REMAP is a technology accelerator that funds late stage (TRL 4+), long-term, high-risk industrial R&D. That means we truly believe in the projects we fund.
To date, we have successfully completed $31M in projects. The current cohort of projects estimated at $14M are now underway.
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Leveraging proven technologies from one sector to another creates lateral innovation. Technology convergence and industry convergence are the innovations of the future.
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iGen has developed the world’s first self-powered hybrid space and water heating appliance. This project will focus on the next generation furnace that will deliver a better, more efficient and smarter home comfort appliance. In addition to heating the house, the i2 appliance can generate enough power to run itself and blackstart from a battery. The next gen furnace design will incorporate a new controller, steam turbine, more power generation, better reliability and easier serviceability. The appliance will be smarter with an integrated data logging solution. The team will build out a manufacturing plan to increase scale and cost reduction.
Saskatchewan based, Titan Clean Energy, has developed a patented process to manufacture biocarbon. This technology will help combat climate change by meeting landfill diversion targets for waste lumbers, sawdust, straw, waste papers,and cardboards and cellulosic based landfill materials in rural and small communities. Biocarbon materials are renewable and offer strength, weight reduction, UV protection and thermal protection. Titan has collaborated with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to develop a commercially viable biocarbon concentrated master batch composite that has the potential to replace carbon black and other polymer fillers (such as talc, glass and calcium) and reduce the amount of fossil fuel-derived plastics.
Myant Inc., a Toronto-based leader in Textile Computing, and Celestica International, a multinational micro-electronics leader headquartered in Toronto, have partnered to develop a Textile Computing platform for digital health, with emphasis on Senior Care. The partnership brings Myant’s expertise with respect to textile-based biosensors and actuators that can remotely monitor biometrics and biomarkers from the human body with Celestica’s world-class capabilities related to micro-electronics and hardware development. Together, these capabilities allow for the development of a platform for remote health monitoring that is easy to use, comprehensive, precise and connected regardless of location or end-user capability.
Microbonds Thermo-Plating™ is a disruptive Smart Material platform technology that consists of highly engineered organo-metallic liquid chemistries working at the atomic level (sub-nanotechnology), that rapidly convert to pure metals (e.g. silver,palladium, copper, nickel, gold, platinum, zinc, etc.) and their oxides at low temperatures, while bonding directly to a wide range of surfaces. The process is environmentally friendly with no toxic air emissions, no water consumption and reduced energy requirements. Microbonds and its collaborative partners will focus on the strategic development, scale and market activities designed to accelerate the commercial adoption of Thermo-Plating™ into selected growth market opportunities and niche market gaps. These include disrupting the textile industry with wearable technology applications.
The Biophotonics & Bioengineering Lab and its partners are collaborating to create an Open Architecture Surgical Suite (OASIS) for the operating room of the future. Some of the latest technologies include surgical navigation systems, high-frequency or micro-ultrasound (HFUS/μUS), 4K-stereo exoscopes (4KSE), molecular-guided imaging systems, and optical coherence tomography (OCT), as well as platforms for visualization and workflow including augmented reality (AR) systems and robotics platforms. However, a disciplined systematic method of testing, refinement and implementation of new technologies has not been developed. in order to create systems which improve the overall outcomes in surgery, streamline OR workflow, and improve and reduce the potential for information overload the project group will attempt to bring these systems into the neurosurgical OR in a tested and proven manner, but also adapt these technologies for further use in other surgical disciplines.
Photonic integrated circuit technology is used for many applications including optical communications, optical computing, and sensing. A major challenge facing the industry is connecting multiple integrated photonic components together with low insertion loss, in a cost effective manner, into a package suitable for commercialization. A promising approach is to create “photonic wirebonds”, namely optical waveguides that look similar to conventional electrical wirebonds. Proof of concept demonstrations have been done using a commercial 3D printer; a dedicated photonic wirebond tool is presently being commercialized by Vanguard Photonics. However, despite the potential advantage of high-throughput packaging and low cost, no commercial products yet exist using this approach. For practical applications that use photonic wirebonds, the project will aim for a robust, reliable, fast, and reproducible solution.
The FREDsense system combines biology and engineering to detect chemicals in industrial water. Rather than using expensive machinery that requires technicians or highly trained personnel, FREDsense has developed a biosensor platform to detect water-borne chemicals and contaminants. This platform technology can be developed to detect virtually any chemical that interacts with a living organism. With the ability to test complex samples and not requiring lengthy preparation steps, the FREDsense system is the most flexible sensor suite developed to date. The next generation sensor will expand the FREDSense platform to include three additional high-priority contaminants: heavy metals lead and chromium, and the algal bloom toxin microcystin.
Novarc Technologies is a Vancouver-based robotics company specializing in the design and commercialization of collaborative robots for industrial applications. As a Canadian pioneer in the field of collaborative robotics, Novarc has partnered with Seaspan Vancouver Dry Dock. Seaspan Vancouver Dry Dock is a premier ship repair yard on the West Coast of Canada. The partners have collaborated to develop, test and commercialize the NovEye vision and software system. Novarc’s NovEye vision system increases the level of autonomy for the Spool Welding Robot (SWR) using machine vision and AI.
In the plastics industry there is a need for a thickness measurement solution capable of handling complex multilayer and opaque parts. Incumbent solutions are either expensive and difficult to integrate, or hard to automate. With a continuing push towards industry 4.0, the ability to quickly integrate quality data into the manufacturing process is of significant value to companies. Without measuring their products automatically, the industry 4.0 connectivity links are broken, the labor cost becomes prohibitively high, and the quality of the end products is not guaranteed. TeTechS and its partners will develop a robotic assisted technology deployed on the factory floor to improve the quality assurance process of manufactured plastics.
This project is focused on the development of the next generation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platforms based on the fiber optic sensor technology. AOMS Technologies is specialized in the development of advanced fiber optic sensor technologies and is serving global customers in energy, environmental, and industrial asset monitoring sectors. In this project, AOMS aims at pushing the boundaries of Industrial IoT by developing a full-stack IoT system with highspeed connectivity using 5G, low power wireless connectivity, and advanced cloud and fog analytics using AI integrated into its existing fiber optic sensing platforms. The product is targeted for harsh industrial environments and applications in which existing solutions fail or underperform. The target markets include industrial asset and process monitoring in energy, utility, construction, mining, and infrastructure sectors.
Fibos and the University of Toronto are collaborating to develop optical sensors for aircraft gas turbines to decrease fuel consumption and increase emission control. Fibos has developed a patent-pending (US20180372566A1) optical sensing system that is capable of measuring where no other technology can. The Fibos technology incorporates optical sensors with their innovative Optical Gauge Amplifier to enable pressure measurements in 1000°C operating environments. Fibos is actively ground testing their pressure transducers with a gas turbine engine manufacturer and is championing the development needed to adopt the Amplifier to the harsh environments experienced by aviation grade electronics. The scope of this project is to deliver a flight capable integrated photonics assembly for continuous monitoring of optical sensors on an aviation gas turbine engine.
Vancouver Computer Vision (VCV) has developed an AI-powered 3D vision solution for fast industrial robotic automation. VCV has partnered with Magna to install and commercialize their automated industrial system for the auto sector. Magna is interested in using the 3D vision technology to further automate the unstructured tasks (i.e. random pick and placing from bins or conveyor belts) that are currently performed by human workers. During this project, VCV will calibrate and customize its 3D vision softaware to work with Magna’s specific robots and parts of choice. This project will advance VCV’s 3D vision technology and will enable Magna to automate tasks that could not be handled by other existing vision systems.
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