TEAM

Banner Image

< back to Project Lists

2011-2012 Project List

Project 1) Shell Canada - Calgary - www.shell.com

Design of a Fuel Cell based Carbon Capture System

Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911, and is now one of the country’s largest integrated oil and gas companies.

Shell companies provide about 2% of the world’s oil and 3% of its natural gas. We sell transport fuel to around 10 million customers a day and enough liquefied natural gas to provide electricity for 34 million homes.

Currently, Shell Canada holds approximately 30% of Royal Dutch Shell’s global resource base and is continually looking for innovative ways to increase energy supplies while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A past TEAM project developed, at a conceptual level, the idea of using an emerging technology, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) to capture CO2 and generate electricity as a by-product. The main recommendations from the TEAM 2010 report was that Shell design and install a pilot scale SOFC to test the concept in a plant setting.

The TEAM 2011/2012 will follow up on that recommendation and develop a project to procure, install and operate a pilot scale carbon capture project, including plant “tie ins” and interfaces, to the QUEST Carbon Sequestration project compression facilities which, if built, will enable transport of the captured CO2 to a deep saline aquifer storage site.

TEAM 2011/2012 will identify candidate SOFC vendors, fuel cell and associated equipment pricing, determine pilot plant capacity, plot space, interface/plant tie in requirements, utilities, staffing, basic process safety requirements, pilot project objectives and key successes indicators.

A major component of this project will be to identify funding incentives, legal and commercial requirements etc. to acquire financial incentives for the project. The incentive opportunities are primarily from the Alberta and potentially the Federal Government. Commercial/economic characteristics of the project will need to be set up in a way that establishes the pilot plant as a research and development facility.

Prepare a written report and accompanying presentation covering:

• The application of SOFC technology to capture CO2 and generate electrical power
• Development of a process design for a pilot scale unit including preliminary process flow sheets, which will be used for a screening level technical safety review.
• Development of a preliminary tie in list to gain access to the suction of the QUEST CO2 compressor as well as utilities, plot space etc. for the pilot plant.
• Economic evaluation (CAPEX/OPEX) of the proposed pilot plant
• Identification of incentives and funding opportunities for a project of this nature, including tax issues, local/Canadian content requirements, technology risk, commercial issues etc.
• Identification of potential equipment vendors with adequate Alberta and Canadian content to qualify for government incentives
• Identification of regulatory/social issues and discuss how the issues might be resolved

Discipline mix: 1 Lawyer, 1 mechanical engineer, 1 business, 2 chemical engineers, 1 electrical engineer

 

 

Project 2) - Lafarge & Canadian Wollastonite - Joint Project - Kingston

Evaluation of the use of wollastonite (calcium silicate) as a non CO2 emitting source of calcium and silicone oxides in the manufacture of Portland cement.

Canadian Wollastonite is mining company that is developing a world class wollastonite deposit located north of the 401 along Hwy 15. Two thirds of the deposit is located within the City of Kingston, one third with The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. Mineral extraction will be commencing in Q2 2012.

Lafarge is the world’s largest cement maker and has implemented a comprehensive strategy lower the firm’s global carbon footprint. Part of this strategy is to reduce CO2 emissions per ton of cement produced by 33% between 1990 and 2020. 

Wollastonite is a non CO2 emitting source of calcium and silicone oxides, theoretically making it an ideal single mineral source of these elements in the manufacturing of cement. Preliminary bench scale trials by Lafarge Canada using wollastonite have been positive. This experimentation now needs to be taken to plant scale trials. To the best of both firms knowledge, this will be the first such plant trial of its kind.

The project will involve literature review, experimental design, field measurements and quantification, analysis of data, evaluation of commercial and economic feasibility and reporting.

CW and Lafarge would also like to see an audit process outlined that would allow the two companies to quantify CO2 savings and issue local carbon credits. 

Business case supporting (or rejecting) the use of wollastonite ore in the manufacture of Portland cement.

Discipline mix: CHEE, MECH, GEO, COMM

Project 3) - PetroBakken Energy Ltd.- Saskatchewan & Calgary www.petrobakken.com

Pump Rod Failure Prevention

PetroBakken Energy Ltd. is a light oil exploration and production company comprised of high growth, long-life Bakken reserves and production and legacy conventional light oil assets in southeast Saskatchewan; significant Cardium potential in Alberta; and development opportunities in the Horn River and Montney natural gas resource plays in northeast British Columbia.

PetroBakken’s foundation has been built on the culture of continuously experimenting and modifying technology in an effort to increase production and reserves from our assets and improve capital efficiencies.

The TEAM project involves the analysis of stresses experienced by rods in a beam pump system and recommendations to improve run life. Wells are equipped with steel rods that transfer mechanical energy from the pump jack on surface to a pump approximately 1400m underground. Recently, there has been an increase in stress breaks discovered in rods that theoretically should not be failing and there are significant costs and lost production associated with repairing the failures. Rod Corrosion has also been a significant failure cause however there are many different rod metallurgies available that could help reduce the impact of corrosion.

The project is tentatively divided into:

• Visiting the site to acquire data and review operations,
• Developing a stress analysis model of the pumping process to identify the problem,
• Evaluating the effects of down hole deviation on rod stress, 
• Making recommendations for improving the reliability of the system,
• Examining and model the corrosion reaction mechanisms that may be occurring,
• Making recommendations on the best rods to use to deal with corrosion.

