Enerkem Alberta Biofuels Project

Enerkem Inc. intends to build, own, and operate a commercial next generation cellulosic ethanol plant capable of converting 100,000 Bone Dry Metric Tons (BDMT) of sorted Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) into 38 million litres of cellulosic ethanol. The Project will utilize thermochemical gasification process technology developed by Enerkem and is sited adjacent to the City of Edmonton Integrated Waste Management Centre (EWMC). In addition to producing ethanol the facility will have the capability to provide bio-methanol as a co-product.

AE Côte-Nord RTP™ Project

The AE Côte-Nord RTP Project will employ Ensyn Technologies’ fast pyrolysis process to convert wood and woody materials into a liquid fuel product. Renewable Fuel Oil (“RFO”), produced by the Project will be substituted for fossil derived fuel oil in industrial and institutional applications. The project will be located on the existing Arbec Port Cartier Sawmill site and will be capable of processing 66,300 Bone Dry Metric Tons of feedstock into 42 million liters of RFO annually.

metaSOLAR™: Enabling a cleaner Transportation future

Transport accounts for about 19 per cent of global energy use and 23 per cent of energy-related, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Car ownership worldwide is set to triple to over two billion cars on the road by 2050, while air travel will amount to 3 per cent of total global CO2 emissions. MTI utilizes the latest achievements in optical science, metamaterials, semiconductors and nanofabrication. Its patented solar technology has been engineered to collect, trap and absorb solar light from all directions at wide angles, significantly improving efficiency, removing the need to track the sun.

Ultra-Low Power Wireless Transceiver for Internet of Things Devices

Currently, the battery life of a wide range of wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices is not sufficient for many applications, leading to frequent recharge cycles, large energy consumption, and batteries with costly maintenance and significant waste. SPARK Microsystems has developed a unique wireless technology that is more energy efficient than incumbent technologies; it lowers the device energy used by wireless communications tools to 4% (from 80% or more), rendering wireless communications nearly “free”.

Accelerating Customer Sited Energy Storage

The electricity grid is undergoing a dramatic transition as the centralized model of production and distribution is transforming into a decentralized system, where consumers of energy will have the ability to produce, store and sell power. Battery energy storage, with its ability to balance the supply and demand of electricity, is a key enabler of this transition. Energy storage has the potential to provide multiple benefits, including cost savings, enhanced grid resiliency, GHG emission reduction, improved power quality, and increased utilization of grid assets.

Making Biopesticides Effective

Vive is working with manufacturers of biopesticides to improve the effectiveness of the crop protection products, leading to greater market uptake and broader commercialization. The crop protection market is currently dominated by synthetic products. However, with consumers and regulators clamouring for less toxic and more environmentally friendly solutions, biopesticides (pesticides made of organic materials) are projected to be the fastest-growing crop protection market segment.

Advanced MSW Recycling Commercialization

Most of what people discard is composed of metals, plastics, and biomass materials that are bound together, preventing them from being economically diverted by even the best curbside-recycling program. Most recycling solutions can only handle one material at a time, thus causing the disposal of mixed materials into landfills. Sustane Technologies Inc. (Sustane) has developed a new segregation technology that allows for the near-complete recycling of garbage; it thus has the potential to eliminate the need for landfills by 90%.

Scale-up of graphene production for rapid silicon-graphene anode commercialization

Raymor Industries has developed a process that produces a material (graphene) that is ideally suited to protect the working components of lithium-ion batteries, increasing battery energy density by up to 40%. Largely deployed in electric vehicles, portable consumer electronics, unmanned aerial vehicles and electric bikes, the energy storage capacity of lithium ion batteries is limited by a variety of factors. Raymor and its collaborators, PPG, A123 and SiNode Systems, have developed a strategy to increase the capacity of these batteries, resulting in a less frequent need for charging.

Synergro Free for Sustainable Agriculture

Improvements in agricultural practices can have big impacts on the economy and the environment. Although chemicals and inorganic fertilizers have helped to feed an ever-growing population, use of such products has slowed many beneficial biological activities naturally occurring in soils, leading to weakened overall soil health and other environmental issues. Biological products used in agriculture (Ag-Bio products) are comprised of naturally occurring substances that can complement or replace chemicals to improve plant health.

Molecular Upcycling of Waste Polystyrene to Specialty Chemicals

Polystyrene is among the fastest growing solid waste material, with over 5 billion pounds consumed annually in North America. It is used in consumer products and commercial packaging, and once discarded, often ends up in municipal landfills. If it is recycled, it often results in material that is of poor quality, has few outlet applications, and low financial returns. In a previously funded project with SDTC, GreenMantra demonstrated an innovative way to break down #2, 4, and 5 polyolefin waste plastics and convert them into synthetic waxes used in various industrial applications.