VDQ-NRG partners with Sask Polytech to investigate clean energy technologies
VDQ-NRG Systems Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sask Polytech to pursue applied research into clean energy technologies. Read more
Biochar for soil reclamation
Project lead: David Halstead, M.Sc., P.Biol.
In 2019, Saskatchewan Polytechnic partnered with Reclaimit Ltd. to identify the ideal soil treatment for ecologically sustainable forest reclamation on coarse-textured sandy soils. Read more
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is signatory to the SDG Accord. Learn more about this SDG case study.
Enhancing workplace charging for electric vehicles across Canada’s prairie region
Project lead: Ravi Jassar, PhD, P.Eng.
In collaboration with Red River College and Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Saskatchewan Polytechnic is investigating charging infrastructure concerns that act as an impediment to adoption of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs). Read more
Innovative manufacturing with LightLeaf Solar
Project lead: Tim Muench, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Working with LightLeaf Solar, a company specializing in custom contoured solar panels for RVs, boats, trucks and other vehicles, Sask Polytech’s Research in Additive Manufacturing and Prototyping (RAMP) facility helped to solve a manufacturing assembly process problem with funding support from NSERC and National Research Council (NRC). Read more
Following the success of the 3D printed fixturing project, the applied research partnership was expanded to investigate automation of the process. Equipment is available to assemble solar panels, but it is primarily for flat panels, and is nearly a million-dollar investment to set up and produce flat panels using this equipment. Funded research resulted in a collaboration to develop an ultra-low-cost system to produce these strings of cells. The project involved mechatronic systems, which is the integrated development of mechanical design, electronics and computer systems. The development of the system also involved a number of innovative applications of 3D printing (multi-material plastic, and metal), as well as precision waterjet cutting. The machine prototype was demonstrated and delivered to LightLeaf. They are in the process of commissioning and fine-tuning its operation.
Strategies to improve water use efficiency across agricultural landscapes
Project lead: Blake Weiseth, M.Sc., P.Ag.
Beneficial Management Practices (BMPs) are often used by farmers to maintain or increase crop yield while limiting potential adverse impacts. These BMPs may be particularly useful in optimizing nutrient and water use efficiency to encourage use by the crop and prevent nutrient losses in runoff water. Read more
Waste not, want not: development of a biocarbon masterbatch as a solid additive in plastics
Project lead: Satya Panigrahi, PhD, P.Eng., FEC
In 2018, Titan Carbon Smart Technologies (Titan) worked with Sask Polytech’s Innovative Manufacturing Centre (IMC) to develop a biocarbon masterbatch that could replace traditional carbon black. Read more