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2014-2015 Project List

Project 1) Shell Canada - Calgary -

Study Feasibility of Supplementing Energy Requirements at an Oil Sands Mine using Waste Tires as Fuel

About Shell

Shell(1) 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.

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.

Shell in Canada by numbers

~8,000 number of employees in Canada.
Approximately 1,300 Shell branded retail stations. About half are Shell-owned, the rest are independent dealers and branded wholesalers.
Shell V-Power gasoline is the number one fuel among major brands.
The Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) joint venture (Shell 60%) is one of Shell's major projects. The current production capacity of AOSP is 255,000 barrels a day of synthetic crude, 11.5 per cent of Canada's domestic demand for oil.
2 refineries in Canada - Scotford (built 1984, the latest in North America. It is the first to exclusively process synthetic crude from oil sands) and Sarnia (built 1952) and 3 chemical plants.
(1) Shell Canada Home Page:

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Project Background:

Extracting mineable bitumen from the oil sands requires use of very large heavy haul mine trucks. Tires for these ~500 tonne trucks wear out and present a significant disposal problem. However, these tires also represent an opportunity for re-use, likely in the form of energy. The energy density of rubber is high and includes significant bio-genic content. The latter suggests a potential for greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit if used as a fuel. Process heat for oil sands mining operations is supplied from natural gas. Using scrapped tires to supplement process heat represent a novel waste reduction opportunity requiring chemical and mechanical engineering, business, legal and policy development skills.

Study Scope

Oil sands mining operations has generated a large and growing inventory of used heavy haul mine truck tires.

This study will explore the feasibility of using these tires as a resource, most likely as an alternative fuel with potential GHG benefits. Use of these tires as a fuel to supplement natural gas sourced energy would solve a waste management problem; provide economic benefits in the form of natural gas fuel savings and potentially a GHG benefit.

This waste tire re-use study will consider:

Identify used tire inventory in Shell’s Athabasca region oil sands mine and estimate tire availability in competitor’s mines. Express inventory in the form of energy, i.e. giga-Joules in inventory and gig-Joule production rate.
Identify tire handling options:
shredding or other processing options to convert the tire to a fuel
Characterize the “fuel” for use in burner design and flue gas treating equipment requirements
Determine bio-genic content of the rubber based fuel
Conceptual design for a used tire processing plant
Tire handling
Shredding or other fuel prep processes
Boiler, co-generation or gasification
flue gas treating,
Waste management including ash and other waste (e.g. steel)
Operating and maintenance costs
Draft a Policy for GHG Credit recognizing rubber tire fuel biogenic content;
Develop high level policy statement for politicians and bureaucrats
Policy statement prepared in context of Alberta Specified Gas Emitters Regulation and Californian Air Resources Board factors
Recommendations to be based on Economic and GHG benefits,
The Study scope will include a review of Federal and Provincial funding incentives including legal and commercial requirements etc.

Prepare a written report and accompanying presentation covering study findings related to:

Availability of and composition of heavy haul mine truck tires in the Ft. McMurray region and expressed in terms of energy content
Review of proven as well as “near ready” technologies to process very large tires into a fuel
Review proven technologies using that use tires as a fuel including:
Conventional boilers, cogeneration unit, gasification unit
Flue gas treating
Ash and other related waste management
Generate a theoretical flue gas analysis including conventional air contaminants as well as fossil and bio-genic CO2 content
A screening level economic evaluation (CAPEX/OPEX)
Identification of incentives and funding opportunities for a project of this nature, including tax issues, local/provincial/Canadian content requirements, technology risk, commercial issues etc.
Identification of regulatory and potential social issues and discuss how the issues might be resolved.
Discipline Mix:
1 chemical engineer,1 lawyer, 1 business/economist, 2 mechanical engineers, 1 political scientist

Project 2) Magna International – Cosma International - Troy, Michigan

Control Arm With Integrated Ball Joint or Bushing Functions

About the Company:

Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to our OEM customers.

About the Project:

Due to the cost of the bushings and ball joints being over half the value of a control arm and links, the desire would be to develop methods of attachment for the control arm and links to the cradle and spindle without the use of these types of joints. The proposed joints would have to provide the damping, stiffness and travel capability similar to bushings and ball joints. Commercial aspects, such as cost analysis compared to targets, and legal consideration, in regards to IP protection, shall find consideration.



Discipline Mix:

Mechanical, Comm, Law

Oil and Gas, Chemicals Companies/Projects

Project 3) Suncor Energy Inc - Fort McMurray

Convert Plant 8 Amine Unit from DEA to DGA

About Suncor:

Suncor pioneered commercial development of Canada's oil sands – one of the largest petroleum resource basins in the world. Since then, Suncor has grown to become a globally competitive integrated energy company with a balanced portfolio of high-quality assets, a strong balance sheet and significant growth prospects.

