Clean Energy & Environmental Technology

Laser-Based Monitoring of Fugitive Gases

Project period: 04/2013 - 4/2015 (project complete)

Boreal Laser Inc. and Nanoplus GmbH developed long path line-of-sight gas sensors using Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs). The overall objective of this collaboration was to develop new QCL atmospheric pollution monitoring technology and to use it to develop the QCL gas sensing market for the mutual benefit of both companies.

Laser-Based Monitoring of Fugitive Gases (Part 2)

Project Period: 10/2015 - 08/2016

To date, there exists no standard laser technique to quantify fugitive atmospheric emissions from biogas plants and other industrial sources. Current research identifies open path spectrometry together with inverse dispersion modeling as a powerful technique for fugitive emission quantification. The objective of this project is to develop a user-friendly “plug-andplay” system for fugitive emissions monitoring. Boreal Laser’s new spectrometer will be modified and integrated with a dispersion algorithm to enable the quantification of fugitive emission from industrial sources such as biogas plant. DBFZ will then test the system and work on its optimization. This will lead to an emissions measurement protocol that should become a standard emissions measurement tool for service providers. This project will be part of the larger EU ERA-NET Bioenergy Project.

In Situ Remediation for Contaminated Sites

Project period: 05/2013 - 11/2014 (project complete)

Up until a few years ago, the established approach to site remediation in Germany was to excavate contaminated soils, transport them to a remote treatment plant, and process the contaminated soil using energy or water intensive physical process systems. As a consequence, there has been little experience with the full scale application of “in place” remediation technologies in Germany. This collaborative project entailed the proof of concept and pilot demonstration of environmental fracturing for the in situ remediation of contaminated sites in Germany.

Membrane Cartridge Development for Industrial Installations

Project period: 10/2015 - 9/2017

This project aims at improving membrane cartridge design, used in
bioethanol production, in order to obtain reproducible performance,
easy industrial operability (quick start-up / shut-down capability) and
a lifetime beyond 5 years. Both companies will assess different metal
potting materials, sealant materials as well as the cartridge geometry
in order to develop a superior design.

Solar Energy Batteries

Project period: 04/2013 - 07/2014 (project complete)

ProSol Invest GmbH’s market leading Sonnenbatterie product line used Eguana’s high efficiency Bidirex inverter platform to create a cost and performance optimized AC Battery including selfcomposition optimization and home energy management functionality. The product was introduced in the growing German market for residential energy storage systems and expanded to other emerging markets including the United States and Canada.

Information Technology

Cloud Geographic Information System Development (GIS)

Project start: 06/2014

The objective of this project is to develop a web-based GIS with common capabilities to address the needs of small enterprises such as municipal governments, small utilities, and engineering firms. Customers can use PCs, iPhone/IPad, and Android phones/tablets to view the vector maps served by the web-based GIS. The GIS will support various geospatial data formats to make it easier for the customers to upload their GIS data sets.

Display Hardware-Software Solutions

Project start: 06/2014

Userful Corp. and Display Solution AG collaborate to bring to market a combined hardware software innovation where low-cost network connected endpoint devices work together with a central server to deliver a solution that eclipses everything on the market today.

Health & Medical Devices

Medical Imaging Software

Project period: 04/2013 - 07/2014 (project complete)

Calgary Scientific Inc. and Visus Technology Transfer GmbH undertook a product development and technology demonstration project to enable advanced physician to physician collaboration in medical imaging analysis for the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.

Sensor-Based Health Monitoring Systems

Project start: 04/2014

This project aims to create a feedback system that can be used by patients and caregivers to detect dangerous pressure and take preventative action. The device comprises a highly flexible, durable, disposable and cost effective pressure sensor augmented with measuring electronics and multiple display devices. The bandage can be applied directly to the skin, or on top of an existing wound care dressing, and would constantly and dynamically monitor pressure and alert the caregiver when pressure reaches critical levels, thereby assisting in the prevention of pressure ulcers.

Diagnostic Test Kits

Project start: 05/2014

Nanospeed Diagnostics Inc. and Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH are working together to deliver advanced micro- and nanotechnology-enabled point-of-care test platforms that allow healthcare practitioners to have quick and accurate access to crucial ‘Personal Health Information’ such as: thyroid hormone levels and/or antibiotic levels, treatment adherence and treatment outcomes.


NMR Spectrometers for Fluorochemicals

Project start: 06/2014

Nanalysis Corporation collaborates with Hansa Fine Chemicals GmbH and the Fraunhofer ICT-IMM Institute of Germany to develop an integrated continuous-flow analytical method based on a lowfield NMR spectrometer. This method will be used to analyse and control the flow output from a lab plant designed to produce industrially relevant fluoro-chemical. The project objective is to create a continuous flow liquid handling system with an embedded NMR detector. The flow system will be connected to an automated lab plant for production and analysis of medically and agriculturally important products.

Hyperspectral Non Destructive Detection of Cracks

Project period: 11/2015 - 10/2017

Stream Technologies and DT Square are building a new non-destructive test for detecting fine cracks in hard materials such as ceramic. Stream has patented technology for hyperspectral imaging and DT Square has years of experience in industrial measurements and algorithm development. The solution involves a series of multi-coloured LED lights and a hyperspectral camera. Surface defects such as cracks will reflect light differently than intact surface and will be captured and processed in real-time. An operator will be shown visual cues, such as a coloured overlay on a video monitor, allowing an action-decision. Industries affected include aerospace, medical, resource/oil, automotive, etc.

Advanced Materials, Microtechnology, and Electronics

Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

Project start: 05/2015

This project aims to develop a hybrid piezoelectric/electrostatic MEMS mirror and control technology for application in a miniaturized medical optical coherence tomography (OCT) system. The project is divided among the three partners according to specialty. Preciseley will design the MEMS devices, oversee the manufacture of electrostatic MEMS wafers, develop the packaging technology, and build a demonstrator. EDC will develop and manufacture the custom matched ASIC enabling piezoelectric actuation and positional feedback. ENAS will continue piezoelectric materials development, build a piezoelectric scanning demonstrator, and integrate piezoelectric materials with the hybrid OCT scanner.

Wear Protection with Laser Cladding Technology

Project period: 10/2015 - 08/2017

The goal of this project is to develop a new method of laser metal deposition (cladding) to increase the life span of high wear components. A new powder delivery method will be developed, which is based on pastes and tapes unlike the powder deposition, which is currently used by industry. In comparison with the current methods of powder application, powder loss will be reduced, deposition rate increased and a higher flexibility regarding complex part shapes will be achieved. This application method will greatly increase the competitiveness of laser cladding and greatly increase the market share of cladding done in Alberta.

Sound System Control Software

Project start: 05/2014

This project aims to develop a control technology and interface for optimizing the remote adjustment of sound fields for professional loudspeaker arrays used in concerts, theatres, public address, and stadiums. PK Sound’s patent-pending hardware, in combination with the new software developed in this project, will allow the optimization of a sound field in venues of any shape or size. The system will advance the ability to control the dispersion of loudspeaker arrays and improve sound quality for customers.

UAS Application for Emergency Management

Project start: 10/2015

This project aims to apply several concepts in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Emergency Management. This approach enables exploration of technical competencies and technology fit for Emergency Management issues. The sub-projects include a Virtual Control Centre (VCC), 3D Model to Flight Simulator, 3D Printing for UAV and a Log Archive (LA). The VCC and LA applications will be taken to prototype and demonstration levels to support customer development. The other two sub-projects will focus on the concept stage to elaborate on fiscal, technical and stakeholder support issues.