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2016-2017 Projects

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Automatic Coating Limited

ENG, COMM, LAW, BIO, Other

“Should I stay or should I go”. Possibility of moving all our part of our business to the U.S.

BASF Corporation

CHEE, COMM

Primary and secondary technical market research on the North American sports surface underlayment market

Baylis Medical Company

ENG, Other

Phrenic Nerve Monitoring and/or Protection

BlueGreen Innovation Group (BIG)

ENG, COMM, LAW, Other 

ZERO LIQUID DISCHARGE (ZLD) for Materials Processing Plants. 

BOWMAN Centre 

ENG, COMM, LAW, Other

Lambton Advanced Materials Project for the 21Centuary (LAMP21): A Preliminary Evaluation of Non-Fuel Products from Alberta Bitumen.

Brookfield

ENG, COMM, LAW, Other
  1. How much renewable energy is required in the next 50 years in North America?

  2. What is the life-cycle socio-environmental impacts of different energy sources?

Canadian Wollastonite

ENG, COMM, BIO, Other

Evaluation of Wollastonite as a natural and cost effective solution for Phosphorus (and heavy metals) removal through mineral adsorption

CAWST

ENG, COMM, LAW, Other

Develop an earned revenue model to allow CAWST to help 100+ countries to have access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene

City of Kingston

ENG, COMM, Other

Value Engineering Review of Leachate Control Systems at Closed Landfill Site

Eco Tree Care

CHEE, COMM, BIO, Other

Compost Tea: Enhancing Plant Health Care Using Soil Microbiology

INVISTA

CHEE, MECH 

Engineering Design Optimization 

Lafarge Canada Inc. Bath Plant

ENG

Analysis and mitigation of incinerator waste and filter press sludge negative impact on the performance of the electrostatic precipitator (ESP)

MEG Energy

ENG

1. Sulphur Recovery from Produced Gas

2. Decontamination of Di/Tri Ethylene Glycol

3. Insulation and Tracing Cost Optimization

North Sprout Inc.

CHEE, COMM, Other

Develop a formulation and a manufacturing process for a Drought-Fighting Super-Absorbent soil additive

NOVA Chemicals

CHEE, MECH

Boiler Revamp Opportunities

Ontario East Wood Centre (OEWC)

ENG, COMM, LAW, Other

Develop a strategic plan for the OEWC to help catalyze further economic development in the bio-economy and agroforestry in Eastern Ontario

OPG

ENG, COMM, Other

Analysis of snow accumulation and the implications on solar Photo Voltaic (PV) production and maintenance costs in Ontario

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

CHEE

Energy Recovery from Flared Gases

PnuVax, Inc.

ENG

Minimizing Energy Losses in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities Using Novel Controllable Devices

Procter & Gamble

ENG

Evaluate Belleville city water seasonal quality change and Propose technology for targeted water treatment with feasibility study

Shire

COMM, ENG, Other

Engineering design and economic analysis for a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing process

Three Ranges Brewing Company / CanGEA

CHEE, COMM

Geothermal Energy Assisted Beer Production

Utilities Kingston

ENG

Wastewater collection system odour and corrosion control study

Veresen Midstream LP

ENG

Amine Charge Pump Optimization

Villa Taina

ENG, COMM, BIO

Processing Plant & Business Case for Moringa Oil & Pulp

Full Project Descriptions:

Company Name

Automatic Coating Limited

 Industry/Sector

Manufacturing/corrosion coating

Location

Scarborough, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

“Should I stay or should I go”. Possibility of moving all our part of our business to the U.S.

Company Description /Background

Automatic Coating Limited (ACL) is recognized world wide as having one of the most technologically advanced powder and liquid coating facilities in North America specializing in the application of high performance liquids and powder coating.

MARITIME COATINGS

ACL developed and patented an extremely durable fusion bonded multilayer process designed to encapsulate the component, uniformly covering inaccessible areas where all other coatings fail. This coating was developed for the air intake and uptake louvers utilizing a dual immersion polymer powder process. Automatic Coating Limited has developed and patented coating systems for air intake and uptake louvers and water tight doors that has quadrupled their life span by eliminating crevice corrosion.

FIELD COATINGS

In addition ACL is a leader in field corrosion coating industry. ACL offers Mobile field coating services, Pipe Viper Coating Removal, Mobile Blasting, Pipe Rehabilitation & Containment stripping. 

Project Description and motivation

Energy Policy and cap and trade is making it increasingly difficult to remain in this province. This project will look at government regulations, energy policy, new labour legislation and the associated cost for the next 5 years and look at the cost to relocate part or all of the business to the united states including the cost of moving all or part of the equipment, cost of manufacturing space, cost of labour, legal cost, tax savings, investigate government incentives to relocate, green cards as well as a market study of the opportunity in the states and compare that to the increase in cost to remain in Canada

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

A business case supporting (or rejecting) moving all or part of our business to the United States

Suggested number of students and Discipline

6 students: chemical engineer, biologist, mechanical engineer, business or economist, political science or public policy and lawyer

Company Name

BASF Corporation

Industry/Sector

Construction and Construction Chemicals

Location

Wyandotte, Michigan

Project Title or Summary

Primary and secondary technical market research on the North American sports surface underlayment market.

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 over 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 achieving organic growth by providing innovative and sustainable solutions to the marketplace, BASF Performance Materials is committing resources to exploring new uses for our diverse portfolio of energy absorbing and dissipating materials in the area of underlayment for a variety of surfaces, including athletic fields, running tracks, playgrounds, and other sports surfaces. A key element of this task is to understand the value chain from the extraction of the resources from the earth to the end user in the marketplace. The BASF need in this project is to gain a clear understanding of the end users wants, needs, priorities and willingness to pay for solutions that address these needs. Members of this team would be conducting market research in two phases. The first phase will involve secondary research on the size and segmentation of the market in North America including a survey of current technologies, their pros and cons, and which companies are key players. Also included in this first phase would be a competitive landscape analysis of material suppliers in this market. The second phase will be primary research, direct contact with the end users. This will involve setting up and conducting interviews with representative end users from each market segment, and then compiling and interpreting the information.

The project will involve travel to the United States, and interactions with end users /decision makers for schools, universities, municipalities, and possibly professional sports teams.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

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

• Size and segmentation of the North American market for athletic fields, running tracks, and playgrounds

• The primary manufacturers and installers of sports surfaces in North America, and potentially globally

• A competitive landscape analysis of material suppliers for this market

• An accounting of primary research with end users / decision makers with emphasis on needs, pain points and willingness to pay.