Suggest discipline mix: Mechanical and Chemical Engineering

Project 4) - Provident Energy - Sarnia & Calgary

Large Scale Electrical Energy Storage

Provident is an integrated NGL infrastructure and logistics business that owns and operates world class extraction, gathering, transportation, storage and fractionation facilities. Provident’s operations and facilities extend eastward from Northeast British Columbia to Sarnia, Ontario and Lynchburg, Virginia. Provident’s major western Canadian facilities are located a Younger, BC and at Redwater and Empress, AB. These locations are major gathering points for NGL and natural gas supply and provide the facilities with access to the supply from the broad Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin

Provident Engineering Ltd. is investigating the possibility of a peaking generation plant in Sarnia, ON. Provident currently uses underground caverns to store large volumes of natural gas liquids (NGLs). The basis for this project is a new cavern which could be used to store compressed air, which will be used for power generation. Air will be pressurized and stored when power prices are low, and used to generate electricity when prices are high. Provident would like the TEAM group to investigate a possible process for compressing the air into cavern. Also, an investigation into Ontario’s peaking power rates, and possible “green power” subsidies will be required. All of this will be put into an economic evaluation to decide if the project is viable.

Suggest discipline mix: all

 

Project 5) Chemistry Industry Association of Canada - Ottawa www.canadianchemistry.ca

Marketing Plan for Applying Responsible Care to the Canadian Bio-economy

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (formerly the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association - CCPA) is the voice of Canada's business of chemistry. The Association represents over 50 companies and Responsible Care® partners ranging from five to 5,000 employees that operate in the chemistry industry.

Historically representing the interests of Canada’s chemical producers, CIAC (formerly the Canadian Chemical Producers Association) now places an emphasis on representing the needs and interests of companies across the entire chemistry value chain. For the past 25 years, Responsible Care® has formed the foundation for CIAC’s efforts on behalf of the industry. The chemistry industry's commitment to sustainability - the betterment of society, the environment and the economy, and the ethic and principles of Responsible Care compels companies to innovate for safer and more environmentally friendly products and processes, and to work cooperatively to identify and eliminate harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products. These emphases - on new players in the chemistry value chain, and on innovation in support of sustainability – point to an increased importance for biotechnology in CIAC’s future activities. And, although it is well understood in the context of traditional organic and inorganic chemical production, the applicability and benefits of Responsible Care have not yet been fully analysed and articulated in the context of existing and emerging biotechnology production processes and activities.

The project will deliver, to CIAC, a marketing plan for extending the application of Responsible Care to relevant components of the Canadian bioeconomy and as a tool to support member recruitment as CIAC seeks to extend its representation across the entire chemistry value chain.

discipline mix: CHEE, COMM, BIO, LAW

 

Project 6) Statoil - Calgary - www.statoil.com

Small Scale Biogas Facility Design

About Statoil

Statoil is an international energy company based in Norway, with corporate functions both in Stavanger and Oslo. As a technically based company, Statoil is always striving to be innovative. New technologies are constantly being developed and tested to improve methods of oil and gas production, as well as new environmental technologies and alternative energy production. Aside from being a leader in offshore oil and gas production, Statoil is also leading the industry in carbon capture, storage and sequestration, as well as offshore wind power generation. We are the largest operator on the Norwegian continental shelf, and a license holder in numerous oil and gas fields, both onshore and offshore.

We are the largest operator on the Norwegian continental shelf, and a license holder in numerous oil and gas fields. Our onshore facilities in Norway are active within such areas as gas treatment, crude oil reception, refinement and methanol production. Northern Alberta, where Statoil’s Leismer Demonstration Project is located, contains the world’s largest known reserves of oil-bearing sands. Statoil is developing this valuable resource in close consultation with local communities and environmental groups.
Oil sands represent a long-term investment for the company. In 2007, we acquired 100% of the shares in North American Oil Sands Corporation (NAOSC) and operatorship of the Kai Kos Dehseh leases.

We currently own interests in 1,129 square kilometres (279,053 net acres) of oil sands' leases located in the Athabasca region of Alberta.

We recently started producing oil at our Leismer facility, currently producing approximately 10,000 bpd. Along with this production, our main oil sands goal is to develop new technology which can bring costs down and reduce environmental impacts.

In its raw state, bitumen is heavy viscous oil that can be difficult to extract from a depth of approximately 430 metres. Statoil uses the most environmentally-recognized technology to recover these oil sands. This method is known as steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD).

We continue to employ additional resources to develop new and better solutions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our operations, while helping the world get access to sufficient energy 

About the Project

An environmental concern exists in the communities of Anzac, Conklin and Janvier with the state of the municipal waste water treatment – primarily due to influx of contractors for oil development. The systems design contemplated use by the rural population; however the development of a number of oil sands facilities and the increased population burden is straining the local infrastructure. Sewage collection and disposal is provided by truck and hauled to local sewage lagoons.

It is proposed that Statoil Canada Ltd. (SCL) lead the investigation into the efficacy of establishing a biogas facility to treat municipal sewage and organic waste from oilfield camps in the area. The challenge is that most anaerobic digesters prefer warmer climates and the facilities that operate in colder climates are scaled for larger populations. The challenge is to develop a system that can operate economically, year round in a cold climate.

