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 /CNW/ - 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
    

    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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                          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
    -------------------------------------------------------------

    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
    ---------------------------------------------------

    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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                          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
    -----------------------------------------------------

    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.

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
    ---------------------------------------------------

    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.

    Disponible en français

                          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-
       release.pag?docid=98417321&ctxst=FcmCtx5&ctxht
       =FcmCtx6&ctxhl=FcmCtx7&ctxixpLink=
       FcmCtx7&ctxixpLabel=FcmCtx8)

    Ontario Research Fund - Research Excellence Program
    ---------------------------------------------------

    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.

    Disponible en français

                          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.

    Disponible en français

                          www.ontario.ca/innovation
    




For further information:

For further information: Perry Blocher, Ministry of Research and
Innovation, (416) 326-7717; Sandra Watts, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7067

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