World-Class Research at University of Ottawa To Divert Waste From Landfill and Create Clean Energy

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World-Class Research at University of Ottawa To Divert Waste From Landfill and Create Clean Energy

McGuinty Government Investing In Areas Where Ontario Can Compete and Win
OTTAWA, Feb. 11 - Developing environmentally sustainable ways to divert more waste from landfill and turn it into clean energy is the goal of a new University of Ottawa research project.
It is one of three cutting-edge research projects at the University of Ottawa to receive funding from the McGuinty government. Ontario is funding these projects in partnership with industry to support the province's top researchers in areas where Ontario can compete and win in the global marketplace.
Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier, made the announcement today at the University of Ottawa on behalf of Minister of Research and Innovation John Wilkinson.

Ontario is investing:
- $1 million to find new ways to reduce the amount of waste currently
sent to landfills through technologies that can turn garbage into
clean energy and compost -- and in the process, reduce the amount of
greenhouse gasses emitted by landfills, which are responsible for
nearly 20 per cent of all Canadian greenhouse gas emissions
- More than $3 million to develop wireless sensor technologies that can
work with intelligent vehicle systems to help drivers avoid accidents
and support remote health care by allowing doctors to monitor the
vital signs of patients in distant locations
- $2 million to develop better public security systems - building on
existing intelligent video and smart security camera technologies that
can be used in large public spaces such as airports
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The over $6 million for these projects is part of nearly $115 million invested by the government to support 19 cutting-edge research projects across Ontario. The research at universities, institutes and hospitals will receive matching funding from 107 major industry and other partners.
"To ensure Ontario can compete and win in the global economy, our government is investing in world-class research happening all across our province," Wilkinson said. "The strong partnerships among our top researchers, global business leaders and government will help provide Ontarians with a cleaner environment, better healthcare services, new technologies and new high-value jobs -- in some cases jobs that haven't been invented yet."
"Today's investment builds on the considerable talent of University of Ottawa researchers to ensure this city maintains its leadership in growing sectors -- such as combating climate change and discovering new sources of clean energy," said Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. "It's part of the McGuinty government's strategy to create tomorrow's jobs today."
"The Ontario government understands that the key to creating a culture of innovation is strong partnerships among our top researchers, global business leaders and government," said Pat Horgan, IBM Canada vice president, Manufacturing, Development and Operations. "This major provincial investment is leveraging multi-million-dollar investments from the private sector and creating significant spin-offs. This will translate into skilled new jobs right here in Ontario, and into new products and services that can be exported around the world."
"The Ontario government understands, as does the University of Ottawa, that investing in research and innovation is key to Ontario's ability to compete and win in the global, knowledge-based economy," said University of Ottawa President Gilles Patry. "While strengthening our partnerships with industry and our ability to move our best ideas from the lab to the global marketplace, today's investment is also ensuring that the University of Ottawa can continue to attract and retain top researcher talent from around the world."
Together, these investments form part of the McGuinty government's plan to support research excellence that can be developed into new products and services that will boost Ontario's economy and support Ontario families. Other initiatives include:

- Launching the $160 million Ideas-to-Market strategy that supports
emerging companies, which includes the Ontario Venture Capital Fund
- Providing a 21 per cent Capital Tax rate cut for all businesses
retroactive to January 1, 2007, on the way to full elimination in 2010
- Announcing in the 2007 Fall Economic Statement an additional
$50 million in strategic investment to further strengthen Ontario's
environment for scientific research that will lead to new discoveries,
higher quality of life and new jobs.
For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit www.ontario.ca/innovation.
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UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA RECEIVES $2 MILLION FOR GLOBALLY
SIGNIFICANT SECURITY TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

Today's announcement represents the second round of funding under the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the government is providing $6,089,600 to support three world-class projects at the University of Ottawa.
Developing next-generation public safety and security systems
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Multimodal- Surveillance System for Security-Related Applications
Lead researcher: Professor Emil M. Petriu
(www.research.uottawa.ca/chairs-details_59.html)
Total project cost: $6,409,000
Provincial funding: $2,015,000
Researchers at the University of Ottawa are working on developing and commercializing a "multimodal surveillance system" using advanced surveillance sensors that can identify and evaluate body language patterns (gait, gestures, facial emotions, voice). The goal of the project is to develop new public safety and security systems that can monitor large public spaces such as airports, for potentially threatening behaviours.
The vision of the project is to create "next generation" public safety and security systems that do not require the use of personal information; rather that can monitor (real-time) patterns of behaviour in high-security areas.
Key private sector partners:
IBM (https://www-927.ibm.com/ibm/cas/background/index.shtml)
IMS Inc (www.imsinc.ca)
Vestec Inc. (www.evestech.com)
Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
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This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major industry and other partners participating in the projects.
For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit www.ontario.ca/innovation.

