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  • 11 Aug 2021 11:09 AM | Anonymous

    Ottawa invests $5 million to build all-Canadian zero-emissions concept car

    Source: https://www.thestar.com/business/2021/08/11/ottawa-invests-5-million-to-build-all-canadian-zero-emissions-concept-car.html

    The federal government will invest $5 million in Project Arrow, an initiative of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association aimed at creating the country's first all-Canadian zero-emissions vehicle and showcasing domestic technologies to global automakers around the world.

    The project was inspired by Ottawa's goal of reaching a net-zero emissions world by 2050, set in the speech from the throne two years ago, and the APMA named it in tribute to the Avro Arrow, that aborted hallmark of Canadian aviation prowess, cancelled in 1959.

    It won't be a fighter jet — the idea is to build a reasonably priced electric SUV — but the backers of Project Arrow hope to assemble a concept car, along with a "digital twin" version, by the end of next year. Then, with the demo versions in hand, they could market innovations from Canadian suppliers to car manufacturers from around the world looking for cutting-edge electric vehicle components — or an entire car.

    The federal money for Project Arrow will come from FedDev Ontario, with the government set to announce it at an event in Woodbridge, Ont., on Wednesday morning amid expectations that an election will soon be called.

    With no domestic automakers in Canada but plenty of parts suppliers, Project Arrow is an unabashed effort to champion the country's companies and technology, from traditional auto parts and interiors to artificial intelligence and battery makers, said APMA president Flavio Volpe, who calls it "an incubator wrapped in an accelerator wrapped in the Canadian flag."

    Many of the companies vying to take part in the project are competitors, he said, but the hope is that the "collective collaboration gets more eyes on it than what they'd be able to do on their own."

    "It's really satisfying to see the federal government in this project," said Volpe, noting that the final budget will end up at around $30 million to build the concept car and the digital version, along with a virtual version to be used for marketing. The companies involved, which stand to benefit from the potential sale of their technologies, are also contributing to the cost.

    The APMA settled on a design by a team of Carleton University students last year and issued a request for proposals in January, looking for suppliers to take part in the concept car.

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    Volpe said around 425 companies responded, about one third of those from the GTA, another third from the rest of Ontario and the balance from across the country. Only about 10 to 20 per cent of those companies might build the physical concept car, he said, but others could be included in the digital and virtual versions, which could highlight multiple different battery technologies, for example.

    Southwestern Ontario is already a formidable hub for auto manufacturing, but Volpe said the project will also draw from the expertise of companies in that area's IT sector, AI startups in Toronto, machine learning businesses in Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, and battery makers in Quebec and Ontario.

    Stalwarts of Ontario's auto industry are already confirmed for inclusion in the concept car; he listed interior component maker Mississauga-based Woodbridge, Guelph's Linamar Corp., known for engine and transmission technology, and Vaughan-based Martinrea International Inc., which builds car bodies and batteries.

    The pandemic has highlighted how disruptive supply-chain interruptions can be, said Mike Moffatt, a professor in business, economics and public policy at Ivey Business School. He said Project Arrow could be a "really tangible" way to demonstrate to global carmakers that they can get everything they need in one place.

    On top of that, it offers smaller companies a unique marketing opportunity they wouldn't otherwise have, he said, coming just as auto manufacturers are transitioning from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.

    It's also a crucial moment for Ottawa and the province to decide whether and how they want to support Ontario's auto sector, Moffatt said, noting that both levels of government have invested in the industry in recent years. "It might be the one thing that Trudeau and Ford have agreed on .... They see this as being an important space."

    Volpe said the Ontario government has also supported Project Arrow, including through some matching funding from the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network, a program of the Ontario Centre of Innovation. "Probably by the end of it, the province may be in for as much as $2 million," he said, adding that the government of Quebec has also offered support.

    The concept car will be built at the Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Volpe said, while the digital and virtual versions will be made at the WindsorEssex Virtual Reality CAVE.


  • 02 Aug 2021 11:56 AM | Anonymous

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    Natural Resources Canada 

    Jul 29, 2021, 10:00 ET

    Source: https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/canada-invests-in-clean-technologies-for-electric-vehicles-853171966.html

    TORONTO, July 29, 2021 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to drive electric and transforming the way Canadians get to where they need to go.

