By: Kristie Robertson
Recent data gathered by the World Bank suggests Canada ranks within the top 15 countries with the highest carbon dioxide emissions. While the People’s Climate March has been demanding world leaders to take action against climate change in preparation for the United Nations Summit meeting in New York, Tuesday, September 23, EnerMotion, a Canadian clean technology company, has been working on ways to recycle waste exhaust heat and reduce toxic emissions and has been doing so since the company launched in 2008.
For several decades anti-idling provisions have been inaugurated into municipal and state by-laws. In some cases these laws were put in place to improve air quality, others to merely reduce disturbances from noisy vehicles. EnerMotion’s HYPER (hybrid power and energy recovery), a fully functional auxiliary power unit (APU) powered by waste exhaust heat from a vehicle’s engine, produces zero emissions and zero noise, addressing both offenses. HYPER also addresses start-stop regulations and EPA fuel standards. This is achieved by providing heating, cooling, and hotel load power for up to 10 hours without consuming any fuel. Unlike other waste heat recovery technologies, HYPER is also virtually maintenance free, autonomous in operation, can pre-heat engines prior to start-up, has a high power output and saves money with a very short payback period. While incredibly efficient, HYPER is also very versatile, working with natural gas, gasoline and diesel engines, as well as in hybrid drivelines.
This fall, Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting firm, honoured EnerMotion with the 2014 North American Frost and Sullivan Award for Best Practices in the Automotive and Transportation category. The decision was based on Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the automotive waste heat recovery market.
RIC reported in 2010 that EnerMotion had won a $1.12 million grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) and earlier this year, reported that the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), through their Special Energy Fund, made a sizable equity investment in the company. As of today, EnerMotion has raised over $2.7 M in capital, hired 9 full-time employees, and has entered customer road trials of HYPER. EnerMotion also has a pilot project underway in the Arctic Circle where a stationary HYPER system is part of a ‘Micro-Grid’ solution for remote communities.
While visiting Cambridge Bay in Nunavut on his 9th annual Northern Passage tour this summer, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, visited EnerMotion’s Arctic installation site to view the ACS150 demonstrationconsisting of HYPER. There is hope that the HYPER solution will be rolled out across the North with support from the Federal Government.
“RIC provided much needed startup tools and research capability early in our development along with practical and informative workshops along the way. Additionally, RIC has made countless introductions to potential partners, stakeholders and potential investors,” says Jack MacDonnell, the CEO and president of EnerMotion Inc., acknowledging the contributions RIC has made throughout their journey.
HYPER continues customer road trials in North America in the heavy truck market as the technology is validated in other key markets that would benefit from waste heat recovery and energy efficiencies. Commercial rollout in heavy trucks is planned for 2015. The company is sourcing a manufacturing partner at present, while nearing completion of another round of funding.
You can find out more about EnerMotion at their website: http://www.enermotion.com.