A P.E.I. company developing electricity generating systems for remote communities in the Arctic got a boost Thursday from the federal and provincial governments.

Frontier Power Systems Inc. is designing wind turbines, variable speed diesel generators and an advanced energy storage system specifically for use in the North.

Carl Brothers, Frontier Power Systems

There are export opportunities for the power systems, says Carl Brothers. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

Ottawa and the province have put up $1.8 million for the project.

"This is an important announcement for us," said Frontier Power Systems general manager Carl Brothers in a news release.

"Frontier engineers have spent the last 15 years developing wind energy technology for economic applications in both utility and remote communities."

Export opportunities

The bulk of the money is coming from the federal Atlantic Innovation Fund, a loan of up to $1,796,186. The P.E.I. government provided a $100,000 grant from its Development and Commercialization Fund.

Frontier currently has eight employees, and the new project is expected to create as many as 14 more.

Frontier says in addition to powering Canada's North, the new energy systems would be suitable for export markets for use in remote communities all around the world.