About the Project:

The objective of this project is to debottleneck plant 8’s amine unit by converting from Diethanol Amine (DEA) to Diglycol Amine (DGA) which will:

Reduce line velocities
Reduce H2S loading
Ensure adequate fuel gas sweetening
DGA can also be reclaimed to convert its degradation products into usable amine, unlike DEA with the current plant equipment.


Heat & material balance for system with DGA as solvent.
Report listing the costs/benefits of the switch.
Recommended upgrades if required to achieve desired processing capacity.
Discipline Mix:

Four chemical/process engineering students.

Project 4) Suncor Energy Inc - Fort McMurray

Update VOC equipment inventory for Upgrading facilities

About Suncor:

Suncor Energy is Canada’s premier integrated, high-growth energy company and 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.

About the Project:

Suncor is a sustainable energy company and one of its goals is to minimize the environmental impact associated with its operations. Based on this, the company is an industry leader for the environmental and regulatory compliance area. One of the focuses of Suncor in on this area is to minimize Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs) emissions.

The intent of the project is to update current VOC emission equipment inventory for each unit in the upgrading 1 and 2 facilities per CCME (Canadian Council Minister of Environment) guideline. When completed, It will enhance the fugitive emission management strategy of the company and minimize the environmental footprint. It will increase as well the maintenance efficiency and effectiveness of the Work Notification process, will provide strong data base for future methodology upgrade and will increase the assurance of Suncor compliance process.

The student will work with design mass balance, PFD and P&IDs and CCME guidelines to prepare the updated VOC inventory.


1) Screen and highlight VOC streams on the PFDs and P&IDs drawings;

2) Name the VOC streams for each unit, which will be used by 3rd party inspection company;

3) Review (as per 1 and 2) the VOC equipment inventory prepared (marked) by 3rd party inspection company;

4) Document the VOC equipment inventory for each unit and upload to the SAP system.

Discipline Mix:

Chemical or environmental engineers

Project 5) Cenovus - Calgary

Estimation of Subsurface Conditions from Routing Pressure Temperature Data

About Cenovus:

Cenovus is focused on the growth of our vast oil sands assets in northern Alberta, where we drill for oil and use specialized methods to pump it to the surface. The company also has established conventional natural gas and oil production in Alberta and Saskatchewan and 50 percent ownership in two U.S. refineries. Cenovus is one of Canada’s top 25 largest companies by market capitalization and its shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol CVE. We’re based in Calgary, Alberta and have more than 5,000 staff members across our operations.

About the Project:

SAGD wells are typically operated in pairs: an upper “injector” well and a bottom “producer” well. One wishes to push steam in the reservoir and then collect the melted bitumen (along with condensed steam). As a result, we typically have a liquid “level” between the two wells. The liquid level is there to make sure that the steam goes up into the reservoir (as opposed to directly into the producer). Of course there is no subsurface “level transmitter” and so the liquid level must be estimated from operating data (typically temperature and pressure). Additionally, as we are dealing with a system containing gas, water, and oil, it is very hard to actually determine the liquid level. Ideally, if we could use information such as temperature, pressure, flow rates (e.g., gas production rates) to estimate downhole conditions (e.g., gas volume fraction, liquid level) then we can better operate the well by minimizing the amount of steam that makes its way to the producer. Students might enjoy this project if they like an applied problem with real-world value involving dynamic simulations.


We would like a report outlining a methodology for estimating subsurface conditions based on routine process measurements.

Discipline Mix:

2-4 students; chemical or petroleum.

Project 6) Pembina - Calgary

Prevention of corrosion in propane storage caverns

About Pembina:

Pembina Pipeline Corporation is a leading transportation and midstream service provider that has been serving North America's energy industry for 60 years. We are Calgary-based and own and operate pipelines that transport conventional and synthetic crude oil and natural gas liquids produced in western Canada; oil sands and heavy oil pipelines; gas gathering and processing facilities; and, an oil and natural gas liquids infrastructure and logistics business. With facilities strategically located in western Canada and in natural gas liquids markets in eastern Canada and the U.S., Pembina also offers a full spectrum of mAbout the Projectidstream and marketing services that span across its operations. Pembina's integrated assets and commercial operations enable it to offer services needed by the energy sector along the hydrocarbon value chain.

About the Project:

This specific project will be with regards to our Redwater NGL Processing plant near Redwater, AB. This facility is primarily an NGL fractionation system and a storage facility. Because of the local geology, it is possible to use underground salt caverns for hydrocarbon storage. This type of storage typically has a lower cost by volume then tanks, especially for products like propane, which is kept under pressure.

Recently we have seen a corrosion issue in one of our propane storage caverns. The suspected corrosion mechanism is H2CO3, carbonic acid, which is formed in the cavern due to higher concentrations of CO2 in the propane. The only source of CO2 in the propane is coming from the facilities COS hydrolysis unit which converts COS into H2S and CO2.

This project will compare the feasibility of using a caustic (NaOH) scrubber and an amine system to remove CO2. An economic investigation around the cost of running and disposing of caustic vs. a regenerative system will be required.

