$48 Million in Clean Technologies Funding Approved by Sustainable Development Technology Canada

With This New Funding Round, SDTC’s Cumulative Support For Ethanol and Other Biofuel Technologies Grows to Almost $60 Million

Ottawa, July 5, 2006 – Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has approved $48 million in new funding for the development and demonstration of clean technologies that benefit the environment and economy.

The money will be allocated to 22 projects, and includes $7.3 million for four biofuel technology projects ranging from the production of ethanol from cellulose to biodiesel production from mustard seed. The new funding, approved in principle by SDTC’s Board of Directors, brings SDTC’s total commitment to biofuel technology initiatives to $59 million. Funding for each project is subject to final contract execution.

For the first time, SDTC has approved funding for soil and water-related projects, with $4 million allocated to five initiatives in this area. SDTC announced its initial call for applications for soil and water projects last year. The funds will go toward the development of monitoring and detection equipment that can help avoid water main breaks, improved agricultural practices and other technologies.

“By supporting clean technologies during the pre-commercialization stage, SDTC helps get them to market faster and more successfully,” said SDTC Chairman James M. Stanford. “Not only will these technologies increase the efficiency and competitiveness of Canadian industries, but they will also reduce environmental impacts.”

The 22 newly-approved projects target a wide variety of sectors that are core to Canada’s economy including; energy exploration and production; power generation; energy utilization; transportation; agriculture; forestry and wood products; and waste management.

The private and public sector consortia partners behind the projects are investing an additional $111 million, representing a more than 2:1 ratio of industry-partner contribution to SDTC investment.

SDTC continues to be on track to allocate all of its funds up to December 2010.

“The Government of Canada is developing a plan focused on ensuring future generations enjoy clean air, clean water, clean land, and clean energy,” said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. “As of July 1st, small and medium size companies will benefit from the reduced GST, lower business tax rates and increased tax allowances all of which will improve the economy's ability to invest in the research and development of new technologies. These clean technology investments and lower taxes in the recent budget show that Canada's new government is delivering on its commitments to a clean and healthy environment.”

“The Government of Canada is committed to the goals of a stronger economy and healthier environment,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment. "Innovative clean technologies such as those supported by SDTC can help us achieve both of these goals at the same time.”

“The quality of the proposals SDTC receives and strength of the consortia behind them continue to improve, making us optimistic that Canada’s clean technology infrastructure is gaining momentum,” said Vicky J. Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. “That optimism extends to the positive environmental impacts and associated health benefits of SDTC funded projects. These projects often integrate clean air, climate change, clean water and clean soil benefits, providing holistic, real-world solutions for industry.

“The large contribution of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovation in Canada is reflected in the fact that 89% of SDTC’s funded projects are led by SMEs, a trend that has continued in this funding round,” Sharpe added.

Since April 2002, SDTC has completed eight funding rounds, committed $217 million to 97 clean technology projects, and leveraged $559 million from project consortia members, for a total portfolio value of $776 million.

SDTC will launch its next call for Statements of Interest (SOIs) on August 23, 2006. The upcoming call for SOIs will include a request for projects with technologies that address climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil issues.

About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada is a foundation created by the Government of Canada that operates a $550 million fund to support the development and demonstration of clean technologies — solutions that address issues of climate change, clean air, clean water, and clean soil to deliver environmental, economic and health benefits to Canadians.

An arm’s length, not-for-profit corporation, SDTC fills the void in the innovation chain between research and commercialization — helping clean technology developers move through the development and demonstration phases, in preparation for commercialization.SDTC applies a stringent due diligence process when selecting technologies and requires every applicant to involve a consortium of partners in their project.

SDTC encourages collaboration among private, financial, academic, and public sector partners, and with the Canadian government to build a sustainable development infrastructure in Canada.

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The listing of the 22 funded projects is as follows:

1. Lead Organization: Advanced BioRefinery Incorporated, Ottawa, ON

Economic Category: Forestry and Wood Products

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Soil

Consortium Members:
Natural Resources Canada/CANMET
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Orenda Aerospace Corporation
St. Marys Paper Ltd.
Tembec Inc.