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UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA RECEIVES ONE MILLION DOLLARS
FOR GLOBALLY SIGNIFICANT GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL RESEARCH

Today's announcement represents the second round of funding under the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the government is providing $6,089,600 to support three world-class projects at the University of Ottawa.
Reducing the environmental impacts of municipal waste
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Integrated Sludge and Solid Waste Management Solutions
Developing a more efficient waste management system
Lead researcher: Dr. Leta F. Fernandes (see:
www.research.uottawa.ca/perspectives/10084)
Total project cost: $3,000,000
Provincial funding: $1,000,000
University of Ottawa researchers have discovered potentially new ways to divert large amounts of waste from landfills and minimize damage to the environment.
Despite increased recycling, composting and incineration, sanitary landfill remains the main municipal solid waste disposal method in Canada. With the amount of solid waste continually rising, it has become increasingly important to deal with it more efficiently.
Researchers are convinced they can develop a waste management system that can divert 65 per cent of the waste from landfill. University of Ottawa researchers will build on advances in three technologies -- bioreactor landfill, anaerobic waste digestion and waste pyrolysis -- to increase the rate of biodegradation of organic waste, produce methane gas for energy generation and create compost.
The goal of the project is to commercialize new technologies for processing municipal solid waste. As waste diversion and the need for clean electricity become a challenge for more and more municipalities, this technology will present an environmentally sustainable choice for processing a significant amount of municipal solid waste around the world.
Key private sector partners:
LaFlèche Environmental Inc. (www.laflecheenvironmental.com)

Key facts :
- About 20 per cent of Canada's share of global warming gasses come from
landfill sites
- The average Canadian throws out 1.5 kilograms of waste every day
- According to 2004 figures, municipal systems divert about 30 per cent
of waste collected; University of Ottawa researchers believe their
research can bring that up to 65 per cent
- Their methods will include:
- bioreactor landfill: a process by which water and air are
circulated into a specially designed landfill to accelerate
decomposition of waste and maximize the generation of methane for
capture and use as a clean fuel for energy production
- anaerobic waste digestion: a process where organic waste is
processed in an oxygen-free environment, producing a stable solid,
similar to compost, and a clean fuel for energy production
- waste pyrolysis: a process where waste is heated in an oxygen-free
environment to create a stable, inert solid material and a clean
fuel for energy production
- Ontario has also invested $4 million in a demonstration plant operated
by the Plasco Energy Group in Ottawa. The goal of that project is to
divert 85 tonnes of garbage from landfill each day, and turn that
waste into clean electricity. See
www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/news/Plasco042707.asp.
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This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major industry and other partners participating in the projects.
For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit www.ontario.ca/innovation.
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UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA RECEIVES $3 MILLION FOR GLOBALLY
SIGNIFICANT WIRELESS SENSOR RESEARCH

Today's announcement represents the second round of funding under the Ontario Research Fund's Research Excellence program. In this round, the government is providing $6,089,600 to support three world-class projects at the University of Ottawa.
Creating secure wireless networks for telemedicine, home security and
vehicles
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WiSense: Wireless heterogeneous Sensor networks in the e-Society
Lead researcher: Dr Hussein T. Mouftah
(www.site.uottawa.ca/~mouftah/Biography/index.html)
Total project cost: $9,223,800
Provincial funding: $3,074,600
Researchers at the University of Ottawa are applying advances in our ability to create smaller, more efficient electronic devices, small-scale energy supplies and wireless communication equipment - to push their vision for wireless sensor networks to the next level.
Wireless sensor networks - consisting of a number of devices that use specialized sensors to monitor physical conditions in various locations - can be used to improve a number of activities from environmental monitoring and traffic control to home security and telemedicine.
The goal of the project is to develop applications that can, for example, improve intelligent vehicle systems (collision avoidance, accident warning) or remote health-care (allow doctors to monitor vital signs in patients that are far away).
Key private sector partners:
Alcatel-Lucent (http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/)
Bell Canada (www.bce.ca/en/community/innovation/index.php)
IBM (https://www-927.ibm.com/ibm/cas/background/index.shtml)

Key facts:
- According to Reed Electronics Research, the world market for
non-entertainment automotive electronics was estimated at
US$36.8 billion in 2005 and is forecast to reach US$52.1 billion by
2010. (See www.rer.co.uk/publications/Press_Releases/Auto06_press.htm)
- According to Frost and Sullivan, the U.S. Remote Patient Monitoring
Market earned revenues of US$81.1 million in 2005 and will reach
US $191.5 million in 2009. (See: www.frost.com/prod/servlet/press-
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This second round of funding under the Research Excellence program will invest $114,709,614 to support 19 world-class projects at nine Ontario universities, institutes and hospitals. Funding will be matched by 107 major industry and other partners participating in the projects.
For more information about the Ontario Research Fund, please visit www.ontario.ca/innovation.
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ONTARIO RESEARCH FUND
The Ontario government is investing $527 million over five years through the Ontario Research Fund to support leading-edge research and development in Ontario's universities, institutes and hospitals, and to leverage support from the federal government and private industry.
The fund is a key part of the province's plan to support scientific excellence that can be developed into innovative goods and services that will boost Ontario's economy.
The fund is made up of two streams:
- The Research Excellence program funds project operating costs, such as
researchers' salaries
- The Research Infrastructure program supports the acquisition of new
research infrastructure.
The Ontario Research Fund is designed to provide one window for research funding. Proposals for funding are evaluated through a competitive, peer-review process. For more information, please visit www.ontario.ca/innovation.
Research Excellence Program - Round Two
Today's announcement represents the second round of funding under the Research Excellence program. In this round, the government is providing $114,709,614 to support 19 projects. Funding will be matched by 107 major industry and other partners participating in the projects.
The research will:
- Support a cleaner, greener environment
- Support better health for Ontarians
- Support world-class science in a number of fields such as computing
and astrophysics.
Including this round of funding, the Ontario Research Fund will have invested a total of $230 million for 45 projects and leveraged $460 million from 280 industry and other partners.
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