B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy gives $5.2 million to nine local innovators

CICE has allocated the funds to help B.C. organizations developing and scaling clean energy

Credit: Invinity Energy Systems is one of the companies being awarded by CICE

CICE has allocated the funds to help B.C. organizations developing and scaling clean energy 

After opening its 2023 Open Call for Innovation in January, the B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) saw applications from over 100 organizations across the province.

This week, CICE settled on nine innovators to give $5.2 million to. The funds will be used to expedite the commercial development and global scaling of clean energy innovations originating in British Columbia.  

The funding recipients come from three different categories, listed with the organizations below. 

Battery and energy storage: UBC-based lithium refining platform Mangrove Lithium; Abbotsford supercapacitor manufacturing facility Atlas Power Technologies; Vancouver producer of vanadium flow batteries Invinity Energy Systems; and Victoria-based affordable energy storage developer Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada.  

Low carbon bio and synthetic fuels: Burnaby-based Anodyne Chemistries, which is building a bio-electric process to convert carbon dioxide into low carbon fuels and specialty chemicals; Metro Vancouver, for working to develop low-carbon fuels at wastewater treatment plants; and Takachar, a Boston-based operation co-founded by Vancouverite Kevin Kung that works to convert biomass residue into biofuel.  

Low carbon hydrogen: Vancouver-based companies HTEC—which is building weatherized hydrogen fuelling stations—and Illuming Power, which is accelerating the migration from diesel engines to hydrogen fuel cells.  

“B.C. is home to amazing innovators that are fast-tracking our progress towards ambitious net-zero targets and securing a greener and more prosperous future for generations to come,” said CICE executive director Ged McLean in a release. “CICE is proud to be funding B.C.’s clean energy technologies at the intersection of breakthrough and real-word implementation. Together, we are full charge ahead.” 

CICE has two other calls for innovation kicking off this June with sessions aimed at forestry residue management and carbon management.