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2012-2013 Project List

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

Study Feasibility of Locating a Bitumen Upgrader in Canada

Shell has been active in Canada since 1911 and is one of the country’s largest integrated oil and gas companies. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Shell Canada employs more than 8,000 people across Canada.

Shell Values

Our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people form the basis of the Shell General Business Principles.

Our Business Activities in Canada

Shell Canada's Upstream businesses explore for and extract natural gas, and market and trade natural gas and power. Our Downstream business refines, supplies, trades and ships crude oil worldwide and manufactures and markets a range of products, including fuels, lubricants, bitumen and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for home, transport and industrial use. Shell Canada is also the country's largest producer of sulphur.
We work with neighbouring communities, employees, First Nations, governments, and other stakeholders to reduce impacts and maximise benefits from our operations.

Project Background:

The rate of future oil sands development in Canada is may be constrained by north to south and western pipeline capacity to move diluted bitumen and/or synthetic crude oil to market. This has led to controversial plans to expand pipeline capacity. 

Importance to Shell

Shell may be able, in part at least, to insulate itself from exposure to pipeline capacity limitations by building an Upgrader and feeding the plant via existing and available west to east pipeline capacity. 
Shell Canada owns and operates Upgraders adjacent to its Scotford Refinery . Site synergies have made that facility a very successful business success. There may be a lucrative business opportunity, independent of pipeline capacity, to duplicate the Scotford success story.

Study Scope

This study will explore the feasibility of co-locating an Upgrader on, or adjacent to, a Shell Refinery site. The study will also evaluate availability and security of existing pipeline capacity to serve such a business venture.
The Upgrader Feasibility study will consider:
- Duplicating Scotford configuration i.e. bolt an Upgrader to an existing refinery, sell surplus synthetic crude oil to eastern Cdn or US refineries
- Conceptual Upgrader Process Design and overview of the an existing refinery
        - Upgrader interfaces to existing plant
        - A new Upgrader using coker technology rather than residue hydro conversion as is the case at Scotford
- Carbon capture for the new Upgrader 
        - locate a saline aquifer for Carbon Capture
        - Regulatory hurdles related to the aquifer
        - Duplicate carbon capture and storage project proposed for Scotford
- Reducing Shell exposure to current and likely increasing pipeline constraints to US gulf coast and/or the Canadian west coast.
The study scope will include a review of Federal and Provincial incentives for locating such a facility in Canada, including identification of funding incentives, legal and commercial requirements etc.

Deliverables

Prepare a written report and accompanying presentation covering study findings related to:
• Availability and security of west to east pipeline capacity 
• Refinery and a new Upgrader Integration opportunities
• Opportunities and challenges related to accessing a saline aquifer 
• A screening level economic evaluation (CAPEX/OPEX) 
• 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 regulatory/social issues and discuss how the issues might be resolved
• Recommend next steps

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

 

Project 2) Statoil - Calgary

Design an Environmentally Responsible, Sustainable, and Expandable Remote Community

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.

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.

About the Project:

As industry expands into remote areas, there are many challenges that arise. Of major concern are the environmental and social impacts of housing. Where there are existing communities, this influx of population can strain municipal infrastructure and raise costs of living, often causing friction with local inhabitants. When multiple resource industries enter an area, often workforce accommodations are duplicated, and the environmental footprint is larger than necessary. In work camps, environmental issues surrounding water, waste disposal, power, and more need to be managed as well. The project is to develop a planned work camp community that would evolve from a construction camp to a community to service operational and support staff, complete with business developments, recreation areas, schools, and medical facilities. An expandable, sustainable, and green-energy powered camp would reduce this footprint while taking strain off existing communities.

Discipline Mix:  4-5 students, engineers (any type), business or law student.

