McGuinty Government Greening Ontario's Economy



    New Technologies Will Help Make Industry More Sustainable

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$3 million in six new projects designed to bring innovations to market that
will help make Ontario industry more environmentally sustainable, Minister of
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Harinder Takhar announced today on behalf
of the Premier and Minister of Research and Innovation Dalton McGuinty.
    "We are on the side of Ontarians who want a strong economy and a clean
environment," said Premier McGuinty. "These projects will help keep Ontario on
the cutting-edge of the green revolution."
    "These projects will help key industries in Ontario - the auto, energy
and telecom sectors - reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and
petrochemicals," said Takhar. "They will also help develop a strong,
competitive green sector in this province, an emerging market with global
potential."
    Ontario's $3 million investment will help commercialize six new clean
technology projects:

    
    -   The Ontario Fuel Cell Innovation Program will provide $1.63 million
        to four fuel cell projects. Fuel cells are battery-like devices that
        combine oxygen and hydrogen to generate electricity. Giving off only
        water and heat, fuel cell technology is the next generation of clean
        energy.

    -   The Innovation Demonstration Fund will invest $1.4 million on two
        projects focused on commercializing biomaterials with applications in
        the auto sector. By replacing materials made with petrochemicals with
        biomaterials based on natural sources, the process of manufacturing
        vehicles in Ontario will become more environmentally sustainable.
    

    Together, these projects demonstrate the role innovation is playing in
the creation of a cleaner, more prosperous economy.
    "Ontario's support for our backup power and material handling initiatives
will help grow emerging commercial opportunities," said Daryl Wilson,
Hydrogenics President and CEO. "These represent stepping stones on the path to
a cleaner energy future where Ontario can be a real contributor in providing
global products and solutions."
    "Enbridge Gas Distribution has a long history of serving customers with
dependable energy and delivering conservation programs in Ontario," said Al
Monaco, President of Enbridge Gas Distribution. "This alternative energy
project is a global first, and it is an example of our commitment to
sustainability. Along with several Enbridge projects that support new
gas-fired generation projects in the province, the Ontario Fuel Cell
Innovation Program assists industry in showcasing how ultra-clean technologies
can meet the province's electricity needs."
    "The environment continues to be at the forefront of challenges that face
industries," said Dr. Hamdy Khalil, Woodbridge's Global Director of R&D and
Product Development. "As a leading supplier of automotive urethane
technologies, Woodbridge is working hard to improve the environment. With the
Ontario government's support, we plan to bring to market light weight urethane
products that will be made from renewable soybean oil derivatives and reduce
our use of conventional petroleum based chemicals."
    "Ontario's support will help us demonstrate the commercial viability of
our Green Inside composites," said Geoff Clarke, President & CEO, GreenCore
Composites Inc. "The composites provide automakers, and manufacturers of
consumer and industrial products such as furniture, toys, and containers with
an alternative to conventional plastics that provide high performance, are
recyclable and more environmentally friendly.
    The Ontario Fuel Cell Innovation Program and the Innovation Demonstration
Fund are part of the McGuinty government's strategy to help turn research and
ideas into new products and services for the marketplace.

    
    Disponible en français

                            www.premier.gov.on.ca
                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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                     ONTARIO FUEL CELL INNOVATION PROGRAM
    

    The government created the Ontario Fuel Cell Innovation Program (OFCIP)
to build on the province's strength of developing cutting-edge alternative
energy technologies. The goal of the program is to move Ontario's best
scientific and technological ideas and discoveries from the lab to the
marketplace by turning them into products and services that can be sold to the
world.
    Fuelled by hydrogen and oxygen, fuel cells can produce electricity with
water as the only emission. They are a vital technology in realizing the
promise of a growing, environmentally sustainable Ontario economy.
    The government has invested $2.26 million in the development and
commercialization of six fuel cell technology projects this year.

    The Projects

    Hydrogenics Corporation, a Mississauga-based company that is
commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell products, leads three of the newly
announced projects:

    
    -   Hydrogenics will coordinate with NACCO Materials Handling Group, one
        of the world's largest lift truck manufacturers, for the development
        and building of fuel cell power packs that are compatible with class
        2 lift trucks, commonly used in warehouses.

    -   Hydrogenics will design and build four eight-kilowatt fuel cell
        backup power solutions to be deployed at the sites of four leading
        telecommunications providers, demonstrating the commercial viability
        of this application.