• A list of major global athletic events and locations (e.g. Olympics, Pan-Am Games, etc), and planned stadium construction over the next 10 years that represent large opportunities in this market.

• 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

Company Name

Baylis Medical Company

 Industry/Sector

Medical devices

Location

Mississauga, ON

Project Title or Summary

Phrenic Nerve Monitoring and/or Protection

Company Description /Background

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.

Project Description and motivation

The development of phrenic nerve palsy (PNP) is an acknowledged complication of Cryoballoon Ablation (CBA), an elective treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). A patient with PNP may have difficulty in breathing, require oxygen and in severe cases need a pacemaker to be inserted to pace the diaphragm.

PNP has been reported to occur in approximately 6% of clinical CBA procedures (3-11%). Persistent PNP, where the condition persists beyond a year, occurs in approximately 0.17% of the cases.

The current best practice is to pace the phrenic nerve with a catheter in the superior vena cava and then palpate the diaphragm. Cryoablation is halted if a change in rhythm is noticed. This may be too late and is highly user dependent when the user is focused on other matters.

An alternative approach has been proposed where the health of the nerve it-self is monitored through capturing the compound motor action potential. (CMAP). Early reports suggest that the onset of injury may be detectable prior to permanent damage, potentially allowing for an early warning system.Monitoring the EMG across the diaphragm percutaneously is another method that may have potential.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Develop a means that will allow a physician to protect the phrenic nerve during cryoablation of the pulmonary veins for the treatment of atrial fibrillation without the need of palpating the diaphragm.A working prototype that can demonstrate the feasibility of the core concepts of the solution. The solution must be such that overall procedural workflow for the treatment of atrial fibrillation is not significantly impacted.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

The team would benefit from having at minimum the following:

  • Mechanical and chemical engineers

  • Electrical engineer 

  • Life Sciences student

  • Collaboration with Electrophysiology Physician ideal (Kingston General Hospital)

Company Name

BlueGreen Innovations Group Inc

Industry/Sector

Environmental and Energy Consulting

Location

The Research Park, Building 1050, Suite 100, 1086 Modeland Road

Sarnia ON, N7S 6L2, Phone: Canada (519)-869-4429

Project Title or Summary

ZERO LIQUID DISCHARGE (ZLD) for Materials Processing Plants.

Company Description /Background

BlueGreen Innovation Group (BIG) 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

BIG will partner with:

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in support of RBC’s “Blue Water Project2 (Community Environmental Initiative)”.

Project Description and motivation

Avoiding Contaminated Waste Water Discharges to River, Lake, Ocean or Overextending Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants.

BACKGROUND:

Societal expectations have placed ever more onerous demands on effluent discharges, both liquid and airborne, from industrial facilities such as petrochemical plants. This project is aimed at investigating Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) technologies applicable to new or retro-fit petrochemical plants. Potential investor will want to know how this is to be achieved because obtaining “Right To Operate” approvals, from the Ministry of Environment (MOE) and from local stake-holders such as First Nations, is essential for success. New facilities have typically been promoted publically as ZLD facilities, but regulators are, as they should be, cautious about approving new or un-proven methods. Identifying new and emerging treatment technologies, having performance as well as cost advantages over conventional technologies, could unleash currently constrained economic growth. In addition, some Ontario municipalities are charged with treating light industrial wastewaters under applicable permitting arrangements, to quality levels prescribed by Provincial and Federal requirements prior to discharge to receiving waterways.

STUDY SCOPE

To conduct a preliminary STATE OF THE ART (SOTA) assessment of new and emerging technologies, aimed at ZLD. A conceptual process design and Process Flow Diagram is available for a typical new plant, i.e. the Lambton Asphalt Materials Project- LAMP21.

The team should give some consideration to:

  • Sources of water;

  • Cooling systems;

  • Process water systems;

  • Waste streams and treatments;

  • Municipal treatment of light industrial wastewaters.

Inter alia, this study will:

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

  • Identify new and emerging technologies to treat industrial waste water, with vendors, intellectual property and licencing;

  • Determine whether technologies can be deployed as a retrofit or for stand-alone facilities;

  • Identify and quantify, to the extent practicable, treatment effectiveness, energy requirements, technical complexity, cost (Capex and Opex), reliability, maintainability of the options considered;

  • Determine potential for valuable by-products such as:Discuss new Federal regulations addressing effluent quality;

    • Energy (heat, electrical, fuels)

    • Materials (feed-stocks, metals, compost)

    • GHG credits

  • Review any applicable Federal and Provincial funding incentives;

  • Recommend next steps e.g. research and development.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Prepare a written report, with accompanying interim and final presentation(s), identifying “best current practice” and “near ready” and future technologies. AIM: To conduct preliminary screening, generate BASIC DATA and to eliminate NON-STARTERS early.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

5-6 students: chemical engineer, biologist, mechanical engineer, business or economist, and lawyer

Company Name

BOWMAN CENTRE, Sarnia ON Canada. working with the BlueGreen Innovations Group Inc.

Industry/Sector

Environmental and Energy Consulting

Location

Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, 1086 Modeland Road, Sarnia, ON N7S 6L2 • 519-383-8303.

Project Title or Summary

Lambton Advanced Materials Project for the 21Centuary (LAMP21): A Preliminary Evaluation of Non-Fuel Products from Alberta Bitumen.

Company Description /Background

The BOWMAN CENTRE2 is a think tank focusing on Canadian national energy projects. Dr. Clem Bowman, the founder and current President, is considered by many as the “father of the Alberta Oil Sands” and was recently awarded a prestigious international prize.

BLUEGREEN INNOVATION GROUP1 is a multidisciplinary team of professionals linked by a mutual desire to deliver products and services that further environmental, social and economic sustainability.

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

Project Description and motivation

NON-FUEL MATERIALS FROM ALBERTA BITUMEN

Background;

Fossil fuels manufactured from Alberta Bitumen have been criticized for their relatively high greenhouse gas footprint (GHG), leading to resistance to expanding the Oil Sands, especially from the USA (e.g. Keystone XL pipeline and others). How can Canada benefit from this valuable resource without contributing unduly to GHG emissions?This proposal supports the Lambton Advanced Materials Project- LAMP21, by conducting preliminary screening of potential new materials, (NOT fossil fuels), which might be sustainably manufactured from Alberta oil sands bitumen. LAMP21 could be built, in Sarnia Ontario, as a new “front-end” to exiting refineries.Study Scope

Candidate materials, with some specific considerations, might include, inter alia:

  1. Premium Road and Roofing Asphalt: road/ roof life especially in cold climates; reduced tire rolling resistance; effects of additives e.g. used motor oil; less frequent road construction or roof replacement; old material recyclability.