 

Project 3) Imperial Oil - Edmonton Refinery

description pending

 

 

Project 4) Pembina - Calgary AB

With more than 50 years experience, Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a well-managed and responsible transportation and service provider to western Canada's energy industry. We are an integrated energy infrastructure service provider. In addition to our conventional crude oil and NGL transportation service, Pembina provides substantial transportation support to Alberta's oil sands industry. Our Midstream & Marketing operations serve customers through an expanding network of terminals, storage facilities and hub services, while our Gas Services business includes gas gathering and processing facilities.

Background:

The Pembina Redwater Facility uses an incinerator to dispose of sulfur rich waste streams. This is done because of environmental regulation which mandates that we dispose the sulfur by either recovery or by sulfur destruction. Because of the small amount of sulfur we need to remove, incineration is the most economical option and we do this by converting the sulfurs into SO2 by burning the waste stream at high heat. 
This project is to look at using the wasted heat at the top of the incinerator stack to preheat another stream such as the heat medium to reduce the operating costs of the preheated stream.
We will be interested in seeing the following
1. Design of heat recovery
2. Costs and payback
3. Control philosophy on incinerator and heat recovery equipment
4. Corrosion issues
5. Safety considerations 
6. Environmental consideration
7. Legal consideration

Project 5) Apache - Calgary AB

Elemental Sulfur Deposition Study

Apache Corporation is one of the world's top independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. Since its inception in 1954, Apache has been drivin by a relentless pursuit of opportunity to profitably grow an independent oil and gas company for the long-term benefit of our shareholders. Apache has 7.5 million gross acres across the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Background:

Particular natural gas reservoirs contain elemental sulfur in solution in quantities of about 2 g/m3. When wells in these reservoirs are being produced, the elemental sulfur comes out of solution and sticks to the metal tubing, and can create a total blockage. Historically, well operators would pump hydrocarbon-based sulfur solvents in these wells to remove deposition, however this is uneconomic due to the cost of these chemicals and the amount of chemical required to remove sulfur. The objectives of this project are:

* make observations made about sulfur deposition from gas to liquid phase on the surface of metal tubing. 
* Investigate alternate solutions for preventing sulfur deposition:

The project will involve hands on experimentation development and execution work.

 

Project 6) - Veresen - Calgary AB

Gas Processing- Glycol Conservation and Recovery

Veresen has recently purchased two large gas processing facilities from Encana located in the Cutbank Ridge area. The 927MM acquisition, completed in Q1 2012 has allowed Veresen to become a key player in the Midstream sector of the Oil and Gas industry. This new business line is an excellent complement to the existing Veresen businesses; Power, which includes generating sites throughout North America, Pipelines, which includes a 50% stake in the Alliance Pipeline, and Midstream which includes a 43% ownership of Aux Sable.

Sour Natural gas is processed at Veresen’s Steeprock facility. The gas is first run through an amine contactor, which removes the sulfur (primarily hydrogen sulfide, or H2S) from the gas. Next, the gas is treated in a dehydration system which uses glycol to remove the moisture from the gas to ensure the gas meets the specifications required by the downstream pipeline. At high flow rates, the glycol carries over with the natural gas; this poses an economic problem (due to the cost of glycol) as well as a physical problem (glycol fouls downstream treating equipment). 

1) Understand the problem at the Steeprock plant. How much glycol carries over?
2) Research and evaluate technologies available to remove glycol from natural gas- either by way of a process condition change or the addition of new equipment
3) Formulate a go-forward plan to help the plant deal with this issue

Discpline Mix:
Chemical Engineering Students

 

Project 7) Encana - Calgary

Encana is a leading North American energy producer focused on growing its portfolio of diverse resource plays producing natural gas, oil and natural gas liquids.

