Clean Break

From hydrogen to lithium, these ventures have created opportunities as renewable power gains traction

New oil and gas pipelines are winning approval in B.C. and across the country, but the world is also shifting in new directions. Global investment in green energy hit a record of almost US$286 billion last year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, up five per cent from 2015. A recent survey by the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance identified more than 275 cleantech companies in the province, many of them in energy, including darlings like Nexterra Systems Corp. (with five waste-to-energy projects in North America and two in development in the U.K.) and hydrogen fuel cell pioneer Ballard Power Systems Inc., plus a host of lesser-known players. As renewables gain traction, B.C. entrepreneurs are stepping up to help reshape the way we produce, store and consume power.

Mining venture Lithium X Energy aims to cash in on the electric vehicle trend

This Richmond company is building battery packs that can power ferries

Hydra Energy hopes to make hydrogen the clean fuel of tomorrow

Terrella Energy Systems is taking its graphite manufacturing process into the booming heat management business

Enbala Power Networks wants to make the world’s energy grids more efficient

SunPump Solar applies NASA-inspired tech to the residential market