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  Oct. 17, 2014           News Release

NRCan Announces Funding for Clean Technology Project in Edmonton

The Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced an investment of $1 million under Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII). The funding will support the InLine Dewatering of Oil Sands Tailings research and development project, which will conduct research into reducing water and energy use when extracting bitumen from Canada's oil sands.



  Jul. 21, 2014           News Release

Alberta aims innovation at economic development

The Innovation Council will act as a "system architect", providing vital oversight and advice to align priorities, advance strategic initiatives and clarify roles and responsibilities while providing advice to government on ways it can enhance research and innovation in the province.



  Jul. 09, 2014           News Release

GE Launches Global Ecomagination Innovation Challenge to Reduce GHG Emissions in Canada's Oil Sands

GE announced the launch of an up to CAD$1 million ecomagination open innovation challenge to help accelerate technology development in Canada's oil sands. The Innovation Challenge will target two of the biggest opportunities to reduce green-house gas (GHG) emissions in the oil sands: new uses for waste heat and improved efficiency of steam generation.

Strategic advisors for the GHG ecomagination Innovation Challenge include Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES)



  Jun. 24, 2014           News Release

Energy Efficiency Studies Identify the Best Opportunities for Greenhouse Gas Reductions in Alberta

Results of the groundbreaking comprehensive assessment of energy consumption and opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions show that more than eighty per cent of the electric energy used in the province comes from fossil fuels (coal and natural gas). Dr. Surindar Singh, Executive Director, Renewables and Emerging Technologies, Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES), says, "These studies provide insights on how the government could maximize the impact and benefits of its climate change and energy efficiency policies."



  Jun. 24, 2014           News Release

Teagasc and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Fund Agri-Food Research at the University of Alberta

Edmonton, Canada…Four PhD students to receive prestigious Walsh Fellowships. Teagasc, Ireland's agriculture and food development authority, and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and the University of Alberta in Canada have signed an agreement that will result in additional highly qualified personnel working in the agri-food sector.



  Jun. 13, 2014           News Flash

Ceapro Inc. wins Gold Leaf Award for being the best in emerging agricultural biotechnology

Ceapro Inc., an Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions-supported company, has won the prestigious Golf Leaf award by BIOTECanada for excellence in agricultural and industrial biotechnology. Ceapro is a small Alberta-based manufacturer of oat-based natural ingredients used in personal care and cosmetic products. Nominated and judged by biotechnology industry leaders, the awards honour companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the growth of Canada's biotech sector. Ceapro has been financially supported by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions through its Advancing Materials and Chemicals program.



  Jun. 04, 2014           News Release

Enerkem launches world’s first full-scale waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility

Enerkem (www.enerkem.com) officially inaugurated its first full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton, Alberta. This is the first commercial advanced biorefinery to exclusively use municipal solid waste to produce advanced biofuels and chemicals. This industry breakthrough is a collaboration between Enerkem, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions.



  Jun. 03, 2014           Info Bulletin

Advanced Energy Research Facility Fact Sheet 2014

Activities underway at the Advanced Energy Research Facility:

  • Wastes-to-liquids and higher value products
  • Energy recovery from plastics for the American Chemistry Council
  • Field demonstration of advanced membranes for syngas cleanup and CO2 capture
  • Production of renewable fuels from agricultural feedstocks


  May. 23, 2014           News Flash

Wake Up Canada: seize the opportunity for super-sized value-added projects

There was once a time when it made eminent sense to send all our oil and gas south. It no longer does. And it's not just because of the XL pipeline. It's because Canadians are losing billions of dollars a year by being too slow and complacent about finding new markets.



  May. 13, 2014           News Flash

Silvacom video "Measuring Ecosystem Services" wins GOLD at Graphex 2013

Congratulations to Silvacom on winning gold at the Graphex 2013 Awards. These biennial awards celebrate the best designs across Canada in all mediums. More than 800 applications were submitted across 16 categories. According to a panel of international judges, the Silvacom video animation "Measuring Ecosystem Services" was best of 10 finalists in the digital category. The award was presented at the Graphex Awards Gala held May 9, 2014 at MacEwan University's Robbins Health Learning Centre.  Silvacom developed the video as part of its work on the Bio-Resource Information Management System (BRIMS) project for Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, which is now in its second phase. The video was created to describe ecosystem services and why they're important to society.



