Poised to be a leader in the development and advancement of clean technologies, Canada is attracting international attention serving clients at home and abroad. In fact, 57% of cleantech revenues come from international clients like China, U.S. and India who are collectively responsible for half of global clean energy investment in 2016 (C$348 billion). With immense economic potential, the government of Canada has prioritized clean technology innovation which will support research, development and demonstration activities
Situated within the province of Ontario, which hosts 10% more cleantech companies than any province in Canada, Ottawa has a well-positioned geographic advantage. As Canada’s most educated city, home to the highest concentration of scientists and engineers, and host to top-ranked Fortune 500 companies such as Waste Management, Johnson Controls, Wesco, Honeywell, and Enbridge, the nation’s capital is innovating, developing and exporting industry leading technologies.
As a G7 capital, the city boasts a large concentration of federal research agencies and laboratories. A sample of some research and development (R&D) facilities with a focus on clean technology include:
The collaboration of researchers, private sector and academia in Ottawa serve as a catalyst for innovative breakout technologies that provide globally competitive and environmentally responsible solutions. Ottawa-based cleantech companies can also leverage their close proximity to the software and communication technology clusters in order to access leading-edge ICT expertise and enhance their worldwide competitiveness.
Examples of Ottawa Clean Technology Brilliance:
After years of R&D, Thermalfrost has unveiled its thermal compressor technology. This leading-edge technology harnesses low-grade heat waste (which comes from factories and other energy-consuming processes) in order to deliver air conditioning, refrigeration, freezing, and highly efficient energy storage. The thermal compressor has been successfully marketed in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, Thermalfrost’s sustainable technologies have also earned it a nomination for the Katerva Award, which is the Nobel Prize equivalent for sustainability.
Windmill Developments is currently building the Zero Carbon Community (Zibi) in the heart of Ottawa, with the aim of creating the most sustainable and eco-friendly community in the world. This community’s integrated energy system includes, but is not restricted to, automated buildings, energy storage, waste heat recovery, electric vehicle sharing, Hydro Ottawa’s clean energy solutions, geothermal, and energy efficiency programs. Zibi is expected to deliver a number of economic and social benefits, such as sustainable transport, local food, social equity, and a dynamic local economy.