Industry-identified Innovation Spotlights

#1: Digital Asset Integrity for Subsea Clean Energy Infrastructure

Develop a more reliable and lower-cost technology and/or process to monitor and manage the subsea assets of clean energy infrastructure that will withstand the challenges presented by the North Atlantic (e.g., icebergs, geology, weather conditions).

Subsea clean energy infrastructure is being installed in a wide variety of different jurisdictions and applications around the world. This includes the subsea electricity cables associated with the transmission of electricity, along with the more traditional subsea infrastructure like moorings, foundations, etc. that are required for offshore energy developments. The prospect of offshore wind development, the electrification of offshore facilities, increased electricity transmission between jurisdictions, and in situ marine vessel charging is likely to require increased subsea clean energy infrastructure on an international scale – including Canada. Ensuring maximum reliability at a low cost through digitalization and remote operations will become increasingly important and contribute to emissions reductions.

 

 

 

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#2: Smart Ports

Develop a technology and/or process that allows ports to maximize the role that they can play in electricity supply and demand management to the benefit of electricity grids.

Ports in Canada will play an important role in the pursuit of net zero. Through the use and provision of electrification and/or clean fuels, their infrastructure will be key in decarbonizing marine transportation and industry and economic activity that relies on marine transportation. Some ports will become hubs for the export of hydrogen or other clean fuels. With ports prospectively featuring substantive energy storage infrastructure, it is possible for them to play an important role in helping to levelize and manage grid electricity demand.

 

 

 

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#3: Reducing Plastic Waste in Aquaculture

Develop a technology and/or process that allows for finding value in or alternative disposal methods for plastic wastes associated with aquaculture operations.

Aquaculture is among the fastest-growing food sectors in the world, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the world’s total seafood production. Increased production also impacts the volume of plastics to be recycled or responsibly disposed of, from harvesting and production processes. Plastic waste is the biggest waste challenge in the aquaculture sector, particularly feedbags. Lack of recycling capacity in rural areas, as well as Tipping fees and transportation costs are considerations, with landfill operators also keen to find alternative solutions. Beyond feedbags, other plastic wastes have to be managed by the sector. Industry reports significant volumes of mixed plastics stockpiled comprising of floats, rope, old cage netting, etc.

 

 

 

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#4: Site investigation, analysis and real-time monitoring for seaweed farmers

Develop an integrated technology for site analysis, monitoring and data collection that enables farmers to make better decisions, mitigate risks and gain near-real time insights on farm operations and conditions.

There are a variety of economically valuable seaweeds that seaweed producers will be looking to cultivate in the coming years as seaweed popularity grows. New and existing producers will be looking to select farm sites that best suit their needs and the needs of the seaweed species they hope to cultivate. Water temperature, exposure to wave action, salinity, and current speed are just a few of the parameters that a producer needs to know before selecting a site. Due to the lengthy process of being allocated an aquaculture tenure in Canada, it is imperative that site selection is done well. Once a farm is established, remote monitoring of the site will be important to cultivating a high grade seaweed crop. Responding to near real-time changes in the ocean will help producers mitigate the risks associated with events such as storms, major temperature fluctuations, and heavy rainfall.

Seaweed has the potential to feed our growing global population, support coastal economies, and even contribute to healthier oceans. An annual growth in seaweed farming by 14 per cent would produce 500-million dry weight tons by 2050, increasing the world’s current food supply by 10 per cent and generating up to $28 billion each year for the industry.

As the seaweed industry continues to expand, increased importance will be placed on innovative technologies that help solve challenges such as site analysis and monitoring, increasing harvest potential and processing efficiency, as well as waste reduction and mitigation.

 

 

 

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#5: Efficient and sustainable seaweed harvesting

Develop an innovative machine or process that targets high-value seaweed species to increase their harvest potential, reduce labour demands, and maintain the seaweed’s integrity.

Seaweed harvesting is currently labour intensive due to limited technology for harvesting big kelps and seaweeds. Seaweed is also very fragile, having typically an 8-24 h window between harvest and processing into a stable form (i.e., dry or frozen) before kelp begins to significantly degrade. Novel machines and technologies that would help to harvest seaweed from the ocean efficiently will reduce cost and allow seaweeds to maintain a high quality.

Seaweed has the potential to feed our growing global population, support coastal economies, and even contribute to healthier oceans. An annual growth in seaweed farming by 14 per cent would produce 500-million dry weight tons by 2050, increasing the world’s current food supply by 10 per cent and generating up to $28 billion each year for the industry.

As the seaweed industry continues to expand, increased importance will be placed on innovative technologies that help solve challenges such as site analysis and monitoring, increasing harvest potential and processing efficiency, as well as waste reduction and mitigation.

 

 

 

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#6: Seaweed waste mitigation

Develop an efficient and sustainable process or technology to convert low-grade, excess or waste seaweed into fertilizer or agrifeed.

Food-grade seaweed is the most valuable seaweed for farmers to cultivate and sell to buyers . Any loss due to degradation or biofouling of the seaweed will significantly impact producers and will be a waste of resources. Creating pathways to channel lower grade seaweed into agrifeeds or fertilizer streams will help reduce risk, maintain a low impact industry, and create alternative revenue streams for lower grade seaweeds.

Seaweed has the potential to feed our growing global population, support coastal economies, and even contribute to healthier oceans. An annual growth in seaweed farming by 14 per cent would produce 500-million dry weight tons by 2050, increasing the world’s current food supply by 10 per cent and generating up to $28 billion each year for the industry.

As the seaweed industry continues to expand, increased importance will be placed on innovative technologies that help solve challenges such as site analysis and monitoring, increasing harvest potential and processing efficiency, as well as waste reduction and mitigation.

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