NGIF
Accelerator

A startup accelerator that advances clean technology development and industry validation through field trials and pilot demonstrations to accelerate market commercialization.

Saad Sarfraz

Manager, Technology, Intake and Evaluation, Industry Grants Program, NGIF Accelerator

Ashutosh Pohary

Senior Manager, Contracts, Industry Grants Program, NGIF Accelerator

Ali Ali

Lead – Contracts and Partnerships, Industry Grants Program, NGIF Accelerator

Rosalby Guerrero Messia

Projects Coordinator, Industry Grants Program, NGIF Accelerator

Samaneh Ashoori

Program Manager, Emissions Testing Centre, NGIF Accelerator

Iftikhar Huq

Executive Director, Technology and Innovation Programs, NGIF Accelerator

OVERVIEW

NGIF Accelerator is the not-for-profit arm of NGIF Capital and operates all technology and innovation programs. The NGIF Accelerator mandate is to de-risk and accelerate technology development by supporting startups through their pilot projects, field trials, and industry validation.

NGIF Accelerator will coordinate with federal and provincial governments to co-fund projects to advance market commercialization. NGIF Accelerator currently operates the Industry Grants Program and the Emissions Testing Centre Program. 

Industry Grants Program: is industry-led and offers non-dilutive grants to fund early-stage startups for technology development and field demonstration. The program specifically de-risks pre-commercial technology solutions that have the potential to increase the environmental performance of the natural gas sector.  Each project in the program will accelerate technology readiness level progressions through controlled pilot testing and field trials to advance commercialization. The Industry Grants Program is operated by the NGIF Accelerator. Learn more here: Industry Grants Program

Emissions Testing Centre Program: is a technology and innovation program for the gaseous energy sector. The program is industry and government-led and will see emissions detection, quantification, and reductions through multiple tech startup validation, while also creating benchmarking data and a research talent pool for the natural gas industry. This is done through two program hosts including Tourmaline Oil and Perpetual Energy’s West Wolf Lake Gas Process Plant instrumented for live testing and University of Calgary Research Centre laboratories instrumented for simulation testing. The Emissions Testing Centre Program is operated by the NGIF Accelerator. Learn more here: Emissions Testing Centre Program

Our Strategic
Areas

Our strategic areas are what guides NGIF funding decisions for clean technology based on our goals, risk tolerance and future needs for capital.
Hydrogen

  • Lower cost lower carbon hydrogen
  • Production, storage, and end-use

Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

  • Advanced processing of feedstocks
  • Low-cost conversion and gas cleanup

Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization

  • Reduce carbon emissions and pull CO2 out of the atmosphere
  • Including Carbon sequestration, and utilization

Methane Mitigation

  • Reduce and eliminate methane emissions
  • Targeting natural gas assets

Emissions Monitoring

  • Emissions detection and measurement
  • Targeting natural gas value chain

Heat and Power Generation

  • Increase performance and reliability of heat and power generation systems
  • Targeting the natural gas value chain

Energy Efficiency

  • Improve energy efficiency of processes and equipment
  • Targeting the natural gas value chain

Fuel Switching

  • Switch to natural gas from high carbon-intensive fuels
  • CNG and LNG process optimization 

Natural Gas Production and Recovery

  •  Improve natural gas production
  • Increase performance of recovery operations 

Digital Transformation

  • ESG reporting and carbon management
  • Advanced sensors, analytics and machine learning

Transportation

  • Efficient natural gas engines, increased performance
  • CNG, LNG, H2 powered engines and fueling stations 

Value-Added Products

  • Natural gas to higher value-products
  • Targeting the natural gas value chain

Waste Heat Utilization

  • Efficient recovery of low-grade waste heat, improvements over ORC 
  • Geothermal for depleted gas wells  

Water Management

  • Effective treatment of flow back and produce water treatment
  • Reduce freshwater requirements 

Land Reclamation

  • Reduce land disturbances
  • Enable Land reclamation 

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