  2. Carbon Fiber (CF) for Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers (CFRP): materials properties (strength/ weight/ flexibility/ fatigue and failure modes); cost of processing; comparisons with CFRP from petroleum pitch; contamination by hetero-atom (sulphur and heavy metals); by-product streams; potential for substitution and improvement for steel parts in the automotive/ aircraft/ ship-building industry which are very price sensitive.

  3. Adhesives and Coatings: potential for substitution and improvement vs. conventional materials currently mainly using elastomer-bases; chemical compatibility and bonding characteristics; ease of processing and application; cost- sensitivity; industrial and civil engineering applications such as building adhesives, linings for existing sewers and automotive and building sound-deadening, water-proofing.

  4. Other e.g. chemical feedstocks or intermediates.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Prepare a written report, with accompanying interim and final presentation(s), identifying proven and currently available or “near ready” materials and processing technologies. AIM: To conduct preliminary screening, generate BASIC DATA and to eliminate NON-STARTERS early. Also to recommend next steps e.g. research and development. Some consideration should be given to the following:

  • Science/ technology maturity including intellectual property and licensing opportunities;

  • Political, social and market (SWOT) implications;

  • Potential manufacturing processes to convert bitumen into new materials and field application including by-product streams;

  • Preliminary economics ($/kg costs based on conceptual Capex and Opex estimates for manufacturing, at the plant gate), for comparison with conventional rivals;

  • Field application performance, life and failure-modes relative to current products;

  • Life-cycle assessment (LCA) associated with GHG emission reductions;

  • Environmental hazards and risks including end-of-life recyclability and disposal;

  • Quality standards measurement and enforcement;

  • Relative costs and risks of pipelines vs. rail, for transporting bitumen to Sarnia vs. conventional and synthetic crude, shale oil crude, diluted bitumen.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

5-6 students: chemical engineer, materials scientist/engineer, mechanical engineer, business/marketing specialist or economist, and lawyer.

Company Name

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (“Brookfield”)

 Industry/Sector

Renewable energy

Location

Gatineau, QC

Project Title or Summary

1. How much renewable energy is required in the next 50 years in North America?

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 10,000 megawatts of installed capacity in North America, Latin America and Europe.

Project Description and motivation

The energy landscape continues to evolve and mature. Increasingly, customers and consumers have and are exhibiting more choices in their energy supply and technology. Further, Corporate Social Responsibility programs and influencing customers and consumers of their products are requiring a responsible supplier. This project will analyze the evolving landscape to answer the question of how much renewable energy will be required in North America in the next 50 years, how we believe it will be achieved and the different means in which we will reach these goals.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Written report at the conclusion of the project illustrating findings and recommendations, including a roadmap on technology, economics, corporate social responsibility, environmental considerations, policies, roles of corporations, individuals, utilities, etc. A presentation to the Brookfield team at the conclusion of the project will be the primary means to communicate the results of the written report.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

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

Company Name

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners (“Brookfield”)

 Industry/Sector

Renewable energy

Location

Gatineau, QC

Project Title or Summary

2. What is the life-cycle socio-environmental impacts of different energy sources?

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 10,000 megawatts of installed capacity in North America, Latin America and Europe.

Project Description and motivation

Technology diversification and evolution has increased the number of solutions that are implemented to reach our renewable goals. An understanding of the life-cycle impacts of mature technologies exists, however, this project will study and capture the life-cycle, socio-economic/environmental impacts of all of the different energy sources in North America. An understanding of the entire life-cycle impacts of all energy sources is important to understanding the relative benefits of each solution.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Written report at the conclusion of the project illustrating findings and recommendations, including detailed conclusions and supporting materials and references used during the research. A presentation to the Brookfield team at the conclusion of the project will be the primary means to communicate the results of the written report.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

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


Company Name

Canadian Wollastonite

Industry/Sector

Mining

Location

Kingston, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Evaluation of Wollastonite as a natural and cost effective solution for Phosphorus (and heavy metals) removal through mineral adsorption.

Company Description /Background

Canadian Wollastonite is a recently licensed mining company that is developing a world class wollastonite deposit located in the NE of Kingston along Hwy 15.  It is a large mine source currently selling into Steel, Agriculture and Horticulture industries.  The company is looking to further diversify into environmental applications such as water and waste water treatment systems.

Project Description and motivation

Excessive phosphorus (P) loading in surface water systems is now one of the biggest threats to the Canadian water supply. The addition of P to surface waters leads to eutrophication, which is characterized by excessive plant and algae growth. In response to exponential increase in water advisory issued in Ontario and abroad, strong government regulations limiting the discharge of P and other nutrients are being introduced.Research has demonstrated Wollastonite to be an effective, safe, and a low cost method of P removal through mineral adsorption. Canadian Wollastonite having a low cost mine source believes it can supply this market at price points well below current technology.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

A business case supporting (or rejecting) the use of wollastonite in surface and waste water treatment. The business case should include a detailed and scientific description of how wollastonite can be used as a filter media, economics and market data in support of this market, flow-sheets outlining the various usage options: i.e. Filter beds, wetland substrates, municipal waste water systems, greenhouse filtration, and golf course filtration. Some lab work may be needed to support existing data on product effectiveness. 

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 Engineering, Commerce and Environmental Studies students

Company Name

CAWST – Centre for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology

 Industry/Sector

Charity, International development, Water and Sanitation

Location

Calgary

Project Title or Summary

Develop an earned revenue model to allow CAWST to help 100+ countries to have access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

Company Description /Background

CAWST is a Canadian charity and licensed engineering firm, founded in 2001. We address the global need for safe drinking water and sanitation by building local knowledge and skills on household solutions people can implement themselves.

Project Description and motivation

Background:

In 2000, world leaders and the United Nations established the Millennium Development Goals to reduce global poverty. The results were mixed. In 2015, the goals have been refined in a more inclusive and transparent process, and are called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The intent is more comprehensive and transformational human development, including universal coverage and equity. There are 17 goals and 169 targets. Goals 6.1 and 6.2 focuses on universal and equitable access to affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

To achieve these ambitious goals, capacity building support to developing countries is required. Governments and local actors need knowledge, skills and motivation to properly plan, design, implement, operate, and maintain water, sanitation and hygiene services. Furthermore, support and strengthening of the participation of local communities for improving water and sanitation management is crucial.

