Government of Canada supports emerging green technologies through Build in Canada Innovation Program

Quebec firm offers environmentally responsible solution to energy production

SAINT-ANACLET, QC, July 27, 2017 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, strengthening the middle class and helping those working hard to join it. Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the Government of Canada is investing in Canadian innovations to create inclusive and sustainable economic growth for communities across Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Acting Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament for Avignon‒La Mitis‒Matane‒Matapédia, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing in a made-in-Canada innovation that uses solar panels and small wind turbines to generate renewable energy.

Audace Technologies Inc. has received a $692,127 contract for its innovation called the GreenCube. This compact and transportable power station can generate clean and renewable energy for Canadians who live and work in remote communities and regions. It is a cost-effective and environmentally responsible solution that also provides reliable protection against power outages.

The innovation is being tested by Parks Canada in Nunavut and by National Defence at the Canadian Forces Base in Gagetown, New Brunswick.

This investment was made through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, which helps Canadian innovators land their first sale and get their innovations tested by the Government of Canada. This program is just one of the many ways the Government of Canada supports innovation and small and medium-sized businesses across Canada.

Quotes

"Through the Build in Canada Innovation Program, the government is supporting companies like Audace Technologies Inc. by helping them get their innovative products to market faster, and by being their first customer. These technologies have the potential to provide real benefits to Canadians, in this case by providing affordable and clean energy to remote areas and communities."

Steven MacKinnon
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

"Our province has many innovative companies such as Audace Technologies Inc. that are helping Canada become a leader in cutting-edge technologies. By investing in Quebec businesses, the federal government is creating local opportunities and skilled jobs for the middle class."

Rémi Massé
Member of Parliament for Avignon‒La Mitis‒Matane‒Matapédia

"To meet the renewable energy needs of the Canadian Armed Forces and Parks Canada in the Arctic, our new GreenCube system will be tested in extreme conditions. The Build in Canada Innovation Program is without a doubt one of the Government of Canada's best-suited initiatives for helping innovative small and medium enterprises like Audace Technologies Inc. in testing their leading-edge products and bringing them to market."

Majed Fantar
Director General, Audace Technologies Inc.

Quick facts

  • The GreenCube has been designed to provide clean and renewable energy to users in Canada and to meet the needs of the mining industry, northern communities and remote sites without the expense and harm of diesel generators, which produce greenhouse gases. It is compact in size and transportable from one region to another, requiring no lifting means on site.
  • The GreenCube uses natural power sources through a unique navigation system allowing users to control the energy generation process.
  • Audace Technologies Inc. was founded in 1997 and became a start-up specialized in renewable energy. The company has standardized and increased the production of its GreenCube by opening assembly plants in Quebec and Senegal.
  • More than 240 contracts have been awarded under the Build in Canada Innovation Program, including 51 in Quebec, worth over $22.8 million.
  • More than $101 million has been awarded in contracts since the Build in Canada Innovation Program began in 2010.

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SOURCE Public Services and Procurement Canada

For further information: Mary-Rose Brown, Office of the Honourable Judy M. Foote, 819-997-5421; Media Relations, Public Services and Procurement Canada, 819-420-5501, media@tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca

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