Natural Gas Innovation Fund Supports New Home Furnace Technology
May 16, 2017 Toronto, Ontario
Funding for technology to address electric grid interruptions was announced today at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery 2017 Conference.
The Natural Gas Innovation FundTM (NGIF) announced an investment of $162,900 in iGEN Technologies to support the testing and demonstration of a self-powered natural gas furnace called the i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace.
The i2 furnace has a unique system that uses natural gas to generate electricity and heat for use in the home. Built in Canada for the North American market, the self-powered i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace is a retrofit and new install ready replacement for existing residential natural gas furnaces. The production of both heat and electricity gives the unit a price advantage over conventional high efficiency furnaces, the unit provides critical power supply during a power outage, and the unit boasts an overall efficiency that is greater than existing high-efficiency furnaces. As well, the unit fits into a traditional furnace location, provides heat through standard ductwork, requires no extra connections, and is installed and serviced by traditional technicians.
With solar and battery integration, the i2 furnace provides flexible applications in micro-grids, sustainable community developments and remote areas. Based on average Canadian electricity costs, typical savings for a household using an i2 are up to $400 annually, all with a unit priced comparably to top of the line conventional furnaces, while delivering GHG reductions.
NGIF funding is being contributed by Canadian Gas Association (CGA) members ATCO, FortisBC, Gaz Metro, Pacific Northern Gas Inc. and SaskEnergy. CGA member, Enbridge Gas Distribution is also contributing to the project through Utilization Technology Development NFP, a research funding organization partnership with other gas utilities.
iGEN Technologies Inc. has also received funding to support development of the i2’s technology from the Ontario Centres of Excellence, BLOOM, and the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).
Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 36 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today almost 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
“The home furnace has not seen a breakthrough industry change that can keep up with the fast pace of Canada’s changing energy needs – until now. The i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace delivers performance, savings, and security through its patented technology while generating, storing and using its own electricity. iGEN believes the i2 will truly disrupt the existing home heating platform with enhanced resiliency, emission reduction and lower heating bills”.
Mike Chatzigrigoriou iGEN Co-Founder
“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is pleased to support the continued refinement of the iGEN Hybrid Smart Furnace i2 technology. As Canadians, we’ve all felt the effects of a power outage while living in our homes during an extreme winter storm or heavy rainfall. Each of NGIF’s natural gas cleantech investments is part of Canada’s energy solution; in the case of iGEN’s, they offer sustained heating during a black out complimented by a small emergency electrical power source.”
John Adams Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation FundTM
“The i2 furnace technology fits perfectly with our innovation objectives: it builds on the affordability and reliability of natural gas offering a product for customers’ electricity needs to help them deal with electric grid interruptions.”
Timothy M. Egan President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“Ontario Centres of Excellence is thrilled to have iGen and their i2 Hybrid Smart Furnace on the Discovery show floor this year as a part of the Wow Zone Home of the Future, and would like to congratulate them on this new clean tech investment from The Natural Gas Innovation Fund.”
Tom Corr President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence
CGA Recognizes AltaGas Utilities, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas, Heritage Gas and ATCO at the Annual SAFE Awards
Halifax, Nova Scotia (April 3, 2017) -Today, the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) recognized the recipients of the 2017 Safety Award(s) for Excellence (SAFE) at its 2017 Operations, Engineering and Integrity Conference. The four annual awards were presented to recipients from AltaGas Utilities, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Union Gas and Heritage Gas. A fifth award was created this year – the President’s Safety Award for Excellence – and presented to ATCO for their work in helping customers and communities deal with the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires.
“The Safety Awards recognize CGA member companies and employees for exemplary commitment to health and safety excellence,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association. “These companies and individuals made significant contributions to safe operations and the reliable delivery of natural gas to the benefit of all Canadians.”
The following awards were presented:
The Public Safety Award was awarded to Jeff Walter, Supervisor, Quality Assurance & Damage Prevention, AltaGas Utilities, for his active involvement in spreading the word in his community about damage prevention and the importance of safe digging.
Enbridge Gas Distribution received the Worker Safety Award for its Environment, Health and Safety Department’s “Working Safely This Season” campaign, which was created to communicate seasonal safety messages to prevent workplace injuries.
CGA’s Lifetime Achievement Awards was granted to Wayne Robinson from Union Gas for his exemplary work on and commitment to enhancing safety at work and in his community. Wayne has been a role model for many on health and safety management throughout his career.
Heritage Gas received the Corporate Safety Award for Employee Safety and AltaGas Utilities received the Corporate Safety Award for Vehicular Safety because of their roles in reducing injury and vehicle damages at their companies over the last year.
A special award - CGA’sPresident’s Safety Award for Excellence - was presented to ATCO for the exceptional work and outstanding safety performance and emergency response efforts during and in the months following the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfires.
“Canadian utilities are dedicated to safety as a fundamental element of our work delivering natural gas to 6.8 million customers across Canada, and I am honoured to be able to recognize some extraordinary examples of this commendable dedication,” said Egan.
