Impact Canada Cleantech Challenge – Charging the Future
Developing innovative battery technology to meet the energy needs of the future is a critical element in Canada’s climate goals.
This challenge was designed to unlock the potential in Canadian battery technologies to improve energy density, temperature range, life, and cost. Launched in 2019, the Charging the Future Challenge recognized that the global demand for battery technology was growing, and there was a need to increase the pace of Canadian innovation to improve the competitiveness of the Canadian battery ecosystem.
Charging the Future challenged Canadian innovators to develop technologies to advance clean battery technologies for use in electric vehicles, homes, businesses and communities, with the ultimate goal of accelerating the most promising made-in-Canada battery technology innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace, reducing harmful emissions and integrating renewable energy onto the electricity grid.
The Challenge initially received 39 applications which were reviewed by an expert jury. Narrowed down to 5 finalists, each received the following support over a 2-year incubation period:
- up to $770,000 financial support to build their proposed battery solution concept into a testable prototype, and produce evidence to demonstrate the functionality and impacts of their solution.
Following prototype development and performance testing, finalists submitted their test results and commercialization plans to compete for the $1,000,000 grand prize.
- The Electrochemical Society
- Innovation en énergie électrique
- Propulsion Québec
- Ryerson University, Centre for Urban Energy
- Electric Mobility Canada
Finalists & Projects
e-Zinc – Challenge Winner
e-Zinc’s zinc-based energy storage system can be significantly less expensive than comparable lithium-ion systems for long-duration applications. Importantly, its energy storage system can cycle without degradation in capacity. It is also fire resistant, made of fully recyclable materials, does not rely on precious metals, and has fast response time. Learn more about e-Zinc’s project.
Developing a ground-breaking non-metal battery technology solution that uses industrially-captured CO2 to store electricity. Learn more about Agora Energy Technologies Ltd.’s project.
Applying fast-charging technology to revolutionize a key manufacturing step – formation – to significantly reduce costs and improves performance of the battery cells. Learn more about GBatteries Energy Canada Inc.’s project.
- Charging the Future Challenge
- Video: Charging the Future
- Canada Announces Grand Prize Winners of Impact Canada Challenges
Since 2017, Natural Resources Canada has invested $75 million in six clean technology challenges under the Impact Canada Initiative: Power Forward, The Sky’s the Limit, Charging the Future, Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative, Women in Cleantech and Crush It!.
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