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Ontario's TargetGHG Program

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Ontario's TargetGHG Program

Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

Ontario announced the first recipients of TargetGHG -- a program that helps companies adopt leading-edge technologies in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), while supporting entrepreneurs working on innovative ways to fight climate change. 

The province invested $74 million in TargetGHG through the Ontario Green Investment Fund and it is administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). It includes:

  1. The Industrial Demonstration Program supports projects that can demonstrate reductions in GHG emissions resulting from collaborations between industrial emitters and innovative companies providing solutions.
  2. The Collaborative Technology Development Program supports Ontario-based small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions, and the Collaborative R&D Program supports industry-academic collaborative research and development projects that will address Ontario's GHG emission reduction targets and create economic benefits.

The Industrial Demonstration Program is supporting nine projects: 
  • Bowmanville Low Carbon Fuels Project (McPherson Transfer, St Marys Cement): Replacement of coal-based fuels with wood and woody biomass products. Dollar value of the project is $11.3 million from OCE and partners.
  • Commercial Algae Carbon Capture (Pond Technologies, Stelco, SNC-Lavalin): Converts gases from steel mill into biofuel, reducing GHG emissions as well as transforming them into marketable products. Dollar value of the project is $13.9 million from OCE and partners.
  • GHG Reduction in Concrete Project (CarbonCure Technologies, Brampton Brick, Lafarge Canada, St Marys Cement): Recycles waste, CO2 emissions and injects them into concrete to make it environmentally friendly, stronger and less expensive to produce. Dollar value of the project is $10.3 million from OCE and partners.
  • GM and IGRS Renewable Energy Project (General Motors of Canada, Integrated Gas Recovery Services (Walker Environmental), Alectra Utilities): Takes landfill gas from Thorold to GM's plant in St. Catharines, where it will be used to generate electricity and space heating, making the plant one of GM's lowest emission facilities globally. Dollar value of the project is $46.8 million from OCE and partners.
  • Heat Recovery and Steam Conservation Project (Resolute Forest Projects, Thermal Energy International): Develops an innovative heat recovery and steam conservation project for the resolute mill in Thunder Bay, by incorporating Thermal Energy's GEM and FLU-ACE technologies. Dollar value of the project is $10.4 million from OCE and partners. 
  • Low Carbon Fuels Project (Lafarge Canada): Expands the switch to low-carbon fuels with higher fuel replacement rates and new fuel types, and develops a business plan for a southeastern Ontario fuel processing centre. Dollar value of the project is $4.6 million from OCE and partners. 
  • Mine of the Future: Canada's First Battery Powered Electric Mine (Goldcorp): Purchases electric mining equipment for a new mine in Northern Ontario, making it the first all-electric mine in the province and lowering GHG emissions compared to the diesel normally used. Dollar value of the project is $36 million from OCE and partners.
  • OCWA/GE/Stratford Net Zero Initiative (Ontario Clean Water Agency, Suez Water Technologies and Solutions, City of Stratford): "Net Zero" initiative to optimize the existing Stratford Water Pollution Control Plant infrastructure and increase its production of methane gas, by adding Source Separated Organics to produce Renewable Natural Gas - a clean, carbon-neutral energy source - and feed it back into the local gas distribution system. Dollar value of the project is $15.5 million from OCE and partners.
  • Using Bio-Carbon for Coke Production in Steel Manufacturing (Stelco, Walker Environmental): Uses bio-carbon instead of coal in the steel mill's blast furnace, reducing the carbon footprint of steel production. Dollar value of the project is $10.5 million from OCE and partners.
The Collaborative Technology Development Program, in partnership with OCE and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), is supporting three projects:
  • Integral Molten Salt Reactor (Terrestrial Energy): A small, low-cost, low-carbon nuclear reactor that uses liquid fuel dissolved in molten salt, making it safer than conventional nuclear technology. Dollar value of the project is $18.6 million from OCE, SDTC and partners.
  • QD Solar quantum dots (QD Solar): Quantum dot technology represents a drastic improvement in solar cell efficiency. Dollar value of the project is $8.3 million from OCE, SDTC and partners.
  • SulfaChar (CHAR Technologies): A zero waste solution that cleans toxic hydrogen sulfide gas from renewable natural gas, enabling its use in various applications. Dollar value of the project is $2.8 million from OCE, SDTC and partners.
The Collaborative R&D Program, in partnership with OCE and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), has four projects:

  • Advanced Electrified Vehicle Motor Control Technologies (McMaster University with Sevcon Canada): Testing novel electric and hybrid vehicle motors to improve performance and efficiency. Dollar value of the project is $2.5 million from OCE, NSERC and partners.
  • Battery-Enabled EV Fast-Charging Station (University of Toronto with eCAMION): Installation and testing of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles powered by Li-ion battery storage, reducing "range anxiety" for drivers and ensuring the power used is GHG-free. Dollar value of the project is $2.4 million from OCE, NSERC and partners.
  • ICE-Harvest (Integrated Community Energy and Harvesting Systems) (McMaster University and Carleton University with Hamilton Utilities, GridSmart City, S2E Technologies, GeoSource Energy, Siemens Canada): Modelling and analysis of the potential for thermal energy storage from power plants during peak demand to reduce waste and the need for natural gas for space heating. Dollar value of the project is $2.7 million from OCE, NSERC and partners.
  • Infra-Clean (University of Toronto with EllisDon, BASF Canada, WSP Canada): Development of a digital tool that quantifies the life cycle emissions of building infrastructure in order to reduce GHG. Dollar value of the project is $2.5 million from OCE, NSERC and partners.

Since 2013, Ontario has committed more than $225 million to cleantech research and commercialization in the province.

TargetGHG brings together industry, cleantech SMEs and research consortiums to develop technologies to help Ontario meet its GHG reduction targets, increase energy efficiency, support innovation, create jobs and strengthen the economy.

TargetGHG is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan, a five-year plan to fight climate change, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, transition to a low-carbon economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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