Project Description:
Advanced BioRefinery (ABRI) and its consortium partners will demonstrate a 50 tonne-per-day, transportable fast pyrolysis system that converts logging residue including slash and bark into an energy-dense, economically transportable bio-liquid. The system is primarily designed for remote logging sites but has applications anywhere sufficient biomass exists. The liquid fuel will be used as a replacement for fossil fuel in industrial boilers and furnaces. The renewable fuel can also be used to generate electricity via a gas turbine. ABRI will field test the equipment, determine operating costs and establish relationships between feedstock qualities and product energy and chemical values.

2. Lead Organization: ARISE Technologies Corporation, Kitchener, ON

Economic Category: Power Generation

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Members:
Ebner Gesellschaft M.B.H.
Komag Inc.
Topsil Semiconductor Materials A/S
University of Toronto
University of Waterloo

Project Description:
ARISE Technologies and its consortium partners will develop and demonstrate a new approach to refining high purity solar grade silicon feedstock for photovoltaic (PV) applications. A major constraint in the PV value chain has been the supply of silicon. The ARISE approach will use a new technique that produces silicon feedstock that can be fed into the ingot-making process that produces crystalline silicon ingots for solar cells. The approach will also allow for the recovery and reuse of waste silicon, significantly reducing costs. The silicon produced will meet the specifications of high-efficiency solar PV cell manufacturers.

3. Lead Organization: Bio Vision Technology Inc., New Minas, NS

Economic Category: Energy Exploration and Production

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Member:
Coles Associates Ltd.

Project description:
Bio Vision Technology Inc. will demonstrate a unique biofuel pilot plant that converts renewable biomass (plant material) into feedstocks that can be processed into fuel ethanol and other value-added, co-generated chemical commodities. Until now, engineeringand economic challenges have made it unfeasible to convert woody plant fibres (lignocellulose) into industrially useable sugars on a commercially viable basis. Bio Vision has developed an integrated system witha thermal reactor that uses steam fractionation to hydrolyze lignocellulose. Downstream processes convert the output into marketable products such as fuel ethanol, lignin, furfural and acetic acid. Value-added products such as biodegradable plastics, building materials, specialty chemicals, cosmetics, lubricants, paints, herbicides, and fertilizers can alsobe produced from the feedstocks. Bio Vision's small scale technologyminimizes feedstock transportation costs and makes valuable commodity production possible in rural regions with smaller waste volumes.

4. Lead Organization: Bystronic Solution Centre, Ottawa, ON

Economic Category: Energy Utilization

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Members:
Bystronic Maschinen AG
Farley Windows
Montreal PVC Plastics

Project Description:
Bystronic Solution Centre has developed a new technique of window fabrication that reduces the energy used in manufacturing, saves material and labour costs, and allows for designs that reduce heat loss by as much as half. These savings are achieved through the use of “Friction Corner Welding” to weld PVC frames around insulating glass units, in combination with new frame and glass assembly techniques. The resulting enhanced structural performance enables the fabrication of heavier triple-glazed windows without increased frame costs, as well as reduced energy utilization and costs to manufacture double-glazed windows. The techniques can be applied to other plastics fabrication industries allowing for the development of new energy efficient products. Bystronic’s technology will be demonstrated by its consortium partners, Farley Windows and Montreal PVC Plastics.

5. Lead Organization: Cerestech Inc., Montreal, QC

Economic Category: Energy Utilization

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Water

Consortium Members:
GSC Technology Inc.
Leistritz Corporation
Pitt Plastics Inc.

Project Description:
This project involves the full scale, pre-commercial demonstration of an innovative technology that substitutes up to half of synthetic plastic resins with thermoplastic starch (TPS) in the manufacturing of products such as films, bags and injection-moulded goods. TPS, made from starch and glycerol (a biodiesel production residue), is an inexpensive substance that comes from renewable resources. The process allows for the creation of blends that have similar properties to pure synthetic resin including recycled plastics, but at a lower cost, using less water and heat, and with considerably less depletion of non-renewable resources.

6. Lead Organization: Chinook Mobile Heating and De-icing Inc., Ottawa, ON

Economic Category: Transportation

Environmental Benefit: Clean Water,Climate Change, Clean Soil,

Consortium Members:
Hovey Manufacturing

Project Description:
Chinook Mobile Heating and De-icing Corporation and its consortium partners will demonstrate an innovative aircraft deicing technology that will significantly reduce the environmental, economic and health costs of deicing compared with current methods employing glycol. The consortium's "Tempered Steam Technology" (TST) uses heated, steam-infused air to melt ice on aircraft surfaces, then heated air alone for drying. The technique can be performed at the gate, thereby reducing aircraft fuel usage incurred during live, engine-on deicing operations while providing operational cost savings to airport operators. The process lowers greenhouse gas emissions from engine idling and from the oxidation of unrecovered glycol. Currently, more than 20 million litres of glycol-based fluids are used annually in Canadian winter operations.

