Richmond’s IRDI System Inc. receives $72K from BC government

The funding comes via the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization Program. Richmond-based manufacturer Foreseeson Technology Inc. was also recognized.

Richmond’s IRDI System Inc. is receiving $72,940 in funding from the BC government to further their use of hydrogen in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology and create new cleantech jobs. The funding comes via the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization Program. IRDI’s neighbour and manufacturer, Foreseeson Technology Inc, was also recognized for its contributions to BC-based ZEV technology. 

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Why it matters: As our forests burn and temperatures rise, we must look for innovative ways to power our way of living.

“B.C. is home to many innovative clean-tech companies that are helping us grow as a leader in the hydrogen economy and ZEV industry,” said Bruce Ralston, minister of energy, mines and low carbon innovation. “We’re seeing B.C. companies engaged in businesses that show how hydrogen will help us meet our CleanBC goals and create new high-paying clean-tech jobs throughout the province as well.”

Further, the need for government support and funding to power the innovation economy is paramount. Recently, jobs, economic recovery and innovation minister Ravi Kahlon told me that BC is “competing against the world” when it comes to innovation. This sentiment is not lost on IRDI’s general manager Edward Li. 

“IRDI has grown from a small B.C.-based startup to a global leader in infrared communication technology for hydrogen fuelling,” Li said. “This grant will ensure we continue innovating during this exciting time and help us to maintain our head start in burgeoning hydrogen markets such as Europe, Korea, North America and Japan.”

Richmond’s finest: If you were in, say, Gastown attending a Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee meet-up and wanted to check out IRDI for yourself, you could walk the cobblestone streets west to Waterfront Station. A 30-minute subway ride on the Canada Line’s Richmond-Brighouse train will land you in the neighbourhood of the same name. 

When you arrive, you may notice that IRDI has good neighbours. Good neighbours make-or-break a neighbourhood. Those who provide a watchful eye on the block or an extra egg when called upon are life’s unsung heroes. But for IRDI, their neighbours provide more than baking ingredients.

Located next door to IRDI is Foreseeson Technology Inc. It has been IRDI’s prime manufacturer since 2010, sourcing parts, performing assembly, integration and testing for its infrared communications systems for the hydrogen fuel-cell industry. Foreseeson offers cleantech solutions and provides a variety of services, including electronic manufacturing, electric-vehicle charging equipment and software platforms.

“With the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy being put into action toward the advancement of hydrogen technology, creating jobs and making B.C. a leader in the hydrogen economy, it is important to have a reliable manufacturing capability to build such high-end products locally,” said S.U. Moon, president, Foreseeson Technology Inc. “Foreseeson Technology Inc. is pleased and honoured to be IRDI’s partner in manufacturing its innovative products in B.C.”

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