Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Launches Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Call for Proposals to Support the Sustainable Growth of Canada’s Ocean Economy
A Canada-wide Call for Proposals designed to increase development of Canada’s renewable energy industries
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster (OSC) has launched a Canada-wide Call for Proposals under its new Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Program. This call aims to increase the development of technologies that leverage the power of the ocean to generate electricity, reduce carbon emissions, and provide renewable energy sources.
Canada’s ocean energy sector is expected to be an increasing key driver of growth and new jobs. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s Ambition 2035 sets a 5X growth ambition for Canada’s ocean economy by 2035, where ocean energy has the potential to grow from $9 billion in value in 2019 to $100 billion in 2035. While today Canada’s ocean economy is driven by traditional sources of energy, these ambitions will require significant investment and enabling ocean technology to reduce costs of new developments, support investment and innovation activity, and build out needed operational and monitoring capabilities, while maximizing the participation of Canadian firms.
“Our government is proud to support the Ocean Cluster as it leads the way in making our ocean economy more sustainable and provides a cleaner and greener future for everyone. The Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Call for Proposals will create opportunities for Canadian companies to develop innovative ocean energy technologies while helping us achieve our climate objectives,” said The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, said, “by leveraging the power of the ocean, we can reduce our reliance on traditional sources of energy and create a more sustainable future for all Canadians. With this Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Call for Proposals, the OSC will help grow Canada’s offshore renewable energy sector through new technologies and partnerships while strengthening our supply chain. We are excited to call on the ingenuity of Canadian companies to help drive this important work and meet these 21st-century opportunities.”
Through the Call for Proposals, the OSC is seeking projects that will support Canada’s renewable ocean energy transformation with solutions that help reduce emissions and create advancements in carbon-neutral solutions that are part of a net zero future. The Call aims to support the greening of Canada’s economy by accelerating Canada’s renewable ocean energy industries, by:
- Investing in technologies required to enable or strengthen Canada’s offshore renewable energy sector;
- Leveraging offshore sector competencies and technologies for offshore renewable industries by encouraging strong partnership to increase sector development in Canada; and
- Building and strengthening the supply chain and cross-border partnerships involving Canadian companies needed to support new energy market entry points.
The Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Call is designed to encourage OSC members to create solutions where ocean energy can be applied anywhere energy is consumed. Adopting ocean energy technologies will help Canada meet its net zero targets by reducing reliance on oil and gas, reducing carbon emissions, and creating more sustainable energy systems for the future. The Call invites applicants to apply their collective capability, diversity of insight, and resilience toward projects that make a direct positive impact for the OSC network and the broader Canadian ocean economy.
The application process is now open, beginning with the Expression of Interest (EOI) process. For consideration, organizations must submit a completed EOI by June 20, 2023, at 8 p.m. Atlantic time.
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will host a virtual public information session on the Scaled Renewable Ocean Energy Call for Proposals on May 24, 2023, at 2 p.m. Atlantic time. To register, visit https://www.airmeet.com/e/2e252100-ef2f-11ed-b29a-87a35707e9e5