B.C.'s Integrated Marketplace Supports Partners for Safer, Greener Airport

Moment Energy, North America's leading EV battery repurposing company, introduces a groundbreaking battery energy-storage system at YVR, utilizing retired EV batteries to offer high-speed, sustainable charging solutions, marking a significant advancement in clean energy and sustainability.
B.C.'s Integrated Marketplace Supports Partners for Safer, Greener Airport

VANCOUVER - A new battery energy-storage system (BESS), developed by Coquitlam-based Moment Energy, will soon provide reliable, high-speed charging capacity for the public and fleet vehicles at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). 

Through B.C.'s Integrated Marketplace, this innovative solution promises efficient charging and contributes to a sustainable energy ecosystem, positioning British Columbia at the forefront of a clean-energy economy. 

"Providing platforms for B.C. technology companies to develop and operationalize new innovations that address real-life business challenges in a real-world environment is helping secure our province as a low-carbon leader," said Brenda Bailey, B.C.'s Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation. "This will open doors for more B.C. companies to prove their technologies and commercialize, sell and export new products and services, while creating more jobs for British Columbians."

Moment Energy will create its BESS by repurposing retired electric-vehicle (EV) batteries sourced from their approved vendors. The product allows for the efficient storage of energy, which can then be used to fast charge crucial YVR fleet vehicles, especially in areas lacking electrical infrastructure or experiencing excessive peak-demand loads. This initiative addresses critical energy needs and promotes sustainability by giving a second life to retired batteries. Total project cost is $800,000 with $386,500 from B.C.'s Integrated Marketplace funding. 

"The Integrated Marketplace will enable Moment Energy to showcase the reliability of our Flora BESS in supporting an international airports EV fleet and in modernizing the electricity grid, propelling us toward a net-zero future," said Gurmesh Sidhu, co-founder and chief product officer, Moment Energy. "This will accelerate our momentum and establish a positive track record, strengthening our client base and unlocking opportunities to demonstrate how our system can drastically reduce utility costs for businesses and support a shift towards clean, dependable energy solutions."

This announcement is part of the Government of B.C.'s investment of as much as $11.5 million and the Government of Canadas investment, through PacifiCan, of as much as $9.9 million in the Integrated Marketplace. The Integrated Marketplace is helping YVR electrify its operations, meet its net-zero commitment and become the worlds greenest airport. 

"By linking talented local companies like Moment Energy with opportunities to test new innovations, we are accelerating the adoption of made-in-B.C. technology both at home and abroad," said Mary Ng, federal Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade and Economic Development. "The Integrated Marketplace gives local companies a competitive edge and further boosts Canada as a leader in clean technology, in turn, creating good jobs here in our communities."

The Integrated Marketplace links a group of strategic buyers with B.C. companies to implement, scale up and export B.C. technology solutions. The initiative is helping industry address its business needs while helping reduce carbon emissions, increase productivity and resiliency, or increase safety with domestic innovative solutions. The Provinces Crown agency, Innovate BC, helps deliver the program. 

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Rob Fleming, B.C.'s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure -

"This is another example of creative solutions through Integrated Marketplace that align with our StrongerBC and CleanBC goals to build a greener economy in British Columbia and a cleaner transportation sector. More charging capacity means more support for electric vehicles at YVR and the benefits that flow from clean-energy technology."

Tamara Vrooman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver International Airport -

"We're thrilled to see practical solutions emerging from YVR's Integrated Marketplace, thanks to innovations from within B.C.'s tech sector. The flexible EV-charging capacity from Moment Energy not only allows us to test different ways to charge our fleet, it also represents tangible progress toward our net-zero goals."

Peter Cowan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Innovate BC -

"Through the Integrated Marketplace, testbeds like Vancouver International Airport, which are key drivers of our economy can de-risk the adoption of innovation being developed right here in our province. We are thrilled to see the program at work as solution providers, including Moment Energy, are working on projects that aim to address crucial priorities for our industry testbed partners and our region, including reducing emissions and increasing operational efficiency."

Quick Facts: 

  • An Integrated Marketplace testbed is an industry site, such as an airport, seaport or mine. 
  • To date, three testbeds have been announced: YVR, the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Learn More: 

To learn more about the Integrated Marketplace, visit: 

https://www.innovatebc.ca/programs/integrated-marketplace

To learn more about the StrongerBC Economic Plan, visit: 

https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/economic-plan/

To learn more about PacifiCan, visit: 

https://www.canada.ca/en/pacific-economic-development.html

To learn more about Moment Energy, visit:

https://www.momentenergy.com/

To learn more about the YVR testbed, visit: 

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022JERI0076-001850 

To learn more about the Port of Prince Rupert testbed, visit: 

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023JEDI0024-000568 

To learn more about the Port of Vancouver testbed, visit: 

https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/government-of-canada-announces-99-million-to-scale-up-bc technology-businesses-and-improve-productiv

And 

https://www.canada.ca/en/pacific-economic-development/news/2023/10/government-of canada-announces-99-million-to-scale-up-bc-technology-businesses-and-improve productivity.html 

More about Moment Energy and YVR 

Moment Energy and YVR are working together to deploy Moment Energy's Flora Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) constructed from repurposed electric vehicle (EV) batteries. 

This initiative will yield a Level 3 DC Fast Charger designed to charge two EVs, representing a pilot to prove the BESS's ability to bolster EV-charging infrastructure. 

The Energy Management System (EMS) is critical in managing the BESS charging and discharging. With the EMS, the BESS use is optimized to mitigate grid load during peak times, demonstrating the system's potential to support an expanded EV-charging infrastructure that may require more substantial power. 

The YVR project serves as an essential testbed, simulating conditions where the Flora BESS would be used to provide additional power for more extensive charging operations. This phase aims to validate Moment Energy's Flora BESS's effectiveness and reliability in enhancing EV charging capabilities, and to commercialize the system following a successful demonstration guided by YVR's performance assessment. 

Goals of the Integrated Marketplace

The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovations Crown corporation, Innovate BC, has been designated as the Integrated Marketplace delivery partner.

The goal of the YVR testbed is to reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions to support its 2030 net-zero commitment through actions like electrifying support vehicles on the airfield and associated businesses.

The goals of the Prince Rupert Port Authority testbed are such as increasing competitiveness and efficiency, building resilient supply chains and decarbonizing operations.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority testbed will initially focus on developing digital tools that integrate into existing physical infrastructure to expand capacity and reliability of trade, while lowering energy and emissions.

Integrated Marketplaces testbeds are in alignment with federal and provincial priorities (StrongerBC objectives and goals) and are seeking solutions to improve operational efficiency and transportation-related environmental impacts within their operations.

Initial success for the Integrated Marketplace will be measured through its ability to:

  • minimize risk to innovative, made-in-B.C. solutions to industry problems; 
  • support projects that reduce greenhouse gases, increase safety and increase productivity; and
  • kick-start, scale and export innovation, by identifying first customers and offering proof of concept.

Learnings from this initial round of testbed pilots will guide future expansion of the Integrated Marketplace over its three years of funding.

MIGUEL RESENDIZ

Miguel is the Marketing Manager at Moment Energy. He brings a comprehensive knowledge in advertising and marketing in a B2B setting. He has worked in several small and medium sized companies worldwide.

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