Challenge 1

Develop innovative solutions for capturing GHGs on naval ships to help the Royal Canadian Navy achieve the objectives outlined in the Department of National Defence’s new Climate & Sustainability Strategy.

Climate change is having real impacts and every organization needs to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Policies and regulations, such as the Canadian Government’s NetZero 2050 target, are coming in full force and marine and defence have an important role to play.

This Challenge involves designing and demonstrating practical options for tools and methods to capture and account for GHG emissions from ships. Anticipated solutions must meet, or partially meet, the following criteria:

  1. Capture GHG emissions (primarily CO2, but also advantageous to capture CO and NOx, etc.) from ship’s diesel engine emissions through absorption or other technologies.
  2. Store captured CO2 securely onboard a ship until it can be offloaded in port.
  3. Quantify the performance of capture and storage in real-time.
  4. Be feasibly installed and maintained on naval vessels.

The project will include a practical demonstration at a shore-based test location (to be determined) to determine the technical viability and merit of the engineering solution. Solutions are expected to develop an initial narrative from the ‘concept of operations’ for how such a solution would work in practice.

 

Deadline: April 7, 2024

Award: $150,000


Rules & Requirements

An eligible applicant can submit one proposal per challenge. Applications can be submitted in English or French.

Deadline: April 8, 2024 at 5:00pm AST

The application must include:

  • Description of Solution & Impact
  • Organization capability and resources (financial statement submission will be required for the winner)
  • Experience with emerging GHG capture technologies
  • Level of innovation of proposed solution

Eligibility

COVE’s Naval Technology Innovation Challenge will be Pan-Atlantic in scope and open to commercial and non-commercial organizations registered to do business in Atlantic Canada.

The following participants may submit an application on their own:

  • Small and medium-sized businesses
  • Indigenous organizations and groups

The following participants may submit an application only when partnered with an organization from the above group:

  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Other for-profit and not-for-profit organizations

All organizations must meet the following requirements:

  • Companies must be Atlantic Canada firms.
  • A consortium of companies may submit combined applications. One partner must be incorporated in Atlantic Canada.
  • The proposed solution must not be currently available on the market (Technology Readiness Level [TRL] seven or earlier).
  • Innovation is required.

Evaluation Process

The evaluation will consist of a panel review of all applications based on weighted values per category (solution fit 25%, expertise 30%, resources 30%, innovation 5%, timeline 10%).

The selection panel is comprised of members from COVE, Thales, National Research Council, and an industry partner. After applications close, the selection panel will score with an assessment package. Once completed, scores will be combined and a final meeting of the panelists to review results and agree on a selected company will take place. The winner will be announced once a selection is made. Winners will be announced online, and COVE will work with the applicant prior to sharing any information publicly. Financial statements must be submitted by the winner.


Challenge Description

Challenge #1: Design and demonstrate practical options for tools and methods to capture and account for GHG emissions from ships.

This Challenge involves designing and demonstrating practical options for tools and methods to capture and account for GHG emissions from ships.

Anticipated solutions must meet, or partially meet, the following criteria:

  1. Capture GHG emissions (primarily CO2, but also advantageous to capture CO and NOx, etc.) from ship’s diesel engine emissions through absorption or other technologies.
  2. Store captured CO2 securely onboard a ship until it can be offloaded in port
  3. Quantify the performance of capture and storage in real-time
  4. Be feasibly installed and maintained on naval vessels

The project will include a practical demonstration at a shore-based test location (to be determined) to determine the technical viability and merit of the engineering solution. Solutions are expected to develop an initial narrative from the ‘concept of operations’ for how such a solution would work in practice.

Additional considerations:

  • Technologies of TRL level 5 or higher are expected
  • The solution must have the potential to be a viable solution which could demonstrably capture GHG emissions on the platform themselves – carefully mitigating any potential burden on ship’s staff for additional manual tasks, or to in-service support contractors. And ideally a cost-neutral fuel consumption