Clean Energy Fund
The Government of Canada announced the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) in January 2009 as part of its actions to ensure a healthy environment, by supporting clean energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects, including carbon capture and storage. The objective of CEF was to support the development of the new, cutting-edge energy technologies that are essential for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air emissions in energy production, transmission, distribution and use. Initially announced as a $1 billion investment, that was reduced by $205 million in Budget 2010 to provide additional funds to the ecoENERGY Retrofit-Homes initiative.
The major part of the funding was allocated for large scale carbon capture and storage projects. Approximately $146 million was provided for smaller scale demonstration projects in renewable and clean energy systems technologies.
$26.4M million over two years was allocated for clean energy R&D conducted by federal departments and agencies, in a range of activities from basic research up to and pre-demonstration pilot projects. The goal was to address gaps that required further advancements in knowledge and understanding, and testing of concepts, before emerging technologies could be brought to the stage of “real world” trials. Federal scientists from 7 departments and agencies participated, as well as over 100 non-federal participants from more than 80 different organisations – industry, other levels of government, academia, non-government organisations and associations.
The R&D component was conducted over an 18 month period ending on March 31, 2012. This report provides a summary of that component.