  May. 03, 2014           Info Bulletin

Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solution Newsletter

We are pleased to present the first issue of our Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions newsletter. In this and upcoming issues, we will provide updates on our latest news and provide information about how we are working with partners to develop solutions for the key technical challenges facing Alberta's energy, environment, and water sectors. In this edition:

  • Committed to the reduction of oil sands tailings
  • What's in your garbage
  • Staff Profile
  • Recent Reports


  Apr. 23, 2014           News Release

Faculty of ALES names Dr. Stan Blade as new dean starting August 1

"On behalf of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Board of Directors I would like to congratulate our CEO, Dr. Stan Blade, on his appointment by the University of Alberta as the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, effective August 1, 2014," said Art Froehlich, Board Chair of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions. "We greatly appreciate the leadership that Stan has provided. Stan will continue to lead Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions until July 31, 2014 during which time the Board will ensure that there is a seamless transition in the leadership of our organization." 



  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Research collaboration provides opportunity for promoting greenhouse gas reduction in Alberta

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Alberta Research and Extension Council of Alberta (ARECA) and the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) have signed a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding. The goal of the agreement is to link ARECA's objectives for economic and environmental performance through research, knowledge and capacity building and extension activities with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship programming developed by Canada's fertilizer industry...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Lakeland College Student Managed Farm Adopts 4R Nutrient Stewardship

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Lakeland College are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at incorporating the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program into Lakeland curriculum...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Apr. 08, 2014           News Release

Fertilizer industry and energy company promote greenhouse gas emissions reduction and agricultural sustainability for Farming 4R Land

EDMONTON, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and Capital Power Corporation are pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Canadian agronomy firm Farmers Edge and Alberta's agricultural producers. The group will develop a pilot program to generate offsets utilizing the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP) approved for use in the Alberta Offset System...This project is funded through the Biological GHG Management Program, administered by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AIBIO) with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation.



  Apr. 07, 2014           News Flash

Alberta Innovates Food Innovation Plan released

Developed by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, the Alberta Innovates Food Innovation Plan 2014-17 is a guide to focus Alberta Innovates future food and beverage research and innovation investments.



  Apr. 04, 2014           News Release

CLIMATE CHANGE AND EMISSIONS MANAGEMENT CORPORATION SUPPORTED STUDY INDICATES ALBERTA GRAIN FARMERS CAN SEE INCREASED REVENUES WITH BEST FERTILIZER PRACTICES

CALGARY - A recent study shows that following best practices in fertilizer use under the Nitrous Oxide Emissions Reduction Protocol (NERP), can increase yields and increase returns for Alberta grain farmers by as much as $87 per acre. The study, produced by the George Morris Centre, is part of the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) Farming 4R Land program. The program is managed by CFI in partnership with Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions with funding from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation. Read the report here.



  Mar. 24, 2014           News Flash

Congratulations to winners of Mission Impulseible, a student food development competition

Postsecondary student teams from across Alberta were invited to develop a wholesome and delicious snack food for kids using Canadian pulses and to promote how the product provides nutritious solution(s) to consumers and industry. In total, six teams submitted entries with two teams from the University of Alberta and four teams from NAIT. AI Bio provided funding and judging support.

First place went to a U of A team's  "Pulse Pops" made with chickpeas, black beans, peanut butter and chocolate. See Pulse Pops video here and photo here.

Second place went to a NAIT team's "Besan Bites" made with chickpea flour.  See Besan Bites video here and photo here.  

Third place went to a U of A team's "Chocofruitter Cookie" made with chickpea flour.  See Chocofruitter Cookie video here and photo here.

See more award event photos here.



  Mar. 20, 2014           News Release

DuPont Pioneer Receives $1 Million Grant to Advance Economically Important Crops in Alberta

RED DEER, Alberta, March 20, 2014 - Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd. support early maturity corn research. DuPont Pioneer received a combined total grant of $1 million from two Alberta innovation support organizations for the development of shorter season corn hybrids and expansion of corn cultivation in Alberta. Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions (AI-Bio) and the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund Ltd. (ACIDF) will each invest $500,000 over a five-year period. AI-Bio and ACIDF Ltd. strive to fund investments that will deliver economic, environmental and social benefits to farmers across Alberta.

