Upgrading of heavy and high-contaminant Hydrofaction™ Oil, to fuels blendstock with the use of Catalytic Steam Cracking

The Project’s objective is to continue the upgrading work executed in the previous MITACS Converge project with a larger focus on more challenging biocrude oils such as heavy fractions, high viscosity, high nitrogen, high ash oils that are produced from feedstocks such as “feed gate residues” in the form of manures, biosludges and organics from municipal waste. The performance objective remains to optimize and scale up the upgrading of Hydrofaction™ Oil to blendstocks for transport fuels.

Remediation of Contaminated Soil and Groundwater using Nanotechn

In recent years, the oil and gas industry has prioritized the remediation of residual and historical soil and groundwater contamination due In part to increased public awareness and media attention on the subject. As a result, in an effort to demonstrate social accountability and environmental sustainability, there has been a significant increase In the exploration and implementation of cost-effective and environmentally-friendly approaches for remediation of contaminated sites.

Operation Strategies for Energy Storage Systems in a Wind Park

The Wind Energy Institute of Canada has installed a large-scale wind power and energy storage systems. The institute’s goal is to investigate the wind integration techniques and to increase understanding of the industry for energy storage systems. The objective of this project is to demonstrate and evaluate the capability of energy storage system for shifting wind energy over time and providing ancillary services. Multiple functions of energy storage systems can bring more value to them and justify their high capital costs.

Algae Wastewater Treatment Rosebud Pilot

Symbiotic EnviroTek Inc, in collaboration with the University of Calgary is undertaking a research project that will pilot and validate the efficacy and robustness of algae as a wastewater treatment technology and demonstrate a new business model for municipal wastewater infrastructure. The project provides a unique opportunity to optimize system performance in a pilot scale commercial environment, on site in the community to be served by the technology.

Development of Advanced In-Situ Recovery Technologies for Oil San

In-situ recovery methods for oils sands are applied to reservoirs containing bitumen that are too deep for mining. To date there has been only one commercially viable in-situ recovery method, Steam-Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD), involving high pressure steam injection and bitumen production using horizontal well pairs located near the base of oil sands formations. While SAGD has enabled conversion of significant resources to reserves (about 170 billion barrels), SAGD has many economic and environmental limitations.

Improved Care for High Risk Arthritis Patients

Arthritis affects 4.6 million Canadians and the demand for timely and effective care is critical to better patient outcomes and cost effectiveness. The research projects will identify better models of care delivery for:
1) at risk patients with obesity who may require knee and/or hip replacement surgery or require conservative medical treatment in place of surgery; and,
2) for inflammatory disease (IA) patients who require rapid medical intervention to limit disease progression and symptoms.
This research will use data modeling tools for such patients to analyze the risk and need for surgery.

Enhancing performance in Canadian athletes: A novel and integrated approach to neurofeedback and heart rate variability biofeedback training in the daily training environment

Two essential factors of sport performance at the elite level of sport are the ability to focus on the correct aspects at the correct time while ignoring irrelevant distractions and effectively managing anxiety in the very stressful environment of a World Championship or an Olympic Games.

Development of design methodology for customizable add-on products

The RazerLift is a new product designed to provide superior access to vehicle roof-mounted cargo. RazerLift introduces the accessible roof carrier concept. This project is intended to conduct research on safety requirements for product development work to be done on the partner’s RazerLift product. The partner is interested in getting a reliable and safe product out in the market, and for that, a comprehensive study needs to be conducted through these internship units to ensure RazerLift’s functionality, safety and future market.

Interaction-Indexed Search for Classroom Electronic Whiteboards

Recent technological advancements have led to widespread usage of interactive and collaborative systems in educational settings. In particular, SMART Technologies’ interactive products are being widely used at schools and universities across the country. Although this is a valuable achievement, it also presents new challenges to evolve these systems to new user needs. For example, one of the main challenges of the teachers using SMART systems in classrooms is the need to “go back in time” and review missed meeting or class material.

Evaluation and Identification of Gaps and Technical Challenges in Candidate Carbon Capture/CO2 Conversion Technologies

In the wake of the Paris meeting on global climate change in December of 2015 (COP21), commitments to drive down greenhouse gas emissions have escalated around the world. Man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are accepted as the largest contributor to climate change. Promising next-generation technologies for decreasing CO2 emissions are being investigated at the lab scale. Unfortunately, the technology developers often lack next-step projects and connections with industrial end-users to allow the technology to advance and become commercialized.

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