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Energy Producing Window Coverings | Global Affairs Canada




Through the Energy Producing Window Coverings, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is seeking a window covering that, as well as reducing glare, will contribute to greater energy efficiency and convert solar energy to usable electrical energy.

Eligible Applicants

Solution proposals can only be submitted by a small business that meets all of the following criteria:

  • for profit
  • incorporated in Canada (federally or provincially)
  • 499 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • research and development activities that take place in Canada
  • 50% or more of its annual wages, salaries and fees are currently paid to employees and contractors who spend the majority of their time working in Canada
  • 50% or more of its FTE employees have Canada as their ordinary place of work
  • 50% or more of its senior executives (Vice President and above) have Canada as their principal residence

Eligible Expenses

The program will fund projects that proposed solutions on energy producing window coverings:

  1. be functional in the temperature range of 35 degrees Celsius above zero to minus 35 degrees Celsius below zero, if an exterior product. Alternatively, it can be an interior product.
  2. provide a minimum R-value of 3
  3. be able to reduce heat gain by a minimum of 65%
  4. be able to reduce heat loss by a minimum of 30%
  5. convert solar energy to usable electrical energy
  6. reduce glare by 80% or more
  7. be durable
  8. be easy to operate
  9. be cost effective (any additional cost is offset by energy production and savings within the first 5 years)
  10. be practical (not significantly bulkier than existing solar blinds)

Deadline Date

  Closing date: May 19, 2020 14:00 Eastern Daylight Time


Contact Name: Global Affairs Canada (GAC)

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