Koots innovation awarded $300,000!
The BC Innovation Council (BCIC), a Crown agency helping propel innovation development and adoption in British Columbia, has announced the winners of its fourth BCIC Ignite Awards. A record total of $990,000 was awarded to four BC research projects that aim to solve industry problems in the natural resources and applied sciences.
BCIC Ignite provides funding to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and innovations in the natural resources and applied sciences sectors in British Columbia. The program provides awards of up to $300,000 to consortia that are conducting research projects that address a significant demonstrated problem faced by industry and will commercialize a proposed innovation within a 3-year timeframe.
One of the innovative projects awarded is doing incredible work right here in the Koots!
Darrel Fry, CEO of Advanced BioCarbon 3D, and Jason Taylor of Selkirk College were awarded $300,000 to develop a new type of 3D-printing filament from 100% biodegradable, engineering grade plastics and carbon fiber derived from lignin, which are the natural glue-like fibres found inside of wood.
Advanced BioCarbon 3D is an advanced materials company specializing in bi0degradable plastics and carbon fibers. Looking to come up with a solution for the over-abundance of plastics used, and inevitably, polluting the earth on such an incredible scale, Advanced BioCarbon 3D creates product, engineering grade and 100% biodegradable.
In partnership with Jason Taylor and Selkirk College, the research project is focused on creating a new 3D printing filament to address the pressing issue of excessive plastics in 3D printing and manufacturing.
“Academic and industry partnership is important for us because it provides the opportunity for our students to keep ahead of the curve. It gives us the access to what industry is doing and really gives us the opportunity to share our knowledge with industry to provide a wold standard in the fields that we are working towards.”
Congratulations, Darrel and Jason!