About the SAFE Awards The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Safety Awards are intended to honour significant examples of the natural gas industry’s dedication to safety management. Through engagement in the awards program, member utilities have an opportunity to gain recognition at the corporate and individual level for their work, and through that recognition to inspire a culture of continuous improvement in safety for employees, contractors, customers and the public at large.
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today 6.8 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
For more information contact:
Vice-President, Corporate and Strategic Affairs
Canadian Gas Association 350 Albert Street, Suite 1220 Ottawa, ON K1R 1A4 Office: 613-748-0057 ext. 341 Mobile: 613-614-3280
Government of Canada Invests in Renewable Natural Gas
Investing in the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) from forest industry residue can diversify Canada’s energy mix, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve industrial efficiency and create new economic opportunities for Canadian companies and good middle-class jobs that benefit rural communities.
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Jim Carr, today announced an $800,000 investment in G4 Insights Inc. for the development of technology to convert forestry waste into RNG that can be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines in Canada.
G4 Insights is partnering with the Canadian Gas Association members Enbridge Gas Distribution, FortisBC, Gaz Metro, Union Gas, utility host ATCO, the Natural Gas Innovation Fund, Alberta Innovates, and FPInnovations, who are contributing a combined $1.35 million towards this project.
Renewable natural gas produced from sustainably managed forest residue can emit up to 85 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional fossil fuels. Forest residue, which includes all parts of the tree, can be converted into solid, liquid or gaseous biofuels such as RNG that can then be burned for energy or used as fuel substitutes for transportation or industrial processes.
G4 Insights will build a RNG demonstration plant and test it under operational conditions with a range of biomass types to generate relevant technical operating and economic data. The optimal site location has been chosen in Edmonton, Alberta to support all-season operation in outdoor conditions.
Today’s announcement reaffirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to preserving our natural environment and resources for future generations — to put in place real actions that will work toward Canada’s climate goals.
“Our Government values innovation and we are proud to support this renewable natural gas project. By investing in clean technology industries we can help them be more innovative, more competitive and more successful.”
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources
“The support from Natural Resources Canada for renewable natural gas is essential to creating a pathway to greenhouse gas reductions that are affordable, reliable and sustainable. This project will advance G4 technology toward commercialization through field trials of enhanced subsystems for robust continuous operation and grid injection.”
Principal, G4 Insights Inc.
“CGA and the natural gas delivery industry have made driving innovation a key focus for the last six years with initiatives and investments around the use of natural gas and natural gas delivery infrastructure. Improving the technology to convert biomass to RNG will support the industry’s aspirational target of blending 10 percent RNG in the Canadian natural gas distribution system by 2030.”
Timothy M. Egan
President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund is pleased to support the deployment of the G4 Insights technology in Alberta. Our funding for this project marks the first investment of our fund, and we are looking forward to partnering with NRCan and other energy stakeholders in Canada on projects like the one announced today to support innovation, ensure the availability of affordable energy for customers and reduce emissions.”
Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Fund
“Alberta Innovates and its subsidiary InnoTech Alberta are very pleased to support G4's technology demonstration to make renewable natural gas using Alberta biomass, and we recognize this as another important step in providing options to 'green' Alberta's energy grid.”
Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovation, Alberta Innovates
“ATCO is excited to host and sponsor G4 in Edmonton. RNG is a largely untapped renewable resource that Canadians can use to heat and power their homes and businesses using a carbon-neutral fuel. ATCO is supportive of RNG as a technology and is hopeful that their support will help accelerate the adoption of RNG in Alberta and commercialization of the G4 technology.”
Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Gas Distribution
ATCO Pipelines & Liquids Global Business Unit
“This project demonstrates the importance of bringing together scientific expertise, industrial sector know-how and government support to solve the challenges of creating a clean tech economy. FPInnovations is proud to have provided facilities and technical support toward the development of G4 Insight’s technology and looks forward to RNG becoming a viable renewable energy source in the future.”
President and CEO of FPInnovations
Click here to view more details about G4 Alberta renewable natural gas demonstration project, or visit G4 Insight for more information.
RE: OPEN LETTER TO THE CITY OF VANCOUVER
Ottawa – November 29, 2016
Gregor Robertson, Mayor
3rd Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4 [email protected]
Dear Mayor Robertson,
I am writing to urge you to support Motion B.1 - Commitment to Affordable Energy in the City of Vancouver that calls on Council to affirm support for natural gas as an acceptable source of affordable energy, ask city staff to make recommendations on how to enhance and amend the 2016 Zero Emissions Report, and include natural gas as an acceptable form of energy in the Green Buildings Report.
As Councillor De Genova’s motion notes, hundreds of thousands of people and businesses living and working in the city of Vancouver rely on natural gas as their affordable, clean energy option for heating their homes and businesses and fueling their appliances. The Renewable City Strategy, as it is currently written, will require all buildings in Vancouver (including those already built) to use only renewable energy by the year 2050 - meaning that Vancouver will deny itself the natural gas opportunity.
The passage of Councillor De Genova’s motion to ensure the continued availability of natural gas is therefore critical.
