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Ontario remains Canada's clean-tech hub, attracting more Sustainable Development Technology Canada funding than any other Canadian province. Last week, the sector's leaders crossed the Atlantic to court the Europeans.The post Ontario’s Clean-Tech Se…


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Canadian technology turns brake pads into power producers

Brake Hard A Canadian company, ABB Systems Inc., is working with mass transit providers in the U.S. to generate energy from braking rail cars. The emerging technology captures energy displaced by trains braking to slow down, and reuses the energy to …
A Canadian company, ABB Systems Inc., is working with mass transit providers in the U.S. to generate energy from braking rail cars. The emerging technology captures energy… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/canadian-technology-turns-brake-pads-into-power-producers/

World’s largest solar boat ending trip in the Maritimes

Sun Sail The world’s largest solar-powered boat is ending its scientific voyage in St. John’s, N.L. after stopping in Halifax, N.S. The expedition along the Gulf Stream called the PlanetSolar DeepWater is studying climate regulation. Powered by 5…
The world’s largest solar-powered boat is ending its scientific voyage in St. John’s, N.L. after stopping in Halifax, N.S. The expedition along the Gulf Stream called the … http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/worlds-largest-solar-boat-ending-trip-in-the-maritimes/

Consumer plastics clogging the Great Lakes

Plastic Lakes New research reveals levels of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is higher than 450,000 particles per square kilometre, and double levels found in some oceans. Last year, researchers from the State University of New York studied wate…
New research reveals levels of plastic pollution in the Great Lakes is higher than 450,000 particles per square kilometre, and double levels found in some oceans. Last yea… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/consumer-plastics-clogging-the-great-lakes/

Seaweed-based ethanol emits up to 80 per cent fewer GHGs than corn ethanol, says study

Sea Power A new study reveals seaweed-based ethanol releases 80 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than corn-based ethanol, while also not using any arable land or fresh water. Low carbon fuel standards came into effect on July 1 requiring renewa…
A new study reveals seaweed-based ethanol releases 80 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than corn-based ethanol, while also not using any arable land or fresh water. … http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/seaweed-based-ethanol-emits-up-to-80-per-cent-fewer-ghgs-than-corn-ethanol-says-study/

Going off the grid in a downtown city apartment

De-grid Two men in downtown London, Ont. have unplugged from the electrical grid to demonstrate two “average joes” can live in a two-bedroom apartment without hot water, a fridge, and lights. Stephen Szucs and Dave Pope use small solar panels to ch…
Two men in downtown London, Ont. have unplugged from the electrical grid to demonstrate two “average joes” can live in a two-bedroom apartment without hot water, a fridge, an… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/going-off-the-grid-in-a-downtown-city-apartment/

Fracking increases likelihood of contaminated wells, says study

Dirty Water If you live near a site fracked for shale gas or tight oil, then you are more likely to have your drinking water contaminated by “stray gases,” says a new study. Researchers looked at 141 drinking water wells in northeastern Pennsylvania…
If you live near a site fracked for shale gas or tight oil, then you are more likely to have your drinking water contaminated by “stray gases,” says a new study. Researche… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/fracking-increases-likelihood-of-contaminated-wells-says-study/

London company develops solar-powered laptop

Solar Lap WeWi Telecommunications Inc. has built a solar-powered laptop designed for people in developing countries with unstable electrical grids. The battery needs about two hours to charge in the direct sun to last between eight to 10 hours. WeWi…
WeWi Telecommunications Inc. has built a solar-powered laptop designed for people in developing countries with unstable electrical grids. The battery needs about two hours to… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/london-company-develops-solar-powered-laptop/

Baisillie to head clean tech federal agency

CleanBerry Jim Baisille is being appointed as the chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a federal agency focused on helping companies get into the clean-tech industry. The former head of BlackBerry will head the agency for five years inf…
Jim Baisille is being appointed as the chair of Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a federal agency focused on helping companies get into the clean-tech industry. … http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/baisillie-to-head-clean-tech-federal-agency/

Canadian tech companies innovate with water and waste recycling

Dung and Trash A Calgary-based company, Livestock Water Recycling Inc., designs and builds treatment systems for farms to produce drinkable water from treated animal waste. The technology breaks down cow and hog manure, extracting the nutrients and rem…
A Calgary-based company, Livestock Water Recycling Inc., designs and builds treatment systems for farms to produce drinkable water from treated animal waste. The technology b… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/canadian-tech-companies-innovate-with-water-and-waste-recycling/

Quebec injects $20 million in clean-tech firm

Direct Invest The Quebec government is investing $20 million in Enerkem, a Montreal-based clean energy firm focused on converting landfill waste into methanol, ethanol and chemicals. The company is building its first plant in Edmonton and another is p…
The Quebec government is investing $20 million in Enerkem, a Montreal-based clean-energy firm focused on converting landfill waste into methanol, ethanol and chemicals. Th… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/quebec-injects-20-million-in-clean-tech-firm/

