After years of working to establish itself as an economic engine, the country’s cleantech sector is now driving growth beyond Canada’s borders.
Ventures are getting the message: to be Canadian and succeed means going global.

Hydrogenics, a Canadian company, recently sold 1,000 fuel-cell modules for use in buses in China. Its technology is also the core of a hydrogen-powered train riding the tracks in Germany. Alstom, the French maker of emission-free locomotives, is one of Hydrogenics’ growing list of international customers.

In Japan, Nissan is building connected cars with technology from Toronto-based Internet of Things venture Litmus Automation, while energy storage company eCamion, also based in Toronto, is supplying battery systems to a major utility in Colombia.

South of the border, Ontario smart grid companies Peak Power and Opus One have gained favour with big utilities and commercial customers in the northeast. And manufacturers across the U.S. are using technology from Halifax-based CarbonCure to make “green” concrete.

The world is taking note. Last year’s Global Cleantech 100 list of the world’s top cleantech companies featured a record 11 Canadian ventures — up from just two in 2010. The sector is poised to break that record again when the 2018 list is released in January.