"Nova Scotia's clean technology industry attracts considerable international attention, with its expertise in energy monitoring related technologies and access to natural resources."
Energy storage research
Tesla Motors, along with Dalhousie University’s Canada Research Chair, Dr. Jeff Dahn, has an exclusive partnership developing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. This is the first partnership of its kind between Tesla and a Canadian University.
We have an understanding of a variety of different waste streams. From >seafood co-products to hot processed water, to agricultural biomass and woody biomass perfect for wood pellet production, Nova Scotia is the place to be for value-added BioProducts.
The Bay of Fundy pushes more than 160 billion tonnes of water every tide — more than all the freshwater rivers and streams in the world combined. Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy is located in Nova Scotia: the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).
A great location to use solar energy, Solar Nova Scotia has indicated the growth rate of solar PV installed capacity in Nova Scotia has averaged 80% per year for the past five years. Related to this growing solar base in the province, opportunities exist to develop technologies associated with monitoring, analysis, and prediction.
With some of the highest average wind speeds in Canada, ranging up to speeds of + 9.51m/s, a wind turbine placed in Nova Scotia can produce large amounts of cost-effective power.
Research and development
Canada’s University Capital, Nova Scotia, is home to 10 universities and 13 community college campuses. Nova Scotia has significant capacity in research and development within the clean technology industry. The capacity is built upon key relationships between academic and commercial partners focused on bringing new technologies and adapted existing technologies to market.
Fundy Ocean Research Centre
The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) is Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy. FORCE offers grid-connected testing on the Bay of Fundy. There is the capacity to welcome a grid-connected project up to 5MW at FORCE.
Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship
Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector where a community of ocean enterprises can start, grow and prosper. This hub of activity is home to local and global ocean technology businesses, post-secondary institutions, researchers, and marine-based and service businesses that support the ocean sector.
Perennia Innovation Centre
A Crown Corporation, Perennia is a not-for-profit corporation with the mission to help farmers, fishermen and food processors be prosperous and profitable. They offer expertise in research, marketing and product development for products from the food sector – using waste streams and raw ingredients.
The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment
The Verschuren Centre is a commercially focused research, development and deployment service provider for the cleantech sector. The Centre develops and delivers sustainable technology solutions in energy, food and resources management to businesses, governments and communities. Its mission involves bridging engineering and scientific research into environmental, industrial and socioeconomic policy contexts that promote the adoption and effective application of innovation for large-scale positive impact.
Dalhousie University is one of Canada's leading research institutions. With more than 50 research chairs, Dalhousie is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. The School of Resource and Environmental Studies has partnered with industry on major projects centered on biomass and waste stream utilization, as well as process and resource optimization. Dalhousie is home to the Clean Technologies Research Institute.
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
NSCC Applied Research develops practical and innovative solutions for industry's real-world problems. With an expert research team and a network of faculty and students from some of their most challenging and cutting-edge programs, NSCC helps industry improve products, enhance processes, and grow business. The team is building a microgrid to develop and commercialize smart grid technologies.
- On a flood tide, 160 billion tonnes of seawater flows into the Bay of Fundy — more than four times the estimated combined flow of all the world’s freshwater rivers during the same 6-hour interval
- Tesla's only satellite battery research facility is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is partnered with Dr. Jeff Dahn at Dalhousie University
- Nova Scotia has already reduced GHG emissions 17% below 1990 levels, the most of any province in Canada, and is on track to reach 40% by 2020
- Nova Scotians are the leading composters in Canada on a per capita basis (combined curbside and backyard). More than 95% of residents have access to curbside collection, and 48 of 51 municipalities use clear bags to enhance diversion of organics and recyclables from the solid waste stream
- Nova Scotia is the first province or state in North America to make LED streetlights the law
- Nova Scotia's Renewable Electricity Plan is a program to move Nova Scotia away from carbon-based electricity towards greener, more local sources
Innovators have included Nova Scotia as an integral part of their global value chain.
From the 1960s to today: Scotian Gold investing in innovation
The first video game console. The first computer mouse. The laser. All hallmark inventions from the 1960s that laid the groundwork for countless future advancements. And for a small business in the small town of Coldbrook, the era is a reminder of an advancement made here in the province’s agricultural industry – in a technology you may have never heard of but have certainly benefitted from.
A.F. Theriault & Son: Craftsmanship for 80 years
By the time most of us reach our 80th birthday, we might be forgiven for putting our feet up and taking it easy. For A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd., Nova Scotia’s oldest and largest family-owned shipyard, last year’s 80th anniversary marked new vitality and new investment.
District of Saint Mary’s: Charting a course for export
Sometimes a story is as much about the journey as the destination. November 2018, in Shanghai, China, the municipality and its economic development arm, the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, signed a development Memorandum of Understanding with Zhongshou Taiyang Health Enhancement & Technology Group (Canada) Ltd.
InTouch Communications: Diverse and thriving
Karim George thrives on challenge. The founder, creative director and executive director of InTouch Communications Inc. emigrated to Canada from Egypt with a few hundred dollars in his pocket. His brother-in-law – at the time enrolled at Dalhousie University – told him Halifax was a lovely city and invited him to at least try it for a couple of weeks. A couple of weeks turned into 10 years.
Atlantica: North to Nunavut
“Before I look at any market or opportunity, the frst call I make is to NSBI,” says Christopher Curtis, business development manager for the Refuel Systems division of Atlantica, Nova Scotia’s largest combined-trades contractor. Right now, the market Curtis is looking at is Nunavut.
Surrette Battery Company: Expanding rural power
Surrette Battery Company is growing. With the help of NSBI’s Innovation Rebate Program, the company is expanding its Springhill facility and incorporating advanced technologies into its production line. Not only will this increase productivity and capacity, it will help create up to 18 skilled, full-time positions.