BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program

The major objective of this Program is to conduct market demonstrations of ‘commercially-ready’ clean technology solutions in key sectors of Ontario’s economy.

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 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 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 cleantech solutions; and
  • Quantify the economic, GHG emission reduction and other environmental and societal benefits from the widespread adoption of cleantech solutions in Ontario.
Round One Funded Projects

The first round of funding applications for the Program was issued in February 2017.

Seven projects were selected and awarded funding:

  • iGEN Technologies and the Centre for Community Housing Technology – demonstrate the performance of a ‘next generation’ smart furnace in residential homes to improve energy resiliency and flexibility, and reduce the costs and GHG emissions of the home heating platform.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Neelands Group and Longo Brothers Fruit Markets – demonstrate the performance, cost-savings and emissions reduction potential possible through a migration to CO2 refrigeration technology.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
Round Two Funded Projects

The second round of funding applications closed on May 31, 2018. Six projects were selected and awarded funding:

  • Sojourn Labs and University of Toronto Transportation Services – A mix of new and sustainable solutions for urban transportation are being developed globally. This project will demonstrate the performance of ‘the Arc’ – a 3-wheel electric vehicle designed to provide individual and commercial users with convenient, congestion-free urban mobility to reduce emissions and improve road and pedestrian safety.
  • Carbon Cap and O’Shanter Company Developments – Venting excess heat into the atmosphere is a wasted resource. This project will demonstrate the performance of an innovative ‘flue gas recovery’ system to retrofit natural gas boilers in existing multi-
    residential buildings to recover lost heat, and improve the heating and hot water platform to lower building operation costs and carbon emissions.
  • Enersion and Canada15Edge Data Centers – This project is a practical example of converting an existing problem into a future benefit. It will demonstrate how an ‘adsorption chiller’ can reduce electricity demand by cost-effectively utilizing the low-grade residual heat generated by the IT equipment, to provide the stringent 24/7 cooling needs of data centers while also reducing costs and carbon emissions.
  • Food Cycle Science and Farm Boy – As a way to extract lost value from waste, this project will show how a small footprint, on-site system can process organic food waste at grocery retailers to reduce handling, storage and transportation costs – while producing an end-product with beneficial nutrient and fertilizer properties.
  • SensorSuite and Timbercreek Communities – This demonstration will apply sophisticated machine learning algorithms and a cloud-based enterprise-level solution, to optimize boiler performance and reduce heating and domestic hot water costs in
    multi-residential buildings.
  • Milinator Technologies and Huitema Farm – Based on a concept developed for space travel, this project will demonstrate the use of ‘fly larvae’ to convert on-farm generated chicken manure into a chemical-free organic fertilizer and protein rich feed product.

These six projects are all expected to be completed in March 2019.