In this context, CAWST was established in Calgary in 2001 to provide capacity building services to governments and organizations that deliver water and sanitation services. CAWST provides technical training, consulting, education resources, and research support to these organizations, enabling them to plan, initiate, expand, and improve their programs, resulting in more people gaining access to and consistently using better water and sanitation.

Motivation:

In the past 15 years, the need for CAWST’s services was well established. The results of CAWST’s work is well documented. Over 13 million people in 82 countries have been impacted as a result of CAWST’s work. One of the key constraints to expanding CAWST’s services and reaching more people is limited financial resources. As a charity, CAWST typically offer its services for free or at a highly subsidized cost. CAWST can deliver more services and reach more people if additional resources are available. Earned revenue (as opposed to donation and grant proposals) is a promising revenue stream. We would like to explore this option in detail, and to assess its potential as a viable revenue source to complement CAWST’s existing revenue sources.

This project has the potential to significantly increase CAWST’s resources to deliver more services and reach more people with better water and sanitation in the developing world.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Project Goal:

The goal of this project is to assess the registration requirements and the feasibility of earned revenue from at least 20 countries where CAWST operates.

Deliverables:

Some of the key deliverables that would contribute to the project goal include:
• Summarize the regulations & laws of at least 20 countries where CAWST operates, understanding how CAWST can legally work in country and earn a fee for its services, given that CAWST does not have any in-country office in these countries nor is registered in these countries.
• Explore if and how to register as an “international non-profit” and assess whether such designation allows CAWST to legally earn a fee for its services.
• Cost benefit analysis comparing the efforts required by CAWST to setup a proper institutional arrangement to legally earn a fee, and the potential gain/ new revenue CAWST can earn.
• Assessing tax consequences of charging for a fee in the country where CAWST operates, including but not limited to income tax and value added taxes.
• Compare the difference in regulations and laws in earning a fee to (1) partially subsidize the true cost of CAWST service, (2) fully cover the cost of CAWST services, and (3) cover the cost of CAWST plus earning a profit margin.
• Provide recommendations to CAWST on the feasibility and risk of an earned revenue model, including prioritization on where/what CAWST should start.
• Final presentation on project findings

Out of scope:
Determining the willingness of local governments and organizations to pay for CAWST’s services in these 20 countries.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

4 to 5 students – mixture of engineering, business, and law disciplines


Company Name

City of Kingston – Department of Real Estate and Environmental Initiatives

Industry/Sector

Municipal Government

Location

Kingston, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Value Engineering Review of Leachate Control Systems at Closed Landfill Site

Company Description /Background

The City of Kingston is a municipal corporation located in Kingston, Ontario that serves a population of 135,000.

Project Description and motivation

Since 1997 the City has operated a leachate collection and disposal system at the closed Belle Park Landfill Site on Montreal Street adjacent to the Cataraqui River. The system was built over a period of five years and is composed of different configurations of collection wells and galleries that pump leachate contaminated groundwater through a system of collection pipes for disposal and treatment within the City’s sanitary sewer system. The system is costly from an operating and maintenance budget perspective and the City wants to examine the system to determine if capital budget investments should be made to reduce operating, monitoring and maintenance costs and/or improve the technical effectiveness and carbon footprint of the existing system. The Belle Park leachate collection system was put in place to protect the adjacent Cataraqui River from potential environmental impacts due to leachate discharge and to protect the City of Kingston from potential charges from environmental regulators. TEAM will need to work with City staff and the consultant and contractors currently utilized to operate the system.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

• Inventory of the current systems components, operating costs, capital replacement schedule and costs and operating procedures;

• Research and document the state the practice in Ontario for similar leachate control scenarios;

• Assess and document current system risks (operating and capital cost escalation, health and safety, technical failure, relative complexity, downstream impacts, reduced sewer conveyance capacities, environmental upsets,etc.);

• Document operating processes and costs and assess opportunities to reduce costs and improve effectiveness through modification to procedures and/or capital modifications and replacements.

• Recommendations for a 5 year plan to modify existing system to reduce operating costs and risks while improving effectiveness.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

3 or 4 students: Chemical, environmental, civil or mechanical engineering, commerce


Company Name

Eco Tree Care

Industry/Sector

Arboriculture

Location

Kingston, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Compost Tea: Enhancing Plant Health Care Using Soil Microbiology

Company Description /Background

Eco Tree Care offers residential and commercial clients high quality arbor care services for rural and urban landscapes within Kingston and the Rideau Lakes area. A locally-owned business, Eco Tree Care has 10 employees working for the Owner, John Madden. Eco Tree Care’s primary goal is to be the top professional tree care company in the area, with exceptional attention to safety, quality, and client satisfaction. Our persistence to broaden our knowledge base and plant health care program will ensure an enhanced understanding of the arboriculture field and guarantee educated diagnoses, advice, and treatment for all tree related issues.

Project Description and motivation

Compost tea is a water extract of compost that is brewed with foods that select for the growth of favourable organisms. Beneficial bacteria, fungi, nematodes, and protozoa, as well as soluble nutrients that are naturally found in good, mature compost (and naturally healthy soil) are extracted from the compost during a 24-hour brew cycle. The large bubbles of oxygen aerate the tea and help remove these microbiotas from the surfaces of the solid compost particles. By applying compost tea on plant surfaces and in-situ soils, we can reintroduce these beneficial components, which will then support a healthier soil food web, process nutrients into plant-available forms, and provide resistance to pathogenic bacteria, fungi, and insects. Compost tea is far easier and cheaper to apply than regular compost.

Current solutions for combatting pathogens and insects, improving plant growth, vigour, and yield, and increasing plant-available nutrient levels are primarily chemical pesticides and fertilizers. These chemical products are proven to be effective in their intended use; however, they are also expensive and negatively impact the environment by running off or leaching into waterways and altering aquatic ecosystems.

Our compost tea product will work preventatively by improving the overall soil food web and structure and supporting a healthy foundation of soil in which plants can grow and thrive without the need for pesticides and fertilizers. As well, by improving the soil structure, compost tea can reduce the need for irrigation and tilling, saving landowners and businesses time and money, and contribute to the protection of our environment.

In arboriculture, compost tea is a relatively new and up-and-coming field of study and application. Eco Tree Care would like to be a leader in this plant health care opportunity, and we invite you to be a part of this project with us.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

• Report summarizing research, laboratory results, and process/facility design for packaging/storage options to prolong the shelf-life of the compost tea product

• Report outlining scientific protocol/methodology for quality control procedures and variable testing

• Product marketing strategies to other industries (agriculture, vineyards, orchards, golf courses, parks and roads, etc.)

