The first round of funding applications for the BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program was issued in February 2017.
Seven projects were selected and awarded funding:
- Wayside Energy and Harcolm Farms – install a small, factory built farm-scale anaerobic digester system to generate on-site energy and demonstrate the benefits of the carbon neutral farm of the future
- CarbonCure Technologies and Lafarge Canada – capture carbon dioxide from industrial emitters and inject it into fresh ready-made concrete to reduce the carbon footprint and improve product properties
- Trojan Technologies and the City of London – apply an innovative solids management technology to optimize the primary treatment and filtration process in municipal wastewater treatment plants to reduce costs and GHG emissions
- iGEN Technologies and GreenSaver – test a ‘next generation’ smart furnace in residential homes to improve the performance and reduce the costs and GHG emissions of the home heating platform
- Cricket Energy and Jama Property Management – demonstrate the performance, cost and emission reduction savings of a ductless mini-split air source heat pump in multi-unit residential buildings dependent on electrical HVAC
- Neelands Group and Longo Brothers Fruit Markets – demonstrate the performance, cost-savings and emissions reduction potential possible through a migration to CO2 refrigeration technology
- APS Dineen Farms – show how a modern heat pump technology can be used in place of traditional fossil-fuel production to effectively dry grain while reducing costs and GHG emissions
Each demonstration is a unique collaborative project involving both a cleantech solution provider as well as an end-use customer ‘host’ that is representative of the broader sector. In addition, each project includes other strategic partners to support the roll-out and market adoption of the low-carbon cleantech solution, following completion of the demonstration.
The outcomes and results from the demonstration projects are being used to:
- Inform sector stakeholders that viable cleantech and low carbon solutions are commercially available;
- Reduce the perceived environmental, economic, and business risks of adopting cleantech solutions;
- Bridge the ‘adoption gap’ and increase the market demand for low carbon, cleantech solutions; and
- Quantify the economic, GHG emission reduction and other environmental and societal benefits from the widespread adoption of cleantech solutions in Ontario.
“Reducing carbon emissions is central to our government’s commitment to address climate change in Ontario,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “These seven targeted technology demonstration projects will play a vital role by partnering innovators with industries in urban or rural locations across Ontario, to test and accelerate cleantech solutions, and deliver economic, market adoption and environmental breakthroughs.”
“We are very pleased with the high level of interest and demand for our Cleantech Demonstration Program,” says Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM. “These projects will increase market adoption of cleantech solutions, reduce GHG emissions and help transition Ontario to a low carbon economy.”
“These are exciting projects that not only highlight innovative cleantech approaches to reduce GHG impact, they are also structured to use real performance data to show that the solutions make sense,” says Michael Fagan, Senior VP, BLOOM.
This is an initiative of The Bloom Centre for Sustainability with support of the Government of Ontario.