Supporting local start-up automate and monitor its heating recovery process
Mohawk College played an important role in a pilot project to recover and re-use theboiler that lowers both operational costs and carbon emissions.
Mohawk faculty, staff and students in the Energy & Power Innovation Centre (EPIC), under the direction of General Manager Mariano Arriaga, helped technology developer Carbon Cap Inc. automate the heat recovery system, create the Human-Machine Interface (HMI), set a remote monitoring system, and analyze the system performance.
He says there is “so much value all the way around” in his company’s partnership with Mohawk.
“Mohawk has a great reputation for rolling up its sleeves and getting things done.”
Students Kevin Wazny and Jaydeep Prajapati worked on the system automation, installation and commissioning supervised by Professor Rubaid Khan; while Bassam Assaf worked on remote communication, data acquisition and running tests to ensure system performance under the guidance of project manager Zahraa Khalil.
“This has been a very hands-on project. It matched together the theory of my classes with the practical very well,” said Bassam Assaf, an Energy Engineering Technologist student.
“It’s a very rich experience for students. They are working on real-life projects and solving problems as they go,” said Zahraa Khalil.
The system was automated during the Fall 2018 and has been extensively tested in a mock-up boiler in Ancaster during Winter 2019.
The project has received funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and a Bloom clean technology grant.