The proposed facility will generate revenue from four sources. The first and largest component will be tipping fees, this source would be redirected from the current disposal site at the sewage lagoon. The second source will be either from the sale of the methane gas or the sale of electricity generated from the produced gas. The third source would be from the sale of the processed waste as fertilizer. The last source would be from diversion credits received for Green House Gas (GHG). As part of the investigation each source will be reviewed and quantify the revenue expected.

If the project is deemed viable we will present our findings to the community leaders and seek support to establish a facility that will be community based and community run.

Key Deliverables

  • Develop a process that can create biogas in a cold climate
  • Investigate the economics around gas production vs electricity production
  • Develop a business case for the implementation of the process in smaller populations.


Discipline mix: Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science, Law, Business

Project 7) Cameco - Port Hope - (www.cameco.com)

Feasibility of Producing Nitrogen On Site

Cameco's Port Hope conversion facility is one of only four uranium conversion facilities in the western world. The facility converts purified uranium trioxide (UO3) to uranium hexafluoride (UF6) and uranium dioxide (UO2). These are intermediate products required in the production of fuel for light water and CANDU type heavy water nuclear reactors. During these processes, nitrogen gas is used for many purposes such as a purge gas, dilution gas, fluidizing gas and for differential pressure transfer of chemicals. It has two main properties that are important for these purposes. Firstly, nitrogen is inert thus does not react with the chemicals in use, and secondly, it is extremely dry, containing no water. Currently, nitrogen is received in liquid form via bulk shipments from a supplier. The liquid is stored outside in two locations at the facility. The liquid storage tanks and associated process equipment including vaporizers and controls are owned and serviced by the supplier.

Project:

The Port Hope conversion facility consumes a large volume of nitrogen per annum. On-site generation represents a potential cost savings for the site. The TEAM is being asked to provide design options with cost/benefit analysis for reliable on-site generation of nitrogen at the Port Hope conversion facility and to evaluate the risks associated with operating each option.

Major Deliverables:

Design options - cost/benefit analysis, estimated annual operating costs, evaluation of risk and safety concerns

Discipline mix: Engineering, Comm

Project 8) BP Canada - Calgary www.bp.com

Carbon Emission Reduction Technology Analysis

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, BP is active in three provinces and the Northwest Territories, while its marketing and trading activities span the nation and expand into the U.S. BP Canada Energy Company ranks among Canada’s top marketers and traders of natural gas liquids and is a major purchaser of crude oil for BP’s refineries in the United States. BP Canada Energy Company holds three oil sands opportunities in Northern Alberta suitable for in situ development using steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technology.

The Project

We recognize that oil sands projects raise environmental challenges and we are actively seeking ways to undertake these projects in a way that minimizes the environmental footprint.

The question to be answered is “what investment in technology development should BP make to maximize its return on assets and be a world leader in a zero carbon emission world?” The changing landscape of carbon emission regulations from the oils sands are a key challenge for any company’s long term planning. What will the future policies be? The technologies that exist or are being developed require investment, but which ones?
This project will assist BP’s policy and technology groups’ planning by examining the trend in carbon emission regulations while at the same time reviewing the technologies for carbon emission reduction.

KEY DELIVERABLES

Prepare a written report and accompanying presentation providing a screening level technology, economic and regulatory analysis of the ideas and discusses:

• A review of the regulatory environment on a provincial, federal and international context
• A review of the different technologies available in reducing carbon emissions
• A review of market options (i.e. carbon credit, trading) in offsetting carbon emissions.

• A relevant analysis of how Oil Sands carbon emissions requirements will change with evolving regulations
• An analysis of best possible strategies to meet the Oil Sands carbon emissions given the different technologies/market options identified under different regulatory environments. Analysis should take into account safety risk, technological risk, regulatory risk, reputational risks and other relevant risks.

• A review of the different optimization metrics considered, whether that be profitability, meeting emissions requirements etc, and how the metrics might change what technologies/options to implement.

Discipline mix: Law, Business, Engineering/technology

Project 9) Agrium - Fort Saskatchewan AB - ( www.agrium.com )

Advanced Process Control System Development

Agrium is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North and South America and a leading global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products. We produce and market three primary groups of nutrients: nitrogen, phosphate and potash as well as controlled-release fertilizers and micronutrients.

Agrium’s Fort Saskatchewan Nitrogen Operations (FNO) is located approximately 20 km northeast of Edmonton, AB. The site produces 1,250 MTPD of anhydrous ammonia, 1,250 MTPD of granular urea and approximately 300 MTPD of aqueous ammonia.

About the Project:

Agrium is a growth-focused company, and it requires substantial amounts of investment capital in order to implement its strategy. To support this strategy, existing operating facilities need to find ways to maximize operating profits. Two ways to achieve this are to maximize production output and minimize production costs. Both of these can be achieved through optimization modeling. Real Time Optimization (RTO) modeling involves creating an up-to-date reconciled heat and material balance for a production process, then taking the calculated performance parameters (i.e. UA values for heat exchangers, polytropic efficiencies for pumps and compressors) and running a simulation of the process with the goal of either maximizing or minimizing a specific variable (i.e. production, energy consumption). This form of process simulation requires the development of detailed design equations, particularly for highly customized equipment, such as a steam-methane primary reforming furnace. The optimization model needs to account for things such as heat and mass transfer, reaction kinetics, and metal design temperatures. The ammonia plant at FNO was designed by M.W. Kellogg in the late 1970’s, and the detailed design equations are not available to Agrium. Thus, Agrium must develop its own equations if it wishes to create a RTO model for the ammonia plant. The goal of this project is to develop the detailed heat and mass transfer equations for the radiant section of the primary reformer, which will be used as part of a RTO model for the FNO ammonia plant. The model will be used in the interim as a stand-alone performance monitoring tool, focusing specifically on tube metal temperature profiles and examining the effect of changing production rate on furnace operation. The model will be based on a Queen’s Master’s thesis from 2008. The project team will modify the equations from the thesis to suit the specific geometry of the primary reforming furnace at FNO and tune it to reflect its operation.

