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Biofoundry: A platform for life sciences development

The current economic environment of Calgary does not present an easy task in achieving sustainability. It is my belief that the ability to engineer biology is important in assisting the transition of our petrochemical based economy to one that is more circular and sustainable. The same way software has eaten so much of our world and changed the way we work and function, biology can do the same. My proposal outlines that... more »

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Waste Management Sustainability Optimizer Edited

Sustainable practices have become increasingly essential in many aspects of society. However, developments in various sectors are still necessary to make sustainable practices a norm. One such sector is the municipal waste management system. The primary objective of this proposal is to employ advanced analytics (deep learning, optimization and statistical methods) to develop a waste management decision support system.... more »

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Ecoplast Solutions - Advancing the Circular Economy trending idea

Ecoplast Solutions - Composite Building and Advancing the Circular Economy

The world is facing a plastics crisis. In 2018, global plastic waste totaled 260 million metric tons; by 2030, that number is estimated to rise to 460 million. Although plastics have many societal benefits that make life more convenient, the system is broken. As a result, single-use plastics are the leading waste polluters harming our environment.... more »

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Smart Microgrids for Residential Areas & Buildings Edited

The increase in energy sustainability and environmental concerns have made efficient energy utilization, sustainable living and renewables fuels essential. Smart microgrids have become a pivotal technological advancement in this respect. Smart microgrids integrate energy from various fuel sources (fossil fuels as well as renewables) and could operate in grid-connected mode as well as off-grid (or islanded) mode. This... more »

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Smart Contract Platform for Decentralized Energy Management Edited

Many cities globally are achieving energy sustainability by rapid integration of renewable energy sources - into their conventional (fossil fuel-based) energy infrastructure. Multiple local integration of renewable energy generation systems (e.g. solar/wind/geothermal) as well its associated technologies (e.g. microgrids/smart meters) add complexity to the existing power grid - making energy management challenging. High-speed... more »

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The Grid Sandbox: An Open Electric Grid Innovation Platform Edited

While traditional power systems and markets are built to be rigid and hierarchical, the pace of new grid-connected technologies being deployed worldwide is driving a thirst for innovative AI/ML and energy solutions to accommodate them. People are purchasing electric vehicles, installing rooftop solar, installing energy efficient appliances, and generally becoming more self-aware about their energy use, generation, and... more »

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Skipcrete and Rebelwall

Wattle and daub have been used for at least 6,000 years and are still important construction materials in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Unfortunately, wattle and daub have nowhere near the strength that concrete has and perform poorly in earthquake... more »

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Installation of Hydronic Additive into applicable boiler systems

This submission proposes the pilot / use of hydronic additives within buildings owned and operated by the City of Calgary

Hydronic Additives are a new concept within energy management. The emergence of the EndoTherm technology has established a new market sector which looks at ways to improve the way water carries heat around a building from point source (typically a boiler but could also be a chiller, heat pump, heat... more »

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Skipcrete and Rebelwall

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Wattle and daub have been used for at least 6,000 years and are still important construction materials in many parts of the world. Many historic buildings include wattle and daub construction, and the technique is becoming popular again in more developed areas as a low-impact sustainable building technique. Unfortunately, wattle and daub have nowhere near the strength that concrete has and perform poorly in earthquake... more »

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GEM, C-ZER, RAZOR, & TEMPERING

GEM: GAS EXHAUST MITIGATION

Houses that use natural gas produce CO₂ and lots of it. The weeping pipe is installed on all new homes at a cost of around $50 a linear meter. The bulk of the cost comes from requiring the rock-slinger truck that provides the gravel. The pipe we all use is cheap, usually made from 100% recycled plastic, and often comes with a nylon sock that further prevents dirt from entering the pipe. This... more »

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Year Round Food Security

We have designed, built and tested a year round hydroponic Garden.  Designed for Urban homes, Rural communities, Remote communities, schools, shelters, prisons, hospitals, senior homes, restaurants etc.

Our year round "GARDEN"  is able to grow multiple plant species at one time.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, beets, beans, peas, strawberries, flowers, watermelon, peppers, micro greens,  indigenous plants such... more »

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Calgary's first Net Positive Water & Energy LBC 4.0 Building

Canadian Wilds Redevelopment at the Calgary Zoo

Calgary's first Net Positive Water & Net Positive Energy Living Building Challenge 4.0 Building

The Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation charity that guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world's most endangered species. Locally and globally, we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and... more »

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Synthetic Calgary Energy Futures

Energy is all about how it powers people. The disruptive changes required to meet decarbonization goals offer the opportunity to tackle sustainability, equity and resilience and ensure Calgary's net-zero energy future for all.

To get there, our toolset also needs to change. We need compelling new stakeholder tools to model unprecedented futures alongside novel technology adoption and the scenarios need to be localized... more »

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Wearables 1.0 - Sports, Health, Sustainability and Energy

Working out is a pain, it's even worse when you've managed to pull yourself off the couch to drag yourself to the gym and you aren't even sure if you are doing the exercises correctly. Not to mention, the watch on your arm is telling you that your heart is beating like crazy but what about telling you if you should do more reps vs more weights? or if the way you're doing the barbell lift is safe? are you even tightening... more »

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells in Landfills: Creating Energy from Waste trending idea

The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) utilizes electrochemistry to breakdown methane gas, a GHG, to produce energy. SOFC technology has been tested and utilized at dead well sites in Alberta. The SOFC is fed exhaust gas, and removes the methane to charge a battery. Our proposal is to apply this promising technology to new applications here in the city of Calgary to not only reduce emissions, but also create novel energy from... more »

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