BMO Capital Markets calls the Duvernay Shale play the “New Millenium Gold Rush”, which is evidenced by the $4.2B that industry has been spent on the play in a very short period.  Encana controls over half of the prospective fairway in this emerging exploration project, located in western Alberta.  The Duvernay is a spectrum fluids play, that means it is expected to produce significant volumes of gas, natural gas liquids, oil, and perhaps most importantly condensate.  Locating a world class condensate field proximal to the world class bitumen fields of NE Alberta presents a unique opportunity.  Encana would like to see a TEAM assess the challenges and opportunities for the Duvernay condensate production.  In particular the TEAM would study the chemistry of the Duvernay condensate itself, assess its suitability as a diluent for bitumen, consider its place relative to other condensate competitors, and describe the regional condensate demand fundamentals.   

 

 

Project 8) BP - Calgary AB

Waste Heat Recovery in SAGD

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, BP is active in Canadian Oilsands production, Arctic exploration in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and its marketing and trading activities span the nation and expand into the U.S 
BP Canada Energy Group ULC 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. Improving energy efficiency in SAGD is critical to reduce CO2 emissions, and BP is taking actions to maximize heat integration in theSAGD process, but even with maximum heat integration, low grade streams (glycol, flue gas, and waste water) still contain significant amount of energy. Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) technology has been used to generate electricity from geothermal sources. Its application for recovering process waste heat and generating electricity from SAGD operations could provide an environmental and economic benefit. A few of ORC technology vendors are actively working in this area.

The project is about ORC technology review, integrated process conceptual design and economics evaluation on ORC utilization to recover low grade waste heat in SAGD, and two scenarios are being considered – ORC application in SAGD; ORC application in SAGD with Co-gen.

Discipline mix: Engineering/technology, Business,

 

Project 9) Agrium - Edmonton, AB

Evaluation of Radiant Heat Transfer Modeling Methodologies

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.

Agrium is in the process of building a Real Time Optimization (RTO) system that will help to produce ammonia more efficiently, and cost effectively. The goal of this project is to determine the best/most appropriate methodology for modeling the convection section of a primary reforming furnace for use in the RTO system. The students will develop a model of the convection section using two different methodologies for modeling radiant heat transfer, and evaluate/compare the results. Factors for determining the best/most appropriate methodology will include, but are not limited to, accuracy of results, computing time/efficiency, and model simplicity.

Deliverables:

  • A working model of the primary reforming furnace convection for each radiant heat transfer methodology.
  • 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 continue use and/or development of the model.


Discipline Mix

  • 3 - 4 Chemical Engineering / Engineering Chemistry students
  • A Mathematics student would be an asset
  • Experience and/or interest in equation-oriented process modeling

 

Project 10) Agrium - Calgary, AB

Ammonia Product Energy Optimization for use in Downstream Processes

Agrium is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in North and South America and a leading wholesale producer and marketer of all three major agricultural nutrients.  We are also a premier supplier of specialty fertilizers in North America through our Advanced Technologies business unit.

Agrium Carseland Nitrogen Operations (CNO) is located SE of Calgary.  The site produces 1500 MTPD of Anhydrous Ammonia, 2000 MTPD of granular Urea and up to 800 MTPD of specialty slow release fertilizers called ESN and Duration.

In the ammonia synthesis process, gaseous ammonia is created from reacting hydrogen and nitrogen rich syngas over an iron based catalyst in the ammonia converter. The gas is then compressed to a liquid and stored in a 33,000 MT atmospheric tank at -33°C.

The liquid ammonia product is used to make urea on site, is sold as anhydrous ammonia or sold to a neighbouring plant that uses the ammonia to make nitric acid. There are several opportunities to optimize how the product ammonia is used for the different downstream processes, more specifically, energy optimization based on the temperature of the ammonia fed to each process. 

The intent of the project is to:

1. Complete a design and feasibility study of supplying vapour ammonia to the Nitric Acid process instead of liquid ammonia. Quantify the cost and energy benefits associated with eliminating the compression and subsequent vaporization processes of the current system.
2. Determine the optimal hot/cold ammonia product split for different operating scenarios when the downstream users are running or shutdown in various capacities. Quantify the cost and energy savings for the different situations, including optimization of the ammonia product heater operation.