Deliverables

• A working steam-methane primary reformer model in a platform that will be readily-useable by Agrium process engineers. The model must be vetted against plant process data supplied by Agrium, to verify that it can successfully estimate model parameters and simulate changing plant conditions.
• A report explaining the modeling strategy, list of equations, parameters, and input and output variables.
• The working model and report must make it possible for an Agrium engineer to recreate the model in a platform other than the one used in this project

Discipline mix: Engineering

 

Project 10)Suncor Energy- Calgary

The In-Situ Oilsands Plant of the Future

Suncor is strategically focused on developing one of the world’s largest petroleum resources basins – Canada’s Athabasca Oil Sands. With more than 40 years experience in pioneering commercial development, the company has significant oil sands resources for the future. These resources are recovered through both mining and In Situ technologies and are then upgraded to diesel fuel and refinery-ready feedstock.

In Situ plant of the future :

  • What does it look like? Possible to be fully automated, remotely controlled? What would be the field operations requirements?
  • What would be the size and extent of modular fabrication?
  • Would the whole plant be located at the well pad, or would there continue to be a gathering corridor and central plant processing?
  • What are the limitations currently to getting there and where do we need to develop technology to enable?

Key Deliverables:

  • Block flow diagram
  • Plot plan
  • Business case

 

Disciplines: Eng & Business

 

Project 11) Township of Edwardsburg/Cardinal & Ontario East Wood Centre

GreenHouse Development

Introduction and Background:

The Ontario East Wood Centre & Eco-Industrial Park Incorporated is facilitating the development of a state of the art, high technology greenhouse operation adjacent to the GreenField Ethanol in the eco-industrial park.

A local company is currently producing 500 tonnes per day of carbon dioxide and waste heat that they are willing to “sell” to an adjacent greenhouse operation. That company's Business Development staff and Engineering Team are available to work with our consultants in the development of the business case, and they have already developed an arrangement with a greenhouse operation in Chatham, Ontario.

TEAM requirements

TEAM members to be knowledgeable and/or interested in the science and technology, market opportunities, labour requirements and business opportunities for such an initiative.

Statement of Work and Deliverables:

The development of a business case for a greenhouse initiative in an eco-industrial setting will include but is not restricted to:

  • literature/research/best practices review
  • technology options
  • heat and power options
  • carbon dioxide mitigation technology
  • stock
  • products search
  • marketing plan
  • land requirements
  • utilities
  • energy needs
  • growth medium
  • fertilization
  • water needs
  • labour costs
  • management and
  • five year budget (pro forma).


Disciplines
: All

 

Project 12) Nova Chemicals - Sarnia On. http://www.novachem.com

Early Detection of Cracking Furnace Instrumentation Errors

About Nova Chemicals

NOVA Chemicals has a rich history, with roots beginning more than 50 years ago in southeastern Alberta, Canada, as The Alberta Gas Trunk Line Company.

Today, NOVA Chemicals produces plastics and chemicals that are essential to everyday life. Our current businesses and joint ventures focus on ethylene and polyethylene and Performance Styrenic polymers. We develop value-added products and technology for customers worldwide that produce consumer, industrial and packaging products. And we work with a commitment to Responsible Care® to ensure effective health, safety, security and environmental stewardship.

About the Project

Nova Chemicals has model predictive controllers (MPC) implemented on nine furnaces at its olefins plant near Sarnia (Corunna), Ontario. The controller uses Process Perfecter advanced control software marketed by Rockwell Automation. The primary control objective is to maximize rates. A secondary control objective is to increase run length by balancing feed, fuel and temperature across six furnace passes.

The controllers depend on reliable measurement of process conditions. Faulty instrumentation such as bad flow meters or flue gas analyzers will negatively impact operational stability and controller performance. Currently when instrumentation errors occur, they can be detected from process alarms. On detecting an error, the process operator will take corrective action.

There is an opportunity to detect process abnormalities early using redundant process measurements. Early abnormality detection and correction will result in increased controller stability and will minimize adverse impacts.

This project steps would be:

• Become familiar with Short Residence Time (SRT) furnaces
• Collect and plot operating data: normal operation and as instrumentation faults occur. Analyze data based on knowledge of the furnaces.
• Develop an automated method to detect abnormalities. The method could be a multivariate process monitoring technique such as Principal Components Analysis (PCA) or an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model. 
• Assess method effectiveness. Quantify timeliness of error detection, frequency of false positives / missed errors and robustness.
• Develop a data presentation technique, such as plots of the process data, that would allow operations to pinpoint what corrective action is required.

Discipline Mix: Engineering

 

Bio and Pharma Companies / Projects

 

Project 13) PnuVax - Kingston - www.pnuvax.com

Process Design and Optimization for the Production of a Proprietary Conjugate Vaccine

PnuVax Incorporated is a newly formed Canadian biotechnology company, with headquarters located in Kingston, Ontario. Out-of-province travel will likely be required over the course of the project.