7. Lead Organization: EcoVu Analytics Inc., Ottawa, ON

Economic Category: Energy Utilization

Environmental Benefit: Clean Water

Consortium Members:
Carleton University
City of Ottawa
GAP EnviroMicrobial Services
H. Rose Machining Ltd.
Laser Diagnostic Instruments International Inc.
Ontario Ministry of the Environment
Quinte Conservation Authority

Project Description:
EcoVu will demonstrate an improved water quality monitoring system utilizing a disruptive technology that concentrates contaminants in the monitoring device. The patented concentration process allows for timely, more efficient and reliable detection thereby optimizing the measurement of low-level microbiological and chemical pollutants. The technology is initially targeting voluntary testing for health and safety applications (drinking water treatment plants, in-field surface water sampling, and laboratory analysis). EcoVu’s near real-time analysis results can enable water treatment plants to optimize plant operations and reduce chlorine use. In addition to monitoring, EcoVu can also apply the same technology to the remediation of high-value process waters such as heavy water used in the nuclear industry.

8. Lead Organization: Ferti-Val Inc., Bromptonville, QC

Economic Category: Waste Management

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Water, Clean Soil,

Consortium Members:
Mechtronix Systems Inc.
Ville de Granby

Project Description:
Ferti-Val and its partners plan to create fuel by drying municipal bio-solid sludge from wastewater treatment into solids, applying and tailoring an existing European sludge drying technology called ValorisTM. The system boils off the water and captures the heat from the water vapour for reuse, and converts the sludge into treated, high-value components such as fuel. The solution will also reduce greenhouse gases released from landfills and helps conserve both landfill space and water. Unlike many other biomass drying projects in development today, which target agricultural, pulp and paper or wood waste, this consortium is focused on the municipal sector.

9. Lead Organization: Green Canal Holdings Inc., Hudson Heights, QC

Economic Category: Energy Exploration and Production

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Members:
Delta RCS AS
Energy Reaction Inc.
Falconbridge Limited
Flairbase Inc.

Project Description:
Green Canal Holdings’ project will develop and demonstrate a new ventilation technology, “Dynamic Ventilation on Demand” (DVOD), which provides an automated deep mine ventilation control system. If successful, the technology will lead to significant energy savings as well as climate change and clean air benefits.

10. Lead Organization: Hydrogenics Corporation, Mississauga, ON

Economic Category: Transportation

Environmental Benefit: Clean Air,Climate Change

Consortium Members:
General Motors of Canada
NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc.

Project Description:
Hydrogenics Corporation, General Motors of Canada and NACCO Materials Handling Group have partnered to continue their work in the commercialization of fuel cell technology for the material handling industry. The consortium proposes to deploy 19 lift trucks and tuggers outfitted with fuel cell power packs for 24 months at GM’s Oshawa assembly plant. This deployment represents one of the largest and longest-running fuel cell-powered material handling deployments in the world and is a critical step toward commercialization in this market.

11. Lead Organization: Maritime Innovation, Rimouski, QC

Economic Category: Transportation

Environmental Benefit: Clean Water

Consortium Members:
Degussa Canada Inc.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Maurice Lamontagne Institute
Institut des Sciences de la mer
Institut Maritime du Quebec
Kinectrics Inc.
Marine Biotechnology Research Centre
Maritime Innovation
MD Technologies Ltd.
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Project Description:
The “No Invasive Species Onboard Project” (NISOB) aims to contribute to the preservation of the biological integrity and quality of Canadian waters by reducing the risk of introducing aquatic invasive species through the ballast water and sediments carried by commercial vessels in their ballast tanks. NISOB is a ballast water technology demonstration program that proposes to enhance two treatment technologies (biological de-oxygenation and chemical treatment) and to develop a new application for a filtration unit that could be used as a pre-treatment for ships’ ballast water and sediments.

