Canada Awards C$40M to 18 Clean Technology Projects, Including Li-ion Batteries and Renewable Hydrocarbon Fuels

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) awarded C$40 million (US$38.4 million) to 18 clean technology projects in the transportation, oil and gas and wastewater treatment sectors. These new investments bring SDTC’s total portfolio value to more than C$1.6 billion (US$1.5 billion).

Included in the awards are $5 million to Electrovaya in support of battery development for plug-in hybrid applications; an award to Phostec Lithium for Li-ion cathode material development; an award to Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. for algal oil for transportation fuels; and an award to Targeted Growth Canada to demonstrate a process utilizing camelina as a feedstock for renewable jet fuel.

Electrovaya. Electrovaya is proposing to develop and demonstrate its high energy density Lithium Ion SuperPolymer battery packs for applications in a test fleet of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Ram 1500 pickup from Chrysler Group’s Ram Truck Brand.

The project builds on Electrovaya’s previously-funded SDTC project and includes the development of advanced cells and battery modules, the development of a higher throughput battery cell and module production line, and the lifetime performance validation of battery packs to establish the commercial value of spent automotive packs.

Phostec Lithium. Phostech Lithium Inc. has created a high power density carbon nano-coated lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material to addresses the safety, cost and charge cycling issues for next-generation electric car batteries. The company will lead a consortium including Université de Montréal, GAIA Akkumulatorenwerke GmbH, K2 Energy, and Auto-Kabel Managementgesellschaft GmbH to focus on a 24 times scale-up from a 100t/y batch pilot plant to a continuous and fully integrated 2,400t/y plant; on producing a consistent quality material from a larger “first of its kind” wet chemical processing unit, and on meeting battery manufacturers’ specifications and price points.

Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. Ocean Nutrition Canada (ONC) has discovered a heterotrophic algae—ONC T 18B—with 60 times the productivity of other algae which can be grown on elemental carbon in closed reactors, without sunshine.

ONC will partner with the National Research Council – Institute of Aerospace Research; National Research Council – Institute for Marine Biosciences (NRC-IMB); UOP LLC, a Honeywell company; and Lockheed Martin to build a demonstration fermentation production site to produce algal feedstock oil for biofuels in a meaningful scale and competitive cost. Trials will be conducted to demonstrate that ONC T 18B can be direct replacements for aerospace (biojet) and land transportation (biodiesel) liquid fuels.

Targeted Growth Canada Inc. In partnership with Bombardier Aerospace; Porter Airlines Inc.; Pratt & Whitney Canada; Sustainable Oils, LLC; and UOP LLC, Targeted Growth Canada (TGC) will demonstrate a process utilizing camelina as a feedstock for renewable jet fuel.

The project will optimize production and establish performance standards for this first-of-its-kind product in Canada: a drop-in replacement for traditional jet fuel that fits with the current refining and distribution infrastructure and with existing engines. The vertically integrated process takes farmer-produced grain through crushing to a pre-refined vegetable oil. This crude camelina oil is then refined into hydro-treated renewable jet fuel (HRJ).

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