Overall, the proposed project will provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the fields of biopharmaceutical manufacturing and vaccine development. Students interested in expanding their knowledge surrounding bacterial fermentations, pharmaceutical technologies, and/or biomedical engineering, or those students interested in pursuing a career in drug development and manufacturing, are strongly recommended to consider this project.

Specifically, students will learn about the details of biopharmaceutical processing, pharmaceutical engineering, drug regulatory requirements, and the practical economic realities of making use of available opportunities in a real-world manufacturing setting; as applied to the investigation of a specific proprietary vaccine.

Technical aspects of the project may include the growth of organisms requiring BL2 biological containment, protein and polysaccharide production, product purification, and the execution and validation of sterile operations.

As such, the project will combine technical, operational, and management approaches toward developing new products and/or product manufacturing processes.

Discipline Mix: CHEE – Biomedical Engineering Stream

 

Project 14) Kraft Foods - Cheese Division - www.kraftcanada.com

Product Cooling Improvement

Background

Kraft Canada is the #1 packaged goods company in Canada with 11 production plants spread across the country. Kraft Canada is an innovation leader in the Canadian marketplace focused on listening carefully to consumers and their ever changing needs. Every year, we invest in quality, innovation and our brands.
As the second largest food company in the world, with a presence in over 160 countries, Kraft Foods has annual revenues of $48 billion. Kraft Foods proudly markets 11 brands with revenues exceeding $1 billion, including Kraft, Jacobs, LU, Maxwell House, Cadbury, Trident, Milka, Nabisco and its Oreo brand, Philadelphia, and Oscar Mayer. Approximately 70 brands have revenues greater than $100 million and more than 40 brands are at least 100 years old. Kraft Foods is also dedicated to making a delicious difference by fighting hunger and supporting healthy lifestyles.

Project Description

When product comes off of a production line in the food industry, it is often at temperatures above ambient temperature. For legislative reasons, this product must be reduced to a maximum temperature of 40 °F before being delivered to customers. For quality reasons, this process must be completed as soon as possible to prevent unwanted microbial activity. Currently, it can take anywhere from 5 to 12 days to cool product to the appropriate temperature before it can be released. Significant savings can be realized if the duration of this process is reduced further without compromising the quality of the product.
The cooling process can be optimized by adjusting variables such as shipper design, pallet pattern, pallet wrap, pallet spacing, air flow (direction, speed, temperature), and warehouse layout. Of course, creative cooling concepts above and beyond those mentioned are encouraged, including a complete redesign of the process and backward integration into upstream processes.

Key Deliverables & Activities

  • Plant process measurements at Kraft facilities
  • Literature review of applicable technologies and designs
  • Concept description and research proposal
  • Cooling curves, other data collected, and model
  • Recommendations for improving process
  • Economic analysis( capital, working capital, and operating costs, any savings)
  • Written report and accompanying presentation
  • Recommended next steps

 

Disciplines: (CHEE,MECH, COMM)

 

Project 15) ChainGuard Lubricants - www.chainguardlubricants.com

DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FOOD GRADE LUBRICANT

“Lubricants are the machinery equivalent of the air we breathe

– they’re all around us, we just don’t notice them” - Unknown Author

BACKGROUND

Chain Guard® Industrial Lubricants is a thriving young company that supplies manufacturing industries with lubricants and greases. Chain Guard’s current market focus is furnishing of lubricants to the commercial and industrial food processing sectors. Chain Guard® management recognizes a void in the market of available food grade lubricants. The majority of available food grade lubricating fluids, solids, and greases are limited in performance thresholds for a broad range of operating conditions and temperatures. 

DESCRIPTION

The challenge that Chain Guard® Industrial Lubricants presents to TEAM is to investigate and develop a new high performance, high temperature, food grade lubricant whether it is a fluid, coating, or solid that incorporates

cutting edge conceptual theory already established by Chain Guard®. Development of this concept could be revolutionary in the lubricating industry and it is the intention of Chain Guard® to address the market void by

creating a new lubricating product that can satisfy the demands of the market, yet also be environmentally friendly and biodegradable. Chain Guard will present TEAM with our proprietary technological concept that will be used to develop the new lubricant. This concept is potentially patentable therefore details will be outlined in confidence to the chosen TEAM participants.

KEY DELIVERABLES

  • Prepare a written report and accompanying presentation providing research engineering, economic, and
  • regulatory analysis of the idea with an emphasis on:
  • A review of the technology identified by Chain Guard®
  • Scientifically research and develop Chain Guard® technological innovations to achieve new lubricating materials and products, and/or improve the characteristics of existing lubricants
  • Applying research into scientific knowledge with specific application and final product
  • Intellectual property and regulatory analysis
  • Cost analysis and marketing plan of idea
  • Recommendations for future work

 

TEAM DISCIPLINE MIX

Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, Marketing, Law

CONFIDENTIALITY

Yes

 

Project 16) Silverdale Services - Bangkok, Thailand

Extraction of Protein and Valuable Biochemicals from Pineapple Tops in Thailand

Project Description:

Thailand is one of the major producers and exporters of pineapples in the world with an annual production of about 2 million tons. Approximately 80% of this is processed for canning. In order to maintain high levels of efficiency and to minimize environmental impact, producers follow guidelines for Good Agricultural Practices and Good Processing Practices. At this time there is no gainful utilization of pineapple tops other than as fodder for animals, thus creating a waste stream that is inadequately utilized and causes problems with GPP compliance.