Project 7) Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) - Toronto

Renewable Alternatives to Diesel Power Generation for Remote Communities and Mining Operations

About OPG:

OPG is an electricity generation company whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity in Ontario. OPG’s focus is on the effective stewardship of generation assets owned by the people of Ontario. This is achieved by focusing on: (i) the safe, reliable operation of its facilities, (ii) the management of these facilities by maintaining a strong focus on delivering value for money and (iii) adhering to the highest standards of corporate citizenship, including a commitment to environmental and social objectives.

As part of its business, OPG owns and operates two nuclear generating stations with a total generation capacity of 6,606 MW and 65 hydroelectric generating stations with a total generation capacity of 6,996 MW, for a combined generation capacity of 13,602 MW. OPG is committed to sustainable generation, including operating 65 hydroelectric facilities, converting our Thunder Bay facility to utilize advanced biomass fuels, and long-term plans to repower the coal-fired facilities using low emission fuels.
About the Project:

Recognizing the environmental and economic costs of diesel-based generation in northwest Ontario, OPG will engage the Queen's TEAM to study opportunities to develop renewable energy generation and energy storage opportunities for remote communities and mining developments in northwestern Ontario which are not connected to the electricity grid. Specifically OPG proposes Queen's students would undertake a review of existing and future energy load profiles and generation characteristics in remote communities (e.g. First Nations) and mining operations. Research sources may include but is not limited to OPA working groups, primary research through mining contacts/service providers, federal and provincial research, etc.

With an understanding of existing demand and supply, the Queen's TEAM would work with OPG renewable generation experts to propose economic renewable alternatives to reduce reliance on diesel generation.
Students will develop their understanding of Ontario's electricity market, daily/weekly/seasonal load profiles, system reliability requirements, diesel generation characteristics, renewable generation characteristics, environmental, social and economic considerations.


A report considering existing load profiles of remote communities and mining developments, near and long term impacts to load profiles, existing local generation, review of strengths and weakness of renewable generation given current and future load profiles, as well as environmental, social and economic considerations.

Discipline Mix:

Chemical (environmental), mining, electrical (power systems), and commerce

Project 8) Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. - Chalk River, ON

Assessment of Flow Battery Technologies for Electrical Grids

Aboout AECL:

AECL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. For over 60 years, AECL has been a world leader in developing innovative technologies for the peaceful application of nuclear energy through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering. AECL’s capabilities, which include an extensive set of nuclear and non-nuclear experimental facilities, are detailed under Facilities and Expertise in One of the current focus areas of development is in energy technologies that make a beneficial impact on Canada’s use of clean energy. The Hydrogen Isotopes Technology Branch at AECL is developing, in collaboration with academia and industry, advanced technologies for micro- and mega- watt scale energy storage systems.

About the Project:

Flow battery technology is currently being considered as a viable option for grid-scale energy storage in small and or remote communities and storage of electricity generated by renewable sources such as solar and wind. In the last few years, flow battery technologies have achieved noticeable advancements and a few have been demonstrated worldwide on the megawatt scale. This project is to assess the economic viability and remaining technical challenges of various flow battery technologies. The TEAM will also be expected to propose potential solutions to the technical hurdles impeding the wide-scale implementation of the most attractive flow battery battery technologies. Another key aspect of the project is to compare the economics of storing off-peak electricity from a mix of sources including nuclear and wind.


A technical report on the current technological and commercial/business status of selected flow battery technologies as well as recommendations/designs to address some critical issues.

Discipline Mix:

Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Business/marketing

Project 9) SPOKE Technical Services Inc. - Toronto

Visualisation and Analysis of Nuclear Power Plant Inspection Data – A Life Cycle Management Tool for Nuclear Plant Major Components

About SPOKE:

SPOKE Technical Services is a consulting firm based in Ontario, Canada focusing on inspection technology and tools that support nuclear plant major component health and life cycle management. SPOKE Inc. provides services to the nuclear industry in the areas of Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Technology, Inspection Qualification, Inspection Systems and Inspection Personnel Management.

About the Project:

Imagine that tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of records of inspection data are available to support safe, continued operation of a nuclear power plant. Imagine that these records are in random data bases and spreadsheets and how difficult interrogating them in order to look for specific issues or trends would be. During every nuclear power plant shutdown or outage, vast amounts of inspection data (NDE data –Non-Destructive Evaluation Data) is collected during inspection of the major components. For the Canadian CANDU reactors, these major components include the reactor core (fuel channels), primary heat transport feeder piping, steam generators and may other plant piping and pressure boundary components.

Now, imagine that on completion of a major component inspection, one could simply map that inspection data onto a model of the major component and visualize the condition of the component in terms of thickness degradation, flaw types, sizes and density or other material condition. This linking of data to the component models would provide a powerful tool set for those charged with managing the life of these components and useful management tool to convey information on the current condition or urgent actions that may be required.