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

• 2 chemical engineering students

• 2 environmental science, biology, or microbiology students

• 1 commerce student

Company Name

INVISTA (Canada) Company

 Industry/Sector

Polymers

Location

Kingston, ON

Project Title or Summary

Engineering Design Optimization 

Company Description /Background

INVISTA is a multi-national company active in man-made fibers, resins and intermediates focusing in manufacture and marketing of a wide range of polymer based fibers.
Kingston is the second oldest Nylon 6,6 facility in the world. They currently a leading supplier to of airbag fiber in North America.

Project Description and motivation

email Oxana for info

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

email Oxana for info

Suggested number of students and Discipline

4-5 Students: Chemical and Mechanical Students 

Company Name

Lafarge Canada Inc. Bath Plant

Industry/Sector

Cement Manufacture

Location

Bath, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Analysis and mitigation of incinerator waste and filter press sludge negative impact on the performance of the electrostatic precipitator (ESP)

Company Description /Background

Lafarge Canada Inc. Bath plant, manufactures Portland cements for the Canadian and USA markets. Various natural raw materials are used in the process and over the past number of decades alternate raw materials have also been used.

Project Description and motivation

One of the raw materials trialled at the Bath plant is a combined incinerator waste and filter cake sludge. While bringing a source of main oxides (SiO2, CaO) to the cement manufacturing process, there are some additional components in the sludge which negatively impact the performance of the ESP. While there is some information to suggest which component is responsible for the impact, this has not been conclusively proven, nor is the mechanism completely understood. This material has been successfully used at another Lafarge plant in which the inlet temperature is significantly higher than that of the Bath plant. The use of alternate materials is a way for the Bath Plant to reduce its environmental footprint and improve the economics of cement manufacture.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

• Review the analytical data available for the material

• Identify and analyze additional components

• Once the components are identified, conduct a literature search for ways to mitigate the impact of the component on ESP performance

• Develop lab trials to provide insight/strategies for an industrial trial

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 Engineering Students, familiarity with the following is an asset

• analytical methods to conduct additional testing

• the impact of temperature, and residence time for decomposition of materials in a combustion process

• ESP operation with an understanding of changes in dust resistivity and the impact on the ESP

Company Name

MEG Energy

Industry/Sector

Canadian Energy Production

Location

Alberta

Project Title or Summary

1. Sulphur Recovery from Produced Gas

Company Description /Background

MEG Energy Corp. is a Canadian oil sands company focused on sustainable in situ development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta. MEG has acquired a large, high-quality resource base – one that we believe holds some of the best in situ resources in Alberta. With these resources and a well-formulated strategic growth plan, MEG is positioned to be a strong oil sands player for many years to come.

We are an exciting Canadian company whose humble beginnings trace back to the forward-thinking of some dynamic entrepreneurs. Using a ping pong table as their boardroom, and with confidence in Alberta’s impressive natural resources, MEG was born out of a desire to create a truly original and sustainable oil sands company. Today we are known as an industry leader and our ever-evolving story is a testament to the spirit of innovation.

Located in the southern Athabasca oil sands region, approximately 150 km south of Fort McMurray, MEG’s Chrsitina Lake Project produces over 80,000 barrels per day of bitumen by employing steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). It was built in three phases beginning in 2008 with the most recent phase coming on stream in 2013. The process consists of steam generation using once-through steam generators as well as cogeneration of electricity and steam in a gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator. Over 90% of the water produced with the bitumen is recycled for use in the steam generators. Bitumen is processed to remove water and reduce viscosity and then transported by pipeline and rail to refineries throughout North America.

Project Description and motivation

Sulphur, largely in the form of H2S, is produced as a component of the gas that is a natural part of the oil production process. The gas is recovered and combusted to produce steam for use in the SAGD process. As part of the gas recovery scheme, some of the sulphur is removed, in a process that consists of a reaction with triazine in a gas/liquid contactor followed by a separator to remove liquid carryover. The sulphur remains in the liquid, while the sweetened gas is used in steam generation. The liquid is trucked out of the plant and disposed of in deep wells.

The removal of sulphur by this method is a simple, reliable method that gives the operation a high degree of flexibility. As production volumes grow, the need to recover sulphur will grow accordingly and MEG is seeking to evaluate alternative processes with which to recover sulphur. In addition MEG is looking for ways to enhance the operation of the current system.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

1. Research and evaluate alternative sulphur removal processes, including emerging technologies, with consideration given to:

a. Sulphur removal performance/effectiveness

b. Capital cost

c. Operating cost (including ultimate disposition of sulphur)

d. Environmental performance

2. Develop alternatives to deep well disposal of spent sulphur scavenger generated by existing process; for example:

a. Potential recovery or reclamation of scavenger

b. Alternatives uses for spent scavenger

c. Removal of sulphur in a different from, such as a solid

3. Develop opportunities to enhance performance of existing process, considering factors such as:

a. Increased contactor efficiency

b. Increased contactor throughput

c. Improved downstream separator performance

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 Engineers 

Company Name

MEG Energy

Industry/Sector

Canadian Energy Production

Location

Alberta

Project Title or Summary

2. Decontamination of Di/Tri Ethylene Glycol

Company Description /Background

MEG Energy Corp. is a Canadian oil sands company focused on sustainable in situ development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta. MEG has acquired a large, high-quality resource base – one that we believe holds some of the best in situ resources in Alberta. With these resources and a well-formulated strategic growth plan, MEG is positioned to be a strong oil sands player for many years to come.

We are an exciting Canadian company whose humble beginnings trace back to the forward-thinking of some dynamic entrepreneurs. Using a ping pong table as their boardroom, and with confidence in Alberta’s impressive natural resources, MEG was born out of a desire to create a truly original and sustainable oil sands company. Today we are known as an industry leader and our ever-evolving story is a testament to the spirit of innovation.

Located in the southern Athabasca oil sands region, approximately 150 km south of Fort McMurray, MEG’s Chrsitina Lake Project produces over 80,000 barrels per day of bitumen by employing steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). It was built in three phases beginning in 2008 with the most recent phase coming on stream in 2013. The process consists of steam generation using once-through steam generators as well as cogeneration of electricity and steam in a gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator. Over 90% of the water produced with the bitumen is recycled for use in the steam generators. Bitumen is processed to remove water and reduce viscosity and then transported by pipeline and rail to refineries throughout North America.

Project Description and motivation

Glycol is utilized as heating/cooling medium to recover and transfer heat throughout the process plant. In the event of a leak in a heat exchanger, there is potential for the glycol to become contaminated with hydrocarbons and salt water, which reduces the effectiveness of the medium and leads to risk of corrosion or other equipment damage. While hydrocarbons can be relatively simple to remove, contamination by salt water (chlorides) is problematic.

