Why are we buying supercooled refrigeration?
Canada is buying super-cooled equipment for refrigeration.
The government says the $300 million purchase will reduce the cost of doing business in Canada, and provide jobs and investment in a major technology area.
The announcement is the first of its kind in the world, with the United States having invested nearly $1.3 billion in supercooling equipment in the last decade.
It’s the latest in a series of moves to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Canada has invested $7 billion in new technologies to reduce carbon emissions.
This will be done by increasing the supply of cheap refrigerant refrigeration, the government says.
It says this will be achieved by building on existing systems and technology, and by integrating new technology into existing systems.
The cost savings will be made available to the private sector.
The equipment is designed to cool to a temperature of 0C, but it can be set to the higher temperature of 1.8C, or a temperature at which supercoolants become stable.
It will be able to store and move more refrigerants, as well as keep the equipment cool and secure during cold weather.
The project is a partnership between the federal government and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
The company behind the refrigeration products is Canopy Growth Corp., based in Calgary.
It says the refrigerant industry has been growing in Canada for decades and it will continue to be important to the economy.