Over the past decade, Ontario has emerged as a North American leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, integrating green energy into the power grid, improving water infrastructure and exploring bio-economy opportunities.
Opportunities at SEUS-CP
Ontario’s thriving clean technology subsectors demonstrate growing demand and expertise, and the 10th annual SEUS-CP conference – Trade Partnerships at Work – will be of interest to companies specializing in the following areas:
Canada’s nuclear industry is concentrated in Ontario and supports approximately 200 nuclear supply chain companies employing more than 30,000 people nationally, primarily in nuclear manufacturing, engineering, construction and consulting, fuel fabrication, research and development and medical isotopes; and in support of domestic and offshore nuclear projects.
The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC), which will help identify nuclear project opportunities in the USA, Canada and other countries. The MOU facilitates partnerships between OCI and USNIC members to bring their complementary capabilities in achieving good project outcomes; and facilitate collaboration and innovation among Canadian and U.S. nuclear suppliers and research organizations in furthering the development and deployment of advanced reactors and small modular reactors.
Additional nuclear projects that may be of interest to technology and services suppliers in the nuclear industry include:
- Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator that provides 30% of Ontario’s power with eight nuclear units, plans to invest an additional $13 billion privately over the next two decades to refurbish and extend the life of six more of its units. Bruce anticipates a 2017-2020 build-up of its supply base, with each RFP (request for proposal) improving on previous refurbishments and upgrades.
- Ontario Power Generation (OPG) produces almost half of the electricity in Ontario. In 2014, OPG burned its last piece of coal to make electricity. This was the largest single action to combat climate change in North America to date. Their two northwestern coal stations were converted to renewable biomass. Now, together with a diverse fleet that includes 65 hydroelectric stations and two nuclear stations, OPG’s power is more than 99 per cent free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions and produces at about 40 per cent of the cost of other generators. OPG is currently refurbishing their Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.
Automation Technologies for Smart Grid
Ontario is a huge test bed for green energy innovations including community energy, building energy efficiency, energy data access and utility transformation. Ontario utilities continue to explore local and global alternative behind-the-meter business models and energy storage and micro grids. The smart grid is intelligent electricity infrastructure that uses technology such as sensors, monitoring, communications, automation and computers to improve the flexibility, reliability and efficiency of the electricity system.
Building a smart grid is not a single project, but a series of integrated initiatives by a variety of organizations that work together to create a modern electricity system aligned with the digital age.
Ontario is committed to having a smart grid that will:
- empower Ontarians to better manage their electricity use and take advantage of conservation and small-scale generation opportunities;
- allow more renewable electricity generation, such as wind and solar power, to connect to the electricity grid;
- help utilities identify and fix outages more quickly;
- give businesses opportunities to provide innovative products and services to a growing market, creating jobs and sparking economic growth; and
- enable electric vehicles to be charged conveniently.
An exceptional range of water technologies have been developed by the more than 900 Ontario firms that are helping customers around the world respond to challenging water issues. Ontario’s water industry is supported by over 200 research centres, incubators, accelerators and programs that encourage innovative water and waste water technologies and services.
The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) provides unique value to growing water companies by assisting with product commercialization and investment readiness, as well as accelerating the adoption of new technologies by end users. WaterTAP has developed partnerships with key global water technology hubs in Singapore, India, Israel, China, Germany, United Kingdom and the United States and is collaborating with emerging water clusters across North America (Milwaukee, Boston, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, etc.) and around the world (United Kingdom, Australia).
Companies with the following technologies and services should consider attending the 2017 SEUS-CP conference to explore potential partnerships with Ontario firms:
- Biosolids reduction
- Resource recovery
- Energy generation for plants
- Optimization of exhibiting plants
- Small community, rural, lower impact implementation and optimization
- On-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure
- Removal of phosphorous from wastewater
Water clusters within the Alliance member jurisdictions may also want to explore the opportunity to partner and collaborate with WaterTAP to advance cooperation between regions.
Ontario’s clean tech companies are helping organizations and communities around the world implement effective, efficient solutions to tough environmental challenges, from mitigating the impacts of climate change and urbanization, to delivering clean water to communities in need.
Ontario’s environmental and clean tech sector includes 3,000 firms with expertise in clean water and air purification technologies, green energy generation and management, laboratory testing and environmental assessment services, and a wide range of other specializations.
International buyers source $1 billion in clean tech solutions from Ontario annually. Canadian companies enjoy the lowest costs among their G7 competitors for R&D, software development and advanced manufacturing.
Ontario researchers are developing the next generation of clean, green technologies in the fields of advanced photovoltaics, bio-refining, hydrogen technologies, watershed science, wind engineering and others.