The Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Jim Balsillie, Chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, today announced almost $10 million in new investments for five Ontario projects under Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund.

The SD Tech Fund supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil, providing solutions to key Canadian industries that increase efficiency and enhance environmental responsibility.

These investments support jobs furthering the research, development and demonstration of innovative clean energy technologies across Ontario. With global clean technology demand estimated to grow from $1.1 trillion in 2012 to $2.5 trillion by 2022, international markets will create enormous potential for Canada’s clean technology industry. Today’s investments will help advance four new clean energy technologies from concept to commercialization. Funding to SDTC for some of these projects is subject to Treasury Board approval.

  • Ubiquity Solar Inc. in Waterloo will receive more than $3 million for its solar power technology;
  • GreenMantra Technologies in Brantford will receive $2 million for plastics recycling;
  • Electro Kinetic Solutions in Toronto will receive over $2 million for tailing ponds remediation;
  • Morgan Solar in Toronto will receive in excess of $2 million for solar panel technology; and
  • Cleeve Technology Inc. in Oshawa will receive $710,000 for de-coating technology for aircraft maintenance.

The announcement followed the conclusion of an energy innovation roundtable hosted by Natural Resources Canada. Today was the sixth in a series of discussions looking at energy innovation across our country. The roundtables engaged leading stakeholders from industry, academia, the financial community, and non-governmental organizations to share their perspectives on solutions for improving Canada’s competitiveness in energy innovation.

The Government of Canada will use the results of the roundtable discussions as a guide to inform means to collaborate and coordinate with private and public sector groups interested in advancing energy innovation in Canada.

Today’s announcement follows the one made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 20th in Waterloo. The Prime Minister announced last week the organizations that have been chosen to advance in the selection process for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP), which is designed to help outstanding small- and medium-sized Canadian enterprises to grow, prosper and create jobs. Business accelerators and incubators provide innovative, early-stage entrepreneurs with resources, facilities and expertise to help them develop their business plans and seek follow-on financing.

Quick Facts

 

  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s SD Tech Fund™ has supported 269 projects from $684 million allocated by the federal government.
  • Fifty-seven of SDTC’s more mature companies have received $2.5 billion in follow-on financing as of December 2013, meaning that for every dollar invested by Canada in these companies the marketplace has responded with fourteen dollars of private capital.
    • 63% of Canada’s electricity generation is from renewable sources – first in the G7.
    • Canada was ranked second, along with the UK, in energy efficiency improvements between 1990 and 2010, and ranks fifth among International Energy Agency countries in public expenditures on energy research, development and demonstration as percentage of GDP.
    • In 2012, greenhouse gas emissions were 5.1% lower than 2005 levels, while the economy grew by 10.6% in the same period. Per capita emissions have fallen to their lowest level since tracking began.
    • The global demand for energy is expected to grow by about one third over the next 25 years.

Quotes

 

“The investments announced today demonstrate our government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and creating high quality jobs in Ontario. By supporting advanced research and technology, our government is investing in Canadian prosperity and a cleaner environment.”

Greg Rickford,

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and
Minister for the Federal Development Initiative for Northern Ontario

“Clean technologies are helping us make the most efficient use of our resources, bringing down operating costs, creating value-added jobs and minimizing environmental impacts in the Canadian economy. The projects announced today are prime examples of how SDTC's investments are assisting small and medium-sized Canadian companies gain the traction they need to move toward the forefront of the global cleantech sector. ”

Jim Balsillie,

Chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)

 

 

QUOTES FOR ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING FUNDING

“We are very pleased with the $3.1M of support from SDTC to help fund our $10.9 million demonstration pilot plant project. This project leverages Canada’s strengths in natural resources, advanced materials processing and automation, and is expected to create over 500 export-focused jobs over the next five years in Canada. We expect that as the shift to clean distributed solar energy accelerates, PV cells using our technology will become ubiquitous.”

Ian MacLellan,
President and CEO, Ubiquity Solar Inc

“GreenMantra is very thankful for the support from SDTC. With funding ready to go, we’re eager to showcase the capabilities of GreenMantra's technology and become the industry’s leading supplier of environmentally friendly waxes."

Tim Haig,
President and CEO, GreenMantra Technologies

“Aircraft paint can be an extreme environmental hazard when removed by chemical or abrasive means. The funding announced today will allow Cleeve Technologies, through their BRIC division, to bring to market the Robotic Laser Decoating System (RLDS), which removes airplane coatings, as required by periodic maintenance inspection and repair, safely, speedily and without damage to the aircraft. It’s a move that opens up significant new markets for Cleeve Technologies, and we are grateful for the support of SDTC.”

Paul Church,
Owner and President, Cleeve Technology Inc

"The SDTC is recognized the world over as one of the most successful cleantech funding programs in the world, and Morgan Solar is proud to be a recipient of SDTC funding for the second time. By focusing on projects with concrete metrics, the SDTC balances funding innovation with delivering results, and we look forward to developing our demonstration project with their support."

Nicolas Morgan,
VP, Business Development, Morgan Solar

“This funding will be used to continue our research into a new approach to treating tailings from the Alberta oil sands. The technology has the potential to allow oil sands tailings to be treated more quickly and cost-effectively. It also offers a more sustainable approach to tailings management, serving as an enabling technology for reclaiming lands affected by oil sands development and reducing the need for long-term tailings storage. We are proud to have been selected to receive SDTC support.”

