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Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative spurs $76 million in zero-emission vehicle investments

Canada (Nicolas Raymond)
NGen Canada, a non-profit organization that promotes advanced manufacturing, has announced a series of new innovation projects to support the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) manufacturing ecosystem in Canada.

In 2021, NGen launched a call for proposals to support R&D projects for ZEV manufacturing, systems, components, and batteries. Now the organization has announced 15 new industry-led consortia that will execute projects in various strategic areas.

Project list:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Process Innovations—Flex-Ion Battery Innovation Center—Ventra Group, eCAMION
  • Next Generation Grafoil Plate Forming Pilot Line—Ballard Power Systems, Macrodyne Technologies and Eclipse Automation 
  • Green Recycling of EV Battery Black Mass—Cnem, Talon Metals Services, Palcan Energy
  • AI-Assisted Smart-Optic Manufacturing of Modular EV Systems—Damon Motors, Darwin AI, Moment Energy
  • Center of Excellence for High Volume Manufacturing of Hydrogen Fuel Cells—Cummins, AIS Technologies Group, Shelley Industrial Automation, Konnexio
  • Next Generation Membrane Electrode Assembly—Momentum Materials Solutions, BlissEarth Energy Research
  • Advanced Manufacturing Scale-up of Critical ZEV Components—Precision Resource Canada, Miltera Machining Research
  • Scalable Manufacturing Process for Solar Film Integrated Body Panels—Rayleigh Solar Tech, Magna International
  • Pilot line for novel Li-ion thermal management solution—Calogy Solutions, Linear Automation
  • Scale-up of Next-generation Li-ion battery electrode processing technology—Electrovaya, Lantern Machinery Analytics, Eecomobility
  • Automated Module Assembly with Advanced Laser Welding—Electrovaya, Eecomobility
  • Recycling of Solid-state Lithium Battery Materials for EVs– Li-Metal, Blue Solutions Canada
  • Manufacturing Process for Compact ZEV Inverters—Linamar, Westhill Innovation
  • Manufacturing Sustainable Lithium Extraction Modules—Summit Nanotech, Ionic Solutions
  • Advanced Manufacturing Methods and Equipment for ZEV Propulsion Batteries—Flex-Ion Battery Innovation Center—Ventra Group, Inspectech Analygas Group 

These projects are funded by NGen under Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative. To date, NGen has approved 166 projects with 374 industry partners, investing $236 million of Supercluster funds and leveraging $371 million in new R&D investments by industry. NGen says its investments have created 18 new companies, supported 45 new products and services, and generated $1.92 billion in revenue and licensing deals for partners.

“Global automakers have begun their journey to replace vehicles powered by internal combustion engines with zero-emission electric vehicles, but their transformation is far from complete,” said Jayson Myers, CEO of NGen. “Significant problems need to be solved in order to make the industry sustainable over the next ten years. The collaborative projects that NGen is supporting show how Canadian ingenuity can contribute solutions throughout the EV value chain and create new opportunities for businesses, investment, and job growth.”

“Investment in advanced manufacturing processes and technologies is the key to solving complex problems and ensuring that Canadian manufacturers are positioned to thrive in the EV value chains of the future,” said John Laughlin, CTO of NGen. “Collaboration and partnerships across the industry, as well as strategic support from the government, are working to successfully establish new EV value chains.”

Source: NGen