Pollutants 2 Products Projects
Large-scale cultivation of microalgae outdoors have attracted a lot of attention in recent times because of the potential to sequester CO2 (a greenhouse gas), produce high-value products (e.g. carotenoids and essential fatty acids) and biofuel feedstock. However, mass cultivation of microalgae under controlled environment such as in photobioreactor (PBR) systems is not widespread because PBR construction and operation are expensive and achieve low biomass productivity when sunlight is the energy source for phototrophic growth.
Effluent and Bio-solids Conversion into Wood Fibre (2009-2019)
The destination of wastewater and bio-solids released into drains is the municipal waste treatment plants where the water is treated before discharge into waterways. However, the capacity of municipal waste treatment plants is being challenged by rapid growth which is being controlled through use of expensive technologies. Such technologies remain out of reach for small rural regions. The need for innovative, low-cost and environmental-friendly alternatives for waste treatment is thus a priority.
Reclamation of Oilsands Wetlands by Winter Planting (2011-2015)
When is the best time to reclaim wetlands that are inaccessible during the planting season (spring-summer) and limit tree seedlings’ survival because of their excessive moisture content? Logically, trees are not planted during the winter especially in Alberta, where the temperature may go as low as -40°C. However, planting trees in the winter when the wetland sites are accessible is probably the only option to reclaim boreal wetlands disturbed by oil sands operation in Alberta.
Pathway to Carbon Neutral
Optimization of energy generation from renewable sources is essential to reducing the use of fossil energy and thus effect of greenhouse gases on the climate.
Separation of Suspended Particles
P2P researchers are developing low-cost technology to remove suspended particles and pollutants from water. This will allow water recycling and reduce the impact of resource mining on the environment.