Hydrogen can be used as a fuel alternative for transportation, including light- and heavy-duty vehicles, transit buses and trains. It can also be used in power generation and can be burned on its own or blended with natural gas to heat residential and commercial buildings or provide high-grade heat for industrial processes. Hydrogen is also commonly used as feedstock for industrial processes such as petroleum refining, bitumen upgrading and the production of ammonia, methanol and steel.
CRB Innovations is developing a commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other woody biomass sources into intermediate products that will be converted into biofuels and co-bioproducts.
The Natural Resources Clean Growth Program -- a $155-million investment fund --
also provided support to CRB Innovations collaboration with CanmetENERGY (Ottawa) to convert CRB Innovations' mid-products to drop-in transportation biofuels. The NRC investment was made through the program's Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative which provides federal laboratory support for innovators, intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CNBW, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: NRCan, Natural Resources Canada Clean Growth Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/canadas-green-future/clean-growth-programs/20254#wb-cont; CRB Innovations, (819) 566-2335; CanmetENERGY, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/energy-offices-and-labs/canmetenergy/5715#wb-cont
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The Nova Scotia pilot, which is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in its third year.
By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize energy and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020) Contact: Canada Canada Green Building Council, (866) 941-1184, email@example.com, www.cagbc.org
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The Nova Scotia pilot is funded by Natural Resources Canada and NSDEM, supports building owners The Program plans to enroll 25 buildings in year one, 150 in year two, and 200 in year three.
By using the free and secure web-based tool, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®, owners of mixed-use, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings can discover the operational efficiencies of their properties, and benchmark against others in the sector to find ways to optimize and save money. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, July, 2020)
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The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.
Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver.
(Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org, www.opentech.eco; Building Benchmarks BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca
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Participants will receive detailed energy and carbon performance data and a clear picture of how their building's performance relative to similar buildings. This information will help them make more informed decisions on capital investments, upgrades and energy efficiency rebates.
The pilot was developed by OPEN Green Building Society with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro. (Source: Building Benchmark BC, HPAC, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Building Bench,ark BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca
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The testing will allow Terrapin to apply for required provincial regulatory approvals for the project, the first of its kind in the province.
The $50 million (Cdn) project is being partially funded by Natural Resources Canada and is expected to be completed in three years.
The 5 MW project is a joint venture between Terrapin Geothermaics, PC Construction and the Municipal District of Greenview. (Source: Terrapin Geothermics, Hydrogen News, Nov., 2019)
Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339, www.terrapingeo.com
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Of the total investment, $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will support the company's development of a technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood and agricultural waste. A second investment of more than $2.8 million, funded by NRC Clean Growth Program, will be used to increase the efficiency of the company's cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland's first commercial-scale ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: Woodland Biofuels, PR, Ethanol Producer, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Woodland Biofuel, Greg Nuttall, CEO,(647) 494-5553, www.woodlandbiofuels.com;
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The Suffield project will incorporate Canadian Solar's high efficiency BiKu bifacial solar modules that produce electricity from both sides of the solar panel as well as single-axis trackers,
As previously reported, the Suffield project received $15.3 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada's Emerging Renewable Power Program.
(Source: Canadian Solar, Others, newkerala, 18 Aug., 2019)
Contact: Centrica PLC, www.centrica.com; Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com;
Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700, www.directenergybusiness.com
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Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Solar Energy Systems Lab will lead the CU-CABER project to develop and evaluate new building envelope technologies. The six-year project has $3 million support from Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program and $2.1 million from the Ontario Research Fund.
Prof. Burak Gunay is working to develop an open source software platform that will help building managers identify energy efficiency issues. Gunay and his team received $510,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure Fund for his Next Generation: Actionable Building Energy Performance Metrics, Data Analytics and Visualization research effort.
The researchers are partnering with CopperTree Analytics, Delta Controls, and Sensible Building Science, and BentallGreenOak will develop a suite of diagnostic algorithms and methods to help facility managers pinpoint problems, and solve them.
