BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program Grants Aid 7 Ontario Businesses
In April 2017, the Government of Ontario announced it would be supporting a total of seven clean technology demonstration projects. Each project proposes positive impacts for Ontario’s key economic sectors, while offering innovative end-user cleantech solutions. Program participants will be receiving Ontario government grants through the BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program.
The BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program provides up to up to 50% of their expenses to a maximum $150,000 in Ontario small business grants. This government funding can be used to help tech developers collaborate with a broader sector host to gather qualitative and quantitative data. Ideal projects for funding focus on developing innovative clean technologies that possess the ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Ontario’s key industries.
Through these projects, Ontario-based businesses will help increase market adoption of clean technologies, reduce GHG emissions, and transition the province into a low carbon economy.
BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program Supports 7 Projects in Ontario
The BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program supports collaborative demonstration projects between businesses and broader sector hosts that represents end-users within a specific target market. Ontario government funding can be used to help applicants lower their operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The program will be providing seven Ontario-based businesses with Ontario small business grants to help test and validate new cleantech solutions.
Each project will receive up to 50% coverage of eligible expenses to a maximum contribution of $150,000 in clean technology grants.
The following seven projects have been awarded cleantech grants:
|Business||Broader Sector Host||Project|
|CarbonCure Technologies||Lafarge Canada||Recycle carbon dioxide by permanently isolating it during the cement manufacturing process to increase concrete strength and reduce operating costs.|
|Trojan Technologies||City of London||Optimize primary treatment and filtration processes in municipal wastewater treatment plants to reduce operating costs and GHG emissions.|
|iGEN Technologies||GreenSaver||Test ‘smart’ furnace models in residential housing to improve heating platform performance while lowering costs and GHG emissions.|
|Wayside Energy||Harcolm Farms||Test a small-scale anaerobic bio-digester system to demonstrate its energy and resource self-sufficiency which will be used to support carbon neutral farms.|
|Cricket Energy||Jama Property Management||Improve the performance, reduce emissions, and increase cost effectiveness of ductless mini-split air source heat pumps used in multi-unit residential buildings that are dependent on electrical HVAC systems.|
|Neelands Group||Longo Brothers Fruit Markets||Demonstrate how CO2 refrigeration technology can improve operational performance, cost-savings, and reduce GHG emissions.|
|APS Dineen Farms||N/A||Demonstrate how modern heat pump technologies can replace traditional fossil-fuel production lines to dry grain products while lowering operating costs and GHG emissions.|
If successful, each of these projects will help:
- Educate stakeholders about the commercial availability of viable clean technologies and low carbon solutions;
- Reduce negative perceptions surrounding economic, environmental, and business risks when adopting or implementing cleantech solutions;
- Increase market demand for clean technology solutions; and
- Measure GHG emission reduction as well as economic, environmental, and societal benefits gained through the adoption of cleantech solutions in Ontario.
BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program
The BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program helps Ontario-based tech developers collaborate with representatives of the broader sector to develop and commercialize new clean technologies. Ontario government funding is provided through the Bloom Centre for Sustainability (BLOOM). Eligible applicants may receive up to 50% coverage of project costs to a maximum contribution of $150,000 in cleantech grants.
Ontario small business grants support cleantech projects that:
- Demonstrate the commercial viability and availability of clean technologies to end-users;
- Minimize negative perceptions regarding the economic/business risks of adopting clean technologies; and
- Overcome the current ‘adoption gap’ and increase market demand for cleantech solutions.
During the project, project partners will a conduct product testing and performance data reporting. These findings can be used by businesses to improve their cleantech solutions and/or begin preparing sales and marketing materials to bring the product/service to market.
Please Note: The program’s application intake is currently closed and all on-going projects must be completed by March 31, 2018.
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