The Government of Canada, through its foundation Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), announced last week that it is investing $54 million to support development and demonstration of 18 innovative clean energy technologies. A list of all 18 projects receiving funding can be found here.
Three projects located in British Columbia received SDTC funding:
- Lignol Innovations Ltd.'s Generation 2 biorefinery technology, which aims to make greater utilization of the hemilcellulose derived sugars by conversion to an additional yield of ethanol and other sugar platform chemicals such as glycols. If successful, this project will further improve the environmental and economic benefits of cellulosic ethanol facilities.
- Saltworks Technologies Inc.'s low energy desalination demonstration. Saltworks is developing a thermal powered (solar or processed heat) desalination system that reduces electrical energy requirements by up to 80%, thereby improving the affordability and accessibility of clean water.
- SunSelect Produce (Delta) Inc.'s wood fired heat and CO2 recovery plant to help accelerate the photosynthesis process in greenhouses. SunSelect's system aims to avoid fossil-fuel based heating and CO2 production by using biomass-based combustion with gas cleaning and CO2 storage.