    Today, as part of #EVWeekinCanada, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Member of Parliament for Beaches–East York, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $12.7-million investment in six clean energy technologies projects to help put Canadians in the driver's seat on the road to a net-zero future. The investments include:

    • $4.95 million to Hydro One Limited to develop a pilot for heavy-duty electric truck charging stations in Ontario. Hydro One's pilot for electric trucks will be a model for other utilities and businesses interested in pursuing solutions to electrify heavy-duty transportation across Canada.
    • $2.5 million to the Toronto Transit Commission to implement a smart charging platform for its electric bus fleet. This project is expected to deliver a system to manage peak energy demand and reduce GHG emissions and overall infrastructure costs while optimizing the use of electric buses.
    • $2 million to Opus One Solutions to demonstrate a shared economy model for EV chargers. The project will seek to understand and address the impact of residential EV charging on local networks, as well as assess the potential of repurposing private home chargers through a sharing platform for public use to support growing EV adoption.
    • $1.32 million to Alectra Inc. to develop and implement an EV model for single-family and multi-unit residential buildings. The project will provide convenient and affordable access to EV chargers, manage energy cost increases and provide incentives for encouraging off-peak EV charging in the residential sector.
    • $1.3 million to Geotab Inc. to demonstrate an enhanced SmartCharge Incentive system that includes price signals to allow EV owners to have different charge windows to avoid or limit popular charging times. A price signal allows for an additional incentive for EV owners to charge at a specific time to shift electrical loads at the grid level. 
    • $635,000 to Blackstone Energy Services Inc. to test drive a cost-effective vehicle-to-grid system that uses energy stored in EV batteries to provide cost savings to EV owners by encouraging them to discharge energy during peak electricity demand periods. The project will also provide cost savings to facility operators by offsetting power consumption during these periods.

    Funded through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, these projects aim to accelerate the market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies by supporting demonstration projects for innovative technologies.

    Since 2015, Canada has made a historic investment of over $1 billion so far to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more locally accessible. These investments are building a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and installing chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play. The government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 to help Canadians buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.

    These investments support Canada's new mandatory target of 100-percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035. Driving down transportation emissions is critical to achieving Canada's ambitious climate change targets and requires a combination of investments and regulations to support Canadians and industry in this transition.

    The government supports green infrastructure projects that create good, middle-class jobs and get us to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Quotes

    "We're giving Canadians the greener options they want to get to where they need to go. We're building a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations from St. John's to Victoria.
     This is how we get to net zero by 2050."

    The Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr.
    Minister of Natural Resources

    "Our government is committed to strong climate action. These projects will help to green our transportation sector, lower GHG emissions and build a clean energy future."

    Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
    Member of Parliament for Beaches–East York

    "As the largest transmission and distribution electricity company in Ontario delivering some of the cleanest energy in North America, Hydro One is in a unique position to enable electrification and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. We're integrating sustainability practices into all aspects of our business as part of our vision for a better and brighter future by developing innovative solutions such as our electric heavy-duty vehicle pilot to help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050."

    Jason Rakochy
    Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth
    Hydro One

    "As one of North America's largest transit organizations, the TTC continues to be an industry leader in transit electrification as we help pave the way for other cities and agencies to adopt or advance their green bus programs. The TTC currently operates the largest zero-emissions fleet in North America, and with the support of our federal partners, we are taking critical steps toward a greener, more sustainable future."

    Jaye Robinson
    Chair, Toronto Transit Commission

    Innovation is key to solving the crisis of climate change, and to have the leadership of the Government of Canada to partner with is key to driving transformation change. The cost of electrical infrastructure upgrades is one of the key barriers to EV adoption — this project brings forth a sharing economy platform by freeing the home chargers for public consumption while addressing grid constraints in a cost-effective manner with our partners SWTCH and Innisfil InnTerprises."

    Hari Subramaniam
    Chief of Strategic Growth, Opus One Solutions

    "Electrification of transportation is a generational opportunity for utilities to be more relevant and meaningful to our customers. Alectra is ready to play a critical role in the clean transportation ecosystem by offering cost-effective EV charging solutions. The AlectraDrive @Home project offers insights on EV charging behaviour at home and on the role incentives play in helping to optimize the impact of increased charging on the grid while accelerating EV adoption."

