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  • Welcome to OCCI
    The Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) is the scientifically acclaimed applied research division of Olds College. Olds College actively pursues involvement in applied research.
  • OCCI Programs
    OCCI provides student and new skills training and provide service to companies that seek new value in existing biofuel or waste-to-energy manufacturing sub-segments, such as waste recovery and valorization.
  • Compost
    The Composting Technology Centre is a full scale Class I composting facility situated on six acres of the Olds College campus. This research facility receives continuous shipments of organic residual from the communities within Mountain View County.
  • Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre
    The PTRC is a joint venture of Olds College and the Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF). The ATRF funds and directs the operations of the PTRC.

OCCI Facilities and Research Areas

OCCI - Dr. Robert Turner Research Centre

The progressive analytical labs at the Olds College Centre for Innovation generate answers and provide solutions for industry partners through innovative programs and partnerships, scientific expertise, and access to extensive research sites. Analytical programs provide verifications through new technology and the access to land through Olds College’s agricultural and horticultural divisions allow for the testing of best practices in agriculture, agronomy, sustainable resources, energy sources, and new feed stocks. A diverse team of Olds College staff provides expertise ranging from microbiology and soil science to research and marketing. The Olds College Centre for Innovation builds an entire project team on a case by case basis to provide industry with the resources and solutions necessary for success. Facilities also include spacious office, lecture and meeting space for research scientists, staff and clients.

OCCI is home to four distinct laboratories with specialized and unique expertise and equipment. The wet chemistry analytical laboratory is equipped with gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma spectrometry, and microwave digestion. Other laboratories are dedicated to bioprocessing, plant physiology, and environmental microbiology.

List of Laboratories:
Bioactive Ingredients and Quality Control - Lab 358 / 359
Applied Microbiology - Lab 370 / 370A / 370B / 370C
Plant Stress Physiology - Lab 363
Microprocessing - Lab 360 / 361


CTC - Composting Technology Centre

The Composting Technology Centre is a full scale Class II composting facility situated on six acres of the Olds College campus. This research facility receives continuous shipments of organic residual from the communities within Mountain View County, as well as from the Olds College farm. The organic residues are composted using a windrow system. Smaller composting systems and processes are also offered onsite.


Olds College is pleased to announce that Stoney Soil Products Inc. will be managing the Composting Technology Centre (CTC) at Olds College beginning May 1, 2017.

The College has been working with Stoney Soil Products Inc. (Stoney) since 2014 in a closed loop system where local residential organics are composted at the CTC and then packaged into value-added soil amendments by Stoney and further retailed by local stores. 

Please contact Gerard Kulcsar from Stoney with any compost inquiries at 587-223-7645.

Toby Williams, Director
Olds College Centre for Innovation


AIC - Apparel Innovation Centre - Calgary location

The Apparel Innovation Centre is Western Canada's first open-access apparel research and development facility. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering creative growth in the apparel industry. With a large collection of cutting edge equipment, we provide a host of services in three areas of focus:

1. Research - Thermal Comfort Research and Hot Liquid + Steam Protection Research

2. Development - Product Innovation from the inception of an innovative idea to the final prototype

The centre was made possible through Western Economic Diversification Canada and contributions from Olds College and Alberta Garment. It is projected that the AIC will be fully operational and open to the public in mid 2015.


BRC – Bio Industry Resource Centre

This unique multi-million dollar, world-class facility serves multiple applied research projects. To address the pilot scale proof of concept required for new technology, the Bio Industry Resource Centre offers a large biotechnology incubator space, as well as office and boardroom facilities to house industry partners. A wide range of services available in this facility include seed cleaning and processing, chromatography based analysis, fermentation, and ASTM biodiesel analysis.


Biofuel Quality Laboratory (BRC)

OCCI offers a comprehensive Biofuel Quality Laboratory within its Bioindustry Resource Center. The Biofuel Quality Laboratory offers the equipment and expertise to perform ASTM D6751 and CGSB-3.524 biodiesel analysis including moisture (D6304), flash point (D93), acid number (D664), water and sediment (D2709), cloud point (D2500), free and total glycerin (D6584), kinematic viscosity (D445), sulfated ash (D874), oxidative stability (EN14112) and cold soak filtration (ASTM D7501). Additionally, OCCI has a FOSS Near Infrared analyzer (NIR) for rapid analysis of Fatty acid methyl esters (FAME %), Water, Free fatty acids (FFA), Total Acid Number, Triglyceride, Diglyceride, Monoglyceride, Methanol, Total Glycerin, and Total Glyceride.


Seed Cleaning Facility (BRC)

The Seed cleaning facility is located in the Bio Industry Resource Centre has a selection of seed cleaners to meet most pilot scale and lab scale separation requirements. Carter day modular scalpers, debeaders, indents, gravity separators and spirals are some of the available equipment.


Incubator Space (BRC)

The Bioprocessing technology incubator offers over 1,000 square feet of research space, which may be divided into four independent sections to serve our client's needs. Each of the four areas provides access to RO water, hot and cold water, compressed air, steam, electricity, and vacuum. Fermenters with the volumes of 750 L, 150 L, and 75 L are available in the incubator area.


Research Greenhouses

The research greenhouses are computer controlled to provide consistent, reliable environments for optimal plant growth. Five greenhouse compartments are dedicated to research, including one large isolation compartment with a separate entrance to meet requirements for containment. Control systems are available to monitor and adjust all aspects of heating, cooling, lighting and watering according to the project requirements. The facility is equipped with alarms and back-up control systems in the event of equipment malfunction or power interruption. The research greenhouses are supported by a microbiology laboratory, wet chemistry lab, tissue culture lab, and several Conviron growth chambers.


Field Plots

Acres of high quality agricultural land are available to conduct field trials to test a variety of crops and develop new products in the agriculture industry.