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Atlantec BioEnergy Corporation: Biofuel byproduct testing

Atlantec BioEnergy Corporation (ABC) is in the business of creating an economically-feasible, advanced biofuel from Prince Edward Island sugar beets — a rewarding challenge.

While the “green” fuel produced from sugar beets delivers considerable environmental savings (approximately 70 percent fewer CO2 emissions), there is byproduct potential in the process waste streams, so ABC contacted Holland College in Charlottetown, P.E.I. to see if other valuable products could be extracted during the biofuel production process, to create a more economically sustainable business model.


Checkmate Solutions: New policing software development

When Checkmate Solutions, Inc. in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island had an idea for new software that would allow police officers to better evaluate and document a situation or criminal offence, Holland College’s Computer Information Systems (CIS) program and the Atlantic Police Academy (APA), were happy to help.

Full Cycle Materials Solution Atlantic: Bottom Ash Utilization Project

Full Cycle Materials Solution Atlantic (FCMSA) is on a mission to convert hard to use waste materials into higher valued products for building materials and other uses. The company has already used their proprietary binder technology to recycle glass, ceramic, porcelain, roofing materials and even tires into landscaping stone products, retaining wall blocks, traffic barriers, hot asphalt and other concrete-related products.


Jobsite Contractor Software: Carpentry students benefit from new app

A new app developed in PEI is helping contractors better manage construction projects.

“The construction industry is a complex and mobile working environment,” says Peter Douglas, an Island design-build contractor and president/CEO of Jobsite Contractor Software.

“‘Complex’ because a contractor may be faced with managing multiple jobs, each with dozens of daily expenses. ‘Mobile,’ because everything tends to happen outside the office, potentially across numerous locations,” he says. Read more here.


Lucky Fox Snack Company: Chip Company gets help from Canada’s Smartest Kitchen

When the owners of Lucky Fox Snack Company in Prince Edward Island wanted to come up with the flavors for their new potato chip product they turned to Canada’s Smartest Kitchen (CSK), and Holland College’s Applied Research Department.


Island Solar Transit System: Solar-powered water taxi in works for PEI

A new solar-powered water taxi will be in the water in time for PEI’s upcoming tourism season. Entrepreneurs Steve Arnold and Peter Ixkes, of North Rustico, are converting an existing boat to solar electricity. At 38-feet, it will be the largest commercial solar vessel in North America.


Dr. Trevor Jain: Holland College Paramedicine students participate in one of a kind applied research project

There’s an 11-vehicle pile-up on the old runway. A body is sprawled across the ground next to a crushed motorcycle as a wisp of smoke spirals upward. A cable snakes away from a downed power pole. People with injuries ranging from broken bones to head wounds sit in the twisted wreckage or wander around as though dazed. Propane tanks are scattered on the ground. The smell of diesel fuel hangs in the air.

The only sound is the buzz of a UAV, or drone, as it hovers over the scene. Read more on the Holland College blog.