    Brian Bentz 
    President and CEO, Alectra Inc.

    "Large-scale adoption of electric vehicles is only possible if the grid is able to support the additional load. We are grateful for Natural Resources Canada's support of this project, which demonstrates Geotab Energy's upgraded load shaping solution. This new solution adds the ability to reduce charging load during critical peak periods and reduces the number of EVs charging at any given time. Geotab's unique approach provides substantial grid benefit while keeping the EV owner in full control of their charging behaviour — the result is a solution that meets the needs of both the grid and EV owners."

    Eric Mallia
    Vice-President, Geotab Energy, Geotab Inc.

    "Blackstone is excited to partner with Natural Resources Canada and our client hosts to offset power demand during peak consumption periods in Ontario by using energy stored in electric vehicle batteries. By leveraging our in-house energy management systems' expertise and grid edge technology, the EVID funding will grant us a huge step forward in our Vehicle-to-Grid systems development, which we expect will reduce our clients' power demand charges significantly."

    Grant McArthur
    Vice-President Renewables, 
    Blackstone Energy Services

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    SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

    For further information: Contacts: Natural Resources Canada, Media Relations, 343-292-6100, nrcan.media.rncan@canada.ca; Ian Cameron, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 613-447-3488, ian.cameron@canada.ca

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  • 22 Jul 2021 5:25 AM | Anonymous


    Toronto will soon be using green bin waste to produce renewable natural gas to help fuel the city and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. The city announced Tuesday it would soon begin capturing biogas from green bin waste to combine with purchased natural gas, in order to heat city-owned buildings and power city vehicles in early 2022. Working with Enbridge Gas Inc., and starting with the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility — with plans to expand the program to other facilities in the future — the city will begin full operation in the coming weeks. How it works is, at the beginning of the process, materials put into green bins are sent to a processing facility where they are broken apart from plastic bags and other contaminant materials, according to Matt Keliher, general manager of solid waste management services at the city. What’s left is a “slurry” of material that goes into big containers called anaerobic digesters. Micro-organisms break down the organic compound and produce the biogas called methane. “In our system (green bin waste) is broken down in containers and that methane gas is captured,” said Keliher. “Because it’s captured, we can then convert it into renewable natural gas.” The gas will eventually be blended with the natural gas the city buys and injected into the city’s natural gas grid. The plan is to have a fuel blend that is 7 per cent renewable natural gas. The process cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions as the biogas is captured rather than being flared (or burned off), which is currently done at the anaerobic facilities in the city. The process also differs from composting and dumping in a landfill, as both of those means of disposal release biogas into the atmosphere.

    YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN... By capturing the biogas instead of flaring it at the Dufferin facility, the city will avoid releasing 9,000 tonnes of carbon into the environment each year, according to Tamara Staranchuk, strategic communications at the City of Toronto. Avoiding releasing this carbon into the environment at Dufferin is equal to taking 2,000 cars off of the road in the city per year, according to Gordon Lau, manager of renewable gas energy at Enbridge. “What we’re doing here has a direct impact on climate change,” said Lau. Besides being better for the environment, Keliher said this process also generates less odour at the Dufferin site. “When you get there, you wouldn’t know that 55,000 tonnes of green bin material get to that facility a year because there’s very little odour,” he said, adding the process also takes up less land space, leaving more room for other developments. Financially, there is an upfront investment to this model, Keliher said,  but it will exempt the city from paying carbon tax for the renewable natural gas. Instead, they’ll actually get credits back from the federal government and pipeline distribution companies. “Overtime from a financial perspective, there’s a lot of different variables that dig into it but from a social and environmental aspect, it’s definitely something that’s extremely important to the strategy and planning for the city,” Keliher said. Charles Jia, a professor in the department of chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of Toronto, said that although this concept isn’t new as it’s been around in other countries for a long time, Canada has typically stuck to using landfills for waste as they are the easiest solution given the amount of land mass in the country. “There’s an advantage of utilizing an energy component and reducing the amount of waste,” Jia said. Other facilities have also been identified by the city for potential biogas and landfill gas upgrading including at Disco Road. The anaerobic system has already been built on site at this second site but the cleaning component still needs to be added, according to Keliher. 