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  Mar. 03, 2014           Info Bulletin

The potential for Energy Efficiency Improvements and Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions in Small & Medium Forestry Enterprises in Alberta

This study identifies energy efficiency opportunities in the forestry sector as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the load on the province's energy grid, and reduce energy costs.

Working with the Western Centre for Economic Research (WCER), at the University of Alberta, AI-EES commissioned a survey of small and lumber mills across Alberta to:

  • Determining the potential for energy efficiency and GHG reduction opportunities in these mills
  • Identifying initial steps for exploring energy conservation measures for lumber mills
  • Providing recommendations on developing a broader energy management program targeting the Alberta forestry sector. 

This project reflects AI-EES' commitment to helping Alberta become a global leader in energy sustainability and ensure Alberta has the best environmental technologies for a sustainable economy.

 



  Dec. 03, 2013           News Release

NR Farming 4R Land Phase 2
Farming 4R Land Phase II supports implementation of Alberta's Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP), which enables farmers to qualify for carbon offsets within the Alberta offset protocol system.


  Nov. 22, 2013           Info Bulletin

Alberta’s Oil Sands: Challenges and Opportunities

Italian magazine, Impiantistica Italiana, discusses how new technologies could expedite access to Alberta's currently unexploited reserve of more than 1.7 trillion barrels of oil. The technical challenges of the oil sands represent a tremendous opportunity for innovators, who could reap enormous returns for new discoveries and practices.



  Nov. 22, 2013           News Release

U of A spin-off company game changer for renewable fuels industry

A University of Alberta spinoff company commercializing technology developed by a Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences researcher is introducing the next-generation of renewable fuels. Almost 10 years in the making, Forge Hydrocarbons is commercializing a patented conversion process developed by David Bressler that takes agricultural feed stocks like animal fat, such as beef tallow, crop seed oil and even restaurant grease, and converts them into 'drop in' fuels.

[David Bressler is Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network, which is supported by AI Bio.]
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  Nov. 20, 2013           News Release

$4 million in funding announced for UAlberta biodiversity conservation chair program

The University of Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chairs program received $4 million in funding to create two chairs that will focus on biodiversity challenges related to the energy sector, it announced today.

Read story.



  Oct. 28, 2013           News Release

Public Lectures Featuring Jay Ingram

The Alberta Prion Research Institute is partnering with the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Keyano College to host public lectures featuring Jay Ingram, former host of Daily Planet and Quirks and Quarks. Mr. Ingram will be joined by Stefanie Czub, Adjunct Professor, University of Calgary, and Research Manager, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Hermann Schätzl, Professor, University of Calgary; Valerie Sim, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta; and Holger Wille, Associate Professor, University of Alberta.

For more information head to http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/-1845038.htm



  Sep. 19, 2013           News Release

Food innovation offers major benefits to health and agriculture

CALGARY…Conference speakers share discoveries that change the way we think about food. Researchers are making exciting discoveries leading to new ideas about the connection between food and health. Two speakers at the Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC) 2013 held September 15 to 18, 2013 in Calgary illustrated how investment in food innovation could have major benefits in terms of human health, and what that might mean for the agriculture sector. 



  Sep. 18, 2013           News Release

Innovation the secret to future gains in forestry, agriculture and energy

CALGARY…Conference speakers discuss challenges and need for new solutions, Integration between Alberta's energy sector and its agriculture and forestry industries could have major economic benefits for all parties while improving environmental sustainability, but who needs to integrate and how is changing. That was one of the messages delivered on Tuesday, September 17, at the 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference, and it's a challenge those that support innovation and the province's bioeconomy are more than willing to accept.



  Jul. 15, 2013           News Release

Funding Awarded to Detect E.Coli in Food Processing Facilities

Calgary...Genome Alberta is pleased to announce on behalf of our funding partners the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Rural Affairs, the results of our collective funding competition for the rapid detection of pathogenic E.coli. Each of the two successful applications will receive $500,000 in new funding. The successful projects will leverage this investment with additional funding to bring the total investment to $1.6 million over the 18 month life of the projects.



  Jun. 27, 2013           News Release

Government of Canada and partners fund new genomics research project to eliminate Listeria from food supply

OTTAWA - June 27, 2013 - Genome Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions have partnered to support a $1.4 million project that will help protect consumers from Listeriosis, a serious foodborne illness caused by Listeria bacteria. View photos. Listen to Genome Alberta's audio interview with Dr. Chui here.



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