Prototype & Testing Resources
Design and refine your product idea, and identify companies to manufacture your components or products using the following programs and resources.
Programs and resources are listed alphabetically, from BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative to Wavefront.
BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative
Find access to state-of-the-art equipment for testing and validation of energy technology with the BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative (Website. New window). The Cooperative is founded by the University of British Columbia (UBC), Powertech and Labs and the National Research Council for Fuel Cell Innovation.
Commercialization Assistance Program
Small to medium-sized enterprises in BC receive free assessments, advice and sector-specific knowledge from the BCIT Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) (Website. New window). CAP also facilitates access to BCIT's technical expertise and resources or referrals to other BC industry support organizations.
Qualified companies can also receive financial assistance to support business planning and product development through the BCIT CAP Commercialization Fund.
Cleantech-focused companies can leverage BCIT’s resources specifically within the Centre for Energy Education and Research (CEER) and the Group for Advanced Information Technology (GAIT). Here, projects are currently active in the area of Smart Grid, Renewable Energy, Environmental Issues, and Materials science.
Find prototype and testing services through the Product and Process Applied Research Team (PART) at BCIT. PART specializes in applied research and product development in the areas of cleantech, health, consumer and industrial technology.
Prototype Development Program
The Prototype Development Program (PDP) (Website. New window. ) facilitates the development and commercialization of early stage inventions with scarce resources by providing the management and funding necessary to validate and realize the commercial potential of the technology. The PDP is available to researchers at UBC, and its Affiliated Teaching Hospitals.
Mechatronics Systems Engineering
SFU Surrey Mechatronics (Website. New window) integrates mechanical, electronic, software and computer engineering to develop advanced electromechanical products and systems for a wide range of industrial applications.
Examples of research in cleantech include air-cooled fuel systems for fuel cells and piezoelectric actuators for hydrogen fuel injectors. Mechatronics faculty and students partner with companies, including Ballard Power Systems and Westport Innovation, to develop next generation technology.
Mitacs - Accelerate (Website. New window) connects companies with over 50 research-based universities throughout Canada via graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business-defined research challenges. Here, receive expertise to improve or refine your existing product design; for example, improving airfoils for contra-rotating wind turbines.
National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
College and university faculty members receive assistance in the early stages of technology validation and market connection through the Idea to Innovation (I2I) (Website. New window). The I2I program accelerates the pre-competitive development of promising technology and promotes its transfer to Canadian companies.
BC Hydro's clean energy subsidiary specializes in clean energy consulting, testing, and integrated power solutions. Testing capabilities cover 16 areas, including expertise in hydrogen and compressed natural gas (all links open in new windows):
- Component testing services
- Hydrogen vehicle services centre
- Cylinder testing services
- Fuel system testing services
- Hydrogen embrittlement testing
- Specialty testing services
Wavefront (Website. New window) improves speed-to-market and delivery of mobile applications and devices by providing emerging companies with a suite of WaveGuide™ training, mobile industry advisory services, incubation office space and testing resources.
Wavefront also facilitates commercial engagement between the mobile ecosystem (mobile operators, platform providers, device manufacturers), enterprise companies and the innovative developers in Canada and Pacific Northwest.
Wavefront is a not-for-profit national centre of excellence for wireless commercialization accelerating the growth and success of wireless companies in Canada.