About Our Team

"Coming together is the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success!" - Henry Ford

Our History

Innovative Reduction Strategies Inc is an industrial equipment designer and fabricator operating out of Edmonton, Alberta. IRSI‘s mission is to reduce biomass streams through the scalable application of pyrolysis technologies. Chris Olson incorporated IRSI in June 2014 following his completion of the Alternative Energy Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  During his tenure at NAIT, Chris ran a capstone project that allowed him to evaluate the application of the pyrolysis process for the purpose of waste reduction. What was determined during this project was that the process was a viable option for the environmentally conscious thermal treatment of residual waste streams and had a viable potential to produce high quality biochar. The pilot scale system had a number of limitations that could be improved upon. Over the course of the eight months following the capstone project the IRSI team designed a simplified, modular system that satisfied a number of the issues facing current pyrolysis systems. IRSI’s final design was the Ulysses: a continuous feed system with the ability to handle a wide variety of biomass streams to produce high quality biochar.

The Ulysses system reduces biomass volume by up to 70%, produces a clean inert biochar with a litany of applications, is capable of producing thermal energy, and will produce valuable carbon offsets through landfill diversion and carbon sequestration. The goal for IRSI with the Ulysses system is to show short-term economic returns as well as long-term intrinsic value. IRSI feels that this commercial scale prototype system satisfies these goals and has set the foundation for a dramatic expansion of the pyrolysis market in Alberta and throughout Canada!

Chris Olson

Chris’ work over the past several years focused on the waste management industry.  In 2012 Chris helped start a waste hauling company in Edmonton. Chris’ experience with start-ups has given him skills in financial projections, revenue management, sales, and administrative processes.

Advisors

Don Harfield
Performance Validation Project Lead

Don Harfield

Don Macintyre
Technical Advisor

Don Macintyre

Greg Snaith
Technical Advisor

Gregory Snaith

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