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Novel Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, Tech ID # 771.5

University of Calgary

As we transition to utilizing renewable energy sources like solar and wind, there is a need to develop robust, high-density energy storage to address the unpredictability of these resources. Batteries have drawn significant interest due to their ability to provide stable, continuous power, though typical battery chemistry lacks the specific energy density required to store this energy efficiently and economically. State-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries do not have high cycle ability, nor...
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Energy Storage Device – Making Use of Peanut Shells Derived Carbon

University of Alberta

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Visual Asset Management (VAM) Software

University of Waterloo

BackgroundThe value of large institutional assets including property, facilities, and equipment in North America is in the trillions of dollars. The effective management of the maintenance of such large capital asset platforms is very complex which makes it challenging to effectively allocate maintenance spending in an optimized way. The estimated maintenance and repair expenditure requirements in Canada are of the order of CDN$110.0 billion per year and in the U.S. such costs are of the...

FUNCTIONAL PROTEIN STRUCTURES AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

University of Alberta

Functional three-dimensional constructs incorporating biological materials produced by additive manufacturing techniques are provided. The biological material can be a protein that is incorporated into the three-dimensional construct via a light-inducible functional group and 0 retains its native function. In one embodiment, the biological material is bacteriorhodopsin and the construct incorporates a silver inorganic catalyst to produce hydrogen upon exposure to light.

HYDROTHERMAL LIQUEFACTION CO-PROCESSING OF WASTEWATER SLUDGE AND LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS FOR CO-PRODUCTION OF BIO-GAS AND BIO-OILS

Western University

This disclosure provides a process based on hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) treatment for co-processing of high-water-content wastewater sludge and other lignocellulosic biomass for co-production of biogas and bio-crude oil. The mixture of waste activated sludge and lignocellulosic biomass such as birchwood sawdust / cornstalk / MSW was converted under HTL conditions in presence of KOH as the homogeneous catalyst. The operating conditions including reaction temperature, reaction time and...

CARBONATE-BONDED CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS FROM STEEL-MAKING RESIDUES AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME

McGill University

A building product is made from granular material and a binder that includes steel slag. A process for making the building product includes combining the granular material and the binder and then curing the combined granular material and binder with carbon dioxide. A building material includes a mixture of steel slag and a silica-rich material. The steel slag and silica-rich material is treated by heating. The silica-rich material may be waste glass and/or fly ash. A process for making the...

METHOD OF REMOVAL OF IMPURITIES FROM SILICON

University of Toronto

A method for the purification of metallurgical grade silicon is provided, which can be used to produce high purity silicon up to and including solar grade. The process relies on alloying and controlled solidification of Si with another metal, such as copper, zinc, iron, tin, nickel and aluminum, to produce purified platelets of Si, while the impurities are trapped in a getter alloy. The Si platelets are then separated from the solidified alloy by a physical separation technique such as...

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING AN ICING CONDITION STATUS OF AN ENVIRONMENT

Laval University

The method includes receiving a value of a quantity of heat applied to at least a portion of a structure, said structure having a sensor surface exposed to the environment, receiving a temperature measurement of the sensor surface, receiving a wind speed measurement of the environment, receiving an ambient temperature measurement of the environment, determining a heat transfer projection of the sensor area using at least the wind speed measurement, the ambient temperature measurement, and...

ELECTRODE MATERIALS FOR RECHARGEABLE ZINC CELLS AND BATTERIES PRODUCED THEREFROM

University of Waterloo

The present disclosure discloses a rechargeable Zn battery based on layered/tunnelled structure vanadium/molybdenum oxides, with/without the presence of neutral/cationic/anionic species and/or water molecules inserted into the interlayers/tunnels, of nano/microparticle morphology as robust materials for high rate and long term reversible Zn2+ ion intercalation storage at the positive electrode, that are coupled with a metallic Zn negative electrode, and an aqueous electrolyte. The positive...

ELECTRIC VEHICLE POWER-HUB AND OPERATING MODES THEREOF

Havelaar Canada Industrial R&D Laboratory, HAVELAAR CANADA INDUSTRIAL R & D LABORATORY, University of Toronto

A power-hub for an electric vehicle and operating modes thereof are disclosed herein. The disclosed power-hub is designed to operate in the Vehicle-to Grid (V2G), Grid-to-Vehicle (G2V), Vehicle-to-Home (V2H), and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) operating modes. When operating in the V2V mode, the power-hub is configured to allow for sending DC power through a conventional AC power port, with all the associated ratings and constraints from the AC design, in order to achieve higher power transfer and...