologies, Vancouver, British Columbia

Project Title: Scalable Ni/Cu waste reclamation solution

Environmental Benefits: Clean soil/climate change/clean air/clean water

Economic Sector: Waste management

SDTC Investment: $1.5 million

 

Consortium Members:

MineSense Technologies Ltd.

Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering (UBC)

Canadian Arrow Mines (CAM)

 

Project Description:

Canadian mining operations produce 2 million tonnes of waste rock a day. In order to get at the “pay” rock or “ore”, a mining operation must move and dispose of a large amount of waste rock that, using conventional sorting methods, does not have an economic concentration of minerals. MineSense will develop their High-Frequency Electromagnetic Spectrometry (HFEMS) technology to measure the amount of a given mineral at the point of extraction, allowing operators to better sort the rock based on mineral content prior to processing, thus saving costs and requiring less energy to process it. Thanks to increased metal recovery, longer life of mine and decreased environmental impact, the technology could increase the total value of a mining operation by as much as 50 percent, as well as revive mines considered “end of life” with a more accurate assessment and classification of mined mineral content. Once widely used, this technology could save a typical base metal operation mining 10,000 tonnes of ore per day as much as 15 GWh/yr or 8.16 Mt CO2e/yr.

 

12. Lead organization: Nichromet Extraction, Thetford Mines, Quebec

Project Title: Gold Refining pilot plant demonstration

Environmental Benefits: Clean soil/clean water/climate change

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $5 million

 

Consortium Members:

Nichromet Extraction Inc.

Creso Exploration Inc.

Dundee Corporation Inc.

 

Project Description:

Cyanidation is energy-intensive way to process gold, and produces a large amount of highly-contaminated tailings. Nichromet’s technology uses an innovative approach, hypochlorination, to extract precious metals. Besides the benefits to the environment, the process will allow the exploitation of gold deposits that are not extractable using conventional methods. The primary benefits are reduced cost, shorter processing time, reduced emissions from avoided energy consumption for convention refining, increased mine productivity by reclaiming process waste and remediating waste ore – all of which increases the life expectancy of the mining operation.

 

13. Lead organization: NuWave Research, Burnaby, British Columbia

Project Title: Demonstration of continuous vacuum microwave drying on commercial crops

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air/clean soil

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $2 million

 

Consortium members:

NuWave Research

Lally Farms Ltd.

Canadian Farms Produce Inc.

A. H. Prahst and Associates

 

Project Description:

Of the fruits, vegetables and berries grown in Canada, as much as 40% of crops are considered second-grade, and are currently sold at a distressed price or sent to a landfill as any attempt to transport them to market is too expensive. One way to use these products would be to freeze-dry them, but the transportation of food to freeze-drying facilities and high processing costs results in energy costs and possible deterioration of the food. NuWave Research has developed NuGenesis™, a method of on-site commercial continuous Vacuum Microwave Drying (cVMD), based on the principal that water boils at a lower temperature in a vacuum. Thanks to its portability and advanced software, the NuGenesis™ allows for drying to be done at the farm or at other sources of feedstock, such as food processing plants. Energy use will be reduced by 80 % compared to the incumbent freeze-drying technology, while costs to transport the food to the drying facility will be virtually eliminated.

 

14. Lead organization: Polystyvert, Montreal, Quebec

Project Title: Recycling of polystyrene using a dissolution approach

Environmental Benefits: Clean soil/climate change/clean water

Economic Sector: Waste management

SDTC Investment: $480,000

 

Consortium Members:

Polystyvert

Ville de Montréal

Polymos

ASP Plastics

C3PM

 

Project Description:

Polystyrene (or STYROFOAM™) is commonly used and commonly thrown out. In Canada, one type of polystyrene alone (expanded polystyrene) could fill a landfill with an area of 444 ha (or ~745 CFL football fields) to a depth of 30 cm. The volume of expanded polystyrene contains mostly air and is difficult to compact which makes it expensive to transport either to a recycling facility or a landfill. Polystyvert Inc. has developed a novel solvent/anti-solvent approach which makes use of an extract found in citrus fruit to dissolve expanded polystyrene to 3 percent of its expanded volume and further processes the recovered material into a solid granular form which will then be sold back into the market place for re-use. This approach keeps waste out of the landfill and cuts down on the water needed to produce virgin polystyrene. More importantly, it represents an economic opportunity as the recycled product can be used in a variety of applications.

 

 

15. Lead organization: Power Measurement, Burnaby, British Columbia

Project Title: Demonstration of smart controller for electrical substations

Environmental Benefits: Clean air/climate change

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $1.7 million

 

Consortium Members:

Power Measurement Ltd. (PML)

BC Institute of Technology (BCIT)

BC Hydro

 

Project Description:

Electricity grids are seeing larger conventional and new demands such as the growing use of electric vehicles. To meet these challenges, grid operators are adjusting to the need of incorporating distributed generation, which risks producing damaging power surges. Power Measurement Ltd. is developing a Smart Controller for Electrical Substations (SCES), a device that will provide the real-time ability to switch the source of electricity between the grid, distributed generation or storage. It will implement local load management methods such as staggering EV charging off peak ("smart charging"). Used effectively, an SCES will be able to increase the total capacity of a substation by 30 percent without the need to increase peak capacity. The cost of upgrading a typical existing substation using an SCES is 15 to 54% of the cost of increasing capacity by conventional means. BC Hydro estimates this technology could allow them to defer further substation upgrades by 10 years. Global deployment of SCESs will reduce GHGs by 1800 kt CO2e/yr and reduce global NOx and SO2 emissions by 1.5 and 1.8 kt/yr respectively by 2022.

