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“People of the Portal”: Carbonix receives $475,000 to support mineral research for EV batteries

In our “People of the Portal” series, we highlight innovative and entrepreneurial members of the Cleantech Commons Cleantech Innovation Portal and celebrate the achievements of Portal members.

Mines Minister George Pirie and Peterborough-Kawartha MPP Dave Smith join Trent University official, from left, Julie Davis, Andrew Vreugdenhil, Darren Harper, Paul Pede and Marvin Pelletier at an announcement about Carbonix’s $475,000 grant from the province’s Ontario Critical Minerals Innovation Fund. Credit: Alex Schummer / Peterborough Examiner

This week, we are delighted to celebrate the announcement that a Cleantech Commons Cleantech Innovation Portal client and future Cleantech Commons tenant, Carbonix, has received $475,000 in non-dilutive funding from Ontario’s Critical Minerals Innovation Fund to support research and innovation activities to build up the supply chain for the critical minerals sector.

Carbonix is an Indigenous Canadian advanced materials company specializing in the development of sustainable products that support resource extraction and energy transition.

Read details of the announcement here!

Carbonix is developing opportunities where their technology can be applied to projects where Indigenous communities, industry, and government intersect on resource extraction and environmental issues that impact people’s health and relationship with the natural environment.

See: Funding Boost for Trent University and Carbonix Collaboration

The support made available from the Critical Minerals Innovation Fund is integral to Carbonix’s commitment to help facilitate Ontario’s transition to a clean economy and a resilient manufacturing sector,Paul Pede, President and CEO of Carbonix Inc., told us.

Pede says that it takes a community to enable the economic success of emerging industries. In Carbonix’s case, he says, this is supported by the dedicated experts available at Trent University, access to their facilities, as well as Peterborough’s Cleantech Commons research park.

Paul Pede, President & CEO, Carbonix Inc.

Carbonix is supporting Ontario’s strategic advancement toward becoming a critical minerals processing center by developing battery materials required for the emerging electric vehicle (EV) sector.

Over the past 7 years, the company has developed processes, products, and intellectual property designed to support a low-carbon economy.

Carbonix’s technological advances, developed at Trent University, are designed to accelerate Ontario’s transition into EV and component manufacturing using locally and sustainably sourced high-carbon feedstocks, converting them into battery-grade materials.

Working with Trent University’s chemistry department, Carbonix has developed a proprietary process that can convert large amounts of petroleum coke and boiler char – previously considered waste byproducts – into activated carbon.

At the Inorganic Materials Research Laboratory at Trent, we are very excited for this opportunity to continue our collaboration with Carbonix to develop cleantech materials,” said Dr. Andrew Vreugdenhil, Professor of Chemistry at Trent. “The area of critical minerals is so important for Ontario to develop, and we are delighted to be able to play a part.”

This project will focus on refining the processes that enable the conversion of existing and available mining waste, pet coke, and hydrogen production by-product amorphous carbons into high-energy-density graphite used in anode and cathode production.

See: Carbonix gets boost for mineral research for electronic vehicle batteries

This collaboration is yet another example of Trent University being on the front lines of innovation in the critical minerals space,” said Dave Smith, Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough Kawartha.

By partnering with an amazing Indigenous-owned company like Carbonix, Trent is making Peterborough a vital part of the supply chain for the technologies of tomorrow including the EV revolution.”

As an Indigenous company, Carbonix is continually helping to mitigate the effects of anthropogenic and natural environmental impacts on air, water, and soils by the expansion of global innovative solutions through the application of novel nanotechnologies.

The company’s approach is to develop clean technology solutions based on a circular economy that are designed to reduce environmental impacts. This method is a hybrid approach of science and Indigenous customary practices that promote a safe, healthy, and clean environment for all people.

For further information please contact Paul Pede, President/CEO. Email:

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