BC awards $8 million for renewable energy
By BC Ministry of Energy and Mines
Aug. 2, 2011, Victoria – Twelve new Innovative Clean Energy Fund projects will receive a total of $8 million from British Columbia to support the development of new clean energy technologies.
By BC Ministry of Energy and Mines
Aug. 2, 2011, Victoria – Twelve new
Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund projects will receive a total of
$8 million from British Columbia to support the development of new clean
energy technologies. The ICE Fund helps British Columbia entrepreneurs,
communities, and First Nations demonstrate the viability of their
pre-commercial clean technologies to investors and customers worldwide. These
12 entrepreneurs, communities, and First Nations will invest about $71 million
in their projects, bringing the total investment to $79 million.
Through the ICE Fund, the province supports
a broad range of technological applications, including ocean tidal and wave,
solar, geoexchange, micro-hydro, wind, bioenergy, waste use, and energy
conservation and management. To learn more about the ICE Fund, visit www.icefund.gov.bc.ca.
Canada Energy Inc.,
Anahim Lake – $1 million. The project will convert waste biomass to biodiesel
and show how communities and industry can use the excess heat and electricity
Wireless Inc., Kelowna
– $85,000. This project will use wireless technology to monitor power usage and
help detect electricity theft.
International Aircraft Technologies Group Inc., Winfield – $225,000. This project will retrofit
aircraft to replace traditional propulsion technology with electric motors and
energy storage components.
Road LFG Inc., Nanaimo
– $1 million. This facility, located at the Regional District of Nanaimo
landfill, produces 1.3 MW of electricity from biogas for sale to BC Hydro. The
project will demonstrate a solution for the storage and dispensing of biogas
for commercial vehicles as well as a new heat recovery system that will capture
waste heat for the district.
Various Locations – $1 million. This project will deploy next generation Clean
Tech Smart MicroGrid technology to support clean energy resources and
Foundation, Kimberley –
$1 million. This will be the first B.C. installation of a grid-connected solar
power plant on a brownfield mine site. It will also show how solar tracking
technology can be adapted for northern climates.
Turbines Inc., Prince
Rupert – $470,000. This project will build, deploy and monitor a commercial
scale tidal energy converter specifically designed to serve remote communities.
Princeton – $269,000. This project will demonstrate technology that provides
ore composition information for upgrading low-grade copper ore at the mine
prior to milling.
Energy Corp., Kamloops – $1 million. This
commercial-scale torrefaction plant will convert mountain pine beetle damaged wood
into bio-coal fuel pellets. The pellets can be used at power stations, in
boilers and in cement kilns as an alternative to coal.
Canada Inc., Kitimat –
$1 million. This project will build a fast-pyrolysis plant that will heat biomass to produce
bio-oil, charcoal and gas. The bio-oil can be used to create electricity for
Keh Dene First Nation,
Williston Lake – $81,000. This will be the first solar powered LED lighting
system at an airfield in B.C. The system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions
in this diesel-powered community.
Keh Dene First Nation –
$1 million. This project takes wood waste from the shores of Williston Lake to produce heat
and electricity for
this diesel reliant community. This wood waste has about as much energy as 30
million litres of diesel.