Alberta-Germany  technology commercialization program announces first round of projects

Four Alberta small to medium-sized enterprises have been selected to receive support for commercializing innovative products and services through the Alberta – Germany Collaboration Fund for Product Development and Commercialization.

The program is a partnership between Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education and the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research (GCCIR) aimed at supporting joint research and commercialization activities between companies  in Alberta and Germany in strategic areas of technology. The program enables Alberta companies in the areas of clean energy and environmental technology, advanced materials (including micro/nanotechnology), industrial bio-technology, health, and information and communication technology to access high-tech resources and European markets through a formal relationship with Germany.

The program will help participants become more globally competitive through developing technology and research-based alliances with the potential to increase international trade and economic growth and diversification. The program may also lead to the development of new models of collaboration between Alberta and Germany that leverage each partner’s respective research & technology capabilities, address common priorities, and accelerate technology commercialization.

The first joint Alberta – Germany projects have been selected through a competitive process by a committee of independent technology experts and will begin their collaboration on April 1st, 2013.

Selected Projects:

Alberta company Boreal Laser will collaborate with Nanoplus of Germany to develop new atmospheric pollution monitoring technology using Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs). Boreal Laser got also featured on CBC Radio,  Hamesh Adam, the president and CEO, talks about their laser based gas detection systems used in 40 countries around the world. (click here)

               Partners: Boreal Laser Inc., Nanoplus

Calgary Scientific Inc. and Visus Technology Transfer GmbH are undertaking a Product Development and Technology Demonstration project to enable advanced physician to physician collaboration in medical imaging analysis for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

               Partners: Calgary Scientific Inc., Visus Technology Transfer GmbH

Frac Rite Environmental Ltd. is a Calgary based environmental service company that has teamed with its German partner HPC – AG, one of Germany’s leading providers of environmental solutions, to provide a pilot demonstration of Canadian fracturing technology for environmental remediation at two Project sites in Germany on behalf of HPC – AG’s industrial clients.

               Partners: Frac Rite Environmental Ltd., HPC – AG

Sustainable Energy Technologies and ProSol Invest Deutschland GmbH are collaborating to enhance the functionality and performance of ProSol’s market leading Sonnenbatterie residential energy storage system. The project will build on the companies’ established partnership to produce a fully integrated product platform for global markets based on Sustainable Energy’s Bidirex smart grid inverter.

               Partners: Sustainable Energy Technologies, ProSol Invest Deutschland GmbH