 

16. Lead organization: R.I.I. North America, Edam, Saskatchewan

Project Title: Plains Core Area Edam pilot project

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air/clean water

Economic Sector: Energy exploration and production

SDTC Investment: $2.8 million

 

Consortium Members:

R.I.I. North America Inc.

Rock Energy Inc.

 

Project Description:

Primary oil recovery methods in Saskatchewan's heavy oil basin extract between five and 10 percent of the available resource, with the vast majority left in the ground and recoverable only through Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods. Many EOR processes are both expensive and energy intensive. The oilfields of Alberta’s Cold Lake and Lloydminster Region are nearing the end of their readily-accessible – and economically feasible – oil, making it the ideal site to explore innovative, energy-saving EOR methods. Traditional steam-based EOR generates steam in surface facilities and injects it underground to mobilize the oil for production, with considerable energy losses inherent in the process. R.I.I. North America's STRIP technology (Solvent Thermal Resource Innovation Process) moves the steam generator underground, reducing the operating and capital costs of a surface thermal production facility by 30% and 50% respectively, and saving more than 30% of the energy typically required for thermal production. The technology is being demonstrated in an area where an increase of even 1% of the total remaining reserves represents a $25B opportunity – a number that would go up exponentially if this technology is applied across the oilfields.

 

 

17. Lead organization: semiosBIO Technologies, Vancouver, British Columbia

Project Title: Area-wide demonstration of automated and integrated pest management system

Environmental Benefits: Clean soil/clean water

Economic Sector: Agriculture

SDTC Investment: $2.8 million

 

Consortium Members:

semiosBIO Technologies Inc

Okanagan Kootenay Sterile Insect Release Program (SIR)

University of British Columbia (UBC)

University of Guelph

Mr. Len Metcalfe

 

Project Description:

Regulators and consumers alike are demanding decreased use of pesticides, which opens the door for other novel approaches to pest control. semiosBIO has developed a pest management system comprised of mating-disrupting pheromones and automated sensory and dispersion equipment to apply and measure pheromone concentration. The system prevents oriental fruit moths and codling moths from mating, thereby reducing the larvae population which eat through fruit and cost Canadian orchards important yield losses and revenue annually. The automated pest management system allows users to perform real-time monitoring, quantify pests, control pheromone dispersion and collect data. The technology is more cost-effective and less-labour intensive than the incumbent solid matrix pheromone technology and prevents soil and water contamination which occur when toxic chemicals such as Phosmet, Carbaryl and Diazinon are used in spray applications. By 2020, uptake of this technology in Canadian apple orchards has the potential to displace and prevent soil contamination from these pesticides by respectively 27, 14 and 13 t/yr. Similarly, it could reduce water contamination by these same agents in the following respective quantities: 402, 214 and 201 kg/yr.

 

18. Lead organization: Solar Ship, Toronto, Ontario

Project Title: Steinback demonstration project

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Transportation

SDTC Investment: $2.2 million

 

Consortium Members:

Solar Ship Inc.

Toronto Electric

Zenair Canada

Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada

Sustainable TO

 

Project Description:

Around the world, moving cargo to and from remote communities can cost as much as 100 times more than in more accessible communities and is a disincentive to remote communities seeking to export natural resources. Solar Ship Inc. is developing a hybrid aircraft technology that addresses this problem. The aircraft uses a hybrid propulsion system: two electric motors powered by solar cells and a fuel powered combustion engine. Its unique wing-shaped design uses an aerofoil geometry and buoyant gas for aerodynamic lift, lessening the need for road and ground infrastructure. Current estimates show that the Solar Ship can move cargo to remote areas in Northern Ontario for $1.20/ton-km which is less than the current truck transportation costs to remote areas of $10/ton-km. The proposed project is targeting to achieve cumulative GHG reductions in Canada in excess of 5.3ktCO2e annually and 8.7ktCO2e in the rest of the world by 2020.

 

19. Lead organization: Venmar CES, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Project Title: smART A/C system

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air/clean water/clean soil

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $2 million

 

Consortium Members:

Venmar CES

Enermodal Engineering

The Master Group

EFI Concepts

 

Project Description:

Residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 30% of Canada’s total secondary energy consumption, and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems can account for up to 55% of total building energy consumption. High performance green buildings are concerned with reducing this energy consumption for economic and environmental reasons. Energy savings for ventilation rely on improved system efficiencies because reductions in fresh air rates are not acceptable. Also, humidity control of the supply air is increasingly being used to improve indoor air quality and to allow for high efficiency hydronic systems. Venmar CES is commercializing a new HVAC system dubbed the “smART A/C”, which promises significantly increased energy efficiency while simultaneously controlling supply air humidity. The smart A/C will feature a Liquid to Air Membrane Energy Exchanger (LAMEE) that conditions air by transferring heat and moisture using a liquid desiccant separated from the air stream by a vapour permeable membrane. This system has operating efficiencies up to 40 percent better than state-of-the-art systems currently on the market, or three times better than conventional systems.