Natural gas is the most affordable and reliable energy option by far for homes and businesses in Vancouver. With the city's high and rising living costs and business operating costs, taking away the natural gas opportunity would mean even more expense - hurting families and making business uncompetitive. This is not a strategy for sustainable growth, it is a strategy for public and private hardship.
Natural gas and the natural gas delivery utilities in BC can support Council’s stated objective to reduce emissions. BC’s natural gas utilities have long been leaders in efforts to improve the efficient use of energy and to drive energy technology innovation. They develop and operate programs that help customers use and upgrade to highly efficient appliances and equipment. This has resulted in significant reductions in energy costs and emissions. BC's gas utilities are also Canadian leaders in investing in natural gas innovation that further increases efficiency and delivers emissions reductions. In fact, the introduction of renewable natural gas (RNG) into the gas infrastructure system in the province and the increased use of natural gas as a clean and affordable fuel for heavy-duty vehicles - perhaps two of the best ways to reduce emissions in the lower mainland - has been led in Canada by BC companies. Natural gas fired combined heat and power (CHP) systems and power-to-gas technology are other examples of natural gas innovation that are being invested in, demonstrated and implemented. Gas utilities want to continue this work, but will not be able to do so in an environment where their product and infrastructure are not recognized in city policy as part of the solution.
Natural gas and the natural gas delivery industry in British Columbia are critical to maintain energy affordability for families and businesses, deliver emissions reductions, support adoption of alternative fuel use, drive energy efficiency and further energy technology innovation. Don't restrict the opportunity they represent - please support the motion before Council.
Timothy M. Egan
President & CEO
Canadian Gas Association
Councillor Raymond Louie
Councillor Heather Deal
Councillor Kerry Jang
Councillor Andrea Reimer
Councillor Tim Stevenson
Councillor Geoff Meggs
Councillor Elizabeth Ball
Councillor George Affleck
Councillor Melissa De Genova
Councillor Adriane Carr
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over 6.7 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
Canadian Gas Association Announces Natural Gas Innovation Fund™
October 19, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario Canadian Gas Association
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) today announced the intention to create the Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ (NGIF) to support research, demonstration and deployment of innovation in the natural gas value chain. Investing in innovation in the natural gas sector is essential to create a pathway to greenhouse gas emissions reductions that is both affordable and reliable.
Natural gas utilities have a long history of working in partnerships to drive innovation. The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ will build on that history, bringing utilities, government, academia, incubators, accelerators, and technology developers in the natural gas value chain to support natural gas innovation and reduce emissions, drive energy efficiency, and ensure the availability of affordable energy for customers. A key priority for the fund will be to find ways to access monies collected from natural gas ratepayers from cap and trade, carbon tax or other emission reduction mechanisms instituted by governments, and direct those monies to the financing of innovation in the use of gas. In this way rate payers will have the levies they pay directed back to them - ensuring the continued availability of clean and affordable energy for their needs.
The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ will consider support for a range of investment opportunities including:
Technologies for homes and buildings such as high efficiency water heaters, natural gas heat pumps, micro-combined heat and power (CHP), and condensing roof-top heaters;
Technologies to support natural gas use as a clean and affordable alternative transportation fuel such as high horsepower engines for on and off road transportation, and home refueling compressed natural gas kits;
Technologies that help reduce the emission profile of gas use such as renewable natural gas (RNG), power-to-gas systems (integrating gas and electric renewables), and smart CO2 recovery and use technologies; and
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) technology applications such as small scale LNG production for remote community and industrial energy needs as a substitute for higher-emitting and more costly alternatives.
CGA is the voice of Canada’s natural gas distribution industry and its members are distribution companies, transmission companies, equipment manufacturers and other service providers. Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 30 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today over 6.7 million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
“CGA has made innovation a key focus for the last six years with initiatives and investments around the use of our fuel and our infrastructure. Natural gas is an affordable, clean, safe, and reliable energy choice for Canadian consumers and investments made through this fund will build on the value proposition of that choice.”
Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
“The Natural Gas Innovation Fund™ will serve as a leading Canadian vehicle for the harnessing of innovation to deliver on cleantech in the natural gas value chain. We want to work with governments, industry, research and academic institutions, innovations centres and the emerging think tanks with an idea and solutions for a future with low emission natural gas energy.”
John Adams, Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation Funding
“Canada’s natural gas distributors have taken a leadership role in announcing this fund. It is extremely positive that one of the areas of interest is related to advancing engine and refueling technology to support the use of natural gas as a clean and affordable alternative transportation fuel.”
“Natural gas and renewable natural gas are vital to de-carbonization of the Canadian economy, particularly in the areas of trucking and off road transportation. This new innovation fund will enable some of the necessary research to ensure these environmental benefits are fully realized. Pollution Probe looks forward to working with the Canadian Gas Association and its members on this very positive new initiative.”
“Communities account for 60 per cent of energy use and over half of all greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. This Fund will help bring together key stakeholders interested in collectively driving energy innovation that will support emissions reductions, energy efficiency and the availability of affordable energy, all of which are key to enabling Smart Energy Communities."