Discipline Mix

4-5 students including chemical and mechanical engineers, business student(s)

 

Bio and Pharma Companies / Projects

 

Project 11) Covidien - Montreal

Renewable energy opportunities for a medium size pharmaceutical plant

The Pointe-Claire facility is located in Montreal’s West Island. The plant employs approximately 300 employees to formulate, fill and package sterile drugs used globally for patient care and medical imaging.

The project: Conduct a survey of current technologies and perform an evaluation of renewable energy sources that could be used to reduce the carbon footprint of a medium size pharmaceutical plant.

Summary report including a baseline study, technical evaluation, cost analysis and implementation plan.
2 to 4 students 

 

Project 12) PnuVax - Montreal - www.pnuvax.com

Providing Water for Injection (WFI) on Demand During Large-Scale Biopharmaceutical Production

PnuVax Incorporated is a recently-formed Canadian biotechnology company, with headquarters located in Kingston, Ontario.

Students participating as members of the PnuVax TEAM will be provided with a unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the fields of large-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing. Therefore, those students who are specifically interested in pursuing a career in drug/biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing are strongly recommended to consider this project.

By working closely with PnuVax employees over 9 months toward the design of a novel process, students will have the opportunity to significantly expand their knowledge surrounding not only fermentations, pharmaceutical technologies, and biomedical/biochemical engineering, but also large-scale utilities handling and process design compliant with regulatory requirements unique to the biotechnology industry.

Therefore, PnuVax is seeking highly motivated and capable students with a passion for biotechnology and its growing industry in Canada to design a novel process for providing Water for Injection (WFI) on demand during the large-scale manufacture of clinical product. Current WFI production approaches are highly energy intensive and inefficient from both a process and economics perspective.

As a result, this project may combine technical, operational, economic, and management approaches toward the development of a new approach to manufacturing WFI.

Out-of-province travel will be required for the PnuVax TEAM over the course of this project.

Discipline Mix: CHEE - Biomedical/Biochemical Engineering Stream

 

Project 13) Canadian Wollastonite

Evaluation and review of green market opportunities of Canadian Wollastonite’s wollastonite and diopside ore

About The Company:

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 2013.

About the Project:

The two principal minerals which Canadian Wollastonite intends to mine are wollastonite and diopside: both are calcium silicate minerals which contain calcium, silicone and magnesium. Unlike carbonate sources which typically release >1/1 amounts of CO2 with release of calcium and magnesium, silicate sources do not release CO2. Going forward, CO2 footprints are expected to factor into the selection of competing minerals advantaging silicate sources. Canadian Wollastonite believes ground wollastonite and diopside ores will have potential for use as a slow release 'organic' fertilizer to overcome fibre crop deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and silicon, especially in the naturally acid soils of Northern Ontario currently being considered as 'new agricultural land' because of changes in mean annual temperature as a result of climate change. The driver of these markets is a combination of rapidly increasing fertilizer costs coupled with the pressure from society for food production to be based more on 'natural product' nutrient inputs instead of processed high energy chemical fertilizers . This trend is already evident, and by all accounts expected to intensify.

There is also potential for use in feeds for swine, beef and dairy cattle and poultry, again to overcome deficiencies of magnesium, calcium and silica in pastures. In the case of poultry, the diopside could serve both as a nutrient source and as coarse grit in the gizzard where the mineral would aid in the grinding of ingested grains.

