Pop Up City: Integrating Energy, Water and Waste Management Systems for Deployed Camps

Contests

Competition between innovators is the fuel we use to foster the best innovative solutions.


The Department of National Defence’s (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program is calling innovators on to propose and develop solutions that provide integrated energy, water and waste management systems for the CAF’s Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTC) deployed in national and international operations.

Results

The contest consists of four rounds, three of which have been completed.

The winners of Round 3 are moving on!

The IDEaS Pop Up City contest has awarded three $1.5 million prizes to Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc., Innocorps Research Corporation and to SNC-Lavalin Integrated Utility Management System to build their prototype of a better water, waste, and energy management system for relocatable temporary camps (RTC) used by the Canadian Armed Forces.

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To see highlights from the IDEaS Pop Up City Contest Pitch Event check out the video here!

Winners are now eligible to move forward to the prototype development phase in Round 4 where they will vie for an additional $2 million prize!

Round 2 winners

Each winner has received a $50,000 prize and an invitation to join an integrated team to participate in the Round 3 pitch event. See below for a full list of Round 2 winners.

Integrated Solution Title Team Members  Technical Domain 

Circular City – Integrated Power, Water, and Waste Solution for Relocatable Temporary Camps

Innocorps Research Corporation

Water

Pop Up City Inc.

Energy

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Solid Waste

Solution-Darcom Innovations Inc

Liquid Waste

SNC-Lavalin Integrated Utility Management System (IUMS)

SNC-Lavalin Inc

Waste

Reveau Technologies and Solutions Inc

Water

Ascent System Technologies

Energy

Growing Greener Innovations, Inc. (GGI)

Energy

Rival Lab Inc

Energy

NOMAD Micro Homes

Waste

BluMetric Environmental Inc.

Waste

DEW Camp Sustainment (DCS) System

DEW Engineering and Development ULC – Team Lead

Energy

Osorno Enterprises Inc.

Liquid waste

Innocorps Research Corporation

Water

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Solid Waste

Autonomous Resilient Community Systems (ARCS)

Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.

Waste

Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.

Water

Tugliq Energie Co.

Energy

Robust, Efficient Solutions for Pop Up City

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Water

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Waste

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Energy

Technologically Efficient Solutions for Pop Up City

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Water

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Waste

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Energy

Round 1 winners

Congratulations to our Round 1 winners! Each winner received a $10,000 prize and was invited to participate in Round 2 to present their innovative solution at an integration partnering event.

 Technical Domain  Proposal title Company Name

Energy

Autonomous Mobile Energy System

0939292 B.C. LTD. (Ascent Systems Technologies)

Energy

Augmented Combined Heat and Power

1232404 B.C. LTD

Energy

Multi-Fuel Generator

2533609 Ontario Inc. (Teznic)

Energy

ATCO Pop Up City Energy Solution: Transportable Hybrid Microgrid

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Energy

LPWAN Monitoring for Deployed Camps – Real Time Operational Analysis for Efficiency Gains

CityKinect Inc

Energy

DEW RTC Cooling, Heating, and Electrical Management System (CHEMS)

DEW Engineering and Development ULC

Energy

Electricity generation from any heat source with external heat engines

Ekstera Inc.

Energy

Deployable Modular Micro Grid System

Frobisher Energy Services LTD.

Energy

High-Efficiency Modular DC-Coupled Microgrid for Military Camp

Governors of University of Alberta

Energy

Grengine™ Power System

Growing Greener Innovations, Inc. (GGI)

Energy

The Tri-fuel power generation and energy storage system – using Hydrogen Diesel and Natural Gas

Orbital Farm Inc.

Energy

SEM Camp

Pop Up City Inc.

Energy

Modular, off the grid, power generator that operates on temperature differential

Proteus Systems Inc.

Energy

Hybrid low-Inertia Turbine Storage System (HITTS)

Rival-lab

Energy

SHES – Smart Hybrid Energy System

Ryerson University (BeTOP)

Energy

Hybrid Solar System Energy Solution with Heat Storage and Recovery

Solar Photonics Inc.