(Source: Carlton University, July, 2019)Contact: Carlton University Building Performance Research Centre, 613-520-7838, email@example.com,
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The new HiDM panels will use a first-of-its-kind shingled module technology that can be adapted to any type of solar cell, and are 20 pct more efficient than conventional panels, according to a company statement. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, Renewables, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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The funding from the Power Forward Challenge, a joint initiative between the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Natural Resources Canada, will support the implementation of commercial and domestic battery systems with in-built artificial intelligence that can increase uptake of renewables, save money for customers and utilities, and accelerate carbon reductions by boosting the use of electric energy.
Alba Nova is run in partnership with the Nova Scotian town of Berwick and the Renewable Energy Storage Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax. (Source: StorTera, The Scotsman, 25 June, 2019)Contact:
Equilibrium Engineering, (902) 482-0811, www.equilibrium-engineering.ca; StorTera, +44 131 569 0727, www.liquid-batteries.com
The largest investment is $10.4 million in Haida Gwaii, B.C. where the villages of Old Masset and Skidegate are planning to transition to 100 pct renewable energy -- increased power production from an existing hydro dam, and installation of 2 megawatts of solar power and power storage.
Other funding a includes a $1.5 million woody biomass heating project; a $2.1 million college building energy retrofit project; and
$1.5 million to Carbon Upcycling Technologies for a carbon capture and reuse project in Calgary. The Minister noted the federal government earmarked $1 billion in the last federal budget for energy efficiency initiatives.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, JWN, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Minister, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Kapawe'no First Nation in Narrows Point to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly forest biomass heating system that will help to reduce the community's reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.
$500,000 will be granted to The Rockies Institute in Canmore to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on forest fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation.
The remaining $110,000 is awarded to Nu Ch'anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue various forest sector bioenergy-biomass business development activities. The three projects are funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resoures Canada Indigenous Forestry Initiative, www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13125
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HTEC will receive $2 million funding from NRC through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and $1 million from The Government of British Columbia through its Clean Energy Vehicle Programme.
The funding is part of Canada's $182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres.
The investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure.
(Source: HTEC, gasworld, May, 2019) Contact: HTEC, Colin Armstrong, CEO, (604) 904-0412, www.htec.ca
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Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams,
Office of the Minister of Natural Resources
(343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca
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The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program provides a free detailed assessment of operational energy conservation measures, a fixed value amount to implement the identified measures, along with the full cost to verify the measures after implementation.
The program is geared towards Class B and C buildings that are older than five years, a market segment with significant opportunities for energy savings. ESC Automation, a long-time BOMA BC member, was selected to conduct the assessments after a competitive bidding process. (Source: BOMA BC, REMI Networks, 15 April, 2019) Contact: BOMA, BOMA Green Buildings Program, www.boma.bc.ca/green-buildings/building-tune-up-program
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The demonstration plant project is intended to demonstrate technology for the co-production of value-added and sustainable bioproducts that will help transform the wood pulp mill into a biorefinery. The process is expected to validate performance and produce pre-commercial quantities of food-grade xylitol and complementary bioproducts for testing and use by customers.
Fortress also operates in the renewable energy generation sector through its cogeneration facility. Fortress operates its bioproducts business through Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc., which has laboratory and pilot plant facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(Source: Fortress Global Enterprises, April, 2019) Contact: Fortress, Giovanni Iadeluca, CEO, (888) 820-3888, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.fortressge.com; Sustainable Development Technology Canada, email@example.com, (613) 234-6313 ext. 0, www.sdtc.ca
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Additionally, the Canadian government has committed to invest $22.7 million to help FPInnovations diversify markets and fight climate change. The funding includes more than $20.4 million to advance new forest-based products to the market and over $2.3 million to support a research project aimed at helping the forest industry protect market access and improve environmental performance across the forestry supply chain. (Source: FPInnovations, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, 4 April, 2019)Contact:
FPInnovations, Stephane Renou, Pres., CEO, www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/federal-programs/13137
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To that end, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), facilitated by the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), has announced a $40,000 investment for London, Ontario-based Ingredion Canada Corporation for an energy management information system (EMIS) that will track and improve the company’s overall energy performance.
CIPEC includes more than 2,300 facilities representing 20 industrial sectors and over 50 trade associations. An award-winning partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian industry, CIPEC advances industrial energy efficiency by promoting the uptake of energy management systems, best practices and technologies.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, 1 Apriil, 2019) Contact: CIPEC, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/efficiency/industry/cipec/20341?utm_source=miragenews&utm_medium=miragenews&utm_campaign=news;
Natural Resources Canada, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada.
The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release.
(Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558, www.pembina.org; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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The federal funds will enable the indigenous community-owned Nihtat Corp. to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. The project aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The funding is from Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program which aims to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power, with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities. (Source: NRC, 5 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Nihtat Corp., www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/bip-registry/bip0000346-inuvik
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According to the release, IREA membership means Canada will promote its expertise in the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies and increase the presence and visibility of its cleantech sector internationally and demonstrate its leadership in renewable energy. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canadian Biomass, 9 Jan., 2019)
Contact: International Renewable Energy Agency, www.irena.org
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NRC's $15 million investment will be made through its Investments in Forest Industry Transportation program. Another federal agency, Canada Economic Development, will add $5 million to the project through its Quebec Economic Development Program .
WHen fully operational, the facility is expected to
produce 210,000 metric tpy of wood pellets from 450,000 green metric tons of biomass. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Nov., Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Barrette-Chapais Granule 777, Benoit Barrette, Pres.,
(418) 745-2545, www.barrette-chapais.qc.ca; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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This funding builds on NRC's previous $1.15 million investment in Quantiam, bringing the total investment to $3.15 million. The funding will enable Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert CO2 and solar hydrogen to methanol to ultimately result in fewer emissions and promote job creation and training in the clean tech sector.
Details on the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovation Program HERE
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact:
Quantiam Technologies, (780) 462-0707, www.quantiam.com; NRC, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said: "Our government continues to invest in innovative research and we are proud to support this carbon capture technology, setting Canadian companies on the path to a clean industrial revolution, leading the transformation of our energy future and creating good jobs for the middle class." (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CO2 Solutions, 23 Aug., 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.co2solutions.com; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca
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Under the 18-month competition, innovators can win $2 million apiece for four teams that develop the most innovative solutions to produce economical and environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. An additional $5 million grand prize is on the line, as well as a Cross-Canada Flight Competition where the first to fuel a Canadian commercial flight using a minimum 10 pct blend of Canadian-made biojet fuel will win $1 million.
The Canadian aviation industry has targeted a 50 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Global News, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, 613-992-1013, Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca
, amarjeetsohi.ca, https://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister/honourable-amarjeet-sohi
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The Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes study is receiving $350,750 from Natural Resources Canada as well as support from engineering consultancy RWDI and construction software firm Autodesk.
Energy-efficient buildings are a major part of Canada's climate strategy -- almost a third of energy used by consumers takes place in buildings and homes that represent 17 pct of Canada's total carbon pollution.
Almost half of the energy use in Canada's buildings is from natural gas, followed by electricity, according to government statistics. The federal
government’s national climate change framework relies on energy efficiency in buildings to help drive its carbon emissions reduction projections.
The framework calls for building codes, which are under the authority of provinces and territories, to be progressively tightened to "net-zero" starting in 2020.
While nearly all of the energy used in buildings is used by basic services like indoor heating, cooling and lighting, Prof. Gunay notes that building codes "aren't very good at taking into account how occupants actually use those services day to day."
As heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems become more efficient, the role the occupants play in a building's energy use becomes more and more important, Gunay said. (Source: Carleton Unversity, National Observer, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, https://carleton.ca/cee/people/gunay-h-burak
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CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.
CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.
Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties.
(Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246, www.cadillacfairview.com; ENERGY STAR Canada, www.energystar.gc.ca
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