Ontario innovators win $10,000 Manning Innovation Award for mercury-monitoring system



    CALGARY, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Frank Schaedlich and Daniel Schneeberger have
won a $10,000 Manning Innovation Award, sponsored by the Arthur J.E. Child
Foundation, for their revolutionary work on mercury monitoring, culminating
with the Tekran(R) Series 3300 Mercury Continuous Emissions Monitor (CEM). The
CEM operates automatically, 24/7 to detect various forms of mercury in smoke
stack gas, a particularly difficult task given the cocktail of emissions.
    Mercury contamination is a serious health concern, even at low levels.
Schaedlich and Schneeberger expanded mercury-monitoring capabilities in 1993
by developing an automated Total Mercury Analyzer, which rapidly and
continuously measures the amount of mercury in ambient air. This innovation
became a building block for their CEM.
    Schneeberger said that he and his colleague are honoured to receive an
award from a Canadian foundation, adding that the recognition from outside the
mercury-testing community is especially gratifying.
    The Nanticoke Generating Station in Ontario and Poplar River Generating
Station in Saskatchewan are two of many coal-fired plants that use the
Tekran(R) Series 3300 CEM. The US Environmental Protection Agency has tested
the CEM and purchased several units.

    The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation

    This year the Foundation will award $165,000 in prize money. Four awards
totalling $145,000 will go to leading Canadian innovators. Another $20,000
will go to Young Canadians chosen at the 2007 Canada-Wide Science Fair.
    The Foundation was established in 1980 in the name of Alberta statesman,
Ernest C. Manning, to promote and support Canadian innovation. Since 1982, the
Foundation has presented $3.76 million in prize money through its annual
awards program.
    The 2007 awards will be presented at an awards gala on September 28th in
Toronto, Ontario. The 2007 Manning Principal Award Winner will be announced
September 25th.

    
    -   A Media Backgrounder about the innovators and their work is available
        on the Foundation's website: www.manningawards.ca

    -   For more information on the Foundation, contact Bruce Fenwick,
        Executive Director, 403-645-8288 or Nina C. Pudwell, Communications
        Coordinator, at 403-645-3006 or Nina.Pudwell@encana.com

    -   For more information on Tekran(R)'s monitoring products, visit
        www.tekran.com or contact the award winners:
          Mr. Frank Schaedlich can be reached at 416-449-3084 or
           fschaedlich@tekran.com
          Mr. Daniel Schneeberger can be reached at 416-449-3084 or
           drs@tekran.com
    




For further information:

For further information: on the Foundation, contact Bruce Fenwick,
Executive Director, (403) 645-8288 or Nina C. Pudwell, Communications
Coordinator, at (403) 645-3006 or Nina.Pudwell@encana.com; For more
information on Tekran(R)'s monitoring products, visit www.tekran.com or
contact the award winners: Mr. Frank Schaedlich can be reached at (416)
449-3084 or fschaedlich@tekran.com; Mr. Daniel Schneeberger can be reached at
(416) 449-3084 or drs@tekran.com

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