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Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition

The UK Government is looking for low-carbon hydrogen supply solutions

The Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 Competition aims to support innovation in the supply of hydrogen, reducing the costs of supplying hydrogen, bringing new solutions to the market, and ensuring that the UK continues to develop world leading hydrogen technologies for a future hydrogen economy.

Up to £60 million will be competitively awarded to projects that can help develop innovative low-carbon hydrogen supply solutions.

Stream 1

Stream 1 is expected to run over 2 phases.

Phase 1 will support the development of feasibility studies with technology readiness levels between 4 and 6, valued at up to £300,000 per project.

Phase 2 will down select projects from Phase 1 and support demonstrations at up to £6 million per project.

Stream 1 Phase 1 is now open to applications.

Stream 2

Stream 2 will support demonstration of projects that are closer to market with technology readiness levels between 6 and 7. This could support projects with up to £10 million per project to demonstrate the hydrogen supply opportunities.

Stream 2 is now open to applications.

Deadline: 9 August 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot: Waste to renewable natural gas

Tourmaline is seeking low energy input RNG innovations to produce utility grade natural gas at low carbon intensity. Operations harvesting methane from agricultural anaerobic digestion of waste products in agriculture to reduce fugitive emissions while supplementing natural gas production are preferred. Landfill and/or wastewater outputs are also considered.

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot: Waste heat recovery and utilization

NGIF IG and our natural gas investors are interested in ground-breaking technologies that extract heat from natural sources or exhaust gasses or other sources to produce energy for utilization in upstream natural gas operations.

Various sources of waste heat in the natural gas sector are applicable, including but not limited to industrial/process waste heat, power generation, compressor stations, etc. There is a preference for systems that can capture lower-grade heat (below 150 deg. C.)

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Hydrogen from solar; advanced PV

Suncor is seeking technologies that directly generate hydrogen from solar energy without electrolysis, including but not limited to photoelectrochemical cells. Promising technologies that have been laboratory scale tested and are progressing towards a pilot demonstration are of interest.

Suncor is also interested in advances in solar PV technology which could substantially lower overall system costs and improve land footprint, energy yield, and reliability, including:

  • improvements to solar power conversion efficiency
  • lower manufacturing complexity and cost
  • reduced toxicity
  • methods or techniques to deploy in novel areas, challenging environmental conditions or wide temperature ranges
  • reduced material use

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Liquid transportation fuel from second generation waste

Suncor seeks low cost and low energy-intensive solutions to transform industrial and second-generation waste (municipal solid waste, agricultural and forestry residue) into fuel precursors, including syngas, fuels and energy carriers.

Solutions could:

  • lower the overall system cost and provide improvements in yield, carbon intensity, and reliability;
  • convert 2nd generation feedstocks such as lignocellulosic biomass; and
  • develop CO2 utilization pathways to produce low-carbon liquid fuels.

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Post-combustion CO2 capture

NGIF IG is seeking a range of innovative solutions to sequester post-combustion CO2 with or without CO2 storage and utilization to value-added products from the upstream, midstream, downstream, and end-use natural gas value-chain in Canada. The focus is on the small to mid-size capture having technologies in the TRL scale 6 – 8.

 

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Small-scale, modular CCS

Tourmaline is seeking small-scale, modular, negative carbon-intensity Cabon Capture and Storage / Utilization (CCUS) solutions that economically remove and sequester (or utilize) the GHG emissions from combustion exhaust from generators, compressors, boilers, etc. at facility operations.

 

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCABCanada

Funded pilot: Diesel displacement for fleet operations

Tourmaline is interested in all innovations in the value chain of CNG technology for heavy trucking. Solutions which accelerate diesel displacement by lowering the barrier for entry into compressed natural gas vehicles for heavy truck fleet operators will be considered. This includes CNG tanks, conversion kits, engines, fuelling stations/pumps, etc.

 

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot: Ultra-efficient gas-powered heat pumps

NGIF IG is seeking commercially viable, ultra-efficient gas heat pump solutions for space heating, water heating and space cooling in residential settings. Preference is for fuel agnostic devices which can run both on natural gas and hydrogen blended fuel.

Innovation areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Gas heat pumps utilizing new Vapor Compression, or Absorption Adsorption, or Thermal Compression cycles
  • Improvements in heat exchanger technology
  • High-efficiency vapor separation

Deadline: 23 July 2021

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Low emissions building space heating

QuadReal is seeking to electrify space heating equipment in existing multi-unit residential and light industrial buildings, in particular by piloting air- and water-source heat pump solutions to replace natural gas-fired heating equipment.

For residential buildings, QuadReal is interested in, but not limited to, the following solutions:

  • ductless ASHPs for use in-suite with no external unit
  • central WSHP for use with existing hydronic heating systems

For industrial buildings, QuadReal is interested in, but not limited to, the following technologies:

  • ASHP packaged roof-top units (RTUs)
  • Variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems with ASHPs

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Grid-side innovations to integrate renewable generation technologies into remote microgrids.

