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Emissions Reduction Alberta Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Two funders. One process.
$40 million competition.

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and SDTC are offering a unique joint funding opportunity to Canadian clean technology innovators and entrepreneurs. There is up to $40 million in funding available, with a maximum of $10 million available to individual GHG reducing technologies from Canadian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises that are deployable in Alberta.

ERA and SDTC have reviewed submissions and shortlisted projects. We are now inviting funding proposals that are best suited for this opportunity to provide additional details as we move to the next stage of the process.

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More details

ERA and SDTC invited submissions for this joint funding opportunity on February 25, 2016. It is for Canadian companies fewer than 500 employees, and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue, that are developing Energy Efficiency and Conservation, New and Better Uses of Carbon Dioxide, Methane Reduction, or Cleaner Energy Production and Usage projects.

Eligible projects include advancing pre-commercial technology for GHG reduction with a current Technology Readiness Level from 4-7, and includes prototype development, field pilots, and commercial demonstration projects. Projects may take place anywhere in Canada, but applicants must demonstrate how the proposed project will result in GHG reductions, commercialization, enterprise growth, and economic growth in Alberta and Canada.

ERA and SDTC – Success Stories to Date

  • ERA and SDTC share a common goal – to fund projects that will reduce GHG emissions.
  • ERA and SDTC’s joint funding call will seek out technologies from anywhere in Canada that demonstrate a direct end use benefit to Alberta.
  • This is the first time the two organizations have worked together to allow companies to access funding from both organizations through a single application process.
  • ERA and SDTC have had great success together funding these types of projects in the past. Examples include:
    • Enerkem – A Montreal-based company that develops community-based advanced bio refineries using their proprietary thermo-chemical technology that converts residual materials, such as municipal solid waste, into clean transportation fuels and advanced chemicals, with facilities operating in Alberta and Quebec.
    • Saltworks Technologies - A Vancouver-based company with a desalination and wastewater treatment technology demonstrated their project in BC with end use applicability in Alberta.
    • CO2 Solutions - A Montreal-based company with a carbon capture technology demonstrated their project in Quebec with an end use applicability in Alberta.
    • Carbon Engineering - A Calgary-based company with a technology to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere demonstrated their project in BC with an end use applicability in Alberta.
    • Field Upgrading – A Calgary-based company with a de-sulphurization and upgrading technology for bitumen demonstrated their project in Alberta with end use applicability in Alberta.

About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada acts as a primary catalyst in building a sustainable development technology industry in Canada, funding and supporting Canadian cleantech projects across a number of sectors. SDTC invests in Canadian companies that through their innovative technologies bring positive contributions to Canada: creating quality jobs, driving economic growth, and preserving our environment. SDTC is a foundation funded by the Government of Canada.

For more information: SDTC

About ERA

ERA was created by the government of Alberta to support the province in the successful transition to a low carbon future. By developing the next generation of innovative and clean technology, ERA helps Alberta build an open, sustainable and increasingly diversified economy that attracts investment, facilitates diversification, expands market access and delivers improved environmental outcomes.

For more information: ERA

Media inquiries:

ERA - Celia Sollows at 780-239-4150
SDTC - Gillian Cartwright at 613-234-6313 ext. 350

*Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is a registered tradename of the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.


Prototype Development

At this stage of development, the technological components have been integrated and the concept has been proven. Projects in this category include technology improvement, development of a prototype system, and prototype testing in a simulated operational environment (TRL 4-5).


Field Pilot

At this stage of development, a small-scale prototype system is ready to be field tested in an operational environment. Projects in this category include field testing of prototype units and small-scale field pilots (TRL 6).


Commercial-Scale Demonstration

At this stage of development, a prototype system is ready to demonstrate commercial viability. Projects in this category include commercial-scale demonstration of actual system prototypes in an operational environment (TRL 7).


Canadian Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Canadian SMEs are defined as organizations incorporated and operating in Canada, having fewer than 500 employees and less than $50 million in annual gross revenue. There are no restrictions on the number of applications that can be submitted by any applicant. Projects or portions thereof that have received CCEMC or SDTC funding are not eligible to receive further funding for the same development. However, project proponents may request support for a new phase of development that builds on and sufficiently advances a previously-funded project.


Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Technologies in this area involve decreasing energy consumption to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency refers to using energy more effectively to achieve the same outcome, and often involves new technology. Energy conservation refers to reducing overall energy consumption, and can include energy efficiency in buildings and industrial processes.


New and Better Uses of Carbon Dioxide

Technologies in this area involve exploring alternative pathways for carbon dioxide emissions, including biological sequestration and using flue gas emissions for CO2 conversion, utilization and permanent disposal.


Methane Reductions

Technologies in this area involve reducing methane emissions to the atmosphere from energy production and other industrial, agricultural, and waste management processes.


Cleaner Energy Production and Usage

Technologies in this area involve reducing greenhouse gases through more sustainable approaches to energy production and usage, including cleaner fossil fuel production/processing, renewable energy, bioenergy, alternative energy sources (e.g. fuel switching), and cleaner transportation.