Minister Bains announces investment in game-changing clean technologies
January 15, 2020 – Richmond, British Columbia – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
The Government of Canada is supporting the development of clean technologies that cut pollution, build healthier communities and create well-paying middle-class jobs.
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is investing $46.3 million in 14 start-up companies across Canada whose innovations are helping to tackle climate change, create new opportunities and build a more sustainable future.
The Minister made the announcement at RecycleSmart Solutions, which is receiving $1.68 million for a project to decrease the driving distance of garbage collection trucks and the amount of garbage destined for landfill sites.
RecycleSmart manufactures and installs smart sensors in waste bins, providing details about bin contents and contamination. This information helps reduce unnecessary waste collection and allows waste management companies to reduce the amount of trash destined for the landfill.
All 14 projects announced today received funding and support from SDTC, which helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions.
Investments in clean technology are part of the Government’s Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to position Canada as a global leader in innovation and create good middle-class jobs right across the country.
“The projects announced today will bring about the kinds of innovative cleantech solutions that we need in the fight against climate change. Our investment in clean technology not only helps reduce Canada’s environmental impact but also supports innovative Canadian entrepreneurs in getting their clean technologies to global markets.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry
“Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs are tackling problems across Canada and in every sector. I have never been more positive about the future. SDTC remains committed to helping companies accelerate their clean technologies, from seed to scale-up.”
– Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
“The support from SDTC is an incredible opportunity to accelerate the growth of RecycleSmart by fuelling our sensor technology development program. We are honoured to receive this investment, which will increase the rate at which RecycleSmart can move from R&D to commercialization in the next two years.”
– Jaclyn McPhadden, RecycleSmart, Chief Administrative Officer
- Canada is number one in the G20 for clean technology innovation. In January 2019, 12 Canadian companies were recognized on the 2019 Global Cleantech 100 list.
- The clean technology market is set to exceed $2.5 trillion by 2022.
- Currently, clean technology employs more than 180,000 Canadians. These good, well-paying jobs help reduce our environmental impact and meet our climate change goals.
- Sustainable Development Technology Canada is an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support Canadian companies with the potential to become leaders as they develop and demonstrate new technologies to address some of our most pressing environmental challenges.
- Clean technology companies can get advice from a team of experts from across government through the Clean Growth Hub. The Hub provides a single, easy point of contact for connecting with clean technology programs and services.
Backgrounder – List of cleantech projects receiving SDTC support
- RecycleSmart Solutions Inc. – $1.68M – RecycleSmart aims to decrease the driving distance of collection trucks (and thereby the fuel consumption) and increase landfill diversion rates through an integrated intelligent multi-sensor system with enhanced routing and detection capabilities.
- Synauta – $1.2M – Synauta is a cleantech startup actioning machine learning technology alongside desalination plant operators, to treat more water with less energy, less chemicals, and save up to 20% of operational costs.
- Anaergia Inc. – $6M – Anaergia aims to turn a liability (biosolids) into an asset (energy and fertilizer) that reduces GHG emissions, health risks and disposal costs compared to landfilling biosolids.
- Fibracast Ltd. – $2.5M – Fibracast membranes are designed to reduce water, energy and air pollutants by removing pollutants from wastewater.
- Equispheres Inc. – $8M – Equispheres’ powders enable automotive and aerospace manufacturers to reduce the weight of their products to make them more fuel-efficient.
- Smarter Alloys Inc. – $4.8M – Smarter Alloys uses shape memory alloys to turn waste heat (lukewarm water) into electricity.
- Borealis Wind – $1.4M – Borealis is developing a hot air ice protection system (IPS) to retrofit wind turbine blades, leading to reduced icing and up to 70% recovery of lost production.
- Axis Labs – $3.5M – AXIS is developing a retrofit smart window shade automation product for commercial buildings, reducing lighting loads by 24% and cooling loads by 12%.
- E-Zn – $2.0M – A multi-day energy storage system that is 20–50% less expensive than lithium-ion batteries, which will accelerate the displacement of diesel generation by renewables.
- Xanadu – $.4.4M – Xanadu’s quantum computers will be able to solve extremely challenging computational problems that are beyond the reach of today’s computers. They will do so far faster and consume much less electricity.
- Pyrowave – $3.3M – Pyrowave’s patented technology breaks down plastics using high heat produced by microwaves. This technology is packaged in small, modular units that can be used directly onsite at recycling facilities and at producers of plastic waste.
- SomaDetect – $4.0M – SomaDetect’s bovine milk sensor system will allow dairy farmers to meet future milk demand with fewer cows, through increased production efficiency.
- DMF Medical – $0.7M – DMF is the first company to offer a membrane-based CO2 absorber for anesthetic breathing circuits that reduces emissions by 40–60% and costs by 40%. DMF’s memsorb prevents the venting of high global warming potential anaesthetic gases into the atmosphere.
- Global Spatial Technology Solutions – $3M – GSTS is seeking to be the first company to provide a global maritime risk and vessel management system using satellite automatic identification system data and machine learning algorithms.