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Aqua-Guard Finalist - Natural Resources Canada “Oil Spill Response Challenge” Receives up to $1.0M

Posted on November 30, 2023 by Nigel Bennett  |  271 Views

Natural Resources Canada - Oil Spill Response Challenge advances innovative and rapidly deployable solutions to effectively detect oil spills and improve response time or to increase the oil spill recovery rate when compared against conventional tools in diverse Canadian aquatic environments.

The Challenge is important to expand the suite of available oil spill response technologies for use in Canadian marine and freshwater environments, which supports Canada Energy Regulator recommendations. It is mobilizing innovators to spur the rapid development and deployment of new oil spill response technologies.

Finalists Selected:

5 Finalists have been selected from the 10 Semi-Finalists who will now move onto Stage 3 of the Challenge.

Aqua-Guard has been chosen as one of the Finalists to receive up to $1.0M in funding to further develop our oil recovery technology.

Aqua-Guard Spill Response's proposed solution involves recovery module(s) that mechanically recover floating oil sheens with unprecedented high oil/water efficiency.

https://impact.canada.ca/en/challenges/oil-spill-response/finalists

Stage 3 - Early-Stage Demonstration Fall 2024

The 5 Finalists whose prototypes showed the most promise in Stage 2 have been selected to move onto Stage 3.  At this stage, Finalists will have one (1) year to accelerate and scale up their solutions and conduct an early-stage demonstration. Participants will be required to rigorously test and evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions and report on their results.  A $2M Grand Prize will be awarded to the team with the best demonstrated technology.

"Aqua-Guard, after significant progress in Stage 2, is working to develop a scalable solution that can be integrated into our RBS TRITON™ oil skimming systems that have been supplied world-wide over the past 30+ years. This advancement is looking to fill a major gap in oil spill response, enabling recovery of both thin layers and thick oils with unprecedented efficiency and capacity.”

- Cameron Janz, CEO of Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc.

About Aqua-Guard

Aqua-Guard provides a range of state-of-the-the-art oil spill response solutions including the URO Skimmer System and the RBS TRITON™ range of oil skimmers—all built on Aqua-Guard’s patented RBS TRITON™ technology to deliver some of the highest efficiency and recovery rates in the industry.