A major limitation in human nutrition worldwide is the supply of high quality protein: that is, protein with significant proportions of all 10 Essential Amino Acids. Typically proteins derived from grains are deficient in one or more essential amino acids because in grains one type of storage protein predominates, for instance corn is deficient in lysine. An underutilized source of high quality proteins is leaf protein, because leaves produce thousands of different proteins resulting in an overall even distribution of amino acids.

This project is to develop a process for extracting leaf proteins suitable for human consumption from the underutilized tops of the processed pineapples. In addition, processes will be developed for the extraction of other potentially valuable compounds in this material. Some laboratory work will be required in this project. The final report will include the processes, process analysis, estimated factory and equipment requirements for processing at the 100,000 ton/year level, process economic analysis and overall business plan.

   

Project 17) Alberta Health Services- Calgary

Model Based AED Location System

About Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services is Canada’s first province-wide, fully integrated health system. We are the 117,000 skilled and dedicated health professionals, support staff, 15,000 volunteers and 7,400 physicians who promote wellness and provide care every day to 3.7 million Albertans, as well many residents of southwestern Saskatchewan, southeastern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. 
Programs and services are offered at 400 facilities throughout the province, including 98 Acute care hospitals, 5 stand alone psychiatric facilities, 7,802 acute care beds and 19,557 long-term care & supportive living beds / spaces.

About The Project

More than 40, 000 deaths occur in Canada each year as a result of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), but the chance of survival increases when cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are used before Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives. Public education and placing AEDs where groups of people gather can help ensure these life-saving measures are used.

Currently, the decision process for locating AEDs relies on manual mapping of existing devices and the judgment of the program coordinators. TEAM will develop a decision model for identifying high-priority communities or areas to place AEDs using GIS data, ambulance response times, population density and demographics.

Deliverables:

A decision model that can be expanded with new criteria, and updated with new data about AED locations.  The model will include the ability to adjust the weights assigned to model criteria.

Disciplines:

* Geographical engineering/geography (GIS), civil engineering (GIS),

* Applied math, chee, etc. engineering,

commerce/business (operations management),

* law (preferably with an interest in health or public policy),

* health if possible

Project 18)Neo Performance Materials - Peterborough - www.neomaterials.com (Neo Performance Materials was acquired by Molycorp in 2012)

Waste Water Plant Design

Neo Performance Materials Limited (NPML) is a growing and successful company that recovers and upgrades Gallium, Indium and other specialty metals used compound semi-conductors for advance circuitry and consumer electronics applications. Gallium and Indium are also referred to as: post-transition metals, semi-precious metals and base metals.

NPML is a primary and secondary refiner of Gallium and a secondary refiner of Indium. We operate an extractive metallurgy facility with processes including: leaching, precipitation, cementation, solvent extraction, electro-winning, and electro refining. We are one of the world’s top suppliers of Gallium and continue to grow our portfolio of products.

A process water/waste water assessment is required for a chemical plant with recommendations for equipment to be installed in 2012 to increase process water reuse and reduce total effluent.

The goal of the project is to deliver cost savings based on an acceptable ROI for the recommended equipment and processes. Neo strives to meet and exceed applicable environmental standards and reducing water usage is an important metric in this regard,

1. Assessment of Process Water Usage in the plant.
2. Development of limits for process water re-use
3. Exploration of technology and techniques available for reduction in volume of waste water/recycle and reuse of process water
4. Costing estimate on various options for recycle/volume reduction for waste water and process water.
5. RFA for best options along with construction time line and scheduling.
6. C of A Implications/Environmental requirements.

 

Project 19) Sentinel / Davos Pharam - New Jersey

Medical Device Development

Description:

Chemiluminscent CO2 Sensor Development

Sentinel is a company focused on providing autonomous mobile medical solutions to post-operative and chronic care settings. Sentinel is developing wearable sensor solutions for monitoring patient metabolism and blood perfusion. The technologies under development will enable new modes of care, reducing the cost to treat while catching complications early and improving patient outcomes.

As part of our ongoing efforts, Sentinel has developed a high speed chemiluminescent oxygen sensor and is looking into development of a high speed carbon dioxide companion sensor. A miniaturized high speed
CO2 sensor would help decrease current device costs as well as expand the range of illnesses and settings in which patients could be monitored.

The TEAM project will involve:

• Preparing a literature survey of the technical space, research suitable material options for the sensor with rational for performance expectations.
• Developing a plan for fabrication of the sensors in a volume application.
• Outlining the leading options and a plan of action to go forward with development.
• Preparing a detailed assessment of market opportunities for the technology.
    - Suitable markets in the medical, consumer and industrial spaces should be investigated.
• Key personnel in the respective industries should be interviewed about the potential of the technology, respective application requirements and market size. This may include visiting a local hospital to inquire with medical staff as to the need in various medical indications.

Disciplines mix: All

 

Project 20) City of Kingston www.cityofkingston.ca

Strategy for Optimizing Bio-Enviromental Treatment Plant

Utilities Kingston is a Municipal Corporation, owned by the City of Kingston, whose sole purpose is the operation of Water, Wastewater, Natural Gas, Electric and Fibre Optics Business. These assets include 3 Wastewater Treatment Plants

Biosolids are the nutrient rich product that results from the treatment of wastewater. At two of Kingston’s wastewater treatment plants the solids from the process are fed into anaerobic digesters for stabilization. Within these digesters, methane gas is generated which can be used to fuel boilers or generate electricity in combined heat and power systems. Recent upgrades to biological secondary treatment at the Ravensview has resulted in an increase in the biosolids generated. The primary means of disposal is through a beneficial use program where the material is applied to approved farm fields, which are limited in terms of availability and application. 

