May 8-9, 2024

Join the BSI's summit and help develop forward-thinking solutions around smart sustainability based on societal and planetary challenges.

Aluma Power Charrette

Turning Recycled Aluminum Into Clean Fuel
Mar 8, 2023
3 Lower Jarvis St. Toronto


From March 8th to March 20th, the Brookfield Sustainable Institute collaborated with AlumaPower, a Canadian clean-tech startup, to conduct market intelligence and exploration for AlumaPower's Aluminum-Air Galvanic Generator. The event focused on exploring potential markets and their respective use cases and identifying the prime customer base who will be the early adopters and "super users." Furthermore, the collaboration aimed to identify potential B2B partnerships to enhance this clean technology's market reach and adoption.

This collaborative effort received support from 12 industry experts representing diverse sectors, including aviation, construction, energy, retail, and telecommunications. Additionally, 25 faculty members and students played crucial roles in facilitating, documenting, timelining, researching, and visualizing the project.

What are the Streams?

Ways of Sharing

• The relationship between Working & Learning

• Themes: harmonization of work and learning practices, eco-friendly workspaces, sustainable learning methodologies

• Facilitator: Eric Meerkamper
• Case Study: FireNtegra

In a world facing sustainability challenges, the relationship between work and learning needs a paradigm shift. Traditional models contribute to environmental strain, and there’s a pressing need for sustainable innovations that harmonize work and learning practices.

This Stream will explore sustainable innovations in learning and work.

Determine how cutting-edge practices can provide solutions to the environmental impact of traditional approaches. From eco-friendly workspaces to sustainable learning methodologies,we’ll delve into transformative solutions that shape a greener future.

• The relationship between Health & Wellness

• Themes: holistic approaches to healthcare, mental well-being, community resilience, and inclusive care strategies

• Facilitator: Jane Cooke-Lauder
• Case Study: SourceFarm

Exploring novel ways of caring for individuals and communities.

In our fast-paced world, health challenges abound, impacting both individuals and communities. The traditional approaches to healthcare often fall short in addressing the holistic well-being of individuals, leaving communities vulnerable to various health-related issues.

This Stream will explore innovative solutions in the realm of Health & Wellness.

We’ll lead discussions on holistic approaches to healthcare, mental well-being, community resilience, and inclusive care strategies. We’ll delve into the latest advancements, compassionate strategies, and collaborative initiatives that contribute to healthier societies.

Ways of Caring

Ways of Living

• The relationship between Housing & Community

• Themes: redefine urban living, infrastructure development,and housing design

• Facilitator: Kristina Verner
• Case Study: Eglinton West

Our current living practices and infrastructure often contribute to environmental degradation and urban challenges.

Traditional approaches to housing and infrastructure can be unsustainable, posing threats to both the well-being of individuals and the health of the planet.

This Stream will explore cutting-edge solutions and sustainable practices that redefine urban living, infrastructure development, and housing design. We’ll envision and create a blueprint for tomorrow’s living spaces where comfort and environmental harmony coexist.

Key Insights

  • Shift our development focus from the Single-Cell to the Multi-Cell. Let the potential market (not speed to market) define our MVP.  
  • Consider service dependency and markets with mature service systems.
  • Partners, Licensee's, and Joint Ventures are key to opening doors to new B2B markets.


As a result of this collaboration, the team successfully identified market segments based on key criteria such as scalability, low complexity, high impact, and high visibility. Furthermore, they developed three clean energy solutions, both digital and physical, catering to various use cases and revolutionizing how we outsource clean energy for off-grid applications. These solutions are currently in development and will be continuously updated as they near public availability.

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