The challenge of this project, is to develop new tools for the nuclear inspection and safety analysis sector. The nuclear industry has often been a late adopter of new technologies. It is believed that a number of modern mapping and data visualization tools used in other industries could be integrated and adapted to provide a suite of assessment tools for the complex power plant components and the large quantities of inspection data. The project also will provide an opportunity for the project team to gain a basic understanding of the inspection technologies (NDE) and requirements for nuclear plant major component inspections related to power plant equipment integrity and nuclear safety. Participation will provide an opportunity to understand the Nuclear Industry inspection business which is in transition from an internal service provision model to a fully commercial model in Canada.
The project team will also be exposed to the latest in data analysis tools and data visualization tools in other industry segments such as medical, GIS and infrastructure.

The project is intended to be a feasibility study and pilot for a new commercial product.


-Review of data visualization and analysis tools in multiple industry sectors (medical, GIS) to identify best in class applications for assessing large amounts of data and presenting to users for assessment and analysis.

-Proposal for a Technology Suite (hardware, software, human machine interface tools (HMI)) to deliver visualisation and analysis tools

-Pilot application of data visualization and analysis for one selected component with provided data (inspection results)

- A Business Case Summary for the proposed tools and services from start-up through a five and ten year horizon

-Final report critically assessing the proposed concept including financial viability and commercial opportunity

Discipline Mix:

2 Mechanical/ Materials Engineering, 2 Commerce/Business, 2 Electrical or Mechanical with an interest in Software

Project 10) MEG Energy - Alberta

Evaluate and Recommend “Waste to Energy” environmental options for a remote oil production facility and personnel camps.

About MEG Energy:

MEG Energy Corp. (MEG)is a Canadianoil sandscompany, headquartered in Calgary, focused on sustainablein situdevelopment and production in the southern Athabascaoil sandsregion of Alberta.

The Christina Lake Regional Project (CLRP) is currently the focus of MEG’soil sandsdevelopment incorporating steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) technologies.

CLRP is a multi-phased project located in the southern Athabascaoil sandsregion, 150 kilometres south of Fort McMurray in northeast Alberta. The project is comprised of approximately 200 square kilometres ofoil sandsleases, and has regulatory approvals in place to produce approximately 210,000 barrels of oil per day.

Since the CLRP is remotely located, facilities such as offices, lodging and warehouses are required at site. During peak construction and drilling periods thousands of people are housed at the project.

The development of the oil sands and the site facilities must be done in a highly regulated and environmentally responsible manner. An opportunity exists to improve the process and treatment of waste and recyclable materials.

About the Project:

MEG wishes to evaluate options and technologies to reduce the environmental impact of site facility waste items and also reduce operating cost impacts. Currently waste is trucked offsite for appropriate disposal.

New technologies are emerging that could convert waste products such as wood, cardboard and other organics into useful energy - heat and/or electricity for example

Potential benefit of reduced trucking and energy production may create cost and greenhouse gas reductions.

The project challenge is to define useable waste streams and determine if alternatives are feasible technically, economically, and environmentally.

MEG envisions that team members will travel to site to learn and understand the project opportunity and challenges. At the end of the project, a report and presentation to MEG management in Calgary is required.

MEG is growing, and requires additional staff as development expands. Students will be exposed to MEG’s awesome culture and exciting business environment, with potential for future employment.


Project Scope and schedule definition, technology search/analysis, process design, logistics and schedule , cost estimating, economic analysis, risk/benefit analysis, GHG lifecycle assessments, report and recommendations

Discipline Mix:

Three to six students, all engineering disciplines, business analysts, environmental sciences

Project 11) Veresen Inc - London, ON

District Cooling Optimization

About Veresen:

London District Energy is a company that generates steam heating, chilled water cooling and electricity for 60+ customers and the Ontario Power Authority in London, Ontario. Using state of the art cogeneration technology, LDE recovers waste heat from the electricity generation process and generates both heating and cooling for its district energy system.

About the Project:

London District Energy produces chilled water for its customers using a combination of electric centrifugal, thermal absorption chillers and a series of three cooling towers. While the nameplate capacity of the chillers totals to more than 3,500 tons of cooling effect, due to several factors, we are not able to produce more than 2,500 tons of chilling effect. Students will be asked to review the existing cooling tower piping arrangement, as well as evaluating the feasibility of adding thermal storage in order to meet our customers cooling needs during peak summer loads.


Design brief for cooling system upgrade, complete with supporting business case.

Discipline Mix:

Four students, possible mix of chemical and mechanical.

Project 12) Agrium - Redwater, Alberta

Design and Optimization of an Ammonia Absorption Column

About Agrium:

Agrium’s Redwater Fertilizer Operations (RFO) is located approximately 50 km northeast of Edmonton, AB. Each year, the site produces approximately 610 thousand tonnes of monoammonium phosphate (MAP) and close to 1.4 million tonnes of nitrogen-based fertilizers, including anhydrous ammonia, granular urea, prilled ammonium nitrate, and urea-ammonium nitrate (UAN) solution.