Planned Upgrades at the Cataraqui Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant present an opportunity to consider alternate technologies and disposal options, which could include producing a fertilizer, pelletizing with potential use as feedstock to a thermal destruction unit, (cement kiln), composting, land application and landfill disposal. In addition, consideration to other processes within the wastewater treatment solids process that maximizes gas production while minimizing solids remaining will be key. 

The Project TEAM will collaborate with Utilities Kingston Project & Research Office and Wastewater Treatment Plant staff to review a long list of available technologies with a goal to create a short list for further evaluation within a provincial Environmental Assessment. Deadline November 2011. Further, the Project Team may choose to take two or three options and complete a more detailed cost/benefit review and comparison, which may be in coordination with J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. Who have been retained to complete the Environmental Assessment for the plant upgrades

The TEAM should consist of 3 or 4 students with Wastewater Process (Civil/Chemical) expertise, financial analysis ability and public relations/consultation abilities.

 

Project 21) Covidien - Montreal (www.covidien.com)

Pharma Plant Energy Recovery

About Covidien

We're passionate about making doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals as effective as they can be. From Autosuture to Valleylab, from Kendall to Mallinckrodt, our industry-leading brands are known worldwide for uncompromising quality.

Through ongoing collaboration with medical professionals and organizations, we identify clinical needs and translate them into proven products and procedures. Over the years, we've pioneered a number of medical advances including contrast media, pulse oximetry, electrosurgery, surgical stapling and laparoscopic instrumentation.

Offering an extensive product line that spans medical devices, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, we serve healthcare needs in hospitals, long-term care and alternate care facilities, doctors’ offices and in the home.

International in every respectCovidien is part of the local fabric of the communities where we operate. Deriving more than 40% of our sales from outside the United States, Covidien's success wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our 42,000 employees, who live in more than 60 countries. Nearly two-thirds of our colleagues work in 58 manufacturing facilities located in 16 countries. In addition, more than 5,000 sales representatives in more than 60 countries meet our customers’ needs every day.

About the Project (more details coming)

Currently air compressors are one of the main electricity users for the plant. As part of the compression process heat is generated, the plant needs to find a way to recover this wasted heat .
The scope of this project is to analyze the current situation to evaluate a technical solution and perform a feasibility study.

Discipline Mix: Engineering, Comm

 

Project 22) City of Kingston #2- Kingston -(www.cityofkingston.ca)

City of Kingston – Sustainable Purchasing

The Corporation of the City of Kingston employs approximately 1300 people, and undertakes operating and capital purchasing in the magnitude of tens of millions of dollars annually.

The City of Kingston has made the link between improving the sustainability of our business practices and how we purchase goods and services. Truly “buying green” for a diverse corporation such as the City involves not only awareness of what makes one product or service more virtuous, but also policies and tools to implement those goals.

  • Benchmark purchasing practice and processes
  • Research the basic legal obligations
  • Identify gaps in purchasing policies that may be contributing to underperforming sustainable procurement.
  • Identify areas that will have high impact such as:
    • Reductions of greenhouse gas emission, hazardous materials, waste generation, and cost
    • Economic development
    • Local innovation and entrepreneurship
    • Avoiding unfair, inequitable or dangerous working conditions and practice (locally or at point of manufacture)
  • Research, compare and contrast examples of on-line tools that support sustainable procurement
  • Recommend policies, develop a framework for evaluating the sustainability of purchases, practices and administrative tools
  • Recommend architecture, content and style for an on-line sustainable purchasing tool available, and build a prototype, as necessary

Disciplines: All

 

Other Types of Companies or Projects 

 

Project 23) NASCAR - R&D Centre

Track Drying

NASCAR provides to most exciting at track experience that every sports fan loves. This is experience isn't so fun and exciting when it rains... In order to ensure safety we do not allow our races to start or continue if there is any measurable moisture on the tracks. We need to develop some safe, environmentally sound way to dry our tracks quickly. Today we use jet engines to hot air blow dry the tracks which can take up to 2 hours to dry the track. These are loud and burn a significant amount of fuel. We would like to explore alternative approaches to getting to a dry track faster, quieter and greener. One example would be to leverage ultrasonics to vaporize the water then evacuate to vapor. Get us back to racing faster!

Discplines: All

 

Project 24)Ontario Power Generation (www.opg.com)

Evaluation of New Turbine/Generator Technology

OPG is an Ontario-based electricity generation company whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity in Ontario. Our focus is on the efficient production and sale of electricity from our generation assets, while operating in a safe, open and environmentally responsible manner. 

OPG is proposing the construction of a 75 MW hydroelectric power station on the Little Jackfish River which is approximately 250km northwest of Thunder Bay. As part of this Project OPG needs to select the type of turbine/generator technology to install in the generating station taking into account issues related to engineering, construction, operations, maintenance, and the environment.

Also the Project will incorporate a main dam with a by-pass gate incorporated into it for the purpose of by-passing water around the generating station when required. OPG would like to investigate the potential of generating power from this by-pass structure.

