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SAIT Polytechnic Award salutes Airdar gas leak detection tech


Calgary, AB — Airdar Inc. of Edmonton has been honoured with the 2009 SAIT Polytechnic Outstanding Achievement in Applied Technology and Innovation Award from the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation (ASTech). Airdar (Air Detection and Ranging) is a developed-in-Alberta technology that helps industry reduce greenhouse gas emissions by detecting the location and volume of gas leaks. It combines permanently installed field sampling with an analyzer and timers to monitor atmospheric conditions and create site maps that pinpoint leak locations. The system is automatic and can monitor sites continuously.

Airdar Inc. founder Dennis Prince spent four years developing the technology and conducting field trials with support from the oil and gas industry.

“Receiving this ASTech award will greatly help in our efforts to move the Airdar invention forward,“ he says. "The light this award has shone on our endeavors is much appreciated."

Now in its 20th year, ASTech was established to celebrate and raise public awareness of the world-class innovations taking place in Alberta’s science and technology sectors. This year, 14 award winners were selected from 78 nominations.

SAIT Polytechnic is a leader in applied research and innovation, providing expertise and resources to industry on projects that offer real-world learning experiences to students. SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services department coordinates research projects with industry, and has a variety of facilities for prototype development and testing.

SAIT is also an approved service provider for the Alberta Innovation Voucher Pilot Program. This program of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology helps small and medium-sized businesses move their projects through the technology development and commercialization process. Preference is given to businesses in emerging growth sectors, such as clean technology, health, bio-tech and information and communication technology.