Provincial funding awarded to support clean energy technology that reduces carbon emissions and automates labour-intensive tasks in the horticulture industry


BURNABY, BCAdvanced Intelligent Systems (AIS), a leading custom robotics company that creates practical robots, announced today it has been selected to receive $950,000 from the B.C. government’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund (ICE), for its commercialization of its driverless battery-driven cart-pulling system for the horticultural and agricultural industries.

“We are greatly honoured and privileged that Advanced Intelligent Systems has been selected to receive funding from the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund. The ICE grant has been presented to us for the innovation of our driverless battery-driven cart-pulling system for outdoor on-site transportation of carts and wagons in a plant nursery. Our technology will help reduce carbon emissions and automate repetitive and labor-intensive tasks in industries such as horticulture,” says Afshin Doust, CEO of AIS.


The need for labour in the horticulture industry has been steadily climbing, however, finding workers to perform the repetitive and physically demanding tasks in nurseries and greenhouses operations is extremely challenging. AIS’ autonomous technology – with customizable software and modular parts – provides the industry with an affordable solution. AIS’s technology helps reduce worker injuries by automating repetitive and labour-intensive tasks in the horticulture industry, while contributing to B.C.’s emission reduction goals.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation says AIS’ projects showcase the value of new and innovative clean energy products.

“Through Clean BC, we are supporting made-in-B.C. innovations that will help grow our world-leading cleantech sector and create good jobs,”said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation.


Since 2008, the ICE Fund has committed $104 million to support pre-commercial clean energy technology projects, clean energy vehicles, research and development and energy efficiency programs, according to the B.C. government. The funding is derived from a levy on the final sale of specified energy products – currently natural gas, fuel oil and propane distribution systems.



Advanced Intelligent Systems (AIS) is a practical autonomous robotics company that creates affordable, autonomous robots to solve real industry problems. The AIS team has superior intellectual property and patents which are currently being applied to develop custom robotic solutions in the horticulture, agriculture, manufacturing, and warehousing industries. AIS’ autonomous robots have the intelligence to perform repetitive or dangerous tasks with exceptional dexterity and precision.

Collectively, the AIS team has decades of experience in robotics engineering, management, and operations. The company is based in Burnaby, British Columbia.


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