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May 17, 2018

Waste not, want not: Red River College and local microbreweries take an innovative approach to leftovers

Who knew there’s more to beer leftovers than what lingers in the bottom of a stubby at the end of a party? Red River College and two local microbreweries in Winnipeg teamed up make use of the spent grain that’s left at the end of the brewing process, in an experiment that shows how far a little imagination and innovation can go. Together, they made a new kind of miso — the thick paste that’s normally made from fermented soy beans and is a staple of Japanese cooking. Spent grain is a by-product of the brewing industry and generally used... Read more
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May 17, 2018

Settle down, now: Red River College helps develop an environmentally friendly dust suppressant

There are millions of kilometers of unpaved roads around the world, and the dust kicked up by the vehicles that drive on them is a major contributor to air pollution and levels of dust particles that can cause health and environmental issues. In one effort to combat that, Winnipeg-based Cypher Environmental Ltd. collaborated with faculty and students at Red River College to develop a dust suppressant. The result was Dust Stop Municipal Blend, a non-corrosive and environmentally friendly alternative to road salts, such as magnesium chloride and calcium chloride. It also offers superior dust control. Municipal Blend incorporates sugars, which... Read more
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April 19, 2018

Parisian Pastries from Prairie Pulses

The rich food value of dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas has been known for centuries — their collective name, "pulses", comes from puls, a Latin word that means both "seeds" and "porridge". Pulses are widely consumed both as animal feed and in savoury dishes for humans around the world, and research continues to expand their uses. Some of those new uses are remarkable — the crowning achievement of this project was to create a nut-free, egg-free French macaron using navy bean flour as a butter substitute. Best Cooking Pulses is a family-owned Canadian processor of pulse crops grown in... Read more
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April 19, 2018

Needle in a Circuit Board Haystack

Red River College is home to the Technology Access Centre for Aerospace and Manufacturing. Through the Centre, aerospace and manufacturing organizations can get access to equipment, assets and expertise to tackle problems in designing and manufacturing the advanced parts essential for their work. In this project, the Centre worked with Parker Hannifin, which manufactures motion-and-control automation systems used in industry and aerospace. The company uses surface-mount technology to assemble circuit boards, but many of its boards were defective, with missing or misaligned parts being found during final quality inspection and testing. Parker Hannifin turned to the Technology Access Centre for help. In... Read more
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March 15, 2016

Working with UNEP on Sustainability and Consumption

In a globalized and networked society, sometimes it is necessary first to invest in people, relationships and ideas. Such efforts may produce results far out of proportion to the investment. After several years of support from a number of sources, including an Innovation Enhancement grant, Dr. Peter Denton participated in civil society consultations through the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This enabled him, as well as students and faculty at Red River College, to gain access to global environmental networks and UNEP-related activities. Denton, who teaches ethics and sustainability at the college, is one of two Major Groups and Stakeholders... 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

Gluten-free Turkeys from Freezer to Oven

Two new turkey products have been introduced to retail stores in the Prairies thanks to testing and tasting at Red River College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. The College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts conducted its first College and Community Innovation research project in 2014 in partnership with Granny’s Poultry Co-operative Ltd. Researchers developed and tested four new poultry products for the consumer and food service markets. Granny’s Poultry Director of Product Development, Jason Wortzman, worked with college chefs and a culinary student to finalize the recipes and test how the products held up in large commercial ovens... Read more
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March 14, 2016

Zero Emissions Public Transit

Electric vehicles hold great promise for reducing reliance on fossil fuels for public transportation around the world. But batteries and recharging facilities need to be more efficient to make the technology economically viable. In 2014, Red River College (RRC), working with partners Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Manitoba Hydro, made a major step towards making electric public transit possible. They developed and tested a prototype of an all-electric zero-emissions transit bus and rapid charger system in Winnipeg’s harsh winter conditions. The project has since moved to full production and field demonstration, bringing four more buses into service with Winnipeg Transit. RRC’s... Read more
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