The #BreakthroughCanada journey – winners announced!


Climate change is one of the world’s greatest
challenges, and we need rapid innovation in every part of the energy system to address
it. To tackle this challenge, in 2015 on the margins
of COP21 in Paris, Mission Innovation and Breakthrough Energy were born. Mission Innovation is a global initiative
of 24 countries and the European Commission. Breakthrough Energy is a complementary private
sector initiative that includes patient and risk-tolerant investors, global corporations
and financial institutions. The goal? To work hand in hand to commercialize
new energy technologies, faster. So, in 2019, NRCan and Breakthrough Energy
co-designed and launched the Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada (BESC) Program at the Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial in Vancouver. And the Business Development Bank of Canada
has since joined to enhance this initiative with financing and expert support. We called on the best and brightest in Canada
to bring forward their game-changing ideas in buildings, manufacturing, electricity and
transportation with the potential to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 0.5Gtonnes/year. “If this technology was unleashed across
the world, I really believe it would be a different world we live in.”
Over 100 companies applied. We selected 22 finalists, and, in January 2020, gave them
the opportunity to pitch their solutions to an expert jury. “The big questions that we’re trying to
figure out is how do we scale this up fast enough?” “NRCan’s Breakthrough program is the program
that we’re looking toward to help us … get this technology demonstrated and deployed
into the masses.” The challenges are intense, but so is the
ingenuity and boldness of the entrepreneurs and firms who are facing them head on. Get ready for some breakthroughs.

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