Emerging seismic monitoring techniques to understand microseismicity at a shallow CO2 injection site - Year two

Carbon Capture and Storage is projected to play a key role in achieving the federal government’s target of reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. CMC Research Institutes, in partnership with the University of Calgary, has established the Containment and Monitoring Institute Field Research Station (FRS), a state-of-the-art testbed facility to develop, test and validate monitoring technologies, and to accelerate innovation and commercialization of geological carbon storage domestically and internationally.

Evaluating the potential for biogas production from beer liquid waste arising from a recycling plant

The beer industry is one of the oldest and high demand industries in the world. The major limitation associated with beer can recycling with its content is that it produces large volume of liquid waste that cannot be discharged to water bodies. The expired beer is unsuitable for to be converted as animal feed due to the health safety aspects. There is a need for recycling this liquid waste as it contains valuable nutrients and energy. There is potential for using the waste beer as substrate for biogas production thereby recovering energy as biogas and nutrients as organic fertilizer.

Encapsulating contaminated soil in concrete: an ecoefficient approach

The goal of this research project is to develop an innovative, effective, and eco-efficient approach to encapsulate low toxicity contaminated soil in concrete. The waste material will
be encapsulated bearing heavy metals and organic components in concrete through the use of advanced mix-design techniques, such as particle packing models (PPMs) and mobility parameters (MP), to proportion eco-efficient structural and durable concrete mixtures.

Improving performance of recycled asphalt applications with bitumen and asphaltenes mix

New innovative technology is proposed for Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS) to produce cold mix asphalt (CMA) for dust control in unpaved roads. This novel method will design a mix of bitumen/RAS/water emulsions that break in a controlled manner upon field application. The effect of asphaltenes, petroleum solvents, emulsifier type, concentration and properties, and the preparation conditions, such as agitation speed, temperature, and the order in which components are added on the performance of the emulsions will be evaluated.

Improving Donor Relations through Machine Learning

This project involves looking at machine learning as a new way to engage with donors for charities that can result in a more effective channel of communication.

Post-Consumer Plastics Recycling

International legislation and growing environmental issues have imposed a lot of pressure on companies andmanufacturers to maximize the recycling systems. Such demands have had significant consequences for theplastic industries to use recycled plastics from the disposed plastic wastes. Therefore, this study is an initiativetaken by the Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites Laboratory (NPNL) at the University of British Columbiaand Recycling Alternative Inc. in Vancouver, BC, to obtain a comprehensive understanding of plastic recyclingand its market.

Towards designing a bioreactor for the BioLogix™ Product: Identification of microbial communities and their optimal growth conditions for in situ and ex situ hydrocarbon bioremediation

In this project, the intern will determine the identity of the bacterial species present in the BioLogix consortium, as well as determine how to best grow these bacteria in the lab and in the field. The intern will also use this information to aid in the design of technology and equipment to effectively grow BioLogix in the field. By the end of this research Delta Remediation can expect to have received information regarding the species present in their product, how to best grow those species in the lab and design help for technology to grow their product in the field.

Organic matter controls on radium removal via barite coprecipitation

Radium is a radioactive element often found in wastewater from uranium mining and oil and gas industries. One common approach to remove radium from wastewater is to add barium and sulfate to form the mineral barite. The barite traps the radium and can then be disposed of safely. However, chemicals released by decaying plants into the water may sometimes make this process less effective. This project in partnership with Ensero solutions will explore the possible impacts of these chemicals on effectiveness of radium removal with barite formation.

Developing an IoT Based Smart Waste Bin Using a Sensor Network

Waste bins play an important role towards sustainable development and use of valuable resources in a city. This project aims to develop an improved version of the existing waste bins by adding IoT to it. Our goal is to collect different sets of data such as temperature, humidity, gas, weight etc. from inside the bin using different sensors. The smart bin will also be equipped with a camera, a thermal camera, and a GPS module to give the owners real- time feed inside the bin and the location of the bin. The waste bin will be powered using photovoltaic cells.

Investigating practical treatment processes to reuse wastewater effluent for irrigation and chemical treatment purposes at the Town of Altona, Manitoba

The Town of Altona is interested in reusing the wastewater effluent discharged from its aerated lagoons for irrigation or chemical treatment. The current wastewater effluent will be tested and its characteristics determined. Advanced wastewater treatment processes will be investigated to treat the aerated lagoon effluent, and the suitable process able to meet the federal and provincial guidelines for irrigation or spraying for chemical treatment will be identified, tested and recommended for such purpose for the Town of Altona.