12. Lead Organization: MCW Consultants Ltd., Toronto, ON

Economic Category: Power Generation

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air, Clean Water

Consortium Members:
Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Toronto District School Board

Project Description:
MCW Consultants and the Toronto District School Board seek to streamline the process for renewable energy technology installations. The project involves the development of standardized documentation and processes used in the design, construction, tendering, approval and installation of photovoltaic (PV) and wind power installations, in order to reduce transaction costs associated with installation. Up to two-thirds of the installed cost of current PV systems can be attributed to these “transaction costs” to design, approve and install the systems in a building. The improved processes could be used in the renewal of Toronto public schools and for other school facilities across Canada.

13. Lead Organization: New Energy Corporation Inc., Calgary, AB

Economic Category: Power Generation

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Members:
Canoe Pass Tidal Energy Corp.
Focus Environmental

Project Description:
New Energy Corporation and its partners have teamed together to demonstrate tidal power generation on British Columbia’s west coast. The project consists of installing up to 500 kW of power-generating capacity in a narrow channel between Maude Island and Quadra Island, adjacent to Seymour Narrows,near Campbell River, BC. The technology to be demonstrated is New Energy’s EnCurrent vertical axis turbine, which employs vanes mounted parallel to a vertical shaft to extract energy from a moving stream of water regardless of its direction.

14. Lead Organization: Nutri-Loc Ingredients Corp., Burnaby, BC

Economic Category: Energy Utilization

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air, Clean Soil

Consortium Members:
Global Minds Inc.
Hodgins & Co. Management Consultants Inc.
Stoel Rives Law Firm
Sun Rich Fresh Foods Inc.

Project Description:
Nutriloc and its consortium partners will demonstrate a technology to dehydrate fruits, vegetables and other products with superior cost efficiency and quality compared with freeze drying - the current industry standard. The benefits of the Nutri-loc™ system include not only better dried products in terms of flavour, taste, colour and nutrient value but also lower energy use and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Nutriloc is currently designing a portable drying unit that can be trucked to farms and food processing plants, eliminating transportation costs associated with hauling “wet” produce to a central factory.

15. Lead Organization: Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc., Vancouver, BC

Economic Category: Waste Management

Environmental Benefit: Clean Water,Climate Change, Clean Air, Clean Soil

Consortium Members:
British Columbia Ministry of Environment
NORAM Engineering and Constructors Ltd.
Stantec Inc.
The City of Edmonton
University of British Columbia

Project Description:
A consortium led by Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies is developing technologies to recover nutrients from liquid sewage and then produce environmentally safe, slow release fertilizer. In addition to reducing the amount of pollutants released into the environment, the solution also produces revenue from the sale of fertilizer. Ostara will demonstrate its technology at the City of Edmonton’s Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant, and test the purity and effectiveness of its fertilizer through the BC Ministry of Environment stream enrichment programs for Steelhead recovery.

16. Lead Organization: Peacock Industries Inc., Hague, SK

Economic Category: Agriculture

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Water, Clean Soil

Consortium Members:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Ag-West Bio Inc.
Bio-Green Technologies Inc.
Chemtura Corporation
Eastern Greenway Oils
Innovation Place Bio Processing Centre
Nematrol Inc.
POS Pilot Plant Corp.
Saskatchewan Mustard Growers Association
University of Saskatchewan

Project Description:
The consortium led by Peacock Industries aims to co-produce an environmentally-friendly organic bio-pesticide and methyl ester (used to produce biodiesel) from mustard seed. The bio-pesticide is made from food quality materials and is safe to both humans and the environment. The product is used to control nematodes and fungi, and will be sold also as a product to enhance plant growth and improve soil quality. The methyl ester used in biodiesel production will help improve air quality, reduce mineral oil consumption and engine wear, and improve fuel mileage.

17. Lead Organization: Power Measurement Ltd., Saanichton, BC

Economic Category: Energy Utilization

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air, Clean Water

Consortium Members:
Brookfield Properties

Project Description:
The consortium led by Power Measurement will develop systems consisting of advanced software and energy meters that help commercial and industrial energy consumers improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related emissions. The “enterprise energy management” platform will provide accurate, real-time data on the consumption of electricity and piped utilities (including water, air, gas, and steam) as well as outflow monitoring for SO2, NOx and waste water. These systems will help companies actively manage their energy efficiency programs, monitor their adherence to ISO 14001 or other sustainability goals, and identify best practices. The information can also be used by energy providers to develop utility load management strategies.

