Clean energy innovations get CA$5.2M more support from BC

 Clean energy innovations get CA$5.2M more support from BC

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The BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) has announced CA$5.2M in non-dilutive funding to nine clean energy innovations. The aim is to especially expedite the commercial development and global scaling of clean energy innovations hailing from British Columbia. This year, CICE’s annual Open Call for Innovations prompted over 100 applications revealing an array of decarbonization strategies and technologies.

Overall, the nine innovators belong to three broad categories. Four are for battery and energy storage, three for low carbon bio and synthetic fuels, and two for low carbon hydrogen.

“BC is home to amazing innovators that are fast-tracking our progress towards ambitious net-zero targets and securing a greener and more prosperous future for generations to come. CICE is proud to be funding BC’s clean energy technologies at the intersection of breakthrough and real-word implementation. Together, we are full charge ahead.”

Ged McLean, Executive Director of the BC Centre For Innovation And Clean Energy

CICE acts a dedicated platform between BC’s innovators, corporations, government officials, academicians, and communities, as well as Indigenous right holders. It’s working towards advancing the global transition to a net-zero carbon future, and is an independent, non-profit organization. It aids in funding the development, global commercialization, and scaling of clean energy technology that is developed in British Columbia.

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Nine clean energy innovations have received the funding

In brief, the complete list of the nine clean energy innovations funded by the British Columbia government is as follows:

Battery and Energy Storage

  • Mangrove Lithium: The company is working to refine a variety of feedstocks into battery grade lithium. It’s developing electrochemical processing technologies that will lower the carbon and energy intensity of essential battery ingredients. This method produces no waste.
  • Atlas Power Technologies Inc: The company aims to facilitate the expansion of renewable energy sources on power grids. It’s developing and field-testing a special supercapacitor system that offers quick electrical reaction and boosts utility system dependability.
  • Invinity Energy Systems: Invinity wants to hasten the deployment of renewable energy. Hence, the company aims to provide utility scale, longer duration storage for electric grids around the world.
  • Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada Ltd: It is reusing electric vehicle battery packs for low-cost energy storage and creating a groundbreaking “pay-per-use” business model. As a result, the company hopes to reduce the cost of leasing and energy delivery to distant communities.

Low carbon bio and synthetic fuels

  • Anodyne Chemistries: To replace the carbon-intensive synthesis of chemicals like methanol, Anodyne Chemistries is developing the first industrial bio-electric technology in the world to transform carbon dioxide into low-carbon fuels and specialized chemicals.
  • Metro Vancouver: For the purpose of producing low-carbon fuels at wastewater treatment facilities, Metro Vancouver is evaluating methods that increase microbial activity in anaerobic digestion.
  • Takachar: By developing a small-scale, portable biomass conversion unit on tractors and pick-up trucks to process raw biomass on-site in distant areas and regions where it is typically not economically possible to process, Takachar is making biomass-based chemicals and biofuels feasible.

Low carbon hydrogen

  • HTEC: To increase dependability in severe weather, HTEC is constructing weatherized hydrogen fuelling stations. This will enable it to continuously upgrade the network of stations it operates in the US and Canada.
  • Illuming Power Inc: By combining their expanded graphite composite bipolar plate technology with fluorine-free proton exchange membrane, Illuming Power Inc. is quickening the switch from diesel engines to hydrogen fuel cells. This advanced fuel cell stack design will lower costs, boost performance, and increase durability.

Previous recipients of CICE project funding also include: Cascadia Seaweed, Corvus Energy Inc, Ekona Power, H2 Portable Power Corp, Hexagon Purus, HTEC, HydraEnergy, Hydron Energy, Lafarge Canada, Moment Energy Inc, Parkland Refining BC Ltd.

In recent weeks, several agencies have announced support to startups and clean initiatives in British Columbia. Few days ago, we wrote about how Canada’s Pacific Economic Development Agency committed CA$5.9 million specifically for clean initiatives and impacting skills among indigenous communities. And at the start of the month, British Columbia government launched the e-bike rebate program.

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