McGuinty Government Invests In Green Technology

    Part Of The McGuinty Government's Initiatives For A Greener, Healthier

    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW/ - The McGuinty Government is investing in an
initiative to turn garbage into clean energy, Minister of Health Promotion Jim
Watson announced today on behalf of Premier and Minister of Research and
Innovation Dalton McGuinty.
    "This demonstration plant is an important step towards creating a
sustainable, prosperous Ontario," said Watson, "Each day, it will divert 85
tonnes of garbage from landfill and turn that waste into clean electricity."
    Ontario is investing $4 million in a demonstration plant operated by the
Plasco Energy Group in Ottawa. It uses a sealed system to break down waste.
The outputs of this process are a clean fuel, used to generate electricity,
and a material that can be used to make concrete and asphalt. This
demonstration plant will be used to test the technology for use at a larger
    "We believe the operation of this plant will demonstrate a new choice for
processing municipal solid waste," said Plasco President Rod Bryden. "Less
costly to the municipality, friendly to the environment, and a source of
distributed, recovered energy in our cities."
    Looking forward, Plasco predicts that the technology could be scaled up
to process nearly all of Ottawa's solid waste, creating enough clean
electricity to light nearly 25,000 homes. The technology could provide
municipalities with a new solution to their solid waste challenges, generating
clean electricity and turning Ottawa-based Plasco into a world leader in
waste-to-energy solutions.
    "We are on the side of Ontarians who want a growing economy and a clean
environment," said Premier McGuinty. "This initiative promises to make Ontario
a leader in clean waste-to-energy technologies, creating new markets and new
jobs for Ontarians. It's a great example of why our government invests in
innovation: to turn home-grown ideas into home-grown jobs."
    All Ontarians have a role to play in making our province greener. The
government has already taken action by protecting a greenbelt that stretches
across southern Ontario from development, introducing tough new laws that
protect our drinking water, producing more renewable energy and doing more to
conserve electricity. But we know more needs to be done. That's why our next
step will be the announcement of a climate change plan - a step that will help
all Ontarians do their part to make our province cleaner and greener while
keeping the economy strong.

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    The McGuinty government is helping innovative companies develop
cutting-edge technologies that will strengthen Ontario's economic advantage
and provide high-value jobs for the future.
    An excellent example of this is the government's support for a
demonstration plant in Ottawa, operated by the Plasco Energy Group. The plant
will operate for two years at the city's Trail Road landfill and divert 85
tonnes of waste per day. Using Plasco's patented plasma gasification
technology, the plant will break the waste down leaving a clean fuel and an
inert, glass-like solid.
    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 Ontario Hydro. Plasco predicts that it will generate enough electricity to
power nearly 4,000 homes. Generation is as clean as electricity generation
using natural gas - the gold standard in clean energy.
    The solid material is useful as an aggregate for concrete and asphalt.
    Ontario is investing $4 million in this project through its Innovation
Demonstration Fund (IDF). The project is also supported by Sustainable
Development Technology Canada and the City of Ottawa. The technology's
commercial potential has also attracted $18 million in private investment.
    If successful, Plasco predicts it could handle all of Ottawa's solid
waste through three similar plants, diverting 200,000 tonnes of waste from
landfill every year and generating enough electricity to light 25,000 homes.
As waste diversion and the need for clean electricity become a challenge for
more and more municipalities, Ottawa-based Plasco believes its technology will
become the method of choice for processing a significant amount of solid waste
around the world.
    This demonstration exemplifies what the IDF program is all about: turning
home-grown ideas into home-grown jobs.

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    The four-year, $24-million Innovation Demonstration Fund 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 result will be high-value jobs, future economic prosperity
and improved quality of life for Ontario families.
    This program targets technologies that have gone through initial testing
in the lab, but now need to be tested at the pilot or demonstration stage to
see if the technology can be competitive when brought to market. For example,
specific equipment may have to be purchased to pilot the technology or
additional expert staff may have to be hired. A successful pilot often means
these technologies have a much greater chance of success than ones at the
"idea-only" stage.
    The Innovation Demonstration Fund provides initial financial support to
companies that have promising ideas, but lack access to conventional sources
of financing for a pilot or demonstration project. All projects will be cost
shared between the Ministry of Research and Innovation and the successful
applicants. The maximum support that eligible projects are able to receive is
$4 million per project.
    Investments focus on early-stage technologies that have great potential
to succeed. Priority is given to projects that have the potential to generate
a global business.
    Other important conditions for investment include:

    -  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

    The Innovation Demonstration Fund is just one component of the McGuinty
government's $160-million Ideas to Market strategy - announced in the 2006
Budget - that will help companies turn research and ideas into new products
and services for the marketplace.
    Creating high-skilled, high-paying jobs is integral to Ontario's future
economic prosperity. The Innovation Demonstration Fund represents an initial
step in a strategy to grow new technologies and help move innovative ideas to

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