Organization: Natural Resources Canada

NRCan & NRC team to update national energy building code

Natural Resources Canada is providing $5 million over four years to update the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. The project will be jointly undertaken by NRCan and the National Research Council (NRC) with NRCan providing technical expertise and NRC overseeing the development of the energy code. The new code — due in 2012 —…

Nexterra gasification technology receives funding

Vancouver’s Nexterra Energy Corp has received $720,000 in public assistance to support new applications for its gasification technology. Funding from the Industrial Research Assistance Program ($345,000), Natural Resources Canada ($300,000) and Ethanol BC ($75,000) will be used to further a development program that uses syngas produced from wood residue to fire boilers and lime kilns.…

Ottawa funds wood products research centre at Laval

The federal government is spending $25 million to establish a new wood products research centre at Laval Univ. The research will be provided through the Value-to-Wood program which draws on the expertise of several universities and Forintek Canada Corp. Natural Resources Canada will provide the bulk of the funding ($15 million), augmented by funding from…

ACOA funds PEI wind energy institute

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is providing $3.6 million to establish the Canadian Wind Energy Institute at North Cape in Prince Edward Island. The funding will be provided by ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund and is augmented by $2 million from Natural Resources Canada to cover the first two years of operation. The PEI Energy…

NRCan provides $6.75 million for CO2 sequestration R&D

The Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) has received $6.75 million from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to support the final phase of an R&D project on the sequestration and monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2). The project will be conducted at EnCana’s oil recovery site in Weyburn SK and continue work refining CO2 technologies and sequestration methods.…

Westport launches natural gas ruck demo project

Westport Innovation Inc is launching a $3-million development and demonstration project for its new heavy-duty truck technology along the Highway 401corridor in southern Ontario. The one-year project will see five Volvo trucks equipped with 450-horsepower Cummins ISX engines and incorporating Westport’s high-pressure direct injection technology using liquified natural gas (LNG). Sustainable Development Technology Canada will…

Ford hybrid vehicles focus of fuel cells demo project

The Ford Motor Co is providing five hybrid fuel cell-electric vehicles that will be tested over a five-year period as part of the Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program. The cars will be outfitted with fuel cell engines and drive motors developed by Ballard Power Systems, Vancouver, and compressed hydrogen storage tanks from Dynetek Industries Ltd,…

DynaMotive Energy designing larger biofuel plant

DynaMotive Energy Systems Corp is accelerating developing of its pyrolysis (BioOil) production plants with the objective of adopting a modular design for boosting plant capacity. The new plant design will allow the conversion of 100 tonnes per day of biomass to energy for use in power plants geared for alternative fuel sources. The Vancouver-based firm…

MMO support key to licensing deal

Two Univ of Toronto researchers have signed a major licensing agreement with Stuart Energy to develop advanced electrocatalyst technology used in water electrolysis to harness hydrogen. The technology was developed with the funding and guidance of Materials and Manufacturing Ontario (MMO), one of four Ontario Centres of Excellence. Stuart Energy has raised $150 million and…