Recent Research Projects

Developing biofilm-based microalgal bioreactors for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals and clean water

2014/15-2017/18 • $472,000
Using microalgae to convert carbon to biomass is one of the most promising technologies for developing renewable fuels. Algae produces more biomass than conventional crops such as corn and sugar beet, can be used to capture carbon and can be used in water treatment processes. Despite these...

Biodiesel by-product valorization

2016/17 • $25,000
Biodiesel is a renewable biofuel, industrially produced at various facilities in Canada (300 MIO L of biodiesel per year). A by-product of biodiesel production is glycerol, typically contaminated with catalyst, soap, methanol, free fatty acids, glycerides and methyl esters. Hence it cannot be...

Microalgal biorefinery:Biofilm photo-reactor and extraction methods

2010/11-2012/13 • $230,000
Microalgal technologies, used as a method of conversion of (sun)light to liquid fuels, hold several advantages over conventional crops: they can produce up to 100 times more biomass per unit of crop area; the lipid content of this biomass can be up to 70% (dry basis); the doubling time can be in...

Integrated process for the production of food and biofuel from mustard seed

2010/11 • $134,225
Mustard is a major Canadian food crop. It grows in dry areas unsuitable for other cash crops. The Canadian mustard growers initiated the "Mustard 21" program to increase the revenues from mustard from $ 70 million to $ 570 million by 2021. Traditional food uses for mustard are saturated, but...

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