The Life of Your Device

Take a look at the device you are reading this post on, whether it is a phone or a tablet, a laptop or even from a projector. You can ask yourself how that device was designed, built, and ended up in your possession. Each item in your room has certain environmental...

Moving Day!

This was an exciting week for all of us at IRSI. After months of hard work our Ulysses system is completed. This past Monday we have moved the Ulysses out of the fabrication shop! At 60 feet long, moving the Ulysses was no easy task. It took two cranes to lift the...

IRSI on CJSR’S Terra Informa

A few weeks back at IRSI was interviewed by our friends at Terra Informa, an award winning environmental radio show that has its roots in Edmonton but is now broadcasted in over fifty communities throughout Canada. In the interview, IRSI talks about our Ulysses...

Have You Ever Burnt Toast?

Of course you haven’t, but if one day that happens, you will have tried pyrolysis without even realizing it! Pyrolysis is the process of heating biomass in the absence of oxygen*, such as leaving something in the oven for a little too long. Because the definition is...

Trickle Down

Alberta is gearing towards raising our carbon emissions tax for the first time since it was implemented eight years ago to $30, gradually catching up to BC’s rate. Many people believe that higher carbon tax rates come at the expense of a slower economy and jobs lost,...