The Challenge

Natural Resources Canada is challenging Canadian and U.K. companies to design better power grids, connecting our nations to clean, user-friendly grids and helping to prevent power outages.

Innovation is the key to understanding and enabling how we can improve our electrical grid. NR Can & BEIS are looking for disruptive technologies to develop, maintain and maximize our power grids and energy systems.

Applicants are asked to build collaborative teams with representatives from both Canadian and U.K.-based firms (at least 20% of the proposed project should include firms from the partner country).

NRCan and BEIS received more than 40 submissions for the Power Forward Challenge and selected three (3) Canadian projects and four (4) UK projects to fund. The seven groups will compete against each other for a grand prize of $1M dollars, which will be determined based on the success of each pilot project.

Learn more about the Power Forward Challenge

What is a Smart Grid?

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“Canada and the United Kingdom are investing in better electricity systems. This work will build cleaner, safer, better-connected grids that will also create well-paying jobs for middle-class Canadians. I want to congratulate the Challenge finalists who are growing the economy and creating a cleaner energy future for us all.” 

Amarjeet Sohi - Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources