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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

Skate Manufacturing Analysis for Graf Canada

Graf Canada Ltd. is working with researchers at SAIT Polytechnic’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department to develop better performing, lighter-weight skates. SAIT’s Sports and Wellness Engineering Technologies specialists are hoping to provide Graf with the necessary information to manufacture more of its skate components in Canada at a higher quality with shorter lead times and smaller batch orders. The project will also provide Graf with some preliminary models of a skate that incorporates new materials and manufacturing processes. Graf approached ARIS for assistance in reviewing the manufacturing processes and materials used in the production of its ice hockey... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Improving Automated Financial Trading

An Ontario company specializing in automated technology for financial trading is working with Fanshawe College and Western University students to give their products a competitive edge in the financial trading sector. The research project hopes to improve Embium’s real-time trading cloud computing infrastructure. Embium was founded in London in 2008 as Cyborg Trading Systems. It specializes in developing automated trading technology for global financial firms, including hedge funds, brokers, banks, exchanges, and professional traders. In addition to its London presence, the company has offices in Waterloo and Toronto and headquarters in New York City. According to Jason Lukez, vice-president of... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Cleaning up Mine Water Contaminated by Cyanide

Cyanide has been widely used in gold mining to separate gold from ore. However, cyanide contaminates water and water tables in and around a mining site, and requires sophisticated clean-up technologies. Because concentrations of cyanide are toxic for fish, birds and animal life, there are strict regulations on clean-up at gold mine sites. A research project at the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) affiliated with Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue aims to increase the effectiveness of cleaning up cyanide at Agnico Eagle mines through chemical and biological treatment. The objectives of the research project are to improve the effectiveness of SCN... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Eco-Friendly Clean-Up of Old Gas Station Sites

Cleaning up contaminated soil at former gas station sites is fraught with hurdles. Traditional remediation methods involve excavating impacted soils and moving them to a landfill or treatment facility. This is costly, prohibits use of the site during the process, and can expose people to contamination. Hoping to change that, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), a collective of 500 co-op grocery stores and gas stations in Western Canada, has partnered with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Saskatchewan to explore how to advance soil remediation techniques and technology developed by FCL and university soil scientists. There are about 30,000 gas contaminated... Read more
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