Bulletin: Advanced Intelligent Systems and Nano One split $4 million from B.C.'s Innovative Clean Energy Fund
The province's ICE Fund has committed $104 million to support pre-commercial clean energy technology projects since 2008.
Two Burnaby-based companies were awarded nearly $4 million in funding from B.C.’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund.
Advanced Intelligent Systems is receiving $950,000 to develop a driverless battery-driven cart-pulling system for outdoor on-site transportation of carts and wagons in a plant nursery.
The technology is meant to reduce worker injuries by automating repetitive and labour-intensive tasks in the horticulture industry while contributing to B.C.’s emission reduction goals.
Nano One is receiving $3,033,000 to develop an industrial process for producing low-cost, high-performance batteries in electric vehicles (EVs) and a wide range of other advanced nanotechnologies for EVs.
This project has the potential to benefit B.C.’s growing EV sector and the transition to a low-carbon economy.
“Through CleanBC, we are supporting made-in-B.C. innovations that will help grow our world-leading cleantech sector and create good jobs,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “These Burnaby projects showcase the value of new and innovative clean energy products. They demonstrate we are well on our way in meeting our climate pollution reduction goals.”
B.C.’s ICE Fund
Since 2008, the ICE Fund has committed $104 million to support pre-commercial clean energy technology projects, clean energy vehicles, research and development and energy efficiency programs, according to the B.C. government. The funding is derived from a levy on the final sale of specified energy products – currently natural gas, fuel oil and propane distribution systems.