 

20. Lead organization: Verve Energy Solutions, Calgary, Alberta

Project Title: Verve Aggregant Technology

Environmental Benefits: Clean water/clean air/climate change

Economic Sector: Energy exploration and production

SDTC Investment: $3 million

 

Consortium Members:

Verve Energy Solutions Inc.

Oil Sands Tailings Consortium

Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Teck Resources Ltd.

Shell Canada Ltd.

 

Project Description:

Recent regulatory changes in Alberta require oil sands operators to meet short-term targets to address the capture of ‘fines’ (very small mineral particles) and the remediation of tailings ponds. The targets will shorten the recovery process – the process needed to clean up tailings ponds – from several decades to trafficable within five years. Verve Energy Solutions Inc. is working on a technology that can address this need. Their process gives producers the ability to separate tailings into recyclable water and stackable clays and soil through the use of a polymer. The technology can be deployed retroactively to existing tailings ponds, reducing industry withdrawals of fresh water from the Athabasca River by recycling water for extraction, and mitigating current greenhouse gas emissions from tailings ponds by accelerating reclamation activities.

 

21. Lead organization: Western Hydrogen, Calgary, Alberta

Project Title: Molten Salt Catalyzed Gasification (MSG) for Production of Hydrogen at High Pressure from Natural Gas with Reduced Emissions

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Energy exploration and production

SDTC Investment: $1.5 million

 

Consortium Members:

Western Hydrogen Ltd.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

Aux Sable Canada Ltd. (ASC)

 

Project Description:

Hydrogen is a necessary ingredient to convert oil sands bitumen into synthetic crude, but it is also a costly and carbon-intensive part of the process. Western Hydrogen’s break-through technology converts natural gas into hydrogen using a process called molten salt gasification (MSG), which could reduce GHG emissions by 23 percent compared to the currently best available technology. The MSG technology also delivers hydrogen at a high-pressure stream of greater than 1,000 pounds per square inch, which minimizes post treatment and ready for use in industrial processes. Similarly, carbon dioxide is also released at high pressure in liquid phase, allowing for easier carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Lastly, MSG requires fewer equipment components than in typical hydrogen production, resulting in a smaller overall footprint. In general, efficiencies in both the process reactions and required equipment means greater energy efficiency. This project builds on a previous SDTC project.

 

 

22. Lead organization: Whale Shark Environmental Technologies, Vancouver, British Columbia

Project Title: Whale Shark hull-cleaning system

Environmental Benefits: Clean water/climate change/clean air

Economic Sector: Transportation

SDTC Investment: $646,000

 

Consortium Members:

Whale Shark Environmental Technologies Ltd. (WET)

All-Sea-Enterprises Ltd. (All-Sea)

Underwater Contractors Spain, SL (UCS)

Ballard Diving and Salvage (Ballard)

Westwood Shipping

 

Project Description:

At least 39 percent of marine invasive species arrive in ports on the hulls of ships. Dirty hulls also slow down ships, increasing fuel consumption by as much as 25 percent. Whale Shark Environmental Technologies proposes a machine that will clean and collect matter before releasing water into the sea. Considering a conservatively-estimated 5% fuel savings and 220 operating days per year, the technology could reduce fuel costs by $1,750 per day or $385,000 per year per ship. The resulting indirect GHG saving in 2020 is estimated at 21.1 kt/yr in Canada with the associate clean air reductions of PM14.8 t/yr, NOx 247 t/yr, SOx 77.9 t/yr. Globally, has the potential to reduce GHG emissions by over 2.8 Mt/yr with the related clean air reductions of 2.94 kt/yr of PM, 49 kt/yr of NOx and 15.5 kt/yr of SOx.

 

 

23. Lead organization: Yava Technologies, Toronto, Ontario

Project Title: Zinc Recovery Demonstration

Environmental Benefits: Clean soil/climate change/clean air/clean water

Economic Sector: Energy utilization

SDTC Investment: $400,000

 

Consortium Members:

Yava Technologies Inc.

Aurcana Corp.

 

Project Description:

Concentrating, smelting and refining are processes currently used by the mining industry to recover valuable minerals from mined ore. The processes produce toxic pollutants, GHGs and air contaminants; not to mention that the capital and operating costs involved can be enormous and have a significant impact on the profitability of mining operations. Yava Technologies has developed a low-cost, environmentally-friendly process that could allow producers to avoid concentrating, smelting and traditional refining while enabling the processing of even lower grade material than is currently economically viable as well as remediating existing waste piles and tailings. This project will see the design, building and testing of a pilot plant to produce zinc in a value added form tailored to exacting industrial specifications. The process could potentially also be applied to recovering other metals such as gold, silver, copper, nickel, cobalt and lead.

 

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