18. Lead Organization: The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company Ltd., Mississauga, ON

Economic Category: Energy Utilization

Environmental Benefit: Clean Water, Clean Soil

Consortium Members:
Halifax Regional Water Commission
InvoDane Engineering Ltd.
Orvitek Inc.
Queen's University

Project Description:
The consortium led by The Pressure Pipe Inspection Company will develop and demonstrate “PipeDiver,” a robotic device that inspects small diameter, pre-stressed cylindrical concrete pipe (PCCP) used for water transmission. The device will enable the identification of distressed pipe, enabling water utilities to minimize operational risks, optimize their investment, and extend the safe and economic life of their pipelines – saving themselves, and taxpayers, millions of dollars. Canada’s PCCP infrastructureis aging, and is starting to decay. While the risk of pipe failure is low, failures can be catastrophic. Such failures result in interruptions to the water supply as well as damage to adjacent pipes and infrastructure.

19. Lead Organization: Tantalus Systems Corp., Vancouver, BC

Economic Category: Power Generation

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Members:
Blue Line Innovations Inc.
Chatham-Kent Hydro Inc.
McMaster University

Project Description:
This project combines technologies in advanced metering, wireless communication, and in-home displays to give consumers a real-time measure of their households’ power consumption in units of dollars, carbon dioxide emissions, and/or kilowatt-hours.For the first time, consumers can be alerted whenever prices change or green energy is available as well as gain easy access to usage information needed to curb wasteful habits and save money. It also makes it possible for utilities to manage operations more efficiently, implement opt-in load control initiatives, and offer equitable dynamic pricing programs. By closing the communications loop, power reductions of up to 20 per cent can be achieved.

20. Lead Organization: TSC Company Ltd., Calgary, AB

Economic Category: Energy Exploration and Production

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Water

Consortium Member:
Deer Creek Energy Limited

Project Description:
TSC and Deer Creek Energy will demonstrate a novel oil sands mining technology that will significantly increase the rate of bitumen recovery, reduce water usage from the Athabasca River system and, through the recycling of process water, reduce energy requirements and the need for tailings ponds. The project involves constructing and operating a pilot plant to test TSC’s bitumen extraction and tailings management systems, and prove the technology’s effectiveness for use on a commercial scale.

21. Lead Organization: Unicell Ltd., Toronto, ON

Economic Category: Transportation

Environmental Benefit: Clean Air, Climate Change

Consortium Members:
ArvinMeritor Inc.
Battery Engineering and Test Services, Inc.
Bodycote Material Testing
Electrovaya Inc.
PMG Technologies Inc.
Purolator Courier Ltd.
Southwestern Energy
Transportation Development Centre

Project Description:
Unicell and its consortium partners will demonstrate the environmental benefits and operational advantages of an all-electric, lightweight composite monocoque urban delivery vehicle in typical Canadian operating conditions. The demonstration involves putting a small fleet of the vehicles into commercial use with Purolator Courier in Toronto and other cities across the country. These vehicles will replace conventional gasoline-powered delivery vans, eliminating on-street emissions and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 per cent. These vehicles will have twice the useful life of conventional vans, leading to further environmental and economic advantages. The project also seeks to demonstrate that couriers using the vehicle will be more productive in their route activities, leading to substantial savings for their operators.

22. Lead Organization: Wind Smart Inc., Edmonton, AB

Economic Category: Power Generation

Environmental Benefit: Climate Change, Clean Air

Consortium Members:
Allen R. Nelson Engineering Inc.
Cavendish Investing Inc.
Denison Hydraulics
Jones Engineering Group
Western Wind Energy

Project Description:
Wind Smart and its partners are developing a new drive system for wind turbines that will increase power generation compared with gear-driven assemblies while reducing maintenance costs Unlike conventional models, the motor and generator will be situated at ground level. The system will replace the gearbox presently employed on wind turbines with a hydraulic motor to drive a hydrostatic pump. This will drive a synchronous generator, which in turn will generate power directly into the grid. The system will enable the capture of more wind energy over a wider wind speed range, using the same turbine. A key innovation is the ability to control the hydrostatic drive unit and to prevent over-speeding of the wind turbine. This application is designed for wind turbines up to1.5 MW with standard off-the-shelf components.

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