Green Heat: Low Carbon Energy Generation for Heating Existing Buildings

Test Drives

The Canadian Armed Forces will put your tech through its paces.


Deadline : The deadline for submitting Step 1 Proposals is 2 pm EST on Tuesday September 28, 2021.

The Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking a large-scale, low carbon energy generation/transfer system for heating existing buildings by integrating with their current hydronic heat distribution systems.

What IDEaS Provides

IDEaS provides the funding for the solution to be installed and operated by the innovator at the designated test building (VC-31) at Canadian Forces Base Kingston.

What Innovators Bring

A large-scale, low carbon energy generation/transfer system for heating existing buildings by integrating with the building’s current hydronic heat distribution systems that the innovator will install and operate.

Solution Readiness Level

To be considered for this Test Drive, your proposed energy generation/transfer technology must have already completed the technical work associated with SRL 6: “Simulated Demonstration—near-end state solution is demonstrated and tested in a simulated environment.” This ensures that proposed solutions are ready for the SRL 7 or higher testing efforts that will occur during this project where the “near-end state solution is demonstrated and tested in an appropriate real-world environment.”

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Challenge

Challenge

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking a large-scale, low carbon energy generation/transfer system for heating existing buildings by integrating with their current hydronic heat distribution systems. A test building has been selected in Kingston, Ontario for a Design-Build team to design and install an innovative system, in order to assess the effectiveness and the costs of these integrated technologies, with the aim of reducing the energy demand and carbon footprint of DND/CAFs infrastructure portfolio. The potential funding for the Design-Build contract component of the project has been established in the range of $5,500,000.

Background

The Government of Canada is committed to reducing its absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by at least 90% below 2005 levels by 2050. Currently, 60 percent of the energy requirements in DND facilities is for space heating, of which 90 per cent is generated from the burning of fossil fuels. Given that DND has more than 10,000 buildings in its portfolio, the need to address the GHG emissions of these buildings is essential. The challenge is in finding ways to convert these buildings to low carbon heating without requiring a major building retrofit, which would be cost prohibitive.

It is recognized that in addition to how energy is generated/transferred, reducing GHG emissions can also be effected by improving the energy efficiency of a building with such technologies as improved windows or better insulation. With that understood, this research project is focusing only on the energy generation/transfer aspects of the overall issue. The results of this research will enable future large scale decisions where all such additional factors and options will be merged and considered.

Criteria

Criteria

The following is a listing of the criteria that will be used during the evaluation and selection process. A more detailed description of each is included in the procurement documentation, available through the MERX website as shown in the How to Apply section.

  • 1 - Mandatory Company Requirements
    • M1 Industrial Security
    • M2 Consent of Surety Letter
  • 2 - Technical Pass/Fail Criteria
    • PF1 Alignment to the intent of the Green Heat Project
    • PF2 Solution Readiness Level (SRL)
    • PF3 Human Factors
    • PF4 Site Constraints
    • PF5 Thermal Demand
    • PF6 Performance Monitoring
  • 3 - Design-Build Team Pass/Fail Criteria
    • DB1 Organization of the Design Build Team
    • DB2 Comparable Design Project
    • DB3 Comparable Construction Project
    • DB4 Key Personnel
    • DB5 Schedule
  • 4 - Technical Rated Criteria
    • TR1 Environmental Impact
    • TR2 Thermal Recovery After Cold Soak
    • TR3 Scalability
    • TR4 Functionality in Different Climate Zones
    • TR5 25 Year Life Cycle Cost
    • TR6 Potential Technological Improvements
    • TR7 Added-Value Features
    • TR8 Change Impact to DND/CAF
Eligibility

Eligibility

The Applicant will have to offer all of the required aspects of the test drive in order to be eligible, including the required technology, the design and build work to install and integrate it into the test building, as well as all required training, operations, repair, and maintenance, as detailed in the Request For Proposals (RFP) on the MERX site.

Companies that only offer a portion of the requirement intending to partner with another company for the elements they cannot offer themselves will need to arrange those partnerships prior to the bid closing and submit a single complete response. Partial responses will not be accepted.

Applicants and their proposal submission will need to meet all requirements identified in the RFP and contract documents found on the MERX site.

Security requirements

Applicants are required to hold a valid Designated Organization Screening (DOS), issued or approved by the Contract Security Program (CSP), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

Sub-consultants/sub-contractors/academics/researchers/manufacturers that need access to the test site, are required to hold a valid Designated Organization Screening (DOS), issued or approved by the Contract Security Program (CSP), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

How to apply

How to Apply

A two-step application process is being used for this project. In Step 1, proponents respond to the criteria for the company requirements, technical pass/fail criteria, design-build team, and other requirements detailed on the Green Heat MERX site. Following evaluation of Step 1 proposals, Proponents that successfully met the requirements of the RFP will be invited to Step 2, in which they provide an additional secondary response, including the technical rated criteria.

Applications for this Test Drive will only be accepted through the online MERX bid submission system, processed by Defence Construction Canada.

The MERX site contains all of the detailed information you must read and respond to, as well as how the applications will be evaluated and the selection/notification process.

How to use MERX: https://marketing.merx.com/Support/EBSGuide.pdf

  1. Go to the Green Heat MERX opportunity and review the project notice
  2. Create a MERX account if you don’t already have one
  3. Download and read all of the material
  4. Prepare your “Step 1 proposal” (including a response to criteria components 1 -3 listed above)
  5. Submit your “Step 1 proposal” on MERX
  6. Proponents that are successful in Step 1 will be invited to prepare and submit a proposal for Step 2 (a response to the technical rated criteria), through MERX.

Contact

Steve Kennedy
email: Steve.Kennedy@dcc-cdc.gc.ca

You will be notified of your results after the evaluations for Step 1 are completed, expected by October 2021.

The results for Step 2 of the evaluation are anticipated later in 2021.

To note, regardless of the Test Drive results, there is no commitment or option by DND or the innovator to enter into wide-spread procurement of the solution. Such a decision would be undertaken within the normal procurement methods of DND/CAF outside of the IDEaS program, should DND/CAF decide to pursue that at some future time.

Deadline

The deadline for submitting Step 1 Proposals is 2 pm EST on Tuesday September 28, 2021.

Multimedia

DT News interview: Mats Striegler on the Green Heat: Low Carbon Energy Generation for Heating Existing Buildings IDEaS challenge

DT News interview: Mats Striegler on the Green Heat

Multimedia Gallery of the test building at CFB Kingston

  • Genet Building – Exterior View
  • Alternate view of Genet Building Exterior
  • Genet Building Exterior – Alternate View
  • Genet Building Kingston, ON
  • Genet Bulding – Close Up Exterior
  • Genet Building – Interior View
  • Genet Building – Alternate Interior View
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