About the Project:

This project has two primary objectives:

Design an absorption column that will recover ammonia from “flash gas” streams within the site’s Ammonia #1 production plant.
Identify the optimal use for the recovered ammonia.
Flash gas is a waste product from the refrigeration section of the ammonia production process. It removes any “inert” or “non-condensable” components such as methane, hydrogen, nitrogen and argon. Flash gas can contain anywhere from 10 to 20 percent (mole basis) of ammonia.

Energy in the flash gas is recovered by burning it in the steam-methane reforming furnace. This presents an environmental concern as ammonia combustion results in NOx production. The Ammonia #1 production unit at RFO is currently operating close to the limit of its allowable NOx emissions, so recovery of ammonia in the flash gas streams would bring the added benefit of improved environmental performance.

The first objective of this project will be to design an absorption column to recover ammonia from the various flash gas streams within the Ammonia #1 production unit, using either demineralized water or process condensate.

The second objective of this project will be to determine the optimal use of the additional ammonia production. The RFO site uses ammonia in many of its production units, including urea, ammonia nitrate, UAN, ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate. Determining the optimal use of the ammonia will require an economic analysis, as well as a study of the impact to the site water balance (the recovered ammonia can either be in aqueous or anhydrous form).


Design package for the ammonia absorption column, including:
Design basis document
Process design/simulation model
Equipment design
Cost estimate
Evaluation of options for use of the additional ammonia, including:
Economic analysis
Environmental concerns
Impact to the site’s water balance
Final recommendation(s)
Discipline Mix:

3 - 5 Chemical Engineering / Engineering Chemistry students
Mechanical Engineering and/or Business student would be an asset
Experience and/or interest in process simulation and/or environmental engineering would be an asset

Project 13) Ontario East Wood Centre (OEWC) - Prescott, Ontario

CO2 Utilization through algal production for bio-fuel and purification of process water

About OEWC:

OEWC corporation is a not-for-profit agroforestry-based corporation, created to offer ecological, economic and innovative benefits to Eastern Ontario and beyond. It is known as strong network of inter-connected enterprises, aiming to build a sustainable future rooted in the bio-economy.

OEWC encourages new bio-based cluster enterprises, focused on Ontario’s need to develop an integrated and innovative approach to the bio-economy, commercialization of first generation technologies, value-added products from field and forest and a new growth sector that will support the entire program.

OEWC has partnered with the inventor of a new Algae biodiesel process.

About the Project:

A major challenge is finding the means of utilizing the high CO2 emissions from a major ethanol producer in Eastern Ontario and building on the extensive existing knowledge base around micro-algae as a carbon conversion and purification agent and producer of bio-energy.

The major technical goals of the project include finding a cost effective way to isolate and utilize a large source of CO2 by algae in an algae waste treatment plant. There is an interest in increasing the eventual economic value through the multiple products this could bring to the market. Aspects of the project could include but are not restricted to finding a cost effective way of recovering the CO2, cost effective ways of concentrating the algal biomass, recommendation of photo-synthetically efficient algal strains and restoration of process water of the ethanol plant and contemplated greenhouse to a healthy state.

The business development goals for the project involve helping the inventor to develop the idea in a way that he can market it to investors.


design of cost-effective, practical recovery system for CO2 from the ethanol plant
a plan for concentration of algal biomass for optimization for bio-oil production and
development of ways to utilize the cultivation and maintenance of Algae-filled “ponds” for the purification of process water to a healthy state and pH.
Developing a convincing engineering documentation and marketing package that the inventor of the process can utilize to attract investors.
Intellectual Property arrangements.
Discipline Mix

Suggest mechanical, chemical/ bio-chemical, biology and commerce students

Project 14) GV Energy Inc., Methanex Corporation and ENN Canada Corporation - Calgary

Implementation of alternative transportation fuel into the Ontario fuel market

About the Project:

Volvo North America and Mack Trucks have announced, beginning in late 2017, they will begin full commercial production of Class 8 trucks powered by Dimethyl Ether (“DME”) instead of conventional diesel fuel. ENN Canada Corporation, GV Energy Inc. [and Methanex Corporation] (the “Sponsoring Companies”) are proposing to produce, distribute and retail DME to support the rollout of the DME trucks.

The proposed Project is unique because it gives the Participants the opportunity to work at the forefront of influencing government policy for Ontario and by extension to the rest of Canada for a new fuel that has significant environmental advantages over conventional diesel fuel.

The Project requires an analysis of all of the issues relating to the introduction of an alternative transportation fuel into the Ontario fuel market and a holistically developed solution that addresses them. Therefore the Project requires the Participants to:

develop a business strategy for the systematic roll-out of DME,
identify the legislative, regulatory and administrative barriers to DME market development and develop government intervention strategies to overcome those barriers and gain support for DME commercialization as a fuel tax exempt transportation fuel, and
work on obtaining CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approval by designing the transportation and fuelling systems so they are state-of-the-art in costs, safety and, ready to meet CSA approval for use in both retail and return-to-base fuelling sites.

Project 15) Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (“Brookfield”) - Gatineau, QC

Energy Storage: Future of energy storage in North America

About Brookfield:

Brookfield operates one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally. Its portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals approximately 6,700 megawatts of installed capacity in the United States, Canada, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

About the Project:

Energy storage is an emerging market within North America as intermittent renewable energy sources penetrate the space. Several procurements have been launched (California and Ontario) to secure storage technologies, but in several instances utilities and the markets have difficulty understanding how to value this product. Our project will focus on markets in North America that are or will be developing policy, the technologies in the space, cost trends and forecasts for energy and ancillary services and developing recommendations for investment in this space. System operators and utilities have yet to value and incorporate into rates the benefits from private investment into energy storage.


Written report at the conclusion of the project illustrating findings and recommendations, including a roadmap on public policy shirts necessary to incentivize storage as more wind or intermittent renewables are interconnected into the electric grid.

Discipline Mix:

Approximately 5 students, focused in areas of law, regulation, policy, business, engineering and finance

Project 16) Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) - Calgary

Remote, Northern and Aboriginal Communities Geothermal Opportunities and Applications Report and Workshops and Favourability Maps

About CanGEA:

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is the collective voice of Canada's geothermal energy industry. As a non-profit industry association, we represent the interests of our member companies with the primary goal of unlocking the country's tremendous geothermal energy potential. Geothermal energy can provide competitively priced, renewable, around-the-clock energy to the Canadian and U.S. markets and be a part of thesolution to growing concerns about securing sustainable, cost-effective energy sources.CanGEA promotes the industry and the potential of geothermal energy in Canada through outreach events, research, policy work and representation of Canadian interests internationally.

About the Project:

The primary goal of this project is to enhance awareness around the ability to utilize geothermal energy in order to benefit Canada’s remote, northern and aboriginal communities. These areas present a special opportunity for geothermal use in terms of minimizing the financial impact of a lack of infrastructure and economy of scale, as these communities’ energy prices tend to be much higher than in the rest of Canada. In achieving this goal three primary avenues will be pursued.

Resource favourability maps of Canada’s north will be developed (Note: this part of the project may not be finished during the project term as it largely depends on availability of data, however, it can be started), which will allow for the identification of northern communities that stand to benefit from their proximity to geothermal resources. Please refer to for maps already completed of Alberta and British Columbia, including the Google Earth Map Packages.
Applicable geothermal business cases will need to be identified that detail the current status and form the opportunity set of these communities. This is the basis of the “Report”.
Develop a series of tailored workshops, that take into consideration the business cases suited to the underlying geothermal resource, in these communities that will focus on transferring relevant information and expertise. Thus, an important part of this project lies in identifying and targeting these communities. Information transfer through the aforementioned workshops will be instrumental in developing a capacity for the development of geothermal resources in these regions.

Remote, Northern Communities and Aboriginal Geothermal Opportunities and Applications Report
Preparation of Base-maps for the Geothermal Favourability Maps
List of target locations for Workshops and a list of key contacts for these locations
Directory of Geothermal Applications and Business Cases in cold and/or remote/off grid locations. This will include an emphasis upon identifying those communities that stand to benefit the most from Micropower and Direct Use applications of geothermal energy.
Discipline Mix:

This project will require approximately 5-6 students. Ideally these students will have a proficiency in the following disciplines: Commerce/Business, Legal/Public Policy, Geological Engineering, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering (Chemical preferred as the supervisor is a Chemical Engineer) and one or more students with GIS capabilities (or experience with GIS via their geophysics, geology, math, geomatics, etc. degrees) Note to Queen’s: Preferred students are those that may already be in Calgary during school breaks so that contact time with the Supervisor and members of the team are increased at no additional cost.

Project 17) Abbott Point of Care - Ottawa, Ontario

Bioreagent and Chemistry incoming quality control test optimization

About Abbott:

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.

About the Project:

Our Bioreagents lab requires a new incoming quality control test for assessing the identity of reagent set specific antibodies.

Develop an IQC test that can be used to verify the identity of antibodies. There are various techniques that can be employed to verify the identity of antibodies. These include but are not limited to Western Blot, ELISA etc. For its ease of use, BR would like a test method developed on the ForteBio Blitz System an instrument that is currently underutilized in the lab.

Considerations: In addition to identity testing the Blitz can also be used to test the activity of antibodies. Having a test for antibody activity would add great value as we could potentially attempt to correlate antibody activity with assay performance ie. Slope


Develop an IQC test that can be used to verify the identity of antibodies.

Discipline Mix:

Five to six students from chemical engineering.

Project 18) Baylis Medical Company - Mississauga, ON

Development of Endovascular Catheter Solution that Prevents Air Introduction into the Circulatory System

About Baylis Medical Company:

Baylis Medical Company is involved in the development, manufacturing and distribution of medical devices. Our core technology is in the application of radiofrequency energy to the human body for therapeutic outcomes. Currently, Baylis technologies have applications in vascular medicine, cardiology, interventional radiology, and pain management. As such, the main customers of the firm are physicians who specialize in areas of medicine including interventional radiology, cardiology, and pain management.

Our vascular products include a radiofrequency guidewire used for cutting through chronic occlusions in peripheral blood vessels. Cardiology products include a radiofrequency needle used for crossing the septum in the heart. Pain Management products include a radiofrequency probe for ablation of metastatic tumors in the vertebral bodies of the spine.

Baylis Medical Company is a Canadian company with its technical operations and manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Ontario and a head office in Montreal, Quebec.

About the Project:

The use of minimally invasive surgical procedures in cardiology has become increasingly common. These procedures allow the surgeon to access the heart by passing specially-designed catheters and sheaths from a distal part of the anatomy (such as blood vessels in the thigh or arm) into the heart. This minimally invasive method of accessing the heart allows for many different diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to be performed and without the morbidity associated with traditional “open” surgical techniques.

The use of minimally invasive access techniques, however, does bear the risk of introducing air bubbles into the circulatory system. A large amount of air introduced into the heart can cause it to stop. But smaller amounts of air, such as bubbles, pose the risk of migrating to the brain and causing stroke—a problem which is particularly serious in children undergoing these cardiology procedures.

This problem provides the opportunity for development of a catheter/sheath solution that is capable of preventing the introduction of air into the circulatory system, while still providing access to the heart.

Baylis Medical Company offers a line of cutting-edge interventional cardiology devices used for providing minimally invasive access to the heart. And, because the company is committed to advancing the field of minimally invasive surgical techniques in the heart, we would like to develop a catheter/sheath-based solution to this air-entry problem.


A working prototype that does not read upon existing patents in this area

Discipline Mix:

Engineering (mechanical, chemical, materials, physics etc). Life Sciences, Medicine. Patent knowledge would be helpful

Project 19) Sentinel BioTech Inc. - New Jersey

High Speed Carbon Dioxide Measurement: Part 4

About Sentinel:

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.

About the Project:

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. Over the last three years, we have worked with Queens and the TEAM project to investigate an additional CO2 sensor technology for inclusion into our system. In the first year, the preliminary work resulted in the identification of technical possibilities for a sensor going forward. In the second year, our TEAM project included developing hydrogel proof of concept experimental models of the sensors. In the third year, our team project included refining the proof of concept to improve performance metrics. This year, we are looking for a team to continue these efforts and prototype a thin film 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.


CO2 sensing technology background study
Experimental planning for improving sensor performance
Hydrogel model refinement and testing of performance
Prototyping of concept to demonstrate performance enhanced proof of principle
Discipline Mix:

3 – 4 chemical, electromechanical, or biomedical engineering students focused on transduction, and not afraid to get their hands dirty with some basic lab work and experimentation.

Project 20) PnuVax, Inc. - Montreal

Reducing Energy Losses in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities Using Novel Controllable Devices

About PnuVax:

PnuVax is a recently-formed biotech start-up, with headquarters in Kingston, Ontario and large-scale manufacturing in Montreal, Quebec.

About the Project:

PnuVax is seeking TEAM students to optimize a novel energy loss reduction device for broad implementation in manufacturing facilities.

Students selected to work on the PnuVax TEAM project will gain practical experience in large-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing, and also engage in the excitement, energy, and pace associated with a start-up environment. TEAM students will interact on a regular basis with company co-founders, and CEO Dr. Donald F. Gerson who has personally overseen the development and manufacture of almost every commercially available vaccine. This special opportunity has limited positions. Therefore, PnuVax encourages motivated students with a passion for biotech to apply for this project as soon as possible to have the chance to solve an important engineering problem with a Canadian biotech start-up.

This project will combine technical, operational, and economic analyses. Specifically, use of an Arduino coupled with hands-on process equipment will form the basis for this project. Travel to the Montreal large-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility will be required over the course of this project.

Discipline Mix:

CHEE - Biomedical/Biochemical Engineering Stream (3-4- students)

Project 21) Queen’s University - Kingston, ON

3D Printing of Surgical Instruments in Ophthalmology

About the Project:

Dr. Eduardo Navajas is a vitreoretinal surgeon in the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University and is interested in developing the technical, intellectual property (IP), and commercial implications of surgical instruments that are tailored for both surgical disease and surgeon preference.

3D Printing is a manufacturing process in which materials are deposited layer by layer to create a 3D object. Recent advances in printing material allow 3d printers to make objects comparable to traditional manufactured items with expansion of its application. In the medical field 3d printing is being utilized for production of medical devices, organ and tissue manufacturing and pharmacy printing of drugs and vaccines. The high degree of instrument customization allowed by 3D printers makes it a perfect fit for surgical specialties such as ophthalmology.

The goal is to utilize 3D printing technology to design highly customizable surgical instruments that can be utilized in retinal surgery.


Students will work directly with surgeon(s) and other experts to provide Dr Navajas with actionable recommendations in that will encompass technical, IP, product, and marketing aspects.

