Olds College innovation centre nabs $100K grant

Olds College’s Centre for Innovation received a $100,000 grant for bioenergy research from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Olds College’s Centre for Innovation received a $100,000 grant for bioenergy research from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

The grant was divided into four areas:

• for research into whether algae production can become a large-scale feedstock of the future;

• research into making odour and waste management more environmentally and economically sustainable for livestock operators;

• research into the potential for compost tea to replace synthetic fertilizers in the growth of cucumbers;

• and an assessment of how well alfalfa green does in soil reclamation from hydrocarbon contamination.

Each project, overseen by the college’s bioenergy research scientist Tanya McDonald, received $25,000.

“Not only are these grants recognition of the quality of work Tanya (and her team does), they are testaments to the leadership role of Olds College in providing research and development support to industry,” said Abimbola Aibiola, director of applied research and a lead scientist at Olds College.