Other uses of these minerals is expected to include:

• treatment of industrial, municipal, and farm effluents;
• treatment of contaminated land systems and watersheds;

Additional descriptions and information about current R&D in these areas can be found on Canadian Wollastonite’s website at 
http://CanadianWollastonite.Com/Research

Deliverables:

A business case supporting (or rejecting) the use of wollastonite and diopside ground ore products as sources of Ca, Mg and silicone in green plant/animal and environmental abatement applications

Discipline Mix:

CHEE, GEO, COMM, BIO

 

Project 14) Abbott Point of Care - Ottawa

Chemical Reduction Strategy

About The Company:

Abbott Point of Care is a market leader in point of care testing, based in Ottawa, Ontario and Princeton, New Jersey. We develop and manufacture medical diagnostic products for blood analysis which provide health care professionals with crucial diagnostic information, accurately and immediately, at the point of patient care. Through the use of advanced semiconductor manufacturing technology, established principles of electrochemistry and state-of-the-art computer electronics and software, Abbott Point of Care developed the world’s first hand-held automated blood analyzer (i-STAT) capable of performing a variety of commonly-ordered blood tests on two to three drops in just two minutes at the patient’s side. The i-STAT System offers a diverse menu of blood gas, chemistry, coagulation and cardiac marker assays, which facilitates improved patient care by ease of use and rapid time to accurate results. With annual growth in sales above 10%, Abbott Point of Care is a dynamic and exciting work environment.

The Project:

For companies all over the world, going green means reducing the environmental impact from cradle to grave. Leading companies, such as Steelcase, have changed the raw materials they use in textiles to ones that are truly benign. Going green can have business benefits. The benefits extend not only to protecting people and the environment, but also to reduced company operating costs. For example, in Canada, chemicals that are on the National Pollution Release Inventory (NPRI) list require organizations to incur a cost for tracking and reporting these compounds. 

The goal of this project is to help Abbott Point of Care move towards using chemicals that are not on the NPRI list. Working with their engineers, who are developing new processes that reduce or eliminate harmful chemicals, the goal of this project is to identify and assist the engineers towards alternative raw materials. This project provides an opportunity for students to be involved in a project that is leading edge environmentalism

Discipline mix: Eng & Law

 

Project 15)Davos Pharma with Sentinel - Newark NJ

High Speed Carbon Dioxide Measurement

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. Last year, we initiated a project with Queens investigating an additional CO2 sensor technology. The preliminary work resulted in the identification of technical possibilities for a sensor going forward. We are looking for a team to continue these efforts and analyze / prototype a sensor as part of the TEAM project. A miniaturized high speed CO2 sensor would help decrease current device costs as well as expand the range of markets that we can access with our technology.

Deliverables and Activities:

- CO2 sensing technology background study
- Concept generation for further investigation
- Initial analysis of leading concept
- Prototyping of concept to demonstrate proof of principle
- Chemical, electromechanical, or biomedical students focused on transduction and interested in a challenging project

Discipline Mix: Eng

Other Types of Companies or Projects

 

Project 16) Borealis Geo Power - Calgary

Commercialization of Waste Heat from Large-scale Geopower Project

About The Company:

Borealis GeoPower Inc. is a private Canadian corporation focused on developing high temperature geothermal energy projects. We are currently working on geothermal projects in Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory. Established in 2007, Borealis GeoPower has assembled an experienced team of well-respected, industry-leading players with world-class capabilities. Together our team has over 130 years of experience developing energy resources and has managed all aspects of the geothermal value chain. By leveraging our unique skills and capabilities, we aim to become the leading independent geothermal power players teams in Canada, unlocking Canada’s vast geothermal energy potential


The Project:

A geothermal project is being developed in western Canada. The effective utilization of low temperature heat is key to the financial and social viability of the project. The objective of this project is to seek out the best possible way(s) to commercialize this heat. 

A site visit may be necessary to fully understand and develop solutions that would address the technical, commercial, and safety/environmental/social aspects of this project. 

Deliverables:

1. Identify opportunities for improving the competitiveness of existing enterprise - This would require an engineering design and review of the costs related to heat transport, the economics of a sale - at some discount to existing market prices
2. Identify opportunities for attracting new business to the area - Which commercial operations would benefit from sub-market priced heat and also would be competitive within the local context?
3. Evaluate the project from viewpoint of economic metrics (IRR, etc.), as well as social benefits (i.e. local employment), and the potential for additional revenue to government agencies. 

