Vancouver MLAs welcome over $4 million for clean tech projects

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VANCOUVER – New Democrat MLAs Melanie Mark, David Eby, and George Heyman say people will benefit from a $4,254,000 investment in clean tech projects that will support a healthier environment and green jobs.

“Our government is rising to the challenge of climate change while creating jobs and opportunities for people,” said Mark, MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. “This investment supports much needed clean tech researchers and innovators right here in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and across our city.”

“Expanding innovation creates jobs, strengthens communities and better positions B.C. companies at the forefront of a growing global market in clean technology solutions,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and MLA for Vancouver-Fairview. “Our CleanBC climate and economic plan will continue to expand opportunities for clean energy production, transportation, natural resource extraction and other sectors.”

The recipients receiving funding are as follows:

  • Ionomr Innovations Inc. ($2,357,000)
    • To develop their ion-exchange membrane and polymer solutions. This clean energy technology can be used within the power devices of carbon-free emission vehicles and energy storage for renewable power generation, such as batteries used in power plants or electrical grids.
  • Clir Renewables Inc. ($1,494,000)
    • To develop an automated windfarm optimization suite, a software tool to help windfarm operators identify problems and increase the amount of power they produce.
  • Ekona Power ($375,000)
    • To advance their Tri-generation Pyrolysis process in order to produce low-cost, blue hydrogen and move the technology conception to commercial readiness.
  • Sanctuary AI ($28,000)
    • To quantify the energy savings and reduction in carbon emissions that can result form the development of hybrid AI systems and deployment of an electrified, autonomous workforce.

This year, the province is providing $8.4 million for nine projects through the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. Part of the government’s CleanBC plan, the ICE Fund supports the research, development and commercialization of clean energy technologies that will reduce B.C.’s emissions and create new economic opportunities.

The BC New Democrat Government has been working hard to keep people safe and healthy and will continue to work hard on a long-term recovery to build B.C. back stronger.

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