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March 14, 2016

Manmade Vortexes for Electricity

The Atmospheric Vortex Engine (AVE), now being tested by Lambton College researchers, has potential to produce vast quantities of carbon-free electricity using low temperature waste heat to create energy through a tornado-like vortex. Lambton College’s research team was asked by the company developing AVE technology to test a small scale prototype that produces energy from an atmospheric vortex with a diameter of 50 centimetres and a height of 40 metres. The project will demonstrate the feasibility and safety of AVE technology and optimize the design, justifying investment in larger scale implementations and commercialization. The college team, including faculty and student... 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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March 14, 2016

Growing Microalgae for Biofuel

Green algae harvested from Nova Scotia shores are being used by a local entrepreneur to produce biofuel for industrial use. And Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is helping him refine his process. SabrTech is a Nova Scotia-based company using microalgae to design the next generation of biofuel, animal feed, and bioremediation. The company has partnered with NSCC and Acadia University to complete prototyping and optimize production of their algal biomass in a real world setting. The research team identified non-invasive and continuous quality assessment of algae as a key for achieving an optimum rate of production during microalgae cultivation. NSCC... Read more
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