Energy

Advanced Integrated Offgrid Energy Platform

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Energy

Microréseau hybride – Intégration d'énergie renouvelable modulable

Tugliq Energie S.A.R.F

Energy

LiMO – Less in More Out

WM Design Solutions Inc.

Waste

ATCO Pop Up City Waste Solution: Advanced Modular Wastewater Treatment System

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Waste

Mobile Wastewater Treatment Plant (MWWTP)

BluMetric Environmental Inc.

Waste

Salle de Filtration Ecologique

Darcom Innovations Inc.

Waste

Electrochemical Processing Technologies

1232404 B.C. LTD

Waste

Sedna: High efficiency containerized treatment of RTC wastewater

Eyes of the Shepherdess Inc.

Waste

SMARTCYCLE Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

HCT Sustainables Limited

Waste

Conversion of wet and dry waste streams to energy and clean water using Supercritical water oxidation technology.

Linden Water Inc.

Waste

NOMAD Modular Sewer Treatment (NOMAD MST)

NOMAD Micro Homes Inc.

Waste

Containerized mobile packaged sewage treatment plant with sludge collection system, and integrated solar power.

Osorno Enterprises Inc.

Waste

Wastewater Management Solution

SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Waste

Waste and Waste-Water Recycling System

Solar Photonics Inc.

Waste

Remote Ecological Waste Upgrade and Recovery System

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Waste

Integrated Solid and Liquid Waste Treatment Solution

Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.

Waste

Closed-loop waste and wastewater treatment

University of Waterloo

Water

Potable Water replenishment from waste water

11680136 Canada Inc

Water

ATCO Pop Up City Water Solution: Modular Fixed Film Wastewater Treatment System

ATCO Frontec Ltd.

Water

Hybrid Solar-Thermal Membrane Distillation Process for Water Recycling and Reuse for RTCs

Concordia University

Water

Comprehensive water treatment technology using spent coffee grounds

Governors of University of Alberta

Water

Reducing supplied potable water for RTCs through enhanced water recovery and direct potable reuse of wastewater

Innocorps Research Corporation

Water

Reduction of water usage by treating RTC black water using Supercritical water oxidation technology

Linden Water Inc.

Water

Novel Electrocoagulation Approach for Greywater Treatment to Reduce Potable Water Requirements

Terragon Environmental Technologies Inc.

Water

Integrated Scalable Renewable Powered Water Treatment Systems

TMBNExtrados Inc

Water

Water Recycling Hydrogels for Portable Water Management

University of PEI

Full Challenge

A Contest to Develop Integrated Utilities Management Systems

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) must be ready to deploy on short notice, in any climate and for prolonged periods. The CAF presently relies on Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTCs) for its deployments that sustain personnel through demanding operational and environmental conditions.

The Department of National Defence’s (DND) Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) Program is calling innovators on to propose and develop solutions that provide integrated energy, water and waste management systems for the CAF’s RTCs deployed in national and international operations.

The “Pop up City” Contest is a multi-phased contest for innovators to propose and develop reliable, energy efficient, integrated and scalable energy, water and waste management systems for RTCs. Contests are a competitive means of finding innovative solutions and awarding prizes to the best solutions derived from the innovation community. Specifically, this Contest is seeking solutions designed to manage the energy, water and waste needs of a 150 to 1,500-person RTC, operating in a temperate climate zone.

To standardize the required performance capacity for system designs, contestants will be supplied with per capita data for energy and water consumption, and waste production, along with representative annual climate data, including wind and solar patterns. Contestants will be asked to provide scalable solutions that can supply the requirements of RTCs over a 12-month period in this climate zone. System designs which would also allow for the occasional deployment to extreme hot and/or frigid climatic zones are strongly encouraged.

Contest Challenge Objectives

The objectives of the Pop up City Contest are to:

  1. Stimulate the innovation and development of solutions that significantly reduce RTC fuel and water inputs, and waste outputs, while maintaining specified performance capacities.
  2. Build on Canadian strengths to develop solutions that achieve a reduction of current fuel and water input and waste output by the following specific targets:
    1. at least a 33% reduction in the fuel supplied to the RTCs;
    2. at least a 33% reduction of the current potable water supplied to the RTCs; and
    3. at least a 33% reduction in the solid and liquid waste requiring disposal from the RTCs.