Discipline mix:
Engineering, commerce, law

 

Project 17) SABIC - Project 1- Cobourg

{note one or both projects with Sabic will be run}

Packaging Analysis and Strategy Development 

SABIC Innovative Plastics brings new materials and technologies that drive changes in the design and use of consumer and industrial products in every part of the world. SABIC IP has global operations in over thirty-five countries. We are a world leader in providing engineering thermoplastics solutions. The Cobourg site is a small lot custom colour plastic compounding facility.

As a small lot custom colour compounding site, a lot of orders are requested in 25kg bags. Currently, packaging (bagging) is completed on the line with an inline bagger and by manually palletizing the 25kg bags. This process poses an ergonomic hazard to an aging workforce. The goal is to eliminate this risk while maintaining process efficiency. Research of the markets with a feasibility (cost / benefit) analysis of the options available will help direct the efforts and investments of the business.

The project will deliver a feasibility report of packaging equipment available and develop a packaging strategy to mitigate ergonomic risk, maintaining production capabilities and minimizing process complexities taking into account physical and financial constraints of the site.

discipline mix: mech, chem, elec, ...

Project 18) Ontario Power Generation - Toronto

Large Scale Energy Storage

About The Company:

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 interested in an evaluation of grid scale energy storage systems.

1. Technical Evaluation of Storage Technologies

2. Data on Worldwide Electricity Storage Installations
3. Construction & Maintenance Cost Estimate for Electricity Storage Plants
4. Effect of Operational Parameters on Performance
5. Market Experience With New Electricity Storage Plants

Discipline Mix: Eng, Law, Comm

 

Project 19) - Kingston

Feasibility of Novel Power Generation Method for Remote Biomass Harvesting

About The Company:

 

The Project:

A novel hydro power generation concept has been developed. The project will involve technical, environmental and policy assessment, engineering design, and costing of the idea.

It is proposed to form a consortium of regional small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to deliver biomass fuels and feedstocks, which meet quality standards at competitive prices. The companies comprising the consortium are to be drawn from the Forest Management and Utilities industries. Infrastructure companies in transportation and communication might also be involved. First Nation businesses have a strong role to play in the consortium.

Biomass fuels and feedstocks produced by traditional methods of harvesting and preparing forest residues are too costly, and of too low quality, to support the development of financially and ecologically sustainable energy and fuel markets.

If hydroelectricity can be generated by low environmental impact run-of-river systems, a significant reduction in the cost of delivered high quality biomass fuel or feedstocks is possible. It is necessary to demonstrate this at some appropriate scale, if the consortium is to be able to attract financial capital.

Deliverables:

The TEAM is to provide the Project Description of a demonstration-scale facility and associated infrastructure for a novel power generation system, which is to be located in the vicinity of Hearst, Ontario. Capital requirements and projected operating costs are to be estimated to an accuracy that supports decision-making regarding whether to proceed through the Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) and Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) stages of ‘Front-end’ project activity. 

Discipline mix:
Engineering, commerce, law, biology, policy studies, environmental science.

 

Project 20) BASF - Southfield, Michigan

Feasibility study of a novel, manufacturing process for polymers

About BASF

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company – The Chemical Company.
With about 111,000 employees, six Verbund sites and close to 370 production sites worldwide we serve customers and partners in almost all countries of the world.

In 2011, BASF posted sales of €73.5 billion and income before special items of approximately €8.4 billion.

We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society.
Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve quality of life.
We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: 
We create chemistry for a sustainable future.

