Minister Finlay Announces Investment in Clean Technology Projects in British Columbia

Published on Monday, May 25, 2015


Sustainable Development Technology Canada Media Release.

Richmond – The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., MP for Delta—Richmond East and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced investments totalling over $27.3 million for 10 clean technology projects in British Columbia, which will support jobs, economic growth and the environment. The projects announced today are benefiting from the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan investment in Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund™.

These development and demonstration projects will help reduce emissions, protect the environment and generate high-quality jobs:

  • West Fraser Mills Ltd. based in Vancouver will receive $6,100,000 to construct Canada’s first LignoForce commercial demonstration recovery plant, where pulp mill waste will be recovered and used in a variety of applications;
  • BBCP Conductor Inc. in Richmond will receive $3,660,000 to develop a way to add nanotubes to aluminum wires, making them stronger and reducing the amount of electricity lost due to resistance;
  • David Bromley Engineering in Burnaby will receive $3,225,000 towards the development of a new system for filtering wastewater, lowering energy use by 65% and the use of chemicals by 86%;
  • Carbon Engineering Ltd. will receive $3,000,000 to conduct a demonstration project in Squamish, testing its new technology for extracting carbon dioxide from the air. This captured CO2 can be used to produce ultra-low carbon fuels as well as for enhanced oil recovery;
  • ZincNyx Energy Solutions in Vancouver will receive $2,900,000 towards developing a battery that runs on zinc and air that could augment or even displace diesel generation in our power grid;
  • Saltworks Technologies Inc. in Vancouver will receive $2,500,000 for developing two processes for treating water that could cut electricity consumption in half and reduce chemicals used in the oil sands;
  • SWITCH Materials Inc. in Burnaby will receive $2,500,000 towards creating a new glazing for car windows that reduces the need for air-conditioning, which will save energy, reduce emissions and, in the case of electric cars, extend how far they can be driven;
  • Terramera Inc. in Vancouver will receive $1,985,000 to develop a Neem-oil based pesticide with extended shelf life that works better against target pests. This will fill an important gap as synthetic pesticides are phased out;
  • Polymer Research Technologies in Vancouver will receive $1,116,826 to demonstrate its innovative technology that converts waste polyurethane foam into a petroleum-based product called polyol that can be re-used in other products; and
  • Unit Electrical Engineering Ltd in Okanagan Falls will receive $344,217 together with its consortium, to build lighter, more efficient drivetrains for mass transit systems.

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