Brenda Bailey, Minister of Jobs Economic Development and Innovation –
“Investing in clean-energy ocean projects is crucial to supporting a strong, sustainable, innovative economy that creates good jobs for British Columbians. These projects align with our StrongerBC Economic Plan and our commitment to fostering innovative opportunities and strengthening our clean-technology sector.”
Julie Angus, chief executive officer and co-founder, Open Ocean Robotics –
“We are honoured to receive this support from the Innovative Clean Energy Fund to advance our technology and scale our ability to serve British Columbia’s growing blue economy. Our solar-powered boats, also known as uncrewed surface vehicles, collect and analyze real-time ocean data for environmental monitoring, illegal fishing enforcement and security. Zero-emission, affordable and persistent, our technology will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve ocean protection and facilitate the sustainable growth of ocean industries in B.C. and beyond.”
Emilie de Rosenroll, chief executive officer, COAST –
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation for their investment. COAST is on an exciting journey to fulfil our 2030 vision to establish Pacific Canada as a world leader in ocean technology innovations that create scaled economic and environmental impacts. We’ll achieve this goal by bringing key stakeholders together around innovation, export and collaboration, fostering competitive advantages from startup to scale-up, and facilitating access to global market opportunities for made-in-B.C. solutions.”
- B.C. is home to a growing clean-energy sector and accounts for nearly 35% of Canada’s clean-technology firms.
- Since 2008, the ICE Fund has committed approximately $112 million to support pre-commercial clean-energy technology projects, clean-energy vehicles, research and development, and energy-efficiency programs.
- ICE funding comes from a levy on the final sale of specified energy products – natural gas, fuel oil and propane distribution systems.
- ICE partnerships include First Nations, universities, municipalities and many emerging clean-technology companies throughout British Columbia.
To learn about Open Ocean Robotics, visit: https://openoceanrobotics.com/
To learn about COAST, visit: https://southislandprosperity.ca/ocean-hub/
To learn about the Innovative Clean Energy Fund, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/innovativecleanenergyfund
To learn about the CleanBC plan, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/
A backgrounder follows.
Innovative projects advance B.C. clean technology sector
Seven projects recently funded from the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund are helping B.C. transition to a low-carbon economy, while creating new job opportunities in developing technologies.
Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST)
South Island Prosperity Partnership’s (SIPP) COAST initiative will help local innovators connect to large industry players, supporting their growth and the development of technology and research that will help improve ocean management as well as efforts to reduce climate change. COAST will support development in traditional blue economy industries, such as aquaculture and fisheries, global shipping routes and port activities, and offshore oil and gas, as well as shipping, shipbuilding and defence/aerospace.
Open Ocean Robotics
Based in Victoria, Open Ocean Robotics develops and operates un-crewed surface vehicles (USVs) with data acquisition and analytics to provide autonomous monitoring of ocean conditions, marine life and maritime domain awareness. The Data Xplorer is a compact robotic vessel that is solar-powered and can withstand rough ocean conditions, while conducting missions of weeks to months. The data from its optical, physical and acoustic sensor systems is available in near real-time for improved ocean awareness and protection.