CE has proven its truly game changing technology at a pilot plant in Squamish. Their Direct Air Capture technology removes CO₂ directly from the atmosphere, and plants can be built to capture 1 million tons of CO₂ per year – that’s equal to the emissions of 250,000 cars. The captured CO₂  can be stored underground to create negative emissions, or synthesized into clean transportation fuels, such as gasoline, diesel or jet-A, using the company’s AIR TO FUELS™ technology. This highly scalable solution will be able to deliver global scale quantities of ultra-low carbon transportation fuels that cost around $1 per litre to produce, are cleaner burning than fossil fuels, are drop-in compatible with current infrastructure and engines, do not suffer the land use and food security issues associated with biofuels, and thus can allow the transportation sector to make deep emissions cuts by displacing fossil fuels.

Kazi Ahmed

Co-Founder and CEO, Betterfrost Technologies Inc.

Your inconspicuous refrigerator, running 24/7 days a week, is the source of 20-40% of your electricity bill. When added to commercial and industrial refrigerators and freezers, refrigeration is one of the largest uses of electricity globally – over 1.8 trillion kWh per year. Kazi’s team developed the first commercial technology of its sort: a rapid, pulsed de-icing system that nearly eliminates the energy intensive defrost process all refrigeration units suffer, thereby increasing their efficiency by up to 30%. In partnership with several global OEMs, Betterfrost has commercialized this technology for residential and light-commercial refrigerators, and is currently working to apply this technology to industrial refrigeration solutions. Look for the product during in your next fridge!

Sebastien Gendron

CEO and co-founder, TransPod Inc.

Stand aside, Elon Musk! Canada may have a hyper loop vehicles travelling faster than jet speeds between 2 cities before you do! In 2 years, Sebastien has combined his 10 years of aerospace experience with a team of 15 experts to form TransPod. Together they created breakthrough “hyperloop” Canadian technology: A fully electric system carrying both passengers and cargo, faster than a jet, in a low-pressure tube environment. Transpod’s patents secured them C$20M from Italian investors, and partnerships with major industrial companies in Canada and Europe. Targets are to have the technology fully tested, a loop built between two major Canadian cities, and carrying passengers by 2030. Woosh!

Luna Yu, CEO, Genecis Bioindustries
Hasitha de Alwis Weerasekera, Director of Biochemistry, Genecis Bioindustries
Michael Williamson, Mechanical Engineering and Polymers Lead, Genecis Bioindustries
Marcos Igreja, Director of Bioresource Engineering, Genecis Bioindustries

Genecis Team: Luna Yu, Hasitha de Alwis Weerasekera, Michael Williamson, Marcos Igreja

Polyhydroxyalkanoates  (PHAs) are polyesters produced in nature by microorganisms like bacteria.  For bacteria, PHAs serve as both a source of energy and as a carbon store. These plastics used on their own are incredibly biodegradable. When combined with the normal “live-forever” plastics derived from fossil-fuels, PHAs also makes the new co-polymer more degradable. The biggest obstacle to the wide-spread adoption of PHAs is cost. Luna and her brilliant Genecis team have created a revolutionary technology that significantly reduces this barrier: By using special recipes of highly efficient bacteria, the cost of production is reduced by over 40%.  Now scaling up!

Mehrdad Mahoutian

Co-founder, CTO, Carbicrete Inc.

Not just another block in the wall, the process for creating Carbicrete-based concrete blocks absorbs more carbon than it emits, potentially revolutionizing the concrete industry. Production of cement, one of three essential components in concrete, is one of the worst GHG emitters on the planet estimated at 5% of all emissions. Carbicrete substitutes steel slag as the primary binder and carbon dioxide as the activator in cement-free concrete. The production of each tonne of Portland cement emits 1.9 kg NOx, 1.24 kg SOX, 0.052 kg VOC , 0.21 kg of particulate matter and 900 Kg of CO2 into the atmosphere, plus consumes 1.8 tonnes of natural resources, e.g. clay and limestone and 100-300 litres of water. In stark contrast, Carbicrete’s technology uses CO2 for curing, instead of heat and steam, so in addition to the emissions that are avoided by not using cement, CO2 is then captured permanently in the final product. In the end, the CO2 score per ton: Cement based concrete: 82Kg Carbicrere -55 Kg! No wonder Carbicrete is a finalist for the Carbon X Prize!

Grace Quan

CEO, Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M)

There are lots of challenges facing the replacement of pollution fuelled vehicles with clean fuelled vehicles – and in the case of hydrogen fuelled vehicles, even more. Hydrogen storage tanks are both robust and expensive to withstand gas stored under both high pressure and extreme cold. Or do they? Grace has led a team of scientists at H2M to create nanomaterials from wood waste that can store hydrogen in solids, in a tank, at not much more than ambient conditions – and that can easily release energy back under the same conditions. The tanks are light and portable enough to be easily exchanged – eliminating numerous safety and distribution barriers. Coming to a “gas” station near you within 5 years.