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New Wastewater Treatment Technology May Increase Biogas Production

A new water filtration technology that could provide more renewable energy to power wastewater treatment systems, is receiving federal funding. The FedDev Ontario grant is being used to evaluate the integration of MicroClear flat sheet membranes with the current system as an effective method for increasing biogas production generated from the treatment of wastewater. The… Keep Reading

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SWITCH Leadership Award for Director Of Fuel Cell Research Center

Brant Peppley, Director of the Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Center (FCRC), has been presented with an award for his research with Fuel Cells. The annual Community Leadership Award was presented to him by SWITCH, a member-based, non-profit organization dedicated to turning Kingston into a hub for sustainable energy. “This is a wonderful award,” said Dr.… Keep Reading

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Biofuel Production to Improve Through Queen’s University Research

Innovative research at Queen’s University could result in more cost-effective biofuel creation through better understanding of bacteria’s contribution to breaking down biomass – the plants and trees used to make biofuel. Steven Smith and Zhongchao Jia (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) and Edward Bayer (Weizmann Institute, Israel) co-authors of the recent university study, are concentrating on… Keep Reading

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Water Treatment Research Leads to Fuel Cell Innovation

Julia van Drunen (Physical Chemistry, PhD ’13) at Queen’s University recently received one of five summer fellowships from the international Electrochemical Society for her research in the fields of water treatment and fuel cell technology. Ms van Drunen began her graduate studies testing a nickel-based catalyst design for water treatment. The catalyst looks like a… Keep Reading

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Queen’s University Students Join Team Ontario for Solar Decathlon

A team comprised of students from three Ontario institutions including Queen’s, is one of only 20 collegiate teams to earn a place in the US Department of Energy’s 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition. Team Ontario is a partnership among Algonquin College, Carleton University, and Queen’s University and will bring students from a variety of disciplines together… Keep Reading

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12 Energy-Related Predictions for 2012 in Canada

Does Canada need more energy supply or more insulation? It is estimated that almost a third of Canada’s current energy consumption is used for heating and cooling buildings and homes; a figure that could be cut in half with proper conservation initiatives. Within the context of insulation, here are the 2012 Canadian energy conservation predictions… Keep Reading

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University: Second-Generation Ethanol Processing is Cost Prohibitive

Costs for second-generation ethanol processing, which will ease the stress on corn and sugarcane, are unlikely to be competitive until 2020, according to a unique Queen’s University study. “This study really lays out in black and white where we are and where we are going,” says Warren Mabee, an assistant professor in the School of… Keep Reading

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Lake Ontario Companies Unite to Encourage Offshore Wind Power

A consortium of Lake Ontario based organizations has formed to encourage and facilitate the development of offshore wind power in Ontario. A number of large employers in the Hamilton, Niagara and Kingston areas have joined forces to create the Lake Ontario Offshore Network (LOON), a group of manufacturers and suppliers with unique qualifications and skills… Keep Reading

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Queen’s University Moving Forward with Climate Action Plan

Queen’s University is currently negotiating a contract with a consulting firm that will assist the university in its development of a Climate Action Plan (CAP). “It’s very exciting to be moving forward with a plan that will help guide the university towards our sustainability goals,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “This will be a comprehensive… Keep Reading

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