February 16, 2015 Québec City Natural Resources Canada and SDTC
The Government of Canada is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create high-quality jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment.
The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, which was announced in Budget 2011, advances Canadian leadership in clean energy technologies by investing $268 million, over five years (2011–2016), in a comprehensive suite of research, development and demonstration projects.
The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative focuses on five priority areas:
- energy efficiency;
- clean electricity and renewables;
- electrification of transportation; and,
- unconventional oil and gas.
The initiative has two components:
- Clean Energy Research and Development: activities will support efforts to address knowledge gaps and bring technologies from the conceptual stage to the ready-to-be-tested stage of development.
- Demonstration: funds will be dedicated to small pre-commercialization projects that support the integration of renewable energy into both the electricity grid and in buildings and communities.
Recipients include electricity and gas utilities, companies, industry associations, research associations, standards organizations, Aboriginal and community groups, Canadian academic institutions, and provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and their departments and agencies.
Today’s announcement is a further $4.5 million investment to support and develop Canada’s clean technology sector which is providing high-quality jobs for Canadians.
Research and Development (R&D) Projects
Low Cost Wheel Motors for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles
Lead Proponent: TM4 Inc.
Location: Montréal, Québec
The objective of this project is to design an in-wheel motor electric drive system for electric vehicles, with one of the highest power densities in the world, and at the lowest possible cost. This system will consist of one or more power converters and electric machines, to be assembled and bench tested, and then tested on the road in an electric vehicle. Several experimental prototypes of engine and electronic power subcomponents will use innovative materials and/or concepts. This project will allow an entire chain of expert Canadian suppliers to take part in the development and eventual commercialization of this new innovative powertrain topology.
Integration of deep geothermal energy in Canada's energy portfolio
Lead Proponent: Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ)
Location: Varennes, QC
Funding: $ 800,000
The objective of this project is to study the potential for deep geothermal (EGS – Enhanced Geothermal System) for electricity production in Québec and Atlantic Canada. The project will develop knowledge and expertise that will support geothermal development by identifying and characterizing the regions and sites that are most favorable for geothermal exploration and development. Site selection as well as an in depth study for the development of an EGS pilot will take place. This study will develop knowledge and expertise that will support geothermal development and address the scientific, technical, economic, and regulatory elements that support a pilot geothermal project in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.