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March 14, 2016

Better Connections for Electronic Health Records

Easy patient-access to health records in Ontario has lagged behind the rest of the country and the world. While data on treatment and health history is now collected electronically, until recently there has not been a safe and simple way for health facilities to share this information with patients. Hospitals and healthcare providers want to offer patients access to records, data, recommendations, advice and support. This access can increase patient knowledge and compliance, and lead to increased health and wellness. Secure communication is the key. Mohawk College teamed up with researchers at McMaster University to explore secure methods to integrate... Read more
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March 14, 2016

A Hub for Smart Energy Use

A small Nova Scotia company has gained a reputation for developing innovative, custom designed energy analysis software to improve energy efficiency. Launched in 2013, The Efficiency Store offers a range of energy analysis services for homeowners and local businesses. The company founder, Megan McCarthy, came to Nova Scotia to complete her post-secondary education. While studying, she recognized an opportunity to become an entrepreneur in the energy efficiency sector. A researcher encouraged her to contact the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Applied Energy Research Lab. The result was a collaboration, with NSCC and The Efficiency Store working together to develop new... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Remote Monitoring for Microhydro Sites

BlueStreak Equipment Inc. designs and manufactures micro-hydro turbines and develops micro-hydro sites. These small hydro producing sites are scattered across Ontario and daily visits to monitor them is not practical. In an effort to develop a more efficient and cost effective approach to monitor operations at micro hydro sites, Bluestreak approached Durham College for assistance in developing a remote system that could detect when there is a system fault, so that crew members could be dispatched quickly to fix it. Monitoring systems currently on the market are designed for large installations that can afford larger capital costs and monthly fees.... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Optimizing Commercial Potential of Green Energy

The Lambton College Renewable Energy Conversion and Storage (RECSR) project is focused on the development of an integrated, modular hybrid renewable energy system with the capability of optimizing captured energy at varying production levels and operating conditions. A scalable fuel production, storage and dispensing system is being designed to manage wind, photovoltaic solar-derived energy, drive electrolysis, compress and store electricity as gaseous hydrogen, and regenerate power via proton exchange membrane fuel cells. Housed in Lambton College’s Sustainable Smart Home facility, the project showcases several areas of applied research in green technology, including hybrid energy system management, dynamic optimization and control,... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Power Conservation for Traffic Detection Sensors

You see them along every highway - traffic counting monitors collecting data essential for city and highway planning. Many of them are powered by solar energy or batteries with limited energy supplies. An Ontario company providing advanced highway detection technologies approached Durham College for help to find ways to extend the operating life of existing traffic detection sensors through energy harvesting components and intelligent energy management strategies. North Line Canada collaborated with Durham College to test hardware and develop a prototype to test the possibility of obtaining sufficient voltage/current from a miniature hybrid power harvesting generator to power temporary and... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Winter Planting Enhances Wetland Reclamation for Oil Sands

Reclaiming lands deforested by oil sands excavation has been one of the greatest challenges of the burgeoning oil industry in Alberta. Success with winter replanting of spruce trees undertaken by researchers from Grande Prairie Regional College offers an exciting new remedy for this industry problem. Boreal wetlands disturbed by oil sands operation are not accessible in the summer for reclamation. And the excessive moisture content of the soil reduces seedling survival. Therefore, reclamation of the wetlands is difficult and limited during the regular planting season. The novel idea of winter planting to avoid these limitations was advanced by Dr. Weixing... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Innovative Oil Spill Clean-up

Oil and gas spills have the potential to do serious harm in aquatic environments. Containing and collecting oil quickly can reduce the drastic effects of a petroleum spill. The Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) at Fleming College has been working with the Murrenhil Corporation on applied research projects on products that can be used as a first response oil containment system. Rapid Oil Containment (ROC) Barrier™ and Oil Cling Pads™ are two forms of polyethylene laminate pads that can be thrown onto a spill in a lake or ocean to soak up oil or gas. The ROC Barrier™ is... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Re-vegetation of Contaminated Mining Sites

Environmental clean-up of old mining sites is a challenge facing mining companies across the country. Treatment of acid mine drainage using wetland systems and replanting vegetation in tailings areas are the two approaches being used to restore the old sites. Two recent applied research projects at the Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI) affiliated with Cégep de l’AbitibiTémiscamingue were specifically designed to help small and medium-sized mining companies in Northern Québec adapt to today’s environmental regulations and find ways to restore the landscape disturbed by mining activities. Researchers are analyzing the characteristics of metal-absorbing materials and creating an inventory of... Read more
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