TEC Edmonton

Developing new ways to detect toxic gas leaks through applied research

When Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) company Norcada sought help to develop a precise tunable laser product, they turned to the University of Alberta and researcher Wolfgang Jaeger. Much of the development work is being conducted at UAlberta's nanoFAB facility - our open access micro and nano fabrication research facility.

TEC Edmonton helped secure a licensing agreement between the university and Norcada and financing from nanoWorks, an Alberta Innovates Technology Futures program that fosters relationships between academia and the nanotechnology industry.

Norcada is developing the laser for Boreal Laser, a manufacturer of portable and fixed open-path infra-red based toxic gas detection equipment. The laser is smaller than a pencil eraser but could be a critical tool in detecting hazardous and toxic gas leaks at oil refineries, chemical plants and other manufacturing industrial and agricultural locations. Once developed, the leak detecting laser will provide many benefits including health, safety and environmental benefits. The MEMS laser is also expected to have future applications in various other industry sectors.