ECT-NS Projects

The following is a list of Nova Scotia-based projects funded under the Net Zero Emerging Concepts and Technologies Research Program, a unique R&D program for Atlantic Canada led by Net Zero Atlantic and supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Climate Change. 

Projects from Call 1 (June 2023)

Green ammonia derived membranes & sorbents for direct air capture of carbon dioxide
Priority Research Theme: Direct Air Capture
Lead researcher and organization:  Saurabh, S. Chitnis, Dalhousie University

High-performance hydrogen sensors for leak detection in transportation and industrial applications
Priority Research Theme: Fishing and Ferry Fleets
Lead researcher and organization: Hunter King, Integrative Nanotech Ltd.

A Feasibility Study for Nature-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal Solutions at Nova Scotia Power’s Hydroelectric Facilities
Priority Research Theme: Nature-Based Solutions
Lead researcher and organization: Edmund Halfyard, CarbonRun Carbon Dioxide Removal Ltd.\

Eco-Friendly Fisheries
Priority Research Theme: Fishing and Ferry Fleets
Lead researcher and organization: Ulaş Güntürkün, Marecomms Inc.

Empowering Sustainable Livestock Practices: Advanced Sensors for GHG Monitoring
Priority Research Theme: Agricultural Emissions
Lead researcher and organization: Ghader Manafiazar, Dalhousie University

Heat Pump and Phase Change Thermal Energy Storage Feasibility Study
Priority Research Theme:  Long-Term Energy Storage, Electricity System Challenges Post 2030
Lead researcher and organization: Wayne Groszko, Nova Scotia Community College

Design and Construction of an On-Demand, Submerged Combustion, Direct-Contact Water Heater operating on Hydrogen for use in the Agricultural Sector
Priority Research Theme:  Electricity System Challenges Post 2030
Lead researcher and organization: Michael Pegg, Dalhousie University

Two-step CO2 Capture and Storage Technology using Seawater and Mineral Carbonation of Mine Water Pool of Sydney Coalfields
Priority Research Theme: Direct Air Capture
Lead researcher and organization: Martin Mkandawire, Cape Breton University

Exploring pathways to net-zero: utilizing advanced energy system modelling to investigate the impact of long-duration energy storage on Nova Scotia's energy transition
Priority Research Theme: Long-Term Energy Storage, Electricity System Challenges Post 2030 
Lead researcher and organization: Cameron Wade, Sutubra Research Inc.

Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Improving the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Nova Scotia’s Wild Blueberry Industry
Priority Research Themes: Nature-Based Solutions, Agricultural Emissions
Lead researcher and organization: David Percival, Bragg Lumber Company

Development of a regionally validated mid-infrared soil spectral library and predictive models to enable efficient, accurate and low-cost characterization of soil carbon content and sequestration potential in Nova Scotia agricultural and forest soils as influenced by management
Priority Research Theme:  Agricultural Emissions, Nature-Based Solutions for Carbon Capture
Lead researcher and organization:  Derek Lynch, Dalhousie University

Projects from Call 2 (November 2023)

Photocatalyts for sunlight driven simultaneous hydrogen generation and plastic degradation
Priority research theme: Hydrogen as an Alternate Fuel Source
Lead researcher and organization: Mita Dasog, Dalhousie University

Sustainable Hydrogen Generation Using Novel Heterogeneous Nanocomposites
Priority research theme: Hydrogen as an Alternate Fuel Source
Lead researcher and organization: Geniece Hallet-Tapley, St. Francis Xavier University

Advancement of Net-Zero Marine Technologies: Development of Long-lifetime Battery Prototype with Vessel-to-Grid (V2G) Functionality for Electric Marine Transportation in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada
Priority research theme: Decarbonization of Fishing and Ferry Fleets
Lead researcher and organization: Ravindra Kempaiah, Zen Energy

Developing a C-budget model for balsam fir Christmas tree orchards and enhancing carbon drawdown
Priority research theme: Nature-based Solutions for Carbon Sequestration
Lead researcher and organization: Mason MacDonald, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University

Piloting Acuicy Software to Incentivize Decarbonization of Agriculture Supply Chains in Nova Scotia
Priority research theme: Agricultural Emissions
Lead researcher and organization: Allison Murray, Acuicy Inc.

Design and Construction of a Prototype micro-Combined Heat and Power Unit operating on an organic Rankine cycle fueled with Hydrogen Enriched Natural Gas up to 100 % Hydrogen
Priority research theme: Hydrogen as an Alternate Fuel
Lead researcher and organization: Michael Pegg, Dalhousie University

A.I.-Driven Benchmarking Tool for Emission Reduction in Canadian Dairy Farms
Priority research theme: Agricultural Emissions
Lead researcher and organization: Suresh Raja Neethirajan, Dalhousie University

Quantifying Emissions Reductions in Ships with Crowdsourced Weather Routing
Priority research theme: Decarbonization of Fishing and Ferry Fleets
Lead researcher and organization: Craig Summers, SailTimer Inc.

Novel high-performance opto-chromic sensing technology for visible detection of hydrogen leaks in pipelines and storage
Priority research theme: Hydrogen as an Alternate Fuel Source
Lead researcher and organization: Alison Thompson, Dalhousie University

Projects from Call 3 for Nova Scotia are to be determined. The call is open from July 8 to August 7, 2024.