MEG is looking to develop a cost effective method to remove contaminants on a periodic basis to maintain the integrity of our heat recovery systems.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

1. Identify processes to remove chlorides from glycol, with consideration given to:

a. Chloride removal effectiveness

b. Capital cost

c. Operating cost

2. Select lowest overall cost alternative and prepare a process flow diagram of ideal removal scheme complete with heat and material balance

3. Examine options to utilize existing surplus equipment to construct the cleanup facility

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 Engineers

Company Name

MEG Energy

Industry/Sector

Canadian Energy Production

Location

Alberta

Project Title or Summary

3. Insulation and Tracing Cost Optimization

Company Description /Background

MEG Energy Corp. is a Canadian oil sands company focused on sustainable in situ development and production in the southern Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta. MEG has acquired a large, high-quality resource base – one that we believe holds some of the best in situ resources in Alberta. With these resources and a well-formulated strategic growth plan, MEG is positioned to be a strong oil sands player for many years to come.

We are an exciting Canadian company whose humble beginnings trace back to the forward-thinking of some dynamic entrepreneurs. Using a ping pong table as their boardroom, and with confidence in Alberta’s impressive natural resources, MEG was born out of a desire to create a truly original and sustainable oil sands company. Today we are known as an industry leader and our ever-evolving story is a testament to the spirit of innovation.

Located in the southern Athabasca oil sands region, approximately 150 km south of Fort McMurray, MEG’s Chrsitina Lake Project produces over 80,000 barrels per day of bitumen by employing steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). It was built in three phases beginning in 2008 with the most recent phase coming on stream in 2013. The process consists of steam generation using once-through steam generators as well as cogeneration of electricity and steam in a gas turbine and heat recovery steam generator. Over 90% of the water produced with the bitumen is recycled for use in the steam generators. Bitumen is processed to remove water and reduce viscosity and then transported by pipeline and rail to refineries throughout North America.

Project Description and motivation

The majority of MEG’s process piping is insulated, for either heat conservation or for personnel protection. In addition, much of the process piping is freeze protected using either glycol or electric heat tracing. The installation, operation and maintenance of insulation and tracing represents a substantial capital and operating cost and MEG is looking for innovative solutions to reduce the life-cycle cost of insulation and tracing.

MEG’s facility also includes large diameter steam distribution pipelines to deliver steam from the central plant to various well pads. These distribution pipelines are insulated, above ground pipelines, but are not traced for freeze protection.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

1. Identify alternatives for insulation materials and installation methods. Ensure that consideration is given to:

a. Initial capital cost

b. Life of materials

c. Ongoing maintenance costs

d. Consider both in-plant process piping and steam distribution piping

2. Prepare a life-cycle cost comparison of glycol and electric heat tracing, considering

a. Material purchase costs

b. Installation costs

c. Maintainability of system

d. Operating costs (energy costs)

3. Assess MEG’s current insulation specifications for cost effectiveness, for example:

a. Material specifications

b. Required thickness

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 Engineers

Company Name

North Sprout Inc.

Industry/Sector

Agriculture Technologies

Location

Kingston, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Develop a formulation and a manufacturing process for a Drought-Fighting Super-Absorbent soil additive

Company Description /Background

North Sprout Inc. is an agri-tech company that was founded in the summer of 2016 at the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative.

Our first technology involves the development of a super-absorbent polymer that acts as a soil additive. It is incorporated in a dry granular form into soil using existing farming methods. In soil, it is able to absorb hundreds of times its weight in water and allows crops to thrive on limited water access.

Project Description and motivation

Develop the specific formulation, as well as a feasible process to manufacture specialised super-absorbent polymers for agriculture use. The polymer must withstand the harsh soil conditions, biodegrade from microorganisms, and be viable to produce at scale. Emerging competitors claim that their product can reduce watering needs by as much as 50%, however their products break down quickly due to fertilisers and sunlight.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

The project will involve some lab work either at Queen’s or Innovation Park.

The team will create:

  • proof-of-concept polymer that meets the desired characteristics 

  • detailed report describing the designed industrial process for creating the desired polymer formulation

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 students: Commerce, Chemical engineering, Biology, engineering chemistry

Company Name

NOVA Chemicals

 Industry/Sector

Petrochemicals

Location

Corunna, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Boiler Revamp Opportunities

Company Description /Background

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals, plastic resins and end-products that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a wholly owned subsidiary of The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The Manufacturing East Sites are located approximately 20 minutes south of The City of Sarnia, Ontario. Sarnia has a population of about 75,000, and is situated on the south shore of Lake Huron at the headwaters of the St. Clair River. Sarnia is one of Ontario’s principal gateways to the United States and is located across the St. Clair River from the state of Michigan, just an hour northeast of Detroit.
We are a cornerstone of Ontario’s petrochemical industry and contribute to the prosperity of the Province of Ontario. Each year our facilities produce 1.8 billion pounds of ethylene, up to 700 million pounds of co-products and 1.3 billion pounds of polyethylene.

Project Description and motivation

NOVA Chemicals’ Corunna Manufacturing Site generates 1500 psig steam to drive large turbines on a number of compressor within the facility. This steam is generated by waste heat recovery and on-purpose generation in three Utility plant boilers. A 4th boiler is being designed and constructed as part of a revamp project in 2018. One of the three original boilers was converted to 100% natural gas firing in 2014.

Nova Chemicals is looking for opportunities to improve the capacity of the other two original boilers as well as improve their environmental performance.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

• Model existing boiler operation.

• Evaluate opportunities for increased natural gas and hydrogen firing on existing combustion equipment.

• Evaluate opportunities for improved heat recovery with elimination of combustion air pre-heat.

• Predict environmental impact of any changes with regard to stack emissions from existing boilers.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

4-5 students: Chemical and Mechanical Engineers



Company Name

Ontario East Wood Centre (OEWC)

 Industry/Sector

Not-for-profit,  agroforestry

Location

Prescott, Ontario

Project Title or Summary

Develop a strategic plan for the OEWC to help catalyze further economic development in the bio-economy and agroforestry in Eastern Ontario.

Company Description /Background

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.

