Critical Minerals and Emerging Technology

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Clean technology has the potential to help addresses sustainability while creating opportunity for economic diversification in Alberta.  The Clean Technology program invests in projects to adapt, develop, and deploy innovative clean technology to benefit Albertans and contribute to the growth of the province’s low-carbon economy.  In each of the priority focus areas, Alberta Innovates looks for projects and activities that can reduce environmental impacts, support Alberta’s energy transition, generate jobs in a clean tech economy, and engage industry, researchers, and communities to participate in their future energy systems

Critical Minerals and Emerging Technology is positioned to help reduce emissions, diversify Alberta’s economy, and enable technologies that facilitate other clean technology focus areas. Additionally, Critical Minerals and Emerging Technology contributes to the decarbonization of energy systems, creates new end-use products, and enables achievement of emission reductions targets and net-zero goals.

Critical Minerals (Mining, Metals and Materials)

  • Alberta Innovates is focused on re-energizing the minerals, mining, and materials sectors in Alberta through investment in innovative solutions supporting development of next-generation materials, critical minerals, and end products to help create a more competitive, modern and sustainable minerals and materials industry. With a focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) contributions, this includes novel primary and secondary extraction technologies, processing of key economic minerals, and the creation of value-add high tech materials from resources and raw materials readily available in Alberta.  Critical Minerals includes lithium, vanadium, titanium, rare earth elements, potash and others, as well as the creation and demonstration of novel carbon nanomaterials, graphene, novel chemistries for improved renewable energy development, and more.

Emerging Technology

  • Emerging Technology has development or practical applications and is still largely unrealized but is substantively disruptive to industries – dramatically altering the customer expectation and entirely reshaping the clean technology marketplace. Currently, Emerging Technology includes modern digital systems, solutions, and tools with profound development and impact in information management.

Project Funding and Eligibility Criteria

Support is open to researchers, innovators, small and medium-sized enterprises, large companies and others who are seeking funding, expertise and/or sector leadership to advance technology development from TRL 3-7.

The Clean Resources Continuous Intake Process is used to assess projects for funding eligibility.  Details of eligibility criteria and application processes are available on the Clean Resources Continuous Intake Process webpage.  If the project aligns with the eligibility criteria, please contact the Project Advisor before submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Project Library and Project Activities

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