Optimization of Euglena Fatty Acid Production: an Important Step towards the Commercialization of Euglena Oil

Noblegen Inc. is an advanced bioproducts manufacturer dedicated to developing cost-effective, naturally-derived biomaterials and biochemicals for a wide range of consumer and industry sectors. We employ a unique organism, algae, to continue to do what it does naturally - decontaminate wastewater sustainably and affordably while also generating valuable biomass for use in biomaterials and biochemicals production.

Photonic sensors for rapid and selective detection of bacteria in water - Year two

In recent years monitoring and protection of food and water resources became a priority of governments worldwide. Bio-hazards are potential threat for these resources thus need to be addressed both in industry and in academia. Therefore, developing an accurate, fast and cost effective technique for detection of pathogenic strains called for increased demand on the areas targeted by the fiber-optic systems.

Performance Metrics and Reporting Requirements for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

The Sustainability Toolkit has been developed to address the lack of step-by-step guidance to show organizations how develop and implement a comprehensive sustainability management plan. The Toolkit integrates globally-recognized approaches to sustainability management that can be used to manage an organization’s supplier/customer sustainability requirements.

Evaluation of Ion-Exchange and Nanofiltration as Effective Methods for the Removal of Trihalomethanes Pre-cursors at the Waterhen Water Treatment Plant

This project aims to establish an ion-exchange/nanofiltration pilot study at the Waterhen water treatment plant. A natural result of the chlorination disinfection process in water treatment is the formation of disinfection by-products (DBP), a family of known carcinogens. This project aims to limit the formation of these DBP by removal of their precursors using the newly implemented pilot system. KGS Group is a contributing partner to this project, and will benefit from the interaction with the University and the expertise and the analysis that they have to offer.

Design and Implementation of Real-Time Platform for Beehive Monitoring and A Mite Extraction System

As one of the oldest forms of agriculture, apiculture (i.e. beekeeping) plays an essential role in contributing to people's livelihoods and the survival of the environment. However, beekeepers are faced with challenges such as Colony Collapse Disorders (CCD), swarming (queen bee leaving with the majority of the worker bees), and queen loss. Unfortunately a constant monitoring of the hives by the beekeepers is demanding and it disturbs the activity of the hive. The objective of this project is to design a remote real time platform that enables the study of the colony’s behavior.

Building Community Capacity on Local Energy: Extending the Community Energy Explorer Web-tool

(CEE) is a unique, interactive and visually compelling web-resource to build capacity of citizens, decision-makers, and local government staff on community energy and related land use issues. The objective of this 2-year project is to improve, expand and launch a public version of CEE in the Metro Vancouver region, and initiate a process to foster uptake and replication across BC.

Control of Imploding Metal Liners

This project will help the industrial partner design tests to prove a concept for fusion energy production. In the tests, metal cylinders (and other shaped liners) are dynamically collapsed to compress a high temperature plasma to fusion conditions. This highly dynamic event, however, may result in some of the metal from the cylinder contaminating the plasma. A strong shock wave can result in material leaving the wall of the cylinder, or the impact of one metal surface on another can result in jetting of metal. The metal liner can also buckle or rupture.

Evaluation of smart sprayer for spot-application of agrochemical in wild blueberry fields

There is an urgent need to develop and evaluate an affordable, reliable, real-time variable rate smart sprayer, using affordable sensors/cameras and controllers for spot-specific application of agrochemicals in the wild blueberry cropping system. The main objective of this project is to evaluate the performance of the developed smart sprayer for spot-applications of agrochemicals in wild blueberry fields. The intern working on the smart sprayer will evaluate the smart sprayer in commercial fields to determine the effectiveness of the developed smart sprayer.

Evaluation of a School Active Travel initiative

The number of children being driven to school has substantially increased over the past few decades—fewer children are walking or bicycling to school. There is good evidence to suggest that programs promoting walking or cycling to school may increase physical activity in children’s lives.

Validating dynamic system analysis mooring tools using a 25-kW surface mounted hydrokinetic turbine tested at the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Testing Centre

Dynamic Systems Analysis develops and markets dynamic modeling tools like ProteusDS to predict the behavior of mechanical systems in service in the ocean and marine environments. ProteusDS relies on empirical loading coefficients to predict system loads to calculate the dynamic response of mechanical systems. DSA sees a growth opportunity to apply ProteusDS to predict dynamic mooring loads for surface-mounted hydrokinetic turbines.