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Meet Growing Greener Innovations

Engineering solutions today for a better tomorrow

Growing Greener Innovations (GGI), is a Canadian energy technology company focused on engineering and manufacturing batteries, battery management systems, and battery energy storage solutions for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

GGI holds the patent for stackable battery packs that can be clicked together like LEGO™ to meet any power demand, without the aid of a technician. It’s this technology that forms the basis of the GRENGINE™ Power System.

In addition to our patented battery technology, GGI is further developing its Smart Switch, a smart battery/grid management system that will address issues such as peak shaving, voltage optimization, load balancing, charge/discharge optimization and time-of-use, resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, lower overall energy use, longer-lived batteries and substantial cost savings for large-scale energy users in high-fee regions.

Where it all started

The journey towards building a better energy future began when our founder lived in a small Newfoundland community that had an unreliable electrical grid. Living without reliable power as many people do in remote communities and out-of-the-way work sites means living in uncertainty and having to rely on expensive and high-maintenance backup equipment such as diesel generators. This experience led to a question: “Why isn’t dependable, affordable power available to everyone?”

In 2014, Growing Greener Innovations became a reality, with the goal of providing a greener, quieter and affordable alternative to gas-powered generators and biomass burning. The result was the portable GRENGINE™ battery/generator, which is silent, fumeless and can be charged by many power inputs and outputs both AC and DC power as needed. It runs safely and dependably indoors or out.

Since then, we have broadened our portable product lines and expanded into the manufacture of high-quality solar storage batteries and battery energy storage systems. The core of our technology continues to be our patented battery packs, and no matter how we grow, our mission remains: To empower people and eliminate energy poverty. For good.

What is energy poverty?

  • More than 1.2 billion people in the world are at energy tier zero. They live by candlelight. 
  • More than 2.6 billion people burn biomass for cooking. 
  • More than half the world's population lives with insufficient energy supply, limited times for energy access, and regular blackouts.

What are the results of energy poverty?

Lower levels of literacy and education
Electricity in schools allows classes to be taught early in the morning and late at night to accommodate limited access to learning times. It also enables the use of modern technologies such as the internet in classrooms and libraries. Schools with technology have better staff retention and outperform non-electrified schools in key educational factors. 

Poor health
Low, or no access to energy results in the burning of biomass for cooking. Many hours are spent, primarily by women, gathering fuel, then burning it in enclosed spaces. Poor air quality increases acute respiratory infections, lung cancer, asthma, and other related issues. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports more than two million deaths a year (primarily women and children) result from long-term exposure to indoor air pollution. 

Low economic opportunity
Energy access and economic growth have been shown to be directly correlated. Energy poverty leads to limited communications and accelerated urbanization as people search for a better quality of life.

Barriers to accessing energy

The high cost of generation, distribution, and connection to convention grids (large or micro) are extremely high and beyond the means of a large portion of the world’s population. 

Remote areas, islands, and areas with low natural resources make it even more difficult to access modern conventional energy sources. 

In areas frequented by storms and various natural disasters, power systems are often damaged or destroyed. 

Those with the greatest barriers to accessing energy are also typically those who have to travel (often great distances) to access water, education, work, etc. Energy is also needed in these travelled-to areas, requiring the energy this power to also be mobile. 

Technical assistance
Limited access to technicians or the ability to acquire technical skills makes accessing energy difficult or reliant on outside assistance—which isn’t always possible.

A solution?

Portable, rechargeable power that can get directly into the hands of the people who need it. Grengine™ is a start.