    -   Hydrogenics will also contract with a third party to advance the
        development of international codes and standards in the field of
        hydrogen refuellers and component parts. This will help facilitate
        the commercialization of fuel cells, hydrogen and related
        technologies on a global basis, helping companies like Hydrogenics to
        sell their products around the world.
    

    The fourth new project is led by Enbridge Gas Distribution. This project
will result in a double win for the environment: using fuel cell technology to
generate 1.2 megawatts of clean energy - enough to power up to 900 homes - and
using by-product heat to reduce natural gas consumption at the facility.
Enbridge will coordinate the integration of a large stationary fuel cell with
its natural gas high-pressure pipeline energy recovery system.
    The company expects that this project will assist in establishing a sales
demand for its waste energy recovery technology throughout North America, a
market estimated at between 500 to 600 megawatts.

    Previously Announced Fuel Cell Innovation Projects

    Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership

    Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, the local economic development
agency, in partnership with Lambton College and with the involvement of
various local end users, will deploy a number of Ontario-based hydrogen and
fuel cell technologies in the community. These applications will include fuel
cell golf carts and utility vehicles, as well as portable and stationary
backup power systems. Hydrogen will be produced from a solar electrolyser
developed by Electric Hydrogen of Burlington. Ontario will contribute $500,000
to this project.

    The Hydrogen Village

    The Hydrogen Village is a market development program comprised of a
public/private partnership of 35 companies and organizations with the goal of
creating commercially sustainable markets for hydrogen and fuel cell
technologies. Over the last three years Ontario has contributed $130,000 to
this project.

    
    Disponible en français

                            www.premier.gov.on.ca
                          www.ontario.ca/innovation


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                        INNOVATION DEMONSTRATION FUND
    

    The four-year, $24-million Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF) helps
companies develop promising new technologies by supporting them at the pilot
or demonstration project stage. The fund focuses on new bio-based (made from
biological or renewable materials), environmental and alternative energy
technologies.
    The pilot or demonstration phase is a critical stage in the
commercialization of a new innovation. Success in this phase indicates to
potential customers or investors that the innovation will be competitive when
brought to market.
    The maximum support that eligible projects are able to receive is
$4 million per project.
    Investments focus on early-stage technologies that have strong potential
to succeed. Priority is given to projects that have the potential to generate
a global business.

    
    Other important conditions for investment:

    -   The company requires investment to get the technology "off the
        ground"
    -   There is high likelihood the company will be able to get future
        investments from other sources in one to two years
    -   The company has a significant, long-term operational commitment to
        Ontario.
    

    The Innovation Demonstration Fund has committed $5.4 million so far this
year to help commercialize new technologies.

    The Projects

    The Woodbridge Group: BioFoam

    Ontario is committing $1 million to support the research and
commercialization of soy-based polyol in polyurethane automotive products. The
project will help commercialize the use of polyols - a key ingredient in the
production of the polyurethane material used in automotive seats and interior
pieces - produced from renewable soy oil. Currently, these materials are made
using polyols derived from non-renewable petroleum. The project will be led by
the Woodbridge Group, a leading supplier of automotive urethane technologies,
who will bring the product to market.

    GreenCore Composites: Green Inside

    Ontario is committing $400,000 to Greencore Composites to set up a
demonstration plant in Mississauga for the production of its Green Inside
material - a high-performance natural fibre reinforced composite.
    By replacing petroleum-based materials with sustainable natural fibres,
Greencore's Green Inside composite offers environmental benefits while more
than doubling the strength of the base synthetic material. Greencore is
working to commercialize the material for use in Ontario's auto sector.

    Previously Announced Innovation Demonstration Fund Project

    Plasco Energy Group

    On April 27, 2007 the McGuinty government announced the investment of
$4 million to Plasco Energy Group in support of a clean waste to energy
project. The plant will operate for two years and divert 85 tonnes of waste
per day. The clean fuel will be used to generate electricity onsite. About
20 per cent of the electricity generated will power the plant; the rest will
be sold to the Ontario electricity market.

    
    Disponible en français

                            www.premier.gov.on.ca
                          www.ontario.ca/innovation
    




For further information:

For further information: Sarbjit Kaur, Minister's Office, Ministry of
Small Business and Entrepreneurship, (416) 326-1939; Premier's Media Office,
(416) 314-8975

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