    The process is estimated to be completed by 2023. Other facilities being reviewed include the Green Lane landfill and the Keele Valley landfill. 

    https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/07/22/toronto-to-create-renewable-natural-gas-from-green-bin-waste-to-help-heat-city-buildings-power-vehicles.html


  • 16 Jul 2021 7:40 AM | Anonymous

    HARI SUTHAN Published July 11, 2021

    Hari Suthan is the chief strategic growth and policy officer at Opus One Solutions.

    For those of us who have spent many years advocating for a cleaner energy future, the past few months and weeks have been intensely satisfying. The International Energy Agency has come out against new fossil-fuel development. As the pandemic raged, the federal government issued a budget calling climate change “the challenge of our times.” The Supreme Court has declared federal carbon pricing constitutional. Investors are pushing Big Oil to do better on emissions. Across the board, what used to be a “radical” position on clean energy is becoming mainstream.

    Everyone is targeting net zero these days, which is great. But now that the question of “if” is decided, we must turn to the “how.” And here, we still have urgent work to do. We can’t reach our shiny new goals with Canada’s old top-down energy distribution model; we have to open up the business of energy distribution so the market can help us decarbonize.

    Providing power at scale for home and business users has traditionally been the domain of utilities, which create power from renewable and non-renewable inputs, then transmit that power from a generating facility, across the grid, to users. The job of converting carbon-emitting sources to clean energy transmission will be massive – and extremely expensive. Politicians and regulators will be tempted to dictate preferred technologies, which will be politically fraught. Does anyone really believe one solution fits all?

    We need to free Canadian utilities from the constraints that bind them to dirty energy, old technologies and fixed rates. They shouldn’t be mandated to spend billions doing it exactly as proscribed. They should be liberated to facilitate decarbonization through any clean energy source consumers want to pursue. Utilities should have the ability to augment their business models but continue to provide reliable, resilient and cost-effective service to consumers.

    Instead of being compensated for generation and flowing electrons to the end user, utilities should be incentivized to provide a reliable grid that distributes clean energy from a variety of sources. Generation will still be part of it, realistically, but the important thing is to facilitate a dynamic system. We need to figure out how to make our grid function more like highway infrastructure – make sure it’s reliable, set the guidelines, but don’t dictate which vehicles we drive or how we use the roads.

    If utilities can do that, we can use the market to help sort out which technologies help us decarbonize most efficiently. Does an EV make sense for you? The grid should be capable of charging your battery while power is cheapest, then buying back the excess when you want to sell it back. Want to cut your company’s bills with a wind turbine or solar array? The grid should allow for the same kind of two-way market.

    This isn’t about doing away with oversight or regulation. It’s about rethinking the way utilities are regulated to account for the goals we want to accomplish.

    Take solar generation. It’s a great example of how the constraints on our utilities have prevented us from leaning in on decarbonization – not just at the household level, but writ large.

    Canada could be a world leader in solar implementation. The sun is a much more reliable energy source than wind. Storage has doubled in efficiency and prices have come down 90 per cent in the past five years. Unlike wind turbines, solar can go practically anywhere without controversy. We have plenty of space for it.

    It’s great to see households installing solar, but roof by roof is the slow road to decarbonization, and it shows: In 2019, we were 19th in the world in installed solar capacity – at about 3,000 megawatts, roughly 5 per cent of what the United States had installed.

    The problem here is that in some parts of Canada, local distribution utilities are prevented from facilitating the wider use of proven clean technology. We give these utilities fixed-rate monopolies, supposedly to protect them and consumers. But the regulatory bind this entails allows them little ability to innovate. Local utilities currently aren’t allowed to be in the business of solar generation, which makes them an underused asset in the effort to meet Canada’s climate goals.

    The fastest way to ramp up solar would be to unleash local utilities to sign long-term power purchase agreements with big power-hogging customers such as Google and Amazon. That way, we could start tripling solar use every year, instead of boosting it 2.5 per cent over five years, as Ontario just has.

    Lifting solar, storage and electric vehicle constraints on utilities is the kind of thinking we need to do, fast, to meet our climate goals. Now that we have the broadest consensus ever that something needs doing, it’s time to figure out how.

