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Press Release, Globe Newswire Summary TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enwave Energy Corporation (Enwave) is working with Brookfield Properties (Brookfield) to build in sustainability at one of Toronto’s most prestigious downtown office complexes. The third and final tower of Bay Adelaide Centre a 32-storey high-rise tower set for completion by 2022, of which Scotiabank will be the lead tenant, will feature an innovative heating approach that economically captures and reuses residual heat to improve efficiency and add long-term value for tenants and investors. Located in the heart of Toronto’s financial core, Brookfield’s existing Bay Adelaide ...
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Jeff Feingold, NH Business Review Summary The Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology, or HEAT, Act – legislation that would address regulatory barriers hampering deployment of heat recovery technologies – has been reintroduced by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH. The measure is designed to encourage manufacturers to implement combined heat and power and waste heat to power systems, which can help reduce energy costs. Combined heat and power allows a facility to generate its own electricity and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Waste heat to power captures heat from an industrial process and uses that heat to generate power. Full Article ...
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Nicole Mackey, Old Gold & Black Summary The heating and chilled-water plants are essential to providing about 75 buildings on the main campus of Wake Forest with three of the four central utilities: heating, cooling and water. Students usually only think about these components when something isn’t working properly. In reality, running a university is equivalent to running a small city, which takes a large amount of energy and manpower. Supplying each building with the proper resources has a significant impact on not only campus sustainability and energy costs, but on the environment, too. According to the United States Environmental Protection ...
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Tom Sieniewicz, NBBJ Design Source: Smart Cities Dive Summary The City of Boston recently made headlines for an ambitious plan to mandate all new city-owned buildings  to be carbon neutra l, part of a wider  plan  for the city to achieve net zero status by 2050. The attention on this announcement and the framing of net zero makes sense. Finally, there is a sustainability goal for the city that people could fully grasp and get behind, a readily understandable and appealing arithmetic proposition that the city's buildings will eventually produce as much energy as they use. The challenge, of course, isn’t in getting people excited about the prospect ...
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Vermont Business Magazine Summary VGS announced today an ambitious and comprehensive strategy to transform the company and eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The company outlined three key strategies to achieve the near-term goal of a 30% greenhouse gas reduction in customers’ homes and businesses by 2030: doubling energy efficiency savings with a $20 million upfront investