BLOOM has announced that grant funding has been approved to support the completion of seven clean technology demonstration projects. The projects are diverse and represent key sectors of Ontario’s economy. The funding for the projects is being provided by the Government of Ontario.
The demonstrations are collaborative projects involving both a cleantech solution provider as well as an end-use customer ‘host’ who is representative of the broader target 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.
- Neelands Group and Longo Brothers Fruit Markets – to demonstrate the performance, cost-savings and emissions reduction potential possible through a migration to CO2 refrigeration technology
- iGEN Technologies and GreenSaver – to test a ‘next generation’ smart furnace in residential homes to improve the performance and reduce costs and GHG emissions of the home heating platform
- Cricket Energy and Jama Property Management – to 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
- CarbonCure Technologies and Lafarge Canada – to recycle carbon dioxide by permanently sequestering it as part of the cement manufacturing process to lower operating costs with the added benefit of increased concrete strength
- Trojan Technologies and the City of London – to apply an innovative solids management technology to optimize the primary treatment and filtration process in municipal wastewater treatment plants resulting in reduced costs and GHG emissions
- Wayside Energy and Harcolm Farms – to test a small-scale anaerobic bio-digester system and demonstrate the energy and resource self-sufficiency for the carbon neutral farm of the future
- APS Dineen Farms – to 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
The outcomes and results of the demonstration projects will be 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 cleantech solutions; and
- Quantify the economic, GHG emission reduction and other environmental and societal benefits from the widespread adoption of cleantech solutions in Ontario.
All of the clean technology demonstration projects are to be completed by March 31, 2018.