Jim Micak,
CEO, Electro Kinetic Solutions

 

Backgrounder – Projects – $10 million in funding

 

The Government of Canada is showing its commitment to stimulating innovation and job creation with an investment of $10 million to help 5 new Ontario-based companies with clean technology projects across the country reach commercialization.

1. Lead organization: Ubiquity Solar Inc.

Project Title: High Performance PV Polysilicon and Ingot Plant

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/Clean air

Economic Sector: Power generation

SDTC Investment: $3.1 million

 

Consortium Members:

Ubiquity Solar Inc.

University of Waterloo – Centre for Advanced PV Devices and Systems

University of Toronto

McMaster University

Fraunhofer Centre for Silicon Photovotaics CSP

ECN Solar Energy, Silicon Photvoltaics

Si Con

Core Business Developers LLC

Jerry Olson Consulting

DJ Met Consulting

 

Project Description:

 

The solar industry continues to look for reductions in the cost of modules and increases in performance and reliability in order to make solar power increasingly attractive. Ubiquity Solar Inc.’s SolarBrickTM is the product of a new approach to using monocrystalline silicon to convert sunlight into electricity. The modules made with this material are more efficient than current industry standard products, are less susceptible to light-induced degradation and hold the potential for very long lifetimes, resulting in a major increase in the energy captured over the lifespan of a solar system. This technology will further improve the economics of solar energy, increasing the profits of component manufacturers and expanding the environmental benefits of PV.

2. Lead organization: Morgan Solar

Project Title: Sun Simba™ Gen 4.0

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/Clean air

Economic Sector: Power generation

SDTC Investment: $2 million

 

Consortium Members:

Morgan Solar Inc.

SkyPower Global Inc.

University of Ottawa

SunLab

Project Description:

The use of solar energy has grown eight-fold over the past five years – a real opportunity for a company developing low-cost components. Morgan Solar is continuing to develop its cutting-edge Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) panel, which is twice as efficient as conventional silicon PV panels, and can be manufactured for half the cost. This project will lower the number of parts needed to produce a panel while using a lower-cost material for those parts. Initially designed for utility scale projects – large ground-mounted solar farms – the light-weight and small form factor of the Sun Simba 4 also shows great promise for future rooftop, small scale and off-grid applications.

3. Lead organization: Electro-Kinetic Solutions

Project Title: Electro-Kinetic Reclamation of Oil Sands Tailings Development and Field Demonstration

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

Economic Sector: Energy exploration and production

SDTC Investment: $2.1 million

 

Consortium Members:

Electro-Kinetic Solutions

Shell Canada

DPRA Canada

 

Project Description:

The oil sands extraction process can result in tailings ponds, bodies of water filled with a mixture of water, clay, sand and residual bitumen. Electro-Kinetic Solutions (EKS) will demonstrate their low-current, electrode array, which will apply an electric field to separate water from oil sands tailings and simultaneously compact the solids. The technology has the potential to reduce the cost of treating tailings while recovering significant amounts of water for re-use. This project will demonstrate that the technology is practical and economically feasible at large scale. EKS estimates that its process could allow oil sands operators to meet stringent tailings reclamation requirements at a lower cost than incumbent approaches and recycle over 200 million m3 of water annually by 2023.

4. Lead organization: Cleeve Technologies

Project Title: Environmentally Efficient De-Coating of Aerospace Structures

Environmental Benefits: Clean water/Clean soil

Economic Sector: Transportation

SDTC Investment: $710,000

 

Consortium Members:

BRIC Engineered Systems

IMP Aerospace

Boeing Aerospace

 

Project Description:

Aircraft operate in harsh environments, taking the brunt of storms, extreme climates, and the high-velocity impact of debris. In order to preserve their structural integrity, their protective coatings must be regularly removed and refreshed – a de-coating process that results in hazardous waste. In addition to the environmental hazards, de-coating of aircraft surfaces is a costly process which can constitute 33% to 50% (depending on the aircraft) of the total operating cost for a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility. Cleeve Technologies is developing an environmentally-efficient de-coating technology that uses robotics and lasers to remove protective coatings from large, complex aerospace structures. Cleeve’s technology reduces the overall environmental footprint for a de-coating operation by keeping the use of substances of environmental concern to a minimum and, in addition, it is expected to reduce the overall cost of performing these operations by over 86%. The goal of this project is to enable a fully automated process capable of de-coating 95 percent of a medium-sized commercial aircraft.

5. Lead organization: GreenMantra Technologies

Project Title: Catalytic De-polymerization of Recycled Plastics into Waxes

Environmental Benefits: Climate change/clean air/Clean soil

Economic Sector: Forestry, Wood Products and Pulp& Paper Products

SDTC Investment: $ 2 million

 

Consortium Members:

GreenMantra Technologies

Stewardship Ontario

Sylvite Agri-Services Ltd.

 

Project Description:

Wax represents a $10 billion global industry that has a high dependence on fossil fuels: 94 percent of waxes are derived from petroleum, coal and natural gas. One of the major uses of industrial waxes is engineered wood products, the wood boards commonly found in floors, desks and walls. As oil prices go up, so do the prices of these industrial waxes, leaving engineered wood producers seeking new sources of waxes that perform well and also have a lesser impact on the environment and a lower cost. The GreenMantra technology is a catalytic process that converts post-consumer waste plastic (i.e., plastic bags, plastic films or wraps) into higher value products such as waxes, lubricating oils/greases and fuels, resulting in an environmentally-friendly and cost-competitive substitution for petroleum-based waxes. This project will implement the innovative process, enabling the use of low-value recycled plastics to create industry waxes cost-effectively.