New Alberta Innovates grants aimed at development of commercial applications

New Alberta Innovates grants aimed at development of commercial applications of advanced biomaterial – cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

EDMONTON, March 8, 2016 /CNW/ – Two AIberta Innovates corporations have teamed up to provide funding for R&D projects that advance the knowledge and use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced biomaterial.

The new program, called CNC Challenge 2.0, is intended to support early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of CNC in high-value applications with potential for commercialization.

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Water Heating Programs – Ozone Laundry

Water Heating Programs – Ozone Laundry

Water Heating Programs – Ozone Laundry:

Objectives and Description:

The Ozone Laundry Program offers a financial incentive for the installation of an ozone laundry system (piece of equipment that is added on to an existing commercial washing machine) in a facility. The advantages of such a system include reducing hot water consumption by up to 85%, reducing water use by up to 30% and reducing chemical use by 10%. Incentives range from $1,000-$6,000 per unit.

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Water Heating Programs – Energy Star Dishwasher

Water Heating Programs – Energy Star Dishwasher

Water Heating Programs – Energy Star Dishwasher:

Objectives and Description:

Energy Star Dishwasher Program offers financial incentives to facilities looking to purchase highly efficient Energy Star qualified commercial dishwashers. On average, they are 25% more energy efficient and 25% more water efficient than standard models. Incentives range from $100-$400 per unit.

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Water Heating Programs – Condensing Gas Water Heater Incentive Program

Water Heating Programs – Condensing Gas Water Heater Incentive Program

Water Heating Programs – Condensing Gas Water Heater Incentive Program:

Objectives and Description:

Condensing Gas Water Heater Incentive Program offers financial incentives to facilities looking to purchase highly efficient condensing gas water heaters. These water heaters operate at 95% thermal efficiency – which is much higher than conventional tank style water heaters that operate at 80% efficiency. Incentives are provided for $350 per unit.

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Space Heating Programs – Infrared Heater Incentive Program

Space Heating Programs – Infrared Heater Incentive Program

Space Heating Programs – Infrared Heater Incentive Program:

Objectives and Description:

Infrared Heater Incentive Program offers financial incentives to facilities looking to purchase highly efficient Infrared heaters. These heaters lower operating costs with reduced energy consumption. Incentives range from $50-$300 per unit.

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Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV)

Space Heating Programs – Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV)

Space Heating Programs – Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV):

Objectives and Description:

Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV) Program offers financial incentives to facilities looking to purchase either an Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) or Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV). Both are able to provide fresh outdoor air while recovering the most energy possible from outgoing air. Both types of ventilators are ideal for buildings that are sealed for energy saving purposes. Incentives range from $400-$1,500 per unit.

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Space Heating Programs – Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation Unit

Space Heating Programs – Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation Unit

Space Heating Programs – Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation Unit:

Objectives and Description:

Demand Control Kitchen Ventilation Unit Program offers financial incentives to facilities looking to purchase highly efficient destratification fans, which offer an inexpensive and efficient way for facilities to bring the heat down from the ceiling to mix with cooler floor temperature air. These fans can also work in conjunction with air-conditioned spaces, allowing for a higher temperature set point and lower cooling costs. Incentives provided are for $1,300 per unit.

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Space Heating Programs – Condensing Boiler Incentive Program

Space Heating Programs – Condensing Boiler Incentive Program

Space Heating Programs – Condensing Boiler Incentive Program:

Objectives and Description:

Condensing Boiler Incentive Program offers financial incentives to existing industrial facilities looking to replace an aging boiler or new facilities installing a high-efficiency condensing boiler. Incentives include:

  • $600 per unit up to 299 MBtu/hr 
  • $1,500 per unit from 300 to 999 MBtu/hr 
  • $4,500 per unit over 1,000 MBtu/hr

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Space Heating Programs – Air Curtains

Space Heating Programs – Air Curtains

Space Heating Programs – Air Curtains:

Objectives and Description:

This Program offers financial incentives to businesses that purchase or rent air curtains. These curtains are used where doors stay open for long periods of time, i.e. shipping docks and retail or office entrances. They provide tremendous benefits, in particular significantly lowering both heating and cooling costs compared to doors without air curtains. Incentives include:

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Engineering Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study

Engineering Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study

Engineering Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study:

Objectives and Description:

Engineering Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study Program helps fund studies to identify and quantify potential energy saving measures on natural gas consuming equipment, gas-related heating systems or facilities. Studies analyze an existing building or process to determine the changes that will increase its overall energy efficiency. Typical projects include thermal surveys, facility air-balances, HVAC audits, energy audits, benchmarking activities and equipment upgrade studies. Incentives include:

Commercial customers: 30% up to $4,000

Industrial customers: 50% up to $10,000 

One study /site/ year

$10,000 cap applies to multi-site industrial customers, one study per year

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