$28.8-million to lower hospital costs, reduce water use in oil industry operations, and address greenhouse gas emissions

Dec 7, 2017

The Kaye Edmonton Clinic and the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital will be test sites for a project looking to improve the efficiency of large commercial buildings, reducing GHG emissions and energy costs. This is just one of 11 projects focused on innovative clean energy and water technologies receiving $28.8-million in joint federal and provincial support.

For the first time, Alberta Innovates (AI) and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) are combining efforts with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to fund technology from small and medium enterprises that enhances environmental stewardship and supports economic development in Alberta. The 11 projects are expected to create 300 new jobs.

This joint funding opportunity demonstrates how by working together, our innovation ecosystem can provide all of the supports needed to move ideas into market solutions.Laura J. Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates

About AI/SDTC Funded Projects

AI and SDTC are providing $6.2 million to seven companies developing and demonstrating new and innovative water technologies:

Saltworks Technologies Inc.

  • ElectroChem membrane system project includes the design, build and pre-test of field pilot plant to confirm the design, operating needs, economics, benefits, and lessons learned for full-scale commercial dispatch.

SewerVUE Technology Corp.

  • High frequency pipe scanner measures thickness, map defects, detect voids outside the pipe and can report to the surface in real time via fiber optic tether.

Forward Water Technologies

  • Pilot trial readiness of new forward osmosis technology that aims to improve economics in the treatment of saline waste streams.

Ground Effects Environmental Services Inc.

  • Demonstration of ElectroPure Technology at a thermal in situ facility to test economic, environmental, and physical footprint benefits.

Agar Canada Ltd.

  • Project uses a combination of technologies that can detect upsets in water treatment and enable operators to adjust the process as needed.

Fossil Water Corporation

  • Combination and enhancement of water treatment technologies for hydraulic fracturing applications to reduce the use of fresh water.

waterStrider Treatment Inc.

  • Combination of a series of water treatment steps to remove contaminants; each step operates at commercial scale in other industries, but have not been applied commercially for this application or in this combination.

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About ERA/SDTC Funded Projects

ERA and SDTC are committing up to $22.6 million to four projects. The technologies support energy efficiency and conservation, new and better uses of carbon dioxide, methane reduction and cleaner energy production and usage.

Purlucid Treatment Solutions Inc

  • Purlucid’s technology aims to reduce GHG emissions during in situ bitumen recovery by allowing water treatment to occur at a higher temperature.

Mariner Partners Inc.

  • Energy Optimization Software (EOS) reduces GHG emissions and energy costs by optimizing the way heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting and other large functions are maintained.

Calscan Energy Ltd.

  • Development and scale-up of Near Zero Emission Well Control System, a solar-electric system that eliminates pneumatic equipment at remote off-grid well sites.

Acceleware Ltd

  • Commercial scale pilot test of patent pending RF XL electromagnetic heating technology designed to efficiently mobilize heavy oil and bitumen.

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Unique Funding Approach

Over 175 submissions from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were received through two separate competitions, ranging from prototype development, field pilots and commercial scale demonstration projects. The companies selected for support are from across Canada, but all technologies are being tested in Alberta. Projects are required to secure a minimum of one-third of the total funding for any project from non-government sources.

These two joint-funding programs invited submissions from organizations incorporated and operating in Canada with less than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue. Each funding process offered applicants a streamlined, harmonized model with one window of access to two pools of money.

The funds available are more than applicants could get through the organizations individually. This is the first time the organizations have worked together to allow companies to access funding through a single application process.

By providing a single window to access funding, Alberta and Canada are leveraging resources to stimulate investment and advance GHG-reducing technologies. By accelerating innovation, ERA is helping Alberta be successful both economically and environmentally in a lower carbon future.Steve MacDonald, CEO, ERA

(From L to R)
Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates |
Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada |
Denise Woollard, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Mill Creek |
Amarjit Sohi, Federal Minister, Infrastructure and Communities |
Christina Gray, Minister of Labour & Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal |
Randy Boissonnault, Federal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre |
Steve MacDonald, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta