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2015-2016 Project List

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Company

Discipline Mix (Suggested, not set in stone)

Project (click on the link to jump to the description)

3M Canada Company

CHEE, MECH

Roller Compaction and Dry Granulation of Powders for Use as Adsorbents for Respiratory Protection

Abbott Point of Care

CHEE

1. pH Calibration Test Procedure

2. OptimizationBioreagent and Chemistry incoming quality control test optimization

ASPEXT® Green Solutions for Asphalt Extraction

CHEE, COMM, LAW, Other

Recovery of hydrocarbons from waste resources, with an initial emphasis on extraction of asphalt binder from roofing shingles

BASF Corporation

CHEE, COMM, CIVIL

New business development and definition/optimization of the formulation space for passive light and heat management windows for sustainable construction applications

Baxalta US Inc

COMM, ENG, BIO, Other

Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant of the Future (2030)

BlueGreen Innovations Group Inc

ENG, COMM, LAW, BIO

Debottlenecking Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants

Brookfield

ENG, COMM, LAW

Climate Change: Impacts on Renewable Energy Industry

Borealis Geo Power

CHEE, GEO, BIO, COMM

Recovery of heat and power from high water content wells in the oil and gas industry, its application for ‘greenhouse on every wellhead’and other direct heat applications for communities

Canadian Wollastonite

CHEE, BIO, ENG, COMM

Evaluating acicular wollastonite mineral particles as an alternative to neonicotinoids and other chemical insecticides for white grub control in agricultural, horticultural, turfgrass, and lawn care applications.

CanGEA

GEO, CHEE, COMM, LAW, Other

Geothermal Energy for the Yukon

Cenovus Energy Inc.

CHEE, MECH

Modeling OTSG steam quality output

Devon Canada

CHEE, MECH, CIVIL, GEO, COMM, LAW

Evaluation of CO2 capture from a SAGD facility and various utilization options

DuPont Canada Co.

CHEE, COMM

Feasibility of hydrophilic polymer based desiccant rotors (enthalpy wheels)

Ethermic Technologies

GEO, CHEE, COMM, LAW, Other

Evaluation of the non-toxic, environmentally friendly, reservoir enhancement stimulation technology to revive and prevent pre-mature abandonment of under-producing and/or suspended oil wells.

Forward Water Technologies / Green Centre Canada

CHEE, COMM, LAW

Feasibility of Forward Osmosis Process to Treat Reverse Osmosis Reject Water and Applications of Resulting Brine Concentrate

Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery

CHEE, MECH, CIVIL, COMM

Development of the sustainable Eco-Cabins complex for the winery

Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG)

ENG, BIO, COMM, Other

Optimization / Co-utilization Study for Solar Installations

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

CHEE, BIO

Development of the artificial training blood

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

CHEE

Production of iso-butane from the existing field grade butane

PnuVax, Inc.

CHEE, ECE

Minimizing Energy Losses in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities Using Novel Controllable Devices

Utilities Kingston

CHEE, BIO, LAW

Plastic Microbeads in municipal wastewater: determining concentrations, origin and fate, as well as considering social implications and necessary policies

Veresen Inc.

CHEE

Hythe Incinerator Burner Design

 

 

Full Project Descriptions:

Company Name

3M Canada Company – Personal Safety Division

Industry/Sector

Manufacturing

Location

Brockville

Project Title or Summary

Roller Compaction and Dry Granulation of Powders for Use as Adsorbents for Respiratory Protection

Company Description /Background

3M is a global technology company that has operations in more than 60 countries with laboratories in 34.  3M’s Personal 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 vapors from air. The carbon treated in Brockville is used in 3M plants globally to manufacture such respiratory protection filters.

Project Description and motivation

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.  

In order to allow gases to flow through a respiratory filter at a reasonable rate, a sorbent bed within the filter is typically composed of granular materials. New sorbent technologies developed by 3M have brought forth high performing materials. After synthesis, these new materials must be processed further to render them useful for inclusion in a respiratory protection cartridge.  It is this final processing step that we would like TEAM to develop a process for.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

The project output should include:

  1. Layout and specification for proposed install of required equipment.

  2. Description and ranking of several equipment installation options

  3. Energy and labour requirements of the new process

  4. Hazard assessment, including dust containment

  5. Estimated capital costs

  6. Estimated cost of granulating the final product

  7. Summary, conclusions and recommendations

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 3 Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Chemistry, open to suggestions

 

Company Name

Abbott Point of Care

Industry/Sector

Medical Devices / Healthcare

Location

Ottawa, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

pH Calibration Test Procedure Optimization

Company Description /Background

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.

Project Description and motivation

Develop an improved tonometry procedure for pH calibration testing.  pH calibration is required by regulatory bodies to maintain metrological traceability of the i-STAT product.  Project driver is that pH calibration accuracy is challenging with the current procedural constraints.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

New tonometry procedure.  Report with cost and performance impact.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 3-4 Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry students

 

 Company Name

Abbott Point of Care

Industry/Sector

Medical Devices / Healthcare

Location

Ottawa, Ontario

Project Title

Bioreagent and Chemistry incoming quality control test optimization

Company Description /Background

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.

Project Description and motivation

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

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

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

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

      Five to six students from chemical engineering.

 

Company Name

ASPEXT® Green Solutions for Asphalt Extraction

Industry/Sector

Resource Recovery/Specialty Chemicals

Location

Lebanon,  New Hampshire

Project Title or Summary

Recovery of hydrocarbons from waste resources, with an initial emphasis on extraction of asphalt binder from roofing shingles.

Company Description /Background

ASPEXT® is an angel-backed venture, conceived in New Hampshire in early 2013, with a singular focus on solvent-extraction of hydrocarbons from waste resources using relevant principals of green chemistry. As a supplement to angel funding, NORAM Engineering and Constructors, Ltd. (Vancouver, BC) has an equity position in the project; and in addition to past testing and collaboration with GreenCentre Canada, ASPEXT® has a consulting relationship with Western Research Institute (Laramie, WY) – this organization is the premier heavy-oil and asphalt-research center in North America.

Project Description and motivation

The 10-12 million tons of shingle waste produced annually in North America contain on average 22.5% asphalt – this asphalt has a replacement value of well-over US$1 billion. This recoverable resource can only be efficiently accessed by solvent extraction of the asphalt binder from other shingle components, which are limestone filler, surfacing granules, and glass-fiber mat. Partial extraction – or extraction techniques which do not yield clean (i.e. non-waste) residual products is not an option. Extracted asphalt may be reblended for use in paving applications or in the manufacture of new roofing products – including low-slope applications formulated with polymers.

A solvent-extraction process for roofing shingles, using organic solvents such a hexane and toluene, was patented in the late 1970’s – but was never a commercial success. The ASPEXT® process, as envisioned by NORAM, will use similar Crown extraction vessels, but it will replace toluene with a switchable-hydrophilicity solvent (SHS). Direct involvement of the TEAM members with collaborators is expected to provide educational and career benefits beyond the attainment of the stated deliverables.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

The switchable compounds which Dr. Jessop has identified for use within the switchable-technology platform are entering into an unknown regulatory landscape.

  • Broad-brush review of North American environmental considerations for location and operation of extraction facilities.

  • Key logistic and regulatory factors that will affect transportation and storage of both the diluted asphalt and the recovered SHS destined for reuse.

  • Decomposition studies of cleaned shingle components that may contain residual levels of SHS. [Note: Studies of residual SHS levels in extracted asphalt will most likely be performed by Western Research Institute – but there may be crossover in these two efforts].

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 students, Chemical Engineers, Law, Commerce and other.Strong interest in recycling logistics, environmental management and compliance, process engineering or downstream oil and gas operations.

 

Company Name

BASF Corporation

Industry/Sector

Construction and Construction Chemicals

Location

Southfield, Michigan

Project Title or Summary

New business development and definition/optimization of the formulation space for passive light and heat management windows for sustainable construction applications.

Company Description /Background

BASF is the world’s leading chemical company – The Chemical Company.
With about 113,000 employees and close to 370 production sites worldwide, we serve customers and partners in almost all countries of the world.  Six of the production sites are “Verbund “ sites, a term that refers to the nearly complete integration of waste products from one manufacturing process as raw materials for making other products.

In 2014, BASF posted sales of €74.3 billion and income before special items of approximately €7.3 billion.

At BASF, we create chemistry - and have been doing so for 150 years. As the world's leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry 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 globally.  The ingredients we supply go into products that most people use or consume every day.  We are a key partner to the aerospace, automotive, construction, agriculture, food nutrition, and packaging industries to name only a few.

We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: 
We create chemistry for a sustainable future

Project Description and motivation

Consistent with BASF’s strategy of providing innovative and sustainable solutions to help address global energy, food and water issues in the 21st century, we have invented a new technology that has the potential to revolutionize the management of solar heat gain in the construction and greenhouse industry.  An expert in the construction materials market referred to the invention as “a game-changer” after seeing the initial test results.  This novel technology has the potential to dramatically reduce solar heat gain in commercial buildings and agricultural greenhouses, therefore reducing energy consumption and costs. In addition, its reach may be expanded to encompass a wider cross-section of the population both domestically and overseas.  The technology is being patented, so details will not be discussed in this brief.There are two primary goals of this project, one technical and the other oriented toward business and market development.

  • Technical Objective -  To fully develop this technology and understand it’s capability, the formulation space and parameters need to be defined.  Those working on this component would examine elements of the formulation within the context of the final application(s) and the window/device construction itself. The goal is to define the key fixed parameters of the formulation, and develop a model of the variable parameters to allow performance to be tuned based upon the application.

  • Business Development Objective – The area of energy management in window applications is new to BASF.  As a result, we want to research and understand the market in order to create a business development strategy.  Those working on this component would explore many areas to this end such as current technologies in the market, competition and competitive intelligence, leading edge developments, mapping the value chain, market segmentation, price points, current manufacturers and their market positioning. The goal is to provide a complete picture of the competitive landscape in this market, and to make recommendations on a business development strategy moving forward.

The project will involve travel to the United States, and possible interactions with window manufacturers and the energy efficiency experts at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.        

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

A written report at the conclusion of the project illustrating the findings and recommendations, including:

  • Presentation of the methodology and data that went into determining the fixed formulation parameters.

  • Presentation of the methodology and data that went into establishing the model of the variable formulation parameters.

  • Presentation of the methodology and results of all the market research in an organized fashion.

  • A summary of the competitive landscape.

  • Recommendations for the business development strategy, along with the rationale behind the recommendations.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 2 chemistry or chemical engineering students

  • 2 commerce students

  • 1 civil or construction engineering student

 

Company Name

Baxalta US Inc

Industry/Sector

Biotechnology

Location

Milford Massachusetts (near Boston)

Project Title/Summary

Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Plant of the Future (2030)

Company Description /Background

Baxalta Incorporated is a global biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of products for the treatment of hematology, oncology and immunology.

Project Description and motivation

Obizur is a new biopharmaceutical drug for the treatment of Acquired Hemophilia A (AHA) that is manufactured in Milford MA and was first licensed by the FDA in 2015. The Milford MA facility intends to grow its role within the Baxalta manufacturing network by continuously improving its ability to make multiple, high quality biopharmaceuticals at low cost. By designing a plant of the future it is also hoped that innovative ideas are generated that could be a significant benefit to Baxalta in both the near and long terms.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Two scenarios to be developed:

    • 1) An aggressive scenario, with greater technical uncertainty using novel technologies and resulting in the lowest Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) and

    • 2) A lower technical risk, more realistic scenario using better understood manufacturing technologies.

    • Note that product quality must be assured in both scenarios.

  • For each scenario the Final Report should include:A final team presentation would summarize the detailed final report and focus upon the messages related to above deliverables as well as key innovations to reduce cost and maintain/improve quality

    • Final recommended plant layout showing manufacturing, warehouse, quality control, and administrative areas.

    • Final recommended process design including all unit operations, equipment requirements, raw material inputs, estimated step yields and control strategy

    • An economic analysis including capital investments needed and final estimated cost of goods for the mAb and for Obizur

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 5-6 Commerce and Applied Science students. There may also be interest for Biological Sciences students.

 

Company Name

BlueGreen Innovations Group Inc

Industry/Sector

Environmental and Energy Consulting

Location

Sarnia

Project Title or Summary

Debottlenecking Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants

Company Description /Background

BlueGreen Innovation Group is a multidisciplinary team of professionals linked by a mutual desire to deliver products and services that further environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Our Areas of Focus:

  • New technology and innovation

  • R & D, discovery, evaluation, integration and commercialization 

  • Renewable energy, biofuels & bio-products

  • Energy efficiency & conservation

  • Clean water, wastewater, air and solid waste technologies

  • Sustainability audits

  • Low- energy building systems

  • Energy storage technologies

  • Manufacturing Systems

  • Materials Engineering; Mfg. and Welding Procedures; QA/ QC Manual Development

  • Health, Safety & Environmental: Process Safety Management

  • Process Hazard Analysis (Cause/ Consequence, Siting, HAZOP, FMEA)

  • “Right-to-Operate” permitting (MOE, MOL, TSSA, ESA, City Planning)

Project Description and motivation

Background

Ontario municipalities are responsible for collecting and treating sanitary waste water to quality levels prescribed by provincial and Federal requirements prior to discharge to receiving waterways. Some municipal waste water treatment systems also receive and process business and light industrial wastewaters under applicable permitting arrangements.  Population growth, increasingly stringent effluent quality requirements, plant design and operator proficiency requirements along with societal expectations have placed onerous demands on existing treatment plant infrastructure.  In some cases municipal waste water treatment capacity limits are hindering or even preventing further economic growth and development of the surrounding community. Waste water treatment facilities limitations are an ongoing issue on many First Nations reserves.

Importance to Municipalities, Alignment with the RBC Blue Water Project

Waste water treatment infrastructure, including sewers, plant facilities, and discharge arrangements are, in many cases, are in need of upgrading.  However, upgrades using traditional technologies is prohibitively expensive.  There is little appetite among taxpayers to pay higher taxes or fees to cover costs of adding new infrastructure.  Further, costs are too high to be borne by developers to support their project proposals as the cost would typically be spread across too few people, e.g. a new subdivision or condominium.

In addition to cost barriers, regulators are and as they should be, cautious about approving deployment of new or un-proven technologies.

Identifying new and emerging treatment technologies having performance as well as cost advantages over conventional technologies and affordable by communities could unleash currently constrained economic growth. 

Identification of suitable technologies could prove valuable to communities and First Nations reserves across Canada.

This project is sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Initiative. Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Study Scope

Identify disruptive technologies for waste water treatment plants. Evaluate the technologies for technical risk, economics for an individual unit and potential for economies of scale, permitting and potential societal concerns (yuk factor).

Explore feasibility of using these technologies to debottleneck an existing fully loaded municipal waste water treatment plant.  One candidate is the Brights Grove (Sarnia Ontario) facility which operates at maximum capacity. Unless additional capacity can be realized further growth and development in Brights Grove cannot proceed. This study will:

    • Identify new and emerging technologies to treat sanitary waste water

    • Determine whether technologies can be deployed as a retrofit or need to be standalone facilities

  • Identify and quantify, to the extent practicable, treatment effectiveness, energy requirements, technical complexity, cost, reliability, maintainability of the options considered.

  • Determine potential for technology to produce products for export:

    • Energy (heat, electrical, fuels)

    • Materials (metals, compost)

    • GHG credits

    • Discuss new Federal regulations addressing effluent quality

    • Make recommendations based on economic and performance characteristics likely using an abatement curve technique or other decision making tool using TEAM developed decision criterion

The Study scope will include a review of Federal and Provincial funding incentives including legal and commercial requirements etc. 

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Prepare a written report and accompanying presentation covering:

  • Promising proven and currently available or “near ready” technologies to treat municipal sanitary waste water

  • Opportunities and challenges related to operating and maintaining technologies identified in the study

  • A screening level economic evaluation (CAPEX/OPEX) for TEAM selected two or three promising technologies  

  • Incentives and funding opportunities for a project of this nature, including tax issues, local/provincial/Canadian content requirements, technology risk, commercial issues etc.

  • Regulatory as well as social issues including new Federal legislation and discuss how the issues might be resolved

  • Next steps

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 1 chemical engineer, 1 biologist, 1 mechanical engineer, 1 business administrator or economist, 1 Lawyer

 

Company Name

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (“Brookfield”)

Industry/Sector

Renewable energy

Location

Gatineau, QC

Project Title or Summary

Climate Change: Impacts on Renewable Energy Industry

Company Description /Background

Brookfield operates one of the largest publicly-traded, pure-play renewable power platforms globally.  Its portfolio is primarily hydroelectric and totals more than 7,000 megawatts of installed capacity in North America, Latin America and Europe.

Project Description and motivation

Climate change introduces increasing challenges for the renewable energy industry with evolving weather patterns, changing natural landscapes, and declining water availability. These will undoubtedly affect operational practices, laws and regulations as well as the various energy markets as they stand today.

This project should focus on identifying and understanding the impacts of climate change on energy supply and demand (production, distribution, reliability, etc.), including, but not limited to, hydropower, as well as the risks and opportunities as they pertain to Brookfield’s business practices.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Written report at the conclusion of the project illustrating findings and recommendations including a roadmap on technology, monetary policy, energy market, and public policy shifts being affected by the changing climate.  

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

In order to obtain a comprehensive understanding of this issue, approximately 5 students from several disciplinary areas such as engineering, business, finance, law & economy are required. 

 

Company Name

Borealis Geo Power

Industry/Sector

Energy

Location

Calgary

Project Title or Summary

Recovery of heat and power from high water content wells in the oil and gas industry, its application for ‘greenhouse on every wellhead’and other direct heat applications for communities

Company Description /Background

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.

Project Description and motivation

There are hundreds of thousands oilfield wells that are can be used to recover heat and power. The goal of this project is to evaluate the potential of implementing the recovered heat and power for greenhouse and other direct heat applications for communities. It will also be necessary to investigate the vegetation to be grown in the greenhouses base on well production and the location of the communities.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Estimate the recovery of heat and power from high water content wells

  • Evaluate the viability of using the recovered heat and power for greenhouse applications

  • Recommend greenhouse vegetation for different locations based on estimated recovery  and surrounding market

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

3-4 students, Geological and chemical engineers, Biology and Commerce students

 

Company Name

Canadian Wollastonite

Industry/Sector

Mining

Location

Kingston, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Evaluating acicular wollastonite mineral particles as an alternative to neonicotinoids and other chemical insecticides for white grub control in agricultural, horticultural, turfgrass, and lawn care applications.

Company Description /Background

Canadian Wollastonite is a recently licensed mining company that is developing a world class wollastonite deposit located north of the 401 along Hwy 15.  Mineral extraction commenced in Q4 of 2012 making the CW deposit the first such industrial mineral mine licensed in Southern Ontario in 36 years and the only wollastonite producer in Canada.

Project Description and motivation

White grubs are the larval stage of a number of species of beetles and are present in soils in every area of North America, particularly east of the Rocky Mountains. Although grass roots are their preferred food source, grubs feed on the roots of a number of plants, including corn, soybeans, legumes, and cereals. Depending on the species, grubs remain in the soil for one to three years. At elevated populations, grubs stunt, weaken, and delay plant growth and can even kill young seedlings or plants experiencing other stresses (i.e. drought). This root feeding results in economic losses for field crop, forage, and sod producers, as well as aesthetic concerns and increased expenses for lawn and turf owners/managers. Secondary damage occurs when skunks, raccoons, and other animals dig up grubs to feed on them. Depending on the species, the adult beetles can cause significant damage to fruit trees and ornamentals.

Control options are limited: forage producers are directed to rotate to non-host crops and/or crops for which insecticidal seed treatments are registered. These neonicotinoid seed treatments are coming under increasing scientific and public scrutiny for their non-target effects on bees, pollinators, and other wildlife and their use has been banned or severely-restricted in certain jurisdictions. There are no post-seeding or “rescue treatments” available for any agricultural producer. Grub control in turf often relies on neonicotinoid insecticides where they are registered for use; cosmetic pesticide bans restrict the currently-available options for homeowners and turf managers to expensive and often-ineffective nematode applications.  As a result of the above factors, there is a growing need for alternative grub control strategies and products.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

A business case supporting (or rejecting) the use of HAR wollastonite in grub control. 

The business case should include a detailed and scientific description of if/how HAR wollastonite kills grubs, economics and market data in support of this market, and a flow-sheet outlining the production equipment needed.

Primarily, we are looking to demonstrate and explain scientifically our empirical observations of the effectiveness of HAR wollastonite in killing grubs. 

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

3-4 Students. Chemical, Mining, Geo engineers, Biology and Commerce students

 

Company Name

Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA)

Industry/Sector

Renewable Energy

Location

Calgary, Alberta

Project Title or Summary

Geothermal Energy for the Yukon

Company Description /Background

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 the solution 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.

Project Description and motivation

The primary goal of this project is to bring geothermal energy to the northern and remote communities of the Yukon. In partnership with the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, the Government of Yukon’s Department of Energy, Mines and Resources’ Energy Branch and the Yukon Geological Survey, CanGEA is currently developing maps and reports that will identify sources of renewable geothermal energy in the territory. As the authors of the final report, you will provide a comprehensive review of the geothermal potential of the Yukon, linking the maps to the needs and opportunities in each community. This will be an authoritative, published report that will pave the way for the first geothermal power plants to come online in Canada, starting in the Yukon where some of Canada’s best geothermal resources are located. Your work will also serve to expand the Yukon’s current (non-electric) use of geothermal heat for industrial and entrepreneurial businesses, increasing food & energy security and economic prosperity where it’s needed most – in Canada’s North.

This project is sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Initiative. Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Author the Geothermal Energy for the Yukon report which:

  • Links the Geothermal Favourability Maps of Yukon to market research results that identify business opportunities

  • Creates integrated or cascaded geothermal system designs and project cost calculations for each design

  • Author the Geothermal Favourabiity Maps of Yukon following a Global Protocol – Methods and Data Sources report

  • Develop industry materials (presentations, brochures, workshops, etc.) relating to the Yukon project

  • Prepare the project website and LinkedIn summary (see Alberta and BC examples)

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-6 students, Commerce/Business, Indigenous Studies, Geological Engineering, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering and one or more students with GIS capabilities (or experience with GIS via their geophysics, geology, math, geomatics, etc. degrees)

 

Company Name

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Industry/Sector

Oil & Gas

Location

Calgary

Project Title or Summary

Modeling OTSG steam quality output

Company Description /Background

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.

Project Description and motivation

In the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) process, specialized boiler called Once Through Steam Generators (OTSG) are employed for steam production. The outgoing stream from the water-side of the boiler is separated to a steam fraction and liquid fraction containing all the impurities (TDS, organics…) of the feed, called blow down (BD). Steam quality of a boiler is the percentage of the boiler feed water that has turned into steam. As an example, for 1 m3 of feed water at 80% steam quality (SQ), the boiler will produce 800 L of steam (in terms of liquid) and 200 L of blow down.  Currently, no adequate direct/online measurement of steam quality is available and indirect measurements are inaccurate or manual. This project will use mathematical and statistical modeling techniques around an OTSG to derive a predictive model for the steam quality using plant data and thermodynamic equations.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Technology Background research and study of statistical methods

  • Model development, testing and report

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 5 students, Chemical and Mechanical Engineers

 

Company Name

Devon Canada

Industry/Sector

Oil and Gas

Location

Calgary, Alberta

Project Title or Summary

Evaluation of CO2 capture from a SAGD facility and various utilization options

Company Description /Background

Devon Energy Corporation is a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. Devon's operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada.

The company's portfolio of oil and gas properties provides stable, environmentally responsible production and a platform for future growth. Devon has more than doubled its onshore North American oil production since 2008 and has a deep inventory of development opportunities to deliver future oil growth. Devon also produces about 1.6 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day and about 120,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day.Headquartered in Oklahoma City, Devon is a Fortune 500 company and is included in the S&P 500 Index. Its common shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DVN.

Project Description and motivation

Generation of steam in SAGD requires the combustion of natural gas, which generates greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) including Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  GHGs are currently a significant risk to oil sands due to regulatory compliance costs, and their impact on market access and social license to operate.

There is an opportunity to capture COfrom the flue gas and use it to create value elsewhere; some areas identified where CO2 may be utilized are:

  • As a solvent for Enhanced Heavy Oil Recovery (EHOR).  Currently, Devon is exploring EHOR processes for our Lloydminster and Bonnyville area to increase our oil recovery.

  • Injection into formations above bitumen zones that were depleted natural gas formations to re-pressurize.  Now that the formations are low pressure, SAGD is not a viable extraction method.

  • Co-Injection with Steam in the SAGD process to allow for lower steam rates while maintaining enough gas injection for steam chamber pressure support.

  • Chemical conversion or sequestration into new & valuable fuels, materials, etc

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Key Deliverables:

  • Recommended development plan

  • Detailed Techno-Economic Assessment of the scheme (NPV, ROR)

Activities:

  • Review of Technologies evaluated by Devon Team on CO2 Capture from a Once Through Steam Generator (OTSG).

  • Review of available CO2 sources in the Lloydminster and Bonnyville Alberta areas.

  • Evaluation of CO2 distribution methods within the Lloydminster and Bonnyville oil field.

  • Evaluation of supply line from the Jackfish SAGD Project location to Lloydminster and Bonnyville areas.

  • Evaluation of the quantity of gas required to re-pressurize a gas cap above a bitumen bearing formation.

  • Review of associated regulatory, stakeholder, CO2 ownership and other challenges associated with each option.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 1 Chemical Engineer, 1 Mechanical Engineer, 1 Civil Engineer, 1 Geology, 1 Commerce, 1 Legal

 

Company Name

E I DuPont Canada Co.

Industry/Sector

High Performance Polymers

Location

Kingston

Project Title or Summary

Feasibility of hydrophilic polymer based desiccant rotors (enthalpy wheels)

Company Description /Background

Advanced polymer manufacturing and development of novel applications in automotive and industrial sectors

Project Description and motivation

In order to maintain indoor air quality, HVAC systems in large buildings incorporate air exchange systems where a portion of the internal air is replaced by fresh air on an ongoing basis. Incoming air needs to be conditioned for humidity and temperature which consumes energy. As the outgoing air is already conditioned, its exit results in energy loss. Enthalpy wheels or desiccant rotors are devices used to exchange humidity as well as thermal energy between the outgoing and incoming air streams to recover some of this energy. There are large rotors with a hollow structure so that air can flow through, made of a desiccant material. They are mounted such that about half of the surface is exposed to the outgoing air stream and the other half to the incoming air stream, and are rotated. Along with manipulation of air stream temperatures, humidity and thermal energy from the incoming air is absorbed by the desiccant material drying the air and cooling it down. As the wheel turns, this humidified portion of dessicant material is exposed to the outgoing air stream where it gives of humidity and heat, and desiccant is regenerated for the next cycle.

Such a unit has been installed in Queen’s Integrated Learning Centre.

http://livebuilding.queensu.ca/green_features/enthalpy_wheel

Desiccant material can be made of a variety of materials – ceramic fiber based, glass fiber, paper, metallic foil (Al/ Steel), carbon paper etc. and coated with desiccant material such as molecular sieves, zeolites, metal silicates, silica gel, hygroscopic salts (lithium chloride) etc.

They could also potentially be made of hydrophilic polymers. Polymers may provide advantages of weight reduction, ease of installation, resistance to corrosion, lower cost of manufacture etc.

DuPont’s Hytrel® polyetherester elastomer product line includes certain grades that exhibit high degree of hydrophilicity, and absorb and desorb humidity through pervaporation.

Proposal for this project is to assess feasibility of making desiccant wheel structures using such a hydrophilic polymer. Feasibility assessment could include three components depending on team’s interests and goals:

  • Assessment of selected Hytrel®grade from material standpoint – experimental measurement of rates of absorption and desorption, saturation levels under relevant operating conditions of enthalpy wheels (could use operating conditions of ILC installation as reference)

  • Engineering design of wheel structure – could include elements of creating primary surface area for interaction with air streams, structural integrity, weight reduction and manufacturability.

  • Assessment of market potential – market size, pinch points with current products, value proposition

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • To be discussed with team based on three areas proposed above.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 3 engineering

  • 1 commerce

 

Company Name

Ethermic Technologies

Industry/Sector

Geothermal, Oil & Gas Industry

Location

Calgary 

Project Title or Summary

Non-toxic, environmentally friendly, reservoir enhancement stimulation technology to revive and prevent pre-mature abandonment of under-producing and/or suspended oil wells.

Company Description /Background

Ethermic Technologies is a private company that is developing proprietary, naturally occurring, non-toxic products for the stimulation and enhancement of conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells.   

Project Description and motivation

Ethermic proprietary technology is a new radical approach to revive or enhance production from existing oil/gas/geothermal production wells that may otherwise be prematurely abandoned. 

Canadian reservoirs are becoming increasingly mature (depleted) with 100,000’s of conventional wells in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin, producing less than 35bbls/day,  which is most often a small percentage of their true reservoir potential.  Traditional methods that attempt to increase production capacity typically involve the application of HCL acid, hot oil or hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) which are all very toxic or resource intensive.

Ethermic technologies has developed non-toxic alternatives to acid or hot oil and virtually zero water consumption alternative to hydraulic fracture processes which require hundreds of thousands of litres of fresh water, multiple tonnes of sand, mixed with toxic chemicals and fleet of at least 20 heavy haul trucks to pump sufficient hydraulic pressure that ultimately fractures a reservoir.

In contrast, the deployment of Ethermic products consumes less than 1 m3 of water, is delivered to well sites via one single pickup truck and reacts with the rock formation during a period of several hours to produce results can be seen in less than 24 hours.  Ethermic products, are “non-traumatic” production enhancement results in the reservoir, therefore do not cause seismic events that have often been associated with traditional hydraulic fracturing.

Ethermic is environmentally focussed to maximize industry efforts to get the most out of Canada’s mature oil and gas reservoirs by increasing production of conventionally depleted oilfield wells.  Instead plugging these existing wells with cement then drilling new in-fill wells to deplete the reservoir, Ethermic intends to expand their productive capacity for a net positive environmental impact associated with utilizing Ethermic technology: minimal water usage, GHG emissions, reduced surficial impact (roads, pipelines, wellhead leases), minimal transportation requirement, versus fracking or production increase from new infrastructure (drilling and new development). 

The goal of this project is to identify candidate wells to deploy Ethermic Technology, then monitor results to quantify the net positive environmental impact in comparison to conventional resource-intensive procedures.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Investigate potential for this new technology to increase production from old “tired” wells, upon consideration of downhole reservoir conditions, such as porosity, permeability, reservoir depletion, wax buildup, water production, etc.

  • Quantitative analysis of reduced water consumption and CO2 emissions versus standard oilfield fracturing strategies

  • Evaluate the socio-economic impact of these reductions

  • Assess the applicability of the  greenhouse gas regulations and water usage requirements for different provinces

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

3-4 students, Commerce, Law, Geological and geotechnical students, Petroleum, chemical, mining engineering students

 

Company Name

Forward Water Technologies / Green Centre Canada

Industry/Sector

Water/Wastewater Treatment

Location

Kingston, ON

Project Title or Summary

Feasibility of Forward Osmosis Process to Treat Reverse Osmosis Reject Water and Applications of Resulting Brine Concentrate

Company Description /Background

Forward Water Technologies (FWT) is a Canadian corporation founded in 2012 by GreenCentre Canada to launch a breakthrough forward osmosis (FO) technology invented at Queen’s University and developed for commercialization at GreenCentre Canada. This disruptive water treatment technology will provide clean water solutions to critical industrial wastewater challenges, especially those based in natural resources.

Project Description and motivation

FWT’s current focus is on relatively short-term targets (e.g. over the next 12 months), which include deployment of a micro-pilot demonstration unit from which our reduced process energy footprint value proposition will be confirmed, translating into lower treatment costs.  It will also be used to further evaluate genuine industrial wastewater samples and ultimately pave the way for the design, build and deployment of a field pilot unit running continuously on a customer’s site.

Two thirds of all global fresh water is used for agriculture.  This project is rooted heavily in FWT’s grander vision and is rooted in our desire to produce agricultural fresh water from seawater.  The vision is to implement FWT’s process into existing reverse osmosis (RO) plants in order to gain additional value from the saline reject water which is otherwise re-distributed back into our oceans.  RO can convert 3.5% salt seawater to ~ a 7% concentrate.  FWT can take that 7% concentrate and convert it to fresh water and a ~20% brine concentrate by-product.  Furthermore, FWT believes that this brine concentrate has significant additional value, however this needs to be further explored and validated. 

Consequently FWT is targeting taking our FO technology to the next level and using it to revolutionize how we access fresh water for agriculture.  The commercial potential and human need for this is enormous and so we are seeking creative, talented and driven individuals to determine the feasibility of this vision by carrying out the following deliverables centered on the associated technical, business/market, and legal challenges.

This project is sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Initiative. Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Rational design and assessment for implementing FWT’s process into an established large scale (ideally North American) RO facility operating at 25,000+ m3/day.

  • Clearly define the market for sellable product (brine) “as is” or in other applications. Additionally the application of fresh water product for agricultural use also needs to be assessed with regards to addressable market opportunity.

  • Assess legal (intellectual property) and regulatory pathway for rapid and unencumbered deployment.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 3 Chemical Engineers

  • 1 Business/Commerce

  • 1 Law

 

Company Name

The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards and Estate Winery

Industry/Sector

Wine

Location

Prince Edward County

Project Title or Summary

Development of the sustainable Eco-Cabins complex for the winery.

Company Description /Background

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.

Project Description and motivation

Grange is considering creating a new visitor experience by building an (14x14x14) eco-cabin complex for winery visitors. The Eco-cabins are to be fully sustainable, powered by solar energy, and utilizing renewable water technologies. The accommodation complex will have a common kitchen and a natural, self-cleaning pool. The goal is to provide a complete rustic experience to the visitors, while enjoying the beautiful scenery and experiencing all perks of visiting the winery, and the PEC region. The students on the project will do a complete engineering design and economic analysis, assessing cost, energy and water requirements. It will be necessary to perform market research and create an attractive marketing package. 

This project is sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Initiative. Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Develop an engineering layout of the new complex, pool, kitchen and other facilities 

  • Evaluate the sustainability of the Eco-cabins, considering all expenses, energy and water requirements

  • Develop financial case to support the development of the complex, increasing revenue and decreasing operating cost

  • Develop a marketing strategy for the Eco-Cabins getaways

  • Recommend cost, water and energy saving strategies

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 4-5 Students

  • Chemical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineers, and 2 Commerce Students

 

Company Name

Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG)

Industry/Sector

Electricity Generation

Location

Toronto

Project Title or Summary

Optimization / Co-utilization Study for Solar Installations.

Company Description /Background

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; 65 hydroelectric generating stations with a total generation capacity of 6,996 MW,  2 biomass fuel facilities.OPG is also continually investigating opportunities to expand its generation portfolio and is currently responding to RFPs from the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) to develop projects for energy storage, solar generation and expanding our hydroelectric fleet.

Project Description and motivation

OPG would like to investigate the possible co-uses for the land at large ground mounted solar installations. 

OPG is looking into the installation of 30 to 50 MWs of solar electricity generation at 2 of our now shut down coal generating stations (Lambton & Nanticoke) and at our Lennox generating site.  The installation would require approximately 200 to 400 acres of land.

See  http://lennoxsolar.com/   http://lambtonsolar.com/,  http://nanticokesolar.com/ for more information on the potential projects.

When determining the “value” for optimizing / co-utilising the sites, OPG is not only considering monetary value but also the value of being a good corporate citizen / neighbour and the value of potential environmental benefits to the area.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Examine other potential uses of the land to optimize its value such as:

  • Energy storage on site to maximize revenue and smooth output

  • Agricultural uses for the land under and around the solar panels

  • Potential environmental benefits for flora and fauna (ie native species)

  • Other

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • Engineering / Environmental Science/ Business  /Biology

  • Potential to work with other universities (ie Guelph)

 

Company Name

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)

Industry/Sector

Safety

Location

Odessa, ON

Project Title or Summary

Development of the artificial training blood

Company Description /Background

The OPP operates out of 165 detachments, five regional headquarters, one divisional headquarters and a general headquarters in Orillia.

OPP members are responsible for traffic safety on Ontario's roadways, waterways and trails, policing more than 922,752 square kilometres of land and 110,398 square kilometres of waterways.

All 10,000 members of the OPP are required to be certified in first aid which includes the application of tourniquets for life-threatening extremity hemorrhage. In addition, the OPP has 31 tactical medics who perform advanced medical skills who regularly train to perform hemorrhage control.

Project Description and motivation

Liquids resembling blood are used to train and prepare officers and doctors for various field situations. Currently, colored water is being used as a cost effective solution, however, its physical properties such as viscosity, are not similar to real blood. Additionally, it stains clothes, equipment and it hard to clean. There are other products available on the market (Halloween, theater and Hollywood) which are either too expensive, too thick or too staining.

The goal of this project is to develop an artificial blood that would mimic real blood, but would be inexpensive to produce, non-toxic, with minimum storage requirements, and can be cleaned up easily, without staining surroundings, clothes, and training equipment.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Final report and chemical formula for the artificial blood

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 3 students

  • Chemical Engineering and Biology Students

 

Company Name

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Industry/Sector

Oil and Natural Gas

Location

Calgary

Project Title or Summary

Production of iso-butane from the existing field grade butane.

Company Description /Background

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 midstream 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.

Project Description and motivation

This specific project will be with regards to Pembina’s Redwater NGL Processing plant near Redwater, AB. This facility is primarily an NGL fractionation system and a storage facility. The plant accepts an NGL blend (ethane, propane, butanes and condensate) and separates it into feedstock for further refining or consumer products.

Currently the plant produces field grade butane which is a blend of normal and iso-butane.  There is an interest in selling butane products specific to plants that use alkylation units to produce a gasoline blending product (high octane alkylate). These alkylation units require a product that is mostly iso-butane, and would require an additional unit at the Redwater facility to produce.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Examine the possible options for producing an iso-butane product from the existing field grade butane

  • Preliminary design and a cost benefit analysis of the unit

  • Recommendation whether or not to pursue the project further

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

3 – 4 Chemical Engineers

 

Company Name

PnuVax, Inc.

Industry/Sector

Biopharmaceuticals

Location

Montreal, QC

Project Title or Summary

Minimizing Energy Losses in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities Using Novel Controllable Devices

Company Description /Background

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

Project Description and motivation

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 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.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

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. Final report and presentation required.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

CHEE, ELEC (3-4 students total)

 

Company Name

Utilities Kingston

Industry/Sector

Utilities 

Location

Kingston

Project Title or Summary

Plastic Microbeads in municipal wastewater: determining concentrations, origin and fate, as well as considering social implications and necessary policies.

Company Description /Background

The City of Kingston is a municipal government organization for a population of approximately 120,000 that also is the sole shareholder in a utilities corporation that provides local distribution of electricity, natural gas, water and waste water collection and treatment.

Dedicated to the responsible management of integrated services, Utilities Kingston provides the following core utility services:

  • An assured clean drinking water supply to 36,000 customers

  • Collection and treatment of waste water

  • Safe and reliable gas services to nearly 14,000 customers

  • Asset management, billing, and operational services to Kingston Hydro, which in turn provides electricity services to 27,000 customers in central Kingston

  • Reliable maintenance of over 10,000 street lights and traffic signals at 200 intersections

  • Specialized fibre optic broadband networking services. A major benefit is the cost-effective and highly-reliable monitoring of the City’s utility infrastructure.

The project is co-sponsored by the RBC Blue Water Initiative. Launched in 2007, the RBC Blue Water Project is a 10-year global charitable commitment of $50 million to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, now and for future generations.

Project Description and motivation

Cosmetic and personal care products can contain plastic Microbeads, which after use end up in the wastewater stream, and then in our lakes and oceans. This matter has become a controversial topic: in the news  and include works such as a study on the St. Lawrence River by researchers at McGill University .

The big questions that apply to Kingston and other communities with this issue are:

  • In what way do the microbeads present a hazard to the environment?

  • Do the existing waste treatment plants in Kingston which have different treatment technologies remove the microbeads from the water?  If so, do the beads end up in the waste solids from the plant?  What are the implications of the beads being present in the waste solids which are subsequently used as fertilizer?

  • If the beads are reaching the waste treatment plant outfall, do they end up in the sediment, or is there another fate?  If they do pass through the treatment plants, what are the implications to the biological environment around the outfall, and the lakes and rivers?

There are a number of goals for this project(s), which may be focussed on one or two of the deliverables. Areas of study may include:

  • develop sampling, testing and analysis procedure for microbeads within various waste streams at the treatment plants,

  • determine origin and fate of the plastics,

  • collect and analyze benthic samples from downstream of the outfalls to determine the presence and potential effect on organisms,

  • analyze to determine the presence of microbeads  in biosolids,

  • assess samples of collected microbeads for contaminants, and

  • potential opportunity  to evaluate and contrast the presence of plastic microbeads in the final effluent from Ravensview WWTP (Biological Aerated Filter secondary treatment) versus Cataraqui Bay WWTP (Conventional Activated Sludge Secondary Treatment).

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)
  • Literature review to develop technical briefing on area of the project (ie – is there an accepted method of sampling/analysis, what research has been conducted to date on origin and fate, what information is portrayed in media compared with scientific research, etc.)

  • Develop and test sampling and analysis procedure(s)

  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of the testing method

  • Quantitative results

  • Policy evaluation and recommendations to Canada’s Minister of Environment

  • Document the presence and effects of microbeads on receiving waters and the organisms present downstream.

  • Comparative analysis of different waste water treatment trains.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

This project would be suited to students in many Engineering disciplines, Aquatic Biology, Public Policy and Industrial Design. Subject to the level of interest, there may be opportunity for one or more multi-discipline groups of 3 or 4 members, which may be tasked with undertaking separate phases while collaborating with the other team(s).

 

Company Name

Veresen Inc.

Industry/Sector

District Energy/Power Generation

Location

Alberta

Project Title or Summary

Hythe Incinerator Burner Design

Company Description /Background

Veresen is a publicly-traded dividend paying corporation based in Calgary, Alberta, that owns and operates energy infrastructure assets across North America. Veresen is engaged in three principal businesses: a pipeline transportation business comprised of interests in three pipeline systems, the Alliance Pipeline, the Ruby Pipeline system and the Alberta Ethane Gathering System; a midstream business which includes ownership interests in a world-class natural gas liquids extraction facility near Chicago, the Hythe/Steeprock complex, and other natural gas and natural gas liquids processing energy infrastructure; and a power business with a portfolio of assets in Canada and the United States. Veresen is also developing the Jordan Cove LNG terminal, a six million tonne per annum natural gas liquefaction facility proposed to be constructed in Coos Bay, Oregon, and the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. In the normal course of its business, Veresen regularly evaluates and pursues acquisition and development opportunities.

Project Description and motivation

Hythe Gas Plant was initially constructed in 1981.  Since then there have been 4 additional trains added on for an inlet gas processing capacity of 4,984 e3m3/d sour plus 9,628 e3m3/d sweet.  This incinerator is a natural draft incinerator with a minimum 550°C Stack Top temperature & 6% excess O2 requirement. 

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Scope of this project will be to:

•             Model the existing incinerator and determine annual fuel gas usage

•             Research Alberta requirements on incinerators and identify opportunities that will reduce fuel gas usage (e.g. decrease temps / excess O2)

•             Design new incinerator burner that will optimize component destruction and reduce fuel gas usage

•             Determine cost savings and total installed cost of new burner design

•             Perform economic analysis on project to arrive at a recommendation to proceed or not proceed with the new design.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 3-4 Chemical engineers

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