Less GHGs on the Seas: Practical Solutions to Measure and Record Energy Consumption

Competitive Projects

Up to $1.2M in phased development funding to propel technology forward

The Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking innovative solutions to accurately measure fuel and load energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data across the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) fleet. The DND/CAF are also looking for means of an energy management infrastructure to organize and analyze energy consumption and GHG emission data.

What IDEaS Provides

Funding of up to $200,000 will be provided for innovative solutions to help advance this defence challenge over a performance period of up to 6 months. There is a potential opportunity for further funding of up to $1 million for a performance period of up to a year should the solution be found successful and promising by DND/CAF.

What Innovators Bring

Solutions that demonstrate the ability to allow GHG monitoring of individual vessels across the RCN fleet, and not require extensive down-time for installation or maintenance and be rugged for use in the marine environment automatically adapt to the nature and quality of the sources involved.


Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking innovative solutions to accurately measure fuel and load energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission data across the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) fleet. The DND/CAF are also looking for means of an energy management infrastructure to organize and analyze energy consumption and GHG emission data.

Background and Context

The RCN is committed to contributing toward reducing overall GHG emissions to meet the Greening Government Strategy net-zero 2050 commitment. To meet this commitment, it is imperative to first be able to accurately quantify the amount of energy used as well as the amount of GHG emitted across the RCN fleet. The capabilities to do so are constrained in part because the naval ships have varying instrumentations and designs, which make it difficult to capture the energy data needed. In addition, obtaining reliable measurements of energy consumption and GHG emission are challenging because of the range of conditions under which naval ships operate (e.g., calm vs. rough sea states, erratic operational patterns).

Moreover, the DND’s ability to manage and forecast progress towards achieving net-zero GHG emission across the RCN fleet is constrained by a lack of energy data management infrastructure. Data integration and analysis are problematic given that naval ships are a mixture of technologies spanning multiple decades and there is no standardized format of record keeping as there is a mixture of analog and digital record keeping. In instances where handwritten record keeping is used, there is increased risk of data entry errors and the non-standardized format does not lend itself to data analytics.

Essential Outcomes

DND/CAF are looking for innovative new systems and technologies.

Proposed solutions must:

  • Measure energy consumption and GHG emissions across the fleet;
  • Record, analyze, and monitor this energy consumption and GHG emission data; and
  • Allow for the visualization of the energy consumption and GHG emissions at the system, ship, class and fleet levels.

Desired Outcomes

Proposed solutions should include capabilities such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Allow GHG monitoring of individual vessels across the RCN fleet;
  • Not require extensive down-time for installation or maintenance and;
  • Be rugged for use in the marine environment.

Supplemental Information

The RCN fleet to be considered for this challenge includes the existing Halifax Class vessels, Kingston Class vessels, ORCA class vessels, and the forthcoming Canadian Surface Combatant, Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship (AOPS), and Joint Support Ship (JSS) vessels.

It is requested that innovators use the assumption that naval vessels are constrained to using conventional diesel fuel oils, and that significant changes to the existing propulsion systems are not practical.

The Greening Government Strategy can be accessed at: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/innovation/greening-government/strategy.html

Eligibility

This Call for Proposals (CFP) is open to individuals, academia, not-for-profit organizations, provincial/territorial or municipal government organizations, and all industry.

Solution Readiness Level: The current SRL of the proposed solution must be within 1 and 6 (inclusive).

How to Apply

Step 1: Click “Apply Now” and you will be directed to SAP Ariba, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)’s online procurement platform.

Step 2: Potential bidders must register an SAP Ariba account in order to view the Call for Proposals (CFP) and Challenge events, and submit a proposal.

Step 3: Log into SAP Ariba, and review the CFP event and Challenge event details and their associated attachments. All information related to the Program, Proposal Submission, Evaluation Procedures, Basis of Selection, Evaluation Criteria, Resulting Contract Clauses and Certifications and Additional Information are contained in the CFP event and its attachments.

Step 4: Proposals must be submitted only by Electronic Procurement Solution ("SAP Ariba") by the date, time and place indicated in the individual Challenge events. Links to open Challenge events can be found in Part 1.1 of the solicitation. Each Challenge event has its individual submission form. Proposals must be submitted directly to the appropriate Challenge event.

All CFP-related enquiries must be submitted through the Event Messages tab of the CFP event on SAP Ariba.

Deadline

The Challenge is set to close on October 5th, 2021. Please refer to the Challenge event in SAP Ariba for the exact closing date and time.

All CFP and Challenge related enquiries must be submitted through the “Event Messages” tab of the CFP event on SAP Ariba. Responses provided by Canada can be accessed by bidders through the Event Messages tab. Enquiries must be submitted no later than 10 calendar days before the Challenge event closing date. Enquiries received after that time may not be answered.

Disclaimer

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