February 19, 2016 - Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC)—a foundation funded by the Government of Canada—is again offering funding right now for Canadian cleantech development and demonstration projects.
By Anthony Capkun
“SDTC helps bridge the gap between research and market entry for Canadian cleantech projects,” said Leah Lawrence, CEO of SDTC. “Our funding and support comes at a critical time for many clean technology companies, allowing them to develop and demonstrate their technologies prior to product commercialization.”
SDTC’s SD Tech Fund supports technologies “that address the challenges of clean air, soil, water and climate change”. This year, it has issued five priority areas for SD Tech Fund applicants. Of particular interest are:
Carbon-free power generation and distribution
• Innovations that lower the cost of renewable power generation (e.g. biomass, solar, wind, wave, geothermal and tidal) and enhance its deployment (e.g. energy storage and smart grids).
• Technologies that convert primary energy sources to carbon-free energy carriers such as steam, electricity or hydrogen without combustion, and with negligible emissions or waste products.
Remote and Northern Community utility systems
• Includes adaptation and demonstration of renewable energy technologies for remote communities.
Energy efficiency for industry and communities
• Includes technologies that increase resource use efficiency in industrial processes (e.g. through technologies that minimize waste, reuse process heat, or enhance productivity through the integration of manufacturing processes).
The organization’s mandate is not only to fund promising Canadian cleantech projects, says SDTC, but to coach the companies that lead them as they move their technologies to market. “We encourage cleantech innovators and pioneers to find out how SDTC can help support them in their next stages of project development and demonstration,” added Lawrence.
To become part of the SDTC portfolio of companies, submit your application on or before April 13, 2016 (by midnight EST). To apply, you must contact a Funding Advisor (613-234-6313) to initiate the funding process prior to completing a Statement of Interest.