OPG has not constructed a Greenfield hydroelectric generating station in 20+ years and the Project is interested in examining new turbine/generator technologies that could be incorporated into the design of this station.

Activities include: Identifing new turbine/generator options including a review of:
Engineering Environmental, Social, and Cost related aspects.

Detail the suitability of these new technologies for the Little Jackfish River Hydroelectric Project 

- Range of operating flow & head
- Location / climate
- Remoteness / unmanned
- Social Issues / First Nation partners

Disciplines: Mechanical / Electrical / Civil / Environmental Engineering student
Hydrologist

 

Project 25) 3M Canada – Brockville

Design of Continuous Carbon Drying

This location is part of the Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division of 3M Canada. Operations include manufacture of filters for use in respiratory protection systems (gas masks, powered air purifying respirators), refurbishment of larger air filters, production-scale carbon impregnation, passive gas monitoring badges and a research and development laboratory. Our products are used globally for respiratory protection of workers in industrial applications such as welding, smelting, mining, pharmaceuticals, as well as in the healthcare, emergency response and military sectors. Activated carbon is a key component for gas filtration, and treated carbons made here are used filter manufacture in Brockville and other 3M locations.

Activated carbon is widely used for gas filtration in respiratory protection systems. Such carbons have innate ability for physical adsorption of gases and vapours, and the ability to remove inorganic gases can be enhanced dramatically by impregnation of specific compounds on to the carbon. The Brockville operation has treatment equipment to produce a variety of carbon types, and this is now being upgraded with installation of new equipment for continuous processing of carbon. Throughput over existing capacity will be substantially increased and plus capability for new types of products to be developed in Canada for world-wide distribution will be added. Drying carbon that has been chemically treated in solution is an integral requirement for this process and there are several feasible drying technologies which could be employed. The project will require review of options, selection of equipment that matches: production throughput needs, serves a range of product types and accommodates product sensitivity to attrition.

Activities:

  • Review of potential drying equipment solutions.
  • Selection of equipment – incorporating existing studies by the company matching production throughput needs, operation with a range of product types and product sensitivity to attrition.
  • Sourcing suppliers.
  • Cost analysis for installation, operation and long-term maintenance needs.
  • Assessment of environmental and health and safety considerations and energy efficiency.


Deliverables:

  • Project Plan.
  • Drying process options, equipment types and suppliers evaluated, rationale for selection.
  • Identification of the best value solution including benefits and limitations.
  • Design layout.


Chemical Engineering (1-2), Mechanical Engineering (1-2) disciplines.

 

 

Project 26) Bank of Montreal (BMO)

Several projects are available from BMO, a maximum of one will proceed.

CUSTOMER/EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCES IN THE FUTURE

Established in 1817 and based in Canada, BMO Financial Group together with Harris bank in the U.S. serves more than 7 million personal, commercial, corporate and institutional customers in North America and internationally. BMO’s financial and operating results in 2010 reflect the success of their 38,000 employees in meeting their customers’ needs. With assets over 400 Billion, the BMO is one of the largest banks in North America.

Project Description

Examine the options and probable issues for customer/employee experience future in the financial industry – that is the task at hand. This research question is a complex one as there are many aspects to consider, here is a sample:

- the potential issues with the bricks mortar branches – will they be there in 20, 30 or 50 years from now? For example Gallup reports that highly satisfied groups of employees often exhibit above-average levels of the following characteristics: Customer loyalty (56 %); Productivity (50%); Employee retention (50%); Safety records (50%); Profitability (33%). So there is much to gain.
- what will be the significant impact of Social Media on how customers and employees interact in their daily involvement with the financial services industry? Will the two ever meet face-to-face?
- the opportunities for banking are enormous if the industry can transform and adapt to the 21st century. Some say that there is little evidence that such a transformation will be led from within the banking industry. Who will lead this change (whether the above is true or not?
- banking may be subject to similar threats that have disrupted mature markets in the past. What are these in the banking context and how to address these challenges?
- will money as we know it now be still there 50 years from now?
- The pace of change in society and the growing power of consumers enabled by global technology changes will present serious challenges to the status quo in financial services. How to benefit from these coming challenges?

But before anything is done and hundreds of millions of dollars are invested in this area the question needs to be asked: How will the Bank achieve success and leadership in creating virtual branches in the era of social media? Many banks have started using social websites to help them with everything from healing the financial industry to promoting their latest credit cards. By embracing the most popular tools available, the industry has also been embracing the best of what social media culture has to offer, and in the US at least, smaller, community banks seem to be leading the charge when it comes to social media innovation. But we don't know if any bank had implemented a virtual bank branch anywhere. But if there are such branches, what can we learn from them? We know that there have been efforts to open bank branches in Second Life, but the excitement around this had died down during the recent past.

At present, banks are using social media for: Community Building; Product Research; Customer Service; Marketing and Promotion; and Transparency (an outcome from the recent financial crises) according to Lon S. Cohen (http://mashable.com/2009/09/11/banks-social-media/). Although these are valuable approaches, they are not going toward a virtual banking initiative – but could these be a part of it? There are many questions and few real answers here, so the job is to make some sense of all this.

In any case, whether there are other banks out there which had established virtual branches or not, the Bank is interested in examining what would be a viable virtual bank branch in the present and future social media environment. Clearly, the need is for a lot of imagination and the ability to read the signs of change along with the hard-headed engineering approach that is based on facts and realistic (doable) approaches.

< back to Project Lists