The mandate of OEWC is:

1. The development of forest, field, agriforest and biomass based and innovation-inspired cluster[s] of industrial, business and demonstration projects in an ecologically sound and sustainable environment based on the wise elements of the 1992 Earth Summit

2. A platform for scientific collaboration, business development, demonstration, piloting, commercialization, exporting and marketing of a wide array of biomass products, including but not limited to, biochemicals, bioenergy, processed natural foods, and solid wood building components

3. Participation in the restructuring of the economy of Rural Eastern Ontario and Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Forest area for the benefit and preservation of rural communities and in partnership with a variety of other organizations, academic institutions, individuals and agencies with compatible goals.

Project Description and motivation

An underlying obstacle to eco-industrial development in Eastern Ontario has been the convoluted and fragmented nature of many provincial ministries, federal departments, agencies, business organizations, university faculties and departments and inadequate municipal economic development efforts.

With continued support from CHEE at Queen’s, Eastern Ontario can take a leadership position in Canada’s and Ontario’s Bioeconomy.

We would like to have full understanding of the value-chains and dependency on a full and carefully thought out strategic action plan that pulls together the

- Many interconnected parts of the current fragmented system can build on the extensive OEWC network of relationships and partnerships.

- The strategic action plan, building on the best of business and political models for eco-development and will set out a road map

aligned with the following mandate.

Highlights of our vision:

- Biobased chemicals and a wide variety of biomaterials are opportunities

- Agriculture, Forestry and unusable organic materials are the sources for conversion materials

- Home grown technologies and international attraction will establish the bioeconomy companies; indeed such companies are emerging

- Education and training will continue to create a skilled and dedicated work force that has an interdisciplinary approach.

- The outcome will be rural development and jobs for the 21st century through cluster development and innovation and collaboration

- The production, processing and export of value-added wood and agricultural products as well as non-timber products of the forest (e.g. maple syrup production and processing) will incorporate the most innovative science, technology, business and marketing models.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Identify key people and work with them to help redefine a strategic action plan for OEWC, which could include, but not limited to:

  • Clear summary of the current federal, provincial and municipal government and their various agencies’ outlook, policy and direction

  • Identified political decision makers to be approached to help achieve eastern Ontario economic development and not just talk about it

  • A communication plan for the conveyance of the big picture to these decision makers

  • Identified opportunities for collaboration

  • Potential for new branding to effectively reach wider audience

  • Economic evaluation of new products, processes and approaches

  • Actionable plan for short and long term goal timelines

Suggested number of students and Discipline

4-5 Engineering, Commerce and Law students 

Company Name

Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG)

Industry/Sector

Electricity Generation

Location

Toronto

Project Title or Summary

Analysis of snow accumulation and the implications on solar Photo Voltaic (PV) production and maintenance costs in Ontario.

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 and is constructing a 44MW solar generating facility.

Project Description and motivation

OPG recently was awarded a contract from the IESO for a 44MWac solar PV generating facility, near its now shut down Nanticoke coal fired generating station, as part of the IESO’s Large Renewable Energy (LRP I) procurement program. The IESO will soon be releasing details on its LRP II procurement process and OPG intends on submitting a new bid to construct additional solar PV generation.

As part of OPG’s due diligence when analyzing the potential of a solar PV generating facility we must take into consideration losses due to snow load and the cost associated with removing snow from the panels.

OPG is proposing a project for the Queen’s TEAM to look at expected snow accumulation in different regions in Ontario to determine geographic locations that would be least impacted due to snow cover on panels. This may include reviewing historical weather data to determine key information such as frequency of snow fall events that would require snow clearing. In addition, the team to review design parameters that will impact the snow accumulations on the panel.(i.e. tilt angle, leading edge, coating, racking designs).

The second phase of the project would be a financial analysis of the impact of snow accumulation on the project. This would examine the prediction of solar PV production losses due to snow cover vs cost to clear panels. This would include a review of various methods (and associated cost) that could be used to clear snow from the panels.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

• Review of historical snow fall patterns in Ontario and consider the impact of climate change on future predicted snow fall and accumulation

• Recommendation on areas least impacted by snow

• Prediction of solar PV production losses due to snow cover

• Review of snow clearing methods and associated costs

• Financial evaluation and recommendation on the value of clearing snow from panels

• Review potential issues with various snow removal on equipment life and warranties.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

4-5 Engineering / Environmental Science/ Business students 


Company Name

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Industry/Sector

Oil and Natural Gas

Location

Calgary

Project Title or Summary

Energy Recovery from Flared Gases

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 tied to Pembina’s Redwater NGL Processing plant near Redwater, AB and/or its NGL storage facility in Corunna, ON. The Redwater 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. The Corunna facility is primarily NGL storage receiving spec NGL products (ethane, propane, butanes) from pipeline and rail for intermediate storage and subsequent sale on export pipeline, rail or truck.

With the introduction of new carbon tax/levies in the provinces of Alberta and Ontario there is further economic incentive to recover waste heat streams and fully utilized combusted gases. Flares are a necessary part of any plant safety system but also represent a constant source of CO2 emissions as they need to be constantly purged during normal operation.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • Examine the possible options for recovering latent energy from the flare gases prior to combustion and/or a slip stream of purge gas for use in other plant heaters

  • Technology evaluation

  • Preliminary equipment sizing 

  • Cost/benefit analysis of the selected technology or technologies considering equipment cost, energy savings and CO2 considerations

  • 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

4 CHEE, ELEC students

Company Name

Procter & Gamble

Industry/Sector

Manufacturing

Location

Belleville, ON

Project Title or Summary

Evaluate Belleville city water seasonal quality change and Propose technology for targeted water treatment with feasibility study

Company Description /Background

P&G is one of the world’s largest fast consumer goods companies. With strongest portfolio of trusted brands like Pampers®, Tide®, Always®, Pantene®, Bounty®, Downy®, Febreze®, Gillette®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Olay® and Old Spice®, its products are enjoyed nearly 5 billion times a day. P&G is named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies (Fortune), World’s Most Attractive Employers (Universum), and #1 on the list of the 40 Best Companies for Leaders (Chief Executive Magazine).

Project Description and motivation

P&G Belleville plant is the single worldwide supplier as well as the innovation hub of Always’ most premium product Infinity. The chemical process which is involved in making the Infinity core material can be susceptible to changes in water supply. This project aims to understand the seasonal ingredients/properties changes in the Belleville city water and its potential impact on our chemical process. The ultimate goal is to remove any seasonal variation and deliver even more consistent quality and reliability by selecting appropriate water treatment technology, which has the potential to save millions of dollars in production losses each year.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • A comprehensive study of the seasonal ingredient/property change in process water (Belleville city water)

  • A feasibility study and proposal of targeted water treatment system/technology based on the above understanding

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

  • 4-6 students

  • Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Analytical Chemistry/Environmental Engineering/Civil Engineering/Industrial Engineering/Business etc.