Project 22) The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery - Prince Edward County

Wine making optimization and business risk assessment

About The Grange:

The Grange of Prince Edward is a family run winery in Prince Edward County Ontario. We produce only 100% estate grown and made products because we want our wines to reflect our region and our distinct style. We grow 7 varietals and produce 3 distinct lines of wine to suit our diverse clientele. We believe in value, and are major supporters of eating and drinking locally and utilizing natural processes and ingredients.

About the Project:

Vineyards can be attractive investments, however they are often a very high risk. The combination of long processing times, variable input quality and quantity can make determining whether a vineyard is valuable a very difficult task. We would like to develop a risk assessment tool that can help us forecast and mitigate risk in different areas of the business. Towards this end, the Grange partnered up with TEAM last year to develop a corporate scorecard that benchmarks the indicators of value for vineyards. The Grange is interested in estimating how it can improve its performance in each area on the scorecard, especially in the health effects of its wines. Wines are also being extolled for their positive health effects- people often suggest that a glass of red wine every day can improve health. This is based on the assumption that there are nutrients that are extracted from the skin of the wines during production. However, the differing methods of wine production mean that this may not always be true, and the concentration of beneficial compounds may vary. The Grange would like to assess the presence of these beneficial health compounds in the wine throughout the different stages of the winemaking process; this will allow for the optimization of the winemaking process in a way that capitalizes on these health benefits.


Develop a framework to assess risk using a corporate scorecard approach. Research and benchmark the performance of Grange in the categories proposed in the corporate scorecard. Pay special attention to the health benefits of wine vs the processing method/type of wine.

Prepare a report detailing the scorecard structure and method(s) of evaluation as well as the performance of Grange of PE in each area.

A part of the report should summarize how the processing of wines changes their health effects and suggest improvements to their process. An experiment and/or chemical analysis will be required at different stages of the winemaking process. Note: Due to the harvesting season, this project will require the team to start taking samples and perform analysis work early in the fall semester.

Project 23) Polycorp Ltd. - Elora, Ontario

Identification and quantification of a market for a new type of corrosion resistant lining material

About Polycorp Ltd:

Polycorp Ltd.Is a privately owned Canadian company that specializes in the design and manufacture of engineered elastomeric parts that provide cost effective solutions for corrosion, abrasion, impact, noise and vibration problems.

Polycorp has established its reputation as a market leader in three distinct areas: Mining, Protective Linings and Transportation, with a strategy of balanced, sustainable and profitable growth.

As the technical leader in its markets, Polycorp engineers are always developing new products for both existing and new markets.

About the Project:

Polycorp has developed a Protective Lining material using a polymer that has never been used for a lining application. The properties of the polymer make it suitable for applications that other rubber based protective linings cannot service.

The objective of this project is to identify suitable markets and applications for this new product and to quantify the potential sales opportunity.


List of markets and specific applications that the new lining is suited for
Identification of current technologies used in those applications, along with costs, limitations and deficiencies of the existing solutions
Key product characteristics for the new lining that will be essential for adoption in the target markets
Sales potential by market
Conclusion as to viability of this opportunity
Discipline Mix:

3 – 5 students, Combination of business and engineering disciplines

Project 24) 3M Canada Company – Personal Safety Division - Brockville, ON

Reduction of water usage and/or management of the generated aqueous waste

About 3M:

3M is a global technology company that has operations in more than 60 countries with laboratories in 34. 3M’s Occupational Health & Environmental Safety Division is a leading designer and manufacturer of respiratory protection products for the health care, industrial, first responder and the military markets. Our Brockville Site houses a research and development laboratory, quality assurance laboratory, a filter manufacturing plant and a carbon treatment plant. Treated activated carbon is used in respiratory protection products to remove toxic gases and vapours from air. The carbon treated in Brockville is used in 3M plants globally to manufacture such respiratory protection filters.

About the Project:

Today, 3M’s sorbent treatment plant is focused on relatively straightforward reactant imbibing and drying processes. Although the sorbents made via this method work very well for many applications, respiratory protection products being designed today require materials with improved capability. Promising novel sorbent formulations have been identified on a bench top scale and production processes for these new materials have been proposed.

One observed limitation of the proposed processes is the use of large amounts of water for washing and/or purification of the material produced and the resultant salt solutions that must be disposed of. This is environmentally undesirable and adds significantly to the cost of the final product. This project will focus on reduction of water usage and/or management of the generated aqueous waste. Proposed process or solutions must be compliant with 3M’s safety and environmental policies. At the end of this project it would be desirable for 3M to have the information necessary to assess whether or not to fund installation of this new facility as designed by the project team


1. Layout & Specification for any proposed treatment processes

2. Description and ranking of each idea considered
3. Energy requirements of the new process.

4. Type and quantity of waste generated

5. Estimate Capital costs

6. Estimated cost of the final product

7. Summary, conclusions and recommendations

Discipline Mix:

2-3, Chemical or Environmental Engineering, open to suggestions

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