Desired Outcomes and Considerations

Inefficiencies in current practices lead to a higher requirement for fuel and water resupply and waste removal. This has the knock-on effect of greatly increasing the transport logistics during operations. DND/CAF believe that significant gains in the efficiencies of RTC utilities systems would have an overall beneficial impact on deployed operations. In addition to making better use of known technologies, this may be achieved both by the introduction of innovative technologies, and by combining these technologies into a single, integrated system for RTC utilities. Scalable and transportable solutions are needed that minimize purchasing requirements, transportation costs and logistical demands. The Pop up City Contest is being issued to the Canadian innovation community to address this.

Desired Outcomes

Successful proposals can incorporate existing technologies, modifications, or new innovations that can be developed to testable integrated solutions at Solution Readiness Level (SRL) 6 by the end of the Contest (See Annex A for SRL definitions). Integrated solutions for the management of energy, waste and water for RTCs are expected to deliver the following desired outcomes:

  1. designed to supply and manage given per capita requirements for energy and water consumption, and waste generation (data provided in Table 1 below);
  2. designed to minimize RTC fuel and water input and waste output;
  3. designed with secure centralized control, capable at a minimum of monitoring energy and water consumption;
  4. scalable for RTCs accommodating from 150 to 1,500 persons;
  5. designed for continuous operation over a 12-month period using the sample climate data provided;
  6. transportable in standard 20-foot (6.1 m) intermodal containers; and
  7. designed for durability and high reliability, both in transport and in operation. A plan for maintenance and replacement of hardware/software components must be included.

Contestants should note that reducing per capita consumption, for example by improving accommodation insulation or by changing personnel behaviours, while important, is outside the scope of the Contest.

Full program guide

How it works

The Contest consists of four competitive rounds that contestants will pass through for a chance to win a grand prize of $2.0 million. Each round is designed to progress towards the development of a functioning and testable prototype integrated solution, capable of delivering the desired outcomes of the Contest.

Prizes will be awarded in each Round of the Contest. Awards for Rounds 1, 2, and 4 will be in the form of a grant. In Round 3, finalists will receive funding in the form of a contribution agreement.

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    Round 1 Individual solutions

    • Submission of proposals for each technical domain
    • Contestant eligibility established
    • Expert evaluation
    • Up to 10 Contestants for each technical domain to receive a $10,000 grant to continue to Round 2

    Round 2 Integrated Solutions

    • Grant recipients from Round 1 continue
    • Partnering event
    • Submission of integrated solutions
    • Expert evaluation
    • Up to 10 Semi-finalist teams to receive a $50,000 grant to continue to Round 3

    Round 3 PITCH & Prototype Development

    • Grant recipients from Round 2 continue
    • Pitch event
    • Expert evaluation
    • Up to 3 finalist teams eligible for a contribution of up to $1,500,000 for the development of a prototype and to continue to Round 4

    Round 4 PROTOTYPE Testing

    • Contribution recipients from Round 3 continue
    • Testing of prototypes
    • Technical evaluation
    • Selection of grand prize winner
    • Grand prize of $2,000,000

Who is eligible?

To be eligible contestants must be a legal entity duly incorporated and validly existing in Canada, including:

  1. Canadian post-secondary institutions;
  2. Incorporated Canadian not-for-profit organizations or associations;
  3. Provincial/territorial, municipal government organizations;
  4. Incorporated Canadian for-profit companies, organizations or associations;
  5. Any group, cluster or consortium composed of eligible recipients.

Federal government departments/agencies and federal and provincial Crown Corporations and their employees are not eligible for participation in this Contest.

The IDEaS Program will request a contestant to demonstrate its eligibility. Contestants who fail to demonstrate eligibility will not be considered in the From the Ground Up Contest

Conditions of eligibility

What is the deadline to apply?

The Contest is now closed to new applications.

Reference documents

Program Guide
Application Form [PDF, 59KB]
Declaration Form [PDF, 150KB]
Contest Q’s & A’s

For the purposes of this Contest, temperature, precipitation, daylight and wind data obtained for Brandon, Manitoba, should be used for all design considerations and calculations.

Climate data
Wind data
Daylight data
Electrical load profile data

 

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