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Feds fund clean transport research

Find out who got the grants

May 27, 2019

FREDERICTON – The federal government has announced the recipients of the first round of funding under its Clean Transportation System Research and Development Program. The funding will support 10 projects that advance clean technology innovations or practices in the marine, rail and aviation sectors.

With this four-year program, the Government of Canada is investing up to $2.4 million to develop innovative clean technologies to improve the environmental performance of Canada’s transportation system specifically in the marine, rail and aviation sectors. The program funds clean transportation technology that addresses challenges such as retrofitting ship propellers to increase efficiency, increases rail connections to reduce idling, or develops biofuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from planes.

Recipients for the first round of funding will receive a total of up to $847,315 and will working on the following projects:

  • Global Spatial Technology Solutions Inc. will work on improved environmental performance of vessels transiting Canadian and global ocean corridors (up to $100,000).
  • Redrock Power Systems Inc. will conduct a detailed feasibility study, optimization analysis, and implementation plan for an efficient, high-speed, zero-emissions shuttle ferry for Lake Ontario (up to $15,000).
  • University of British Columbia is being funded for the design and construction of a standard gauge, low-power fuel cell / battery hybrid vehicle capable of hauling a small rail load (up to $100,000).
  • University of Calgary will examine the reduction of friction in locomotive mechanical systems and the interaction of certain lubrication methods (up to $100,000).
  • University of Carleton will develop a national database to quantify the health impacts of air pollutant from the aviation sector (up to $99,935).
  • University of New Brunswick is conducting a study of the impact of using a high-pressure spray to coat carbon fibre-reinforced polymer composites and aluminum parts to reduce the weight of boats and trains (up to $87,380).
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology is developing fast electrified charging stations for marine transportation (up to $100,000).
  • University of Toronto will develop Canada-specific data to help guide the biofuels industry to evaluate the economic viability for this alternative fuel as well as the supply and demand in Canada (up to $100,000).
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski is developing, testing and evaluating innovative technology to reduce fuel consumption of rail and marine diesel by using the engines to act as a compressor, and using the stored compressed air during acceleration to reduce fuel consumption (up to $100,000).
  • Waterfall Advisors Group Ltd. will develop Canadian advanced marine biofuels technology (up to $45,000).