Company Name

Shire

Industry/Sector

Biotechnology

Location

Milford Massachusetts (near Boston)

Project Title or Summary

Engineering design and economic analysis for a new biopharmaceutical manufacturing process

Company Description /Background

Shire is a global biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of products for rare diseases.

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 is evaluating the possibility of implementing a new, improved version of the Obizur manufacturing process in the existing Milford facility. An engineering design is needed to specify the facility and equipment requirements/costs for this new process. An economic analysis of the project including capital costs, cost of goods (COGS) and the impact of making additional products in the same facility is needed.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • The Final Report should include:

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

    • Final recommended process design including all unit operations, equipment sizing/requirements, raw material inputs, utility/facility requirements.

    • An economic analysis including capital investments needed and final estimated cost of goods for the mAb and for Obizur for scenarios with and without additional products in the same manufacturing suite.

  • 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

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

Up to 6 Commerce, Engineering, Biological Sciences and Applied Science students. There is a need for students with interest and expertise in design of biopharmaceutical manufacturing plants as those able to build a comprehensive financial evaluation and business case for the proposed investment.

Company Name

Three Ranges Brewing Company / CanGEA

 Industry/Sector

Craft Beer Manufacturing

Location

Valemount, British Columbia

Project Title or Summary

Geothermal Energy Assisted Beer Production

Company Description /Background

Three Ranges Brewing Co. is a family owned and operated nanobrewery in its 3rd year in operation. The company wants to expand production to a geothermal direct-use industrial park.

Project Description and motivation

The geothermal power plant will produce waste heat that can be utilized by multiple users. The result will be a geothermal industrial park that includes a single-loop zero-waste cascading heat model.

http://borealisgeopower.com/geoparks 

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

  • We want to know how much heat the brewery will consume in the brewing processes, how much will be left for downstream consumers. Additionally, how much heat, if any, and other residual consumables will be produced (i.e. CO2). It is believed that the brewery will be at the top of the heat cascade due to its relatively high temperature operations used throughout the production process. The waste products (mash and CO2) are expected to be integrated into other GeoPark customers’ operations.
  • The project requires mass and energy balances to be performed, process controls to be designed, waste (by-product) management integration, a water utility pipeline loop design, heat exchanger selection and optimization. Costing of all the equipment.
  • Environmental calculations to determine CO2 and other GHGs avoided will also be completed.

Suggested number of students and Discipline

2 to 3 Chemical Engineers and 1 business student



Company Name

Utilities Kingston

Industry/Sector

Utilities

Location

Kingston

Project Title or Summary

Wastewater collection system odour and corrosion control study

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.

Project Description and motivation

Utilities Kingston Operates over 500 km of wastewater collection mains of various sizes and materials. Wastewater from a pumping station is pumped through a forcemain which ultimately discharges into a gravity sewer.

Odours and corrosive environments are not present in the forcemain, however once discharged to a downstream gravity sewer the entrained chemical compounds, which include hydrogen sulphide and other sulphide compounds can be released creating both a corrosive environment and odours.

There are a number of goals for this project, which will be focussed on one area of the system where complaints have been made for many years and are noticeably increasing. This study will address:

• Potential sources of the compounds in the wastewater,

• Mechanisms which may increase the release of odour and corrosion problems,

• Hydraulic considerations which may be implemented to reduce or eliminate the compounds,

• Measures to consider for controlling the air in the gravity sewer, and

• Opportunities for additions to the sewage to reduce the available compounds.

Some background work has been completed previously by US Peroxide to use peroxide injection for control of the sulphide compounds. This will be made available as one option to consider.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

• Literature review to develop a synopsis of the available technologies

• Develop a field sampling program for Utilities Kingston to undertake to provide data, if required

• Evaluation of the testing results

• Document the available options in a client report for review and implementation.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

This project would be suited to students in many Engineering disciplines particularly Civil and Chemical Engineering, Public Policy and Industrial Design. While the primary focus will be to identify the source and mitigation measures, there will be a need to consider the public relations and consultation aspects of such a study.

Company Name

Veresen Midstream LP

Industry/Sector

Midstream (Gas Processing)

Location

British Columbia – Steeprock Gas Processing Facility (C-064-A/093-P-08)

Project Title or Summary

Amine Charge Pump Optimization

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

The Train 2 amine charge pumps (P-4601 A/B) are oversized resulting in significant energy losses. This project will determine the optimum circulation rate for the amine unit, check current pump operation versus design, and evaluate options for energy savings including reducing pump speed (VFD) and pump de-staging among other options. Economics of each option (cost vs. benefit) will be evaluated and recommendations made for optimal configuration. This project is part of Veresen’s strategy for efficient and reliable operations.

Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)

Site visit / information gathering
Engineering report
Presentation

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix

3 – 4 students: Chemical / Mechanical engineers


Company Name

Villa Taina

Industry/Sector Manufacturing
Location Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Project Title or Summary

Processing Plant & Business Case for Moringa Oil & Pulp

Company Description /Background Claudia Schwarz, an entrepreneur in the Dominican Republic, is exploring new ways to diversify her businesses. Along with the hotel (Villa Taina), Claudia owns a Cacao farm and through this project would like to investigate the business and technical feasibility of processing Moringa plants for the purpose of selling oil and using the pulp to treat water. The project will support the generation of a business model.
Project Description and motivation Living in the Dominican Republic made Claudia Schwarz close to nature and to the Dominican people. It was always hard to understand why they always made so little from the natural abundance they have. This project is trying to change this. The project will focus on strategically expanding the business to produce Moringa oil & seed pulp, while teaching the local farmers how to plant Moringa trees. The seeds would be purchased from the farmers, processed into oil, and the remaining pulp would be given back as a water purifier. This would benefit both the expanding business and providing value to the local farmers.
Key Deliverables and/or activities (tentative)
  • Develop a conceptual level design and cost estimate for a small plant that would process Moringa plants into oil and pulp.

  • Develop information that would support a business risk analysis for the idea, as well as a cash-flow analysis.

  • Identify the maximum profit product that can be created from the oil, be it bulk oil, skin care, or any other product that can be created from the Moringa oil.

  • Investigate the efficacy of water purification using Moringa pulp.

  • If viable, determine how much pulp would be needed to purify 1 gallon of water to the current world standards of clean water. Design a viable product to ship & use the pulp in an easy and convenient way for water filtration processes in 3rd world countries.

Suggested number of students and Discipline Mix 4-5 students: Engineering and commerce

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