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March 15, 2016

Wave Energy Research

College researchers in Burin, Newfoundland are experimenting with wave energy to develop a pump that could provide water for aquaculture operations inland. The College of the North Atlantic team is in the fourth year of a research project on wave pump application, development and optimization. Over the course of the project, the team has developed a wave-powered device to pump water to shore for a land-based aquaculture pilot farm. Along with the original project plan, this multiparty funding has supported the development of the Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC), a field station with significant infrastructure, for long term research and... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Large Building Air Leakage Testing

Air leakage is now widely recognized as one of the most critical parameters affecting a building’s energy use, indoor air quality, comfort and durability. This is particularly true in Manitoba’s extreme climate, where there have been several notable and expensive large building envelope failures. Red River College (RRC) and its research partner, Manitoba Hydro, have recently completed a project investigating the air leakage characteristics of 26 buildings. A CCI Applied Research Tools and Instruments grant provided funding to purchase equipment to conduct these tests. This research project has helped to establish baseline air leakage rates and to develop a practical... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Oilseeds to Environmentally Friendly Bioproducts

Cégep de Thetford and its Centre collégial de transfert de technologie en oléochimie industrielle (OLEOTEK) operate a pilot factory and sophisticated processing equipment for applied research into oilseed use in industrial applications to produce technical materials and fluids. OLEOTEK develops new oils with a biosourced functionalized base for Elevance Renewable Sciences, a company that processes renewable materials into a wide variety of bio-products including performance waxes, detergents, cleaners, and solvents. The project is in a pilot stage of development with the goal of knowledge transfer to industry. Funding received from an Applied Research Tool and Instruments grant led to the... Read more
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March 15, 2016

3D Cloud Design for Mining Hydraulics

A leading specialist in industrial drive and control technologies was contracted to manufacture and install a hydraulic system at the Ontario Graphite mine site in remote Kearney, Ontario. But the company, Bosch Rexroth, did not have the means to obtain the precise measurements of existing plant components that were needed to manufacture the new hydraulic system for the mine. Bosch Rexroth asked for assistance from the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre team at Niagara College, which used the Faro Focus 3D laser scanner to scan the plant to capture geometric and physical proportions of the machinery. This innovative program used cloud-capacities... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Animal Semen Sexing

Being able to determine the sex of animal offspring is of significant value for animal producers, and offers opportunities for research to develop new commercial processes. The only sexing tool currently on the market is expensive, leads to lower fertility, and is only effective with heifers. Ab Biotech Inc. in Gatineau, Quebec is a company working to develop an immunological approach to sexing semen for all species, including humans. It has collaborated with the Centre de recherche en biovalorisation (CRAB) at La Cité since 2009 to design a process for producing and purifying antibodies in animal semen sexing. New equipment... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Upgrading Precision Optical Micro-assembly

In the biomedical field, integrating micro-optical devices requires very tight assembly tolerances and reliable processes that are scalable to industrial production. Designing and testing these systems for micro-assembling in manufacturing can only be done with highly specialized and precise equipment. The Centre collégial de transfert technologique en optique-photonique (Optech) was able to acquire the specialized equipment for micro-assembly of optical components in 2013 through a College and Community Innovation grant. This allowed the college to outfit a laboratory specialized in optical micro-systems where industrial manufacturing conditions could be reproduced to encourage automation of micro-manufacturing, micro-assembly, and quality control methods. Over... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Nano-engineering for Better Smartphone Batteries

Nano-engineered materials are a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative for many Canadian manufacturers. They make it possible to tailor the structure and morphology of materials at a nano-scale and expand their applications for technology we use every day, such as smart phones. Lambton College has used an Applied Research Tools and Innovation grant to purchase highly-specialized, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment that forms the core of an ‘electrochemical test station’. This equipment is being used with existing college apparatus for advanced nanoengineered material synthesis, characterization and optimization. Dr. Shahram Karimi, Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Material Development for Renewable Energy, and his research team... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Electric Vehicle Research

As more electric cars are purchased by energy-conscious consumers, there is a need for information about who is buying them and how often they need to re-charge them. Georgian College is delivering a range of education and applied research services related to electricity use, energy distribution, and grid performance. With a new four bay solar-assisted charging station and a sophisticated monitoring and control system, the college is collaborating with industry to accelerate the delivery of new products and services. It is also researching ways to optimize energy use and distribution. One of the initiatives undertaken by faculty and students at... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Cleaning up Contamination at Mine Sites

Bioremediation is a promising technique that can assist in mine closure and reduce heavy metal contamination of mine sites. Yukon College researchers have been working to advance bioreactors from the lab to the field through applied research. Pilot-scale bioreactors, or constructed wetlands, were introduced to the Minto mine site in central Yukon by Dr. Amelie Janin, Yukon Research Centre’s Industrial Research Chair in Mine Life Cycle, and her students. Yukon College students worked in both the lab and the field, with one student coordinating the experimental design and purchase of research materials while two other students built the pilot bioreactor... Read more
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