BC Hydro is seeking grid-side innovations to integrate renewable generation technologies into remote, community owned microgrids. Solutions should be cost-effective, and simple to operate and maintain with remote-community operation in mind.

Solutions could include: variable-speed generators, battery storage systems designed specifically to address peak load management, or similar technologies to maximize renewable output.

Novel solutions that improve grid optimization, integration and management, as well as storage with demonstrable impact on lowering overall cost of renewable energy for remote communities will also be considered.

 

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Retrofit technologies to lower operational building emissions

Canadian Urban’s flagship property, 600 Cochrane Drive, Markham, is currently a LEED Platinum office development. They aim to go further, developing a property that targets the highest levels of efficiency.

Solutions should offer one of more of the following technology pathways:

  • Solutions to lower the GHG footprint and enhance the sustainability of the building
  • Solutions to enable renewable energy integration into the building, including on-site energy storage
  • EV Charging stations on the property to expedite the move away from gas propelled vehicles
  • Replacement of the onsite diesel generator

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Low-carbon fuels for marine vessels.

The Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate and its members (vessel owners) seek end-to-end solutions for low-carbon intensity fuel alternatives or renewable fuels for marine vessels.

Vessel types include, but are not limited to, tugs, pilot boats, emergency response coastal tugs, small passenger harbour ferries, small coastal ferries and ror-ro ocean going ferries.

The overall solution should address::

  • Provision of a new propulsion system or engine retrofit (if needed)
  • Supply of fuel within Salish Sea operations (either onboard, bunkering or jetty)

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Fat, oil and grease to fuel

Walker, a leading waste and resource recovery company, is seeking solutions to valorize fat, oil and grease (FOG) from restaurants to produce low carbon alternative fuels or/and other marketable by-products. Walker aims to create marketable products from FOG at its facilities across Canada.

 

Through this effort, Walker will continue to close the loop on organic waste and support Canada’s transition to a circular economy.

 

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot: Mine tailings recycling / upcycling.

The ArcelorMittal mining segment is looking for ways to recycle or upcycle quartz (Silicon dioxide) tailings generated at its Canadian iron ore mining operations in Quebec.

ArcelorMittal is particularly interested in, but not limited to, technologies that could:

  • Remove impurities from the tailings (e.g. bio-mediated processes such as bio-refining / bio-leaching, physical separation processes such as density or cyclone separation, etc.) to produce a high grade Silica product.
  • Transform the tailings into Silica based industrial products (e.g. Sodium silicate also known as “water glass”, glass, etc.).

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot: Sustainable In-flight Service

Air Transat is interested in circular economy solutions to make in-flight service as sustainable as possible while minimising overall flight GHG emissions, replacing single use items with lightweight reusable or recyclable alternatives.

 

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot: On-site pre-processing of organic waste for grocery stores.

Walker Environmental, a leading waste and resource recovery company, is seeking a circular economy solution to reuse organic waste on- and off-site at national grocers stores. The solution must convert organic waste on-site into a pumpable slurry and store the end product in secured units allowing for collection via vacuum truck.

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot: Electrification of marine vessel operations.

The Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate and its members seek end-to-end technology solutions to provide either a partial or full electrification of marine vessel operations.

Proposed solutions will allow the vessel to operate on electric power for:

  • Departures and arrival/landings (minimum) or full propulsion (desired)
  • All on-board activities requiring energy

Solutions should allow for a time-sensitive recharge at each end of the travel with a standardized design connection to meet operational needs.

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded Pilot

The Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate and its members seek products or processes that reduce fuel consumption and/or GHG/CAC emissions of international long-haul ships.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Shipping management software / route optimization
  • Alternative propulsion systems
  • Damping / pitch optimization

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanada

Funded pilot

Solutions which optimize energy use and improve energy efficiency with respect to anchorage of vessels at ports.

The Vancouver Maritime Centre for Climate and its members seek end-to-end technology solutions which could deliver optimization of energy use and improved energy efficiency with respect to anchorage of vessels at ports within or serving the Salish Sea.

 

Deadline: 23 July

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LCBACanda

Funded pilot

Reduce GHG, NOx and particulate matter emissions from locomotives and track engineering equipment.

Ottawa Valley railway is looking for technologies and products to reduce or complement current fuel demands in the locomotive and engineering track equipment fleets.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Driver advisory & scheduling software
  • Aerodynamic enhancements
  • Sustainable fuels
  • Electrification
  • Diesel particulate filtering
  • Engine conversion/optimization

Deadline: 23 July

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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

Technical Assistance

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) is a unique technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. By offering non-dilutive grants, technical expertise, and assistance to support technology development, testing and validation, and ongoing connections to organizations across value chains, including the investment community, IN2 aims to help de-risk technologies and ease their paths to market adoption and deployment. Now a $50 million program, IN2 focuses to advance technologies that address energy efficiency of commercial buildings, the sustainable production of agriculture, and affordable housing. Please contact Anthony.Deorsey@cleantech.com to begin the application process.

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