The Project:

Consistent with BASF’s strategy of providing innovative and sustainable solutions, this project will evaluate the feasibility of a novel manufacturing process for polymers. This process could serve as a “game changer” for how this class of material is produced. Potential advantages of this process include: lower capital cost, lower energy consumption, lower waste generation, and higher productivity. The novel process also has the potential to dramatically change how final products are globally distributed. This has the potential of drastically reducing energy consumption and cost required for distribution. This project will require both analytical and innovative thinking on behalf of the TEAM participants. Travel to the United States will be required.

This concept is being patented therefore details will not be discussed on this website.

Prepare a written report and presentation on the analysis of:

• Existing manufacturing process vs. novel process (energy consumption, waste generation, material handling, turn over, footprint, manpower)
• Identify environmental/sustainable benefits of novel process
• Evaluation of supply chain/logistics benefits of novel process
• Survey of potential reactors for novel design
• Proposal of a pilot scale design, including cost estimate

Discipline Mix:

2 - 3 chemical engineers
1 commerce student

 

Project 21) Utilities Kingston

In Home Displays – Do they lead to conservation?

About The Company:

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

Project:

There is increasingly a drive toward a culture of conservation in Ontario. Smart meters have been installed at all residential and small commercial properties in Ontario. This level of metering provides hourly energy consumption information a day after it happens. To help people get a better handle on what in their house is consuming energy the feedback to the consumer needs to be near real time. Understanding if an in-home display will provide this level of feedback is important for future conservation efforts/initiatives.

Deliverables:

  • Selection of a suitable in home display for Kingston
  • Before and after analysis of a number of residences for consumption levels (Suggest both active conservationsists and consumers not interested in conservation be selected)

Note: Other projects will be posted at a later date.

 

Project 22) Bruce Power

Thermal Plume Realtime Monitoring System

Bruce Power is Canada’s only private nuclear generating company and the source of roughly 25 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals.

A high-tech haven in the midst of cottage country, Bruce Power operates one of the world’s largest electricity facilities on the shores of Lake Huron about 250 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

There are four CANDU reactors at Bruce A, two of which are currently operational. Commissioned between 1977 and 1979, all four Bruce A units were shut down by the former Ontario Hydro. Bruce Power returned Unit 4 to service on Oct. 7, 2003 while Unit 3 returned to service on Jan. 8, 2004.

The Bruce B generating station has four operating CANDU reactors that were commissioned between 1984 and 1987. It generates about 3,200 MW, enough electricity to supply a city the size of Toronto.

The Project:

Bruce Power uses an open-loop condenser cooling water (CCW) system in order to cool and condense the steam as part of the electrical generation process (Rankine cycle). Water is drawn from Lake Huron and returned to the lake at a warmer temperature. The temperature of the discharged water is monitored and controlled at the point where it returns to the lake.

However, the location of the thermal plume in Lake Huron is variable and depends on lake current and wind conditions. In order to monitor thermal plume location and extent, Bruce Power uses temperature loggers anchored in the near-shore area of Lake Huron. The temperature loggers are retrieved periodically in order to download the data. Additional information is available from hydrodynamic models which utilize meteorological data.A technological option that can provide real-time temperature data may help inform environmental risk assessments related to thermal discharge.

- Review technological options for real-time monitoring of thermal plume
- Review technological options for thermal monitoring in the context of potential target species, habitat(s), and season (summer/winter)
- Propose robust and inexpensive solution for real-time thermal monitoring of thermal plume in the near-shore area (at minimum, for summer monitoring and if possible for winter monitoring)
- Develop prototype to demonstrate technological feasibility

Discpline mix: 3 engineering students, 1 biology student

 

Project 23) Fallingwater, Pennsylvannia (www.fallingwater.org)

Develop a plan for old remediation in an ancillary building at the Fallingwater site

About:

Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a museum open to the public and located on 5,000 acre nature reserve.

The mold is in a small single family house on the reserve, not Fallingwater. If we can remove the mold, we would like to use the building to house interns and visiting scholars. 

Deliverables:

A plan for the removal

Discipline Mix:

2 or 3 for those with an interest in addressing indoor air quality issues. 

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