Arctic and Northern Regions
Environment, Energy and Natural Resources


Academic Unit:

Memorial Deadline:

External Deadline: Friday 1st, November 2019


The Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program is challenging innovators to  design and build a prototype that efficiently integrates energy, water and waste management systems
for Relocatable Temporary Camps (RTCs) to be deployed in national and international operations.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) deploys personnel in any climate at short notice for prolonged periods. The CAF relies on RTCs for these deployments that will sustain personnel through demanding operational and environmental conditions.
Presently, deployed RTCs rely heavily on diesel generators for heating/cooling and electricity production, and have not been designed to generate, store or manage energy in ways to optimize efficiency, and minimize cost or environmental impacts. Likewise, no systems
are in place for heat recovery, water supply, and environmentally sustainable solid and liquid waste management. Your solution will aim to maximize efficiency gains of these three individual systems and integrate into a testable prototype.

The contest is open to all innovators, except federal government employees and federal and provincial
Crown corporations.
Solutions may be modifications to existing systems or new innovations that can be developed to testable solutions at Solution Readiness Level (SRL) 6 or higher over the next 24 months.
Successful solutions should be:
·· Designed to be transportable in standard 20-foot (6.1 m) intermodal containers;
·· Scalable to support anywhere between 150 and 1,500 personnel operating in a temperate climate
over a 12-month period;
·· Capable of supplying and managing energy and water consumption, as well as waste generation; and
·· Designed to reduce RTC fuel and water inputs, and waste output.


Contests RTC Challenge 2-pager

Funding Sources

National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

This opportunity was posted by: SIRI

Last modified: September 4, 2019