TargetGHG Grants for Cleantech Innovators in Ontario

The Province of Ontario is a global leader in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As such, it strives to create and implement clean, leading-edge technologies. To encourage the development and commercialization of these technologies, the $45 million TargetGHG funding program was created and has since awarded funding for innovative projects.

Recently, the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program provided nine projects funding to commercialize greenhouse gas reducing technologies.

Funding through the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration program will support awardees to work with large industrial facilities and showcase their technology’s ability to reduce GHG emissions. These projects are likely to lead to the wide-scale commercialization of made-in-Ontario clean technologies.

Businesses Awarded TargetGHG Funding for Industrial Demonstration Projects

Ontario’s TargetGHG program recently awarded cleantech funding in support of nine Industrial Demonstration projects. This stream of funding is positioned to support the collaboration of technology developers and industrial emitters to reduce overall GHG output. Awarded projects include:

  • Battery Powered Mine: A $36M project for Goldcorp to create Canada’s first 100% electric mine by purchasing electric equipment that will lower GHG emissions in comparison to the traditional diesel used.
  • Capture of Commercial Algae Carbon: A $13.9M project where Pond Technologies, Stelco and SNC-Lavalin worked to convert steel mill gases into biofuel. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions and transforms them into marketable products.
  • Coke Production for Steel Manufacturing: A $10.5M project where Stelco and Walker Environmental use bio-carbon in steel mill’s blast furnace. This method has a much smaller carbon footprint when compared to the traditional use of coal for steel production.
  • Control of Water Pollution: A $15.5M “Net Zero” project for Ontario Clean Water Agency, Suez Water Technologies and Solutions and City of Stratford. The project works to enhance the Stratford Water Pollution Control Plan infrastructure by adding Source Separated Organics which produce Renewable Natural Gas and increases the production of methane gas.
  • General Motors Energy Project: A $46.8M project where General Motors of Canada worked alongside Integrated Gas Recovery Services and Alectra Utilities. The technology takes gas from landfills in Thorold to GM’s plant in St. Catherine’s where it is used to generate space heating and electricity. As a result, this GM plant is the lowest emission facility in the world.
  • Low Carbon Fuel Project in Bowmanville: A $11.3M project that had McPherson Transfer work with St Marys Cement to create wood and woody biomass products that replace the coal-based fuels.
  • Reduction in Carbon Fuels: A $4.6M project for Lafarge Canada to expand the change to low-carbon fuels with new fuel types and higher fuel replacement rates while also creating a new business plan for the fuel processing centre in south-eastern Ontario.
  • Reduction of GHG in Concrete: A $10.3M project to make concrete inexpensive, strong and environmentally friendly by injecting the concrete with carbon dioxide emissions and recycled waste. CarbonCure Technologies, Brampton Brick, Lafarge Canada and St Marys Cement all worked alongside each other for this project.
  • Steam Conservation and Heat Recovery: A $10.4M mission where Resolute Forest Projects worked to incorporate FLU-ACE and GEM technologies from Thermal Energy in innovating a steam conservation and heat recovery project for the Thunder Bay resolute mill.

About the TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program

The TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program funds collaborative technology demonstration projects between technology developers and large-scale industrial emitters. Through the program, innovators and their commercialization partners may work together to implement innovative technologies which lead to reductions in GHG emissions.

TargetGHG Industrial Demonstration Program funding may provide up to 50% of project expenses a maximum $5M in cleantech grants.

Although TargetGHG is not currently accepting applications, there are other Canadian government grants available to support cleantech developers. To stay up to date about these funding opportunities, subscribe to the Government Funding Snapshot™ Newsletter.

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Mitra Zaimi is in Honours Legal Studies and Business with a minor in Economics at the University of Waterloo. As Mentor Works’ Sales Development Analyst, Mitra engages with business owners to connect them with government funding initiatives.

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