Alberta research chair to study Canadian energy systems

Double Chair A University of Alberta mechanical engineering professor was named to two research chairs to undertake a comprehensive study of the most efficient way to produce energy while conserving water and reducing greenhouse gases in Canada. As th…
A University of Alberta mechanical engineering professor was named to two research chairs to undertake a comprehensive study of the most efficient way to produce energy while… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/alberta-research-chair-to-study-canadian-energy-systems/

Audi releases car running on ‘Audi e-gas’

E-Gas? Audi released a new version of its A3 Sportback with a direct-injected four-cylinder engine running on gasoline, natural gas or a product called “Audi e-gas.” Audi e-gas is a synthetic fuel created by turning wind power into hydrogen and adding…
Audi released a new version of its A3 Sportback with a direct-injected four-cylinder engine running on gasoline, natural gas or a product called “Audi e-gas.” Audi e-gas i… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/audi-releases-car-running-on-audi-e-gas/

Vancouver digital agency run without paper

Paperless Idea Rebel in Vancouver is a digital agency run without using any paper. The founder Jamie Grant banned printers from the office, as well as note pads and paper cups. The designers use iPads for notes at meetings and dual monitor computers f…
Idea Rebel in Vancouver is a digital agency run without using paper. The founder Jamie Grant banned printers from the office, as well as note pads and paper cups. The desi… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/vancouver-digital-agency-run-without-paper/

Air pollution linked to irregular heartbeat, says study

Upper Chamber Air pollution has been linked to sowing confusion in the lower chamber of the hear leading to sudden death, but a new study shows it can also trigger irregular heartbeats. The association between air pollution and erratic quivering in th…
Air pollution has been linked to sowing confusion in the lower chamber of the heart leading to sudden death, but a new study links it to triggering an irregular heartbeat. … http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/upper-chamber-air-pollution-linked-to-irregular-heartbeat-says-study/

UNB scientist studying solar coating to generate energy

Solar Paint The New Brunswick Innovation fund awarded $460,000 to Felipe Chibante, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Brunswick, for his work developing a coating that can be painted on to generate solar energy. In…
The New Brunswick Innovation fund awarded $460,000 to Felipe Chibante, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Brunswick, for his work developi… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/unb-scientist-studying-solar-coating-to-generate-energy/

An Alberta biotech firm wants to turn waste paper into chemicals

Zero Waste A University of Alberta chemical engineering student has started a biotech firm to turn the waste leftover from recycling paper into chemicals used in perfumes and pharmaceuticals. Crystal Theodore, a fourth-year student, helped develop the…
A University of Alberta chemical engineering student has started a biotech firm to turn the waste leftover from recycling paper into chemicals used in perfumes and pharmaceuti… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/an-alberta-biotech-firm-wants-to-turn-waste-paper-into-chemicals/

Puget Sound sees drop in sediment-dwelling life

Purge Found The number of sediment dwelling creatures in a body of water shared between the Unites States and Canada on the Pacific coast has dropped by 28 per cent, according to samples collected in 2008 and 2009. The drop in the number and variety o…
The number of sediment-dwelling creatures in a body of water shared between the Unites States and Canada on the Pacific coast has dropped by 28 per cent, according to samples … http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/puget-sound-sees-drop-in-sediment-dwelling-life/

Researchers pull phosphorous from waste water

Waste Wonder Researchers at the University of British Columbia announced a new method to extract phosphorous from waste water. The scientists developed a reactor that treats the waste water with chemicals and physically shakes the compound to produce p…
Researchers at the University of British Columbia announced a new method to extract phosphorous from waste water. The scientists developed a reactor that treats the waste wate… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/researchers-pull-phosphorous-from-waste-water/

Wood and straw could clean water and cut oilsands GHGs, say researchers

In Theory Wood and agricultural waste could be turned into biochar to absorb up to 90 per cent of acids found in oilsands tailing ponds and in the process limit the amount of methane released, say researchers. Researcher David Layzell from the Univers…
Wood and agricultural waste could be turned into biochar to absorb up to 90 per cent of acids found in oilsands tailing ponds and in the process limit the amount of methane re… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/wood-and-straw-could-clean-water-and-cut-oilsands-ghgs-say-researchers/

Washington State test finds no infectious salmon anemia on west coast

ISA Free A comprehensive test by Washington State researchers of over 900 salmon from the west coast found no cases of infectious salmon anemia. Despite some previous studies finding ISA in B.C., researchers from the Washington Department of Fish and …
A comprehensive test by Washington State researchers of over 900 salmon from the west coast found no cases of infectious salmon anemia. Despite some previous studies findin… http://www.thecaen.ca/main-streams/washington-state-test-finds-no-infectious-salmon-anemia-on-west-coast/

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