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New Energy Innovation Program (EIP) is providing funding to support clean energy innovation

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The Energy Innovation Program (EIP) is providing funding to support clean energy innovation. Accelerating clean technology research and development is a key component of the Government of Canada’s approach to promoting sustainable economic growth and to supporting Canada’s transition towards a low-carbon economy.

The Program’s objective is to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy more cleanly and efficiently. Demonstration projects, front-end engineering design studies, and research and development projects are eligible. Proposals are being requested in the following strategic priority areas:

Renewable, smart grid and storage systems

Renewable, smart grid and storage systems can help reduce the economic, environmental, and health risks associated with air pollution and climate change. With more than 80% of Canadians living in cities, urban environments are an area of key focus in achieving greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions. Energy use can significantly be reduced at the community level and its renewable contents increased through the innovative integration of energy systems including: renewable energy sources for heat and/or power; smart grid technologies and energy storage; net zero housing; community energy planning; and, electric vehicle charging.

Reducing diesel use by industrial operators in northern and remote communitiesAddressing methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

Addressing methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through research, development and demonstration projects that support Canada’s objective to reduce methane emissions by up to 45% by 2025. Canada’s oil and gas sector releases significant amounts of methane and VOCs through venting, flaring and fugitive equipment leaks. It is estimated that these sources contribute to approximately 10% of greenhouse gas and 30% of VOCs emitted in Canada.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector requires ongoing innovation in the design, construction and operation of the built environment so that affordable, higher efficiency homes, buildings and equipment become available to Canadians. GHG emissions from the built environment include 12 percent of direct emissions attributed to the buildings sector, and another 5 percent attributed to the electricity used by buildings.

Carbon capture, use and storage

Carbon capture, use and storage will help meet Canada’s 2030 emission reduction targets. This will particularly be the case in the oil and gas, and industrial sectors. R&D activities in this area will help reduce capture costs and improve efficiency to help deploy this technology more broadly ─ paving the way for significant emission reduction.

Improving industrial efficiency

Improving industrial efficiency is essential to our transition to a low-carbon economy. Fuel switching, the use of alternative fuels in industrial processes, and bio-refineries, which convert biomass into bio-based products and bioenergy, are two ways to reduce industrial energy intensities, fossil fuel consumption, and industrial air emissions. Projects could focus on front-end engineering design studies (FEED), the development of guidelines, standards and tools for fuel switching in industry, or integrating next generation bioenergy technologies into existing assets (e.g. first generation biofuel plants, pulp and paper mills, agricultural facilities, etc.).

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