UP TO $50 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR ALBERTA’S INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
Alberta’s industrial sector accounts for approximately two-thirds of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions. ERA’s new $50 million Industrial Transformation Challenge will advance technology opportunities with significant environmental and economic benefits across Alberta’s major industries. The Challenge is focused on technology opportunities that will be key solutions for achieving net-zero emissions and securing the competitiveness of existing and new industries.
The Government of Alberta is committing up to $50 million through Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) for the Industrial Transformation Challenge. Funds are sourced from the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund. Sonya Savage, Minister of Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta; and Justin Riemer, CEO, ERA; launched the funding opportunity at COP27 in Egypt on November 14, 2022.
The Industrial Transformation Challenge is focused on technology solutions that are currently not in widespread commercial use and will need significant investment, testing, and scale-up. Funding is open to applicants from across Alberta’s industrial sectors, including petrochemical, agriculture, forest products, manufacturing, energy, and more. The funding opportunity plays to Alberta’s unique advantages, including a talented workforce, locations available to host pilot projects, and concentrated clusters of industrial activity.
Successful applicants are eligible for up to $10 million per project with a minimum request of $250,000. The maximum ERA contribution to a single project will be no more than 50 per cent of the project’s eligible expenses. The application deadline is Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (UTC-7h). Late submissions will not be accepted. Register here for an informational webinar to be held Friday, December 2, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.
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WHO SHOULD APPLY
Innovators, technology developers, industrial facility owners and operators, industrial associations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research and development organizations, universities, not-for-profit organizations, government research labs, and individuals are invited to apply.
While technology solutions can originate from anywhere globally, they must be piloted, demonstrated, or deployed in Alberta.
Projects of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Electric boilers, industrial heat pumps, and other means of electrifying industrial heat
- Onsite industrial clean heat production via geothermal, solar thermal, nuclear, etc.
- Thermal energy storage
- Hydrogen end uses in industry (hydrogen-driven equipment/processes)
- Process electrification
- Novel hydrocarbon extraction (including electrified and/or non-aqueous processes, application of small modular nuclear reactors, etc.)
- New processes, chemistries, etc. for cement (including novel clinker substitutes), fertilizer, plastics, pulp and paper, oil and gas upgrading/refining, and other industries.
- Transformative agricultural technologies and practices including electrification, advanced fertilizers, and mitigation of agricultural methane emissions
- Novel alternative proteins
- Step-changes in fugitive methane management
- Solutions for high global warming potential gasses including climate-friendly refrigerants and fluorinated-gas reduction/substitution
- New industries and products, such as:
- Hydrocarbons beyond combustion
- Energy materials (lithium, vanadium, zircon, etc.)
- Advanced manufacturing
- Inherently low-emissions greenfield developments
Opportunities that are out of scope for this Call include:
- GHG detection, quantification, measuring, and monitoring
- Incremental efficiency or fuel-switching improvements
- Digital solutions (improved controls, automation, AI/ML, logistics, etc.)
Submissions will be selected through ERA’s competitive review process. A team of experts in science, engineering, business development, commercialization, financing, and GHG quantification will conduct an independent, rigorous, transparent review overseen by a Fairness Monitor.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT STAGE
Expressions of interest were invited for innovation to the stages of field piloting, commercial demonstration, or first-of-kind commercial implementation, as described below:
- Field Pilot: At this stage, the technology or innovation is ready to be field-tested in an operational environment. Projects in this category include scale-up of prototypes to representative pilot scale and subsequent in-field testing of pilot units.
- Commercial Demonstration: At this stage of development, the technology or innovation is approaching the final commercial product and representative systems have been built. Projects in this category include the demonstration of near- or fully-commercial scale systems in an operational environment.
- First-of-Kind Commercial Implementation: At this stage, the technology is ready for first-of-kind commercial deployment. Projects in this category will involve the design, construction, and operation of the technology in its final commercial form, with the intent to operate the technology for its full commercial life.