Making Ontario greener one innovation at a time
Ontario's Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) helps companies bring to market technologies that have an environmental benefit. These technologies can include emerging bio-based or alternative energy technologies.
Ontario is investing $30 million over four years through this fund, which is part of the government's Ontario Innovation Agenda.
Innovation is a priority for the McGuinty government. It is part of the government's five-point plan on the economy. The environment and clean technologies are also central parts of the government's Next Generation of Jobs Fund.
Innovation Demonstration Fund - Latest Funding Round
In the latest IDF funding round, Ontario is investing $14 million to support seven projects:
Menova Energy Inc. ($3 million)
- Ottawa-based Menova Energy Inc. develops solar power technology. Menova will provide electricity, heating and cooling for a 220,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercentre to be built in Markham. The company's PowerSpar® technology can reduce a building's typical energy bill by up to 60 per cent and has zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Stemergy ($3.3 million)
- Stemergy's pilot plant in Delaware, Ontario, will turn locally-grown hemp and flax stems into an alternative to the energy-intensive glass and synthetic materials used to make plastic or fibreglass. It will also provide a new and potentially lucrative market for farmers.
6N Silicon ($1.5 million)
- Mississauga-based 6N Silicon will help kick start the manufacturing of solar technologies in Ontario by demonstrating its process to purify silicon to the needed "six nines" -- or 99.9999 per cent -- required for use in solar panels. This process promises to reduce the cost of the material, which will reduce the cost of solar panels. Since a significant proportion of the cost of generating solar energy is the cost of the solar panel itself, this innovation will reduce the cost of generating solar electricity. 6NSilicon's pilot plant will demonstrate the commercial viability of this process.
3M Canada ($1.1 million)
- London-based 3M Corporation is developing a film that lasts longer than paint, uses less energy to apply to cars and does not emit harmful gas emissions because it does not use paint solvents. Auto manufacturers will benefit from a more environmentally and cost effective way to apply trim and consumers benefit from a longer lasting finish.
KmX Corporation ($1 million)
- Markham-based KmX Corporation will operate a demonstration plant to build international commercial interest in a new technology that recycles harmful industrial chemicals instead of disposing of them. This reduces the impact on the environment while reducing disposal costs for industry.
- Linamar Corporation is developing the next generation of innovative lawnmowers in Guelph, Ontario. The cordless electric mower works as effectively as a traditional gas model - but without the air polluting emissions. Linamar, an auto parts manufacturer, launched its new cordless lawnmower this spring. The technology can also be used in snow-blowers and other gas-powered small equipment.
- Burlington-based Verdant Power Canada will test its Free Flow™ Turbine technology in the St. Lawrence River as part of a project to turn river currents into clean electricity. The turbine, which looks like an underwater windmill, taps into the power of the current, yet rotates slowly allowing fish to pass through safely with minimal environmental impact.