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  • 03 May 2021 11:04 PM | Anonymous

    Often, we do not understand the true value of standards, and how strategic they are. This summation below, explains how the Geo-Exchange Standard developed so that more projects could be undertaken with confidence in the design and installation.

    In the late 80’s in Europe and North America was in its 15th year since the commercialization of Geo-Exchange (low enthalpy geothermal). Thanks to many passionate devout believers such as Professors (Bowes, Kavanough etc.), universities, manufacturers, contractors and IGHSPA, who tried not to let the installation quality deteriorate and become the Wild West.

    Canada had a history going back to 1948 with Prof Frank Hooper (University of Toronto) who did a study for Toronto Power Commission. In the mid 80’s, a 120-home pilot project in Toronto showed that different soils / different grout, can fail in 15% of the cases around the province. Ontario Hydro discovered and concluded that “ice Lensing” was occurring. Direct expansion was used in many cases, some successful and some not. Some Heat pump manufactures went out of business as a result. Carl Orio, invented/developed, properly engineered standing column wells, others imitated and failed. Training from Manufactures, IGSPA, and Universities were the providing parties of guidelines for the industry so that properly sized and installed systems would minimize failure, and thus, grow the industry. Electrical utilities saw the benefits to promote geothermal for many reasons, including load levelling, and were willing to offer incentives such as grants. The group wanted the system to provide 90% of the yearly energy from the ground (minimize auxiliary) and help this “grass roots” technology that was not a utility, to have consistent quality, longevity of life, minimal maintenance, save energy, and reduce GHGs.

    Ontario Hydro represented by Frank Lenarduzzi and Dave Young, suggested a (Canadian Standard/Guideline) along with many on the original stakeholders in many cases competitors, joined to help produce a better product for the market. Attached are the original CSA board members and Commercial board members. Two of these members Gino Di Rezze, and Robert Mancini are and still have been continually on the board for these 30 years. Some are still in the industry and as passionate as ever of the business they helped to develop. There are other names but too many to mention.

    The original CSA Standard, with the help of many good people, has evolved to Include the giant USA market via a Bi-National, and IGHSPA addition. At this point as the original members, we thought we would give you a snippet of real history of the “little standard that grew” and pay homage to the original visionaries that invested their time with passion in a product that they hope is a solution to Climate Change. These Committee members have believed in this for decades.

    Gino Di Rezze P.Eng. Robert Mancini P.Eng.



  • 22 Apr 2021 11:02 PM | Anonymous

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  • 08 Apr 2021 9:01 AM | Anonymous


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  • 26 Mar 2021 10:20 PM | Anonymous

    ONEIA, a partner of OSEA, is hosting an exciting webinar event focusing on the expansion of the environmental business, cleantech sector and related policy forums. This informative event will be held from May 4-7 and May 11-13 2021. Please, register for this event on their website. 



  • 09 Mar 2021 4:38 PM | Anonymous

    Canada’s services export sector accounts for the bulk of our economic activity, showing unmatched growth over the past two decades. And if you’ve ever sold a professional service to someone outside Canada, you’re a part of it.

    In our new webinar, Selling your services to the world: How to find new markets, our trade experts will reveal how service-oriented small businesses can take advantage of new opportunities for expansion and identify emerging international markets. 

    Join us live on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET to discover:

    • The economic outlook for the Canadian services sector and key findings 
    • How you can take advantage of free trade agreements like CPTPP, CETA and CUSMA
    • The overall impact of COVID-19 on the sector and the road to recovery
    • How one Canadian company has succeeded in sustaining and expanding their export operations
    • Top emerging market opportunities for Canadian services exports

    Our panel

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    Stephen TappDeputy Chief EconomistExport Development Canada

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    Meena AierSenior Economist, Research and Analysis DepartmentEDC Economics

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    Darren SmithDirector, Services Trade Policy DivisionGlobal Affairs Canada

    Tanya C. Walker headshot, EDC

    Tanya C. WalkerLawyer and Managing PartnerWalker Law


    Registration: https://www.edc.ca/en/events/webinar/selling-your-services-to-the-world-how-to-find-new-markets.html?utm_source=eloqua&utm_medium=edc-email&utm_campaign=ac-kbs_webinar-services-sector&utm_content=link_invite2_feb-21_e

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