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.

Automated (Robotic) Warehousing & Fulfillment

Calgary-based, ATTAbotics is developing a robotic warehousing fulfillment system. Today’s warehouses typically use large footprint row and aisle layouts with human-centric picking, packing, and shipping of products. ATTAbotics revolutionary automated warehouse system has the potential to significantly reduce the cost and footprint of warehouse operations. Their solution holds inventory items in bins that are stored in a dense three-dimensional storage structure versus traditional static storage locations.

Eco - Thermoplastic Elastomer Project

NRT Canada is turning scrap rubber and plastics into new high-value materials and products, including eco-Thermoplastic Elastomers, or eco-TPEs. These alternatives to traditional materials, which are derived from hydro-carbons in petrochemical plants, will be used in everything from car parts, to building products, asphalt and shoes. Eco-TPEs provide cost advantages and numerous environmental benefits including landfill diversion, Co2 emission and waste water reductions as well as reduced reliance on fossil fuels.

The Electro-BioReactor Process: Combining Power and Biology

Quebec-based ClinnUp Technologies is poised to change how we treat and re-use wastewater. By merging electricity with biological processes within the existing wastewater treatment plant installation, their Electro BioReactor (EBR) technology, produces multiple beneficial reactions that reduce carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, heavy metals and other micropollutants below the most stringent limits. The end result of the EBR technology is a pristine water quality proper for re-use. The technology was licensed through Aligo Innovation, business arm representing several universities in Quebec.

Acid Mine Drainage Wastewater Recovery Using Vacuum Membrane Distillation

KmX Membrane Technologies of Oakville have developed an innovative water treatment technology that offers the potential for significant environmental, operational and financial benefits at mine sites worldwide. With SDTC support, KmX and its consortium partners will demonstrate the recovery of mine wastewater that would otherwise accumulate in tailings ponds. The KmX technology will improve the bottom line and environmental footprint of mining companies by lowering energy costs, recovering valuable metals, reducing water consumption and reducing environmental risks.

NRStor-Hydrostor Goderich CAES Demonstration Project

With more renewable energy generation entering the electrical grid, matching the supply of electricity to demand is becoming increasingly challenging. Energy storage solutions can help balance demand; in doing so, they also effectively reduce grid operating costs and decrease the need for new infrastructure.

Multivariate management of crop production for increased productivity

An increase in global population combined with declining reserves of arable land call for significant improvements in agricultural productivity. New technologies that can increase crop yields and/or reduce crop inputs—such as water, fertilizer and pesticides—are highly desirable. Hortau Inc.’s Precision Agriculture (PrAg) platform—composed of hardware, software and communication systems—aims to minimize the five main plant stressors: water, nutrients, pests, temperature and salinity.

Advanced Cathode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries

With their superior storage capacity, lithium ion batteries have become the preferred form of electrochemical energy storage; they are widely used in automotive, energy storage and portable electronics markets, with global demand continuing to grow rapidly. Springpower International Inc. (SPI) has created a new way to create the materials required for lithium ion batteries; the SPI technology is both environmentally friendlier and costs less than traditional technologies.


Over the last decade, continuous technology refinement, supply-chain and manufacturing optimization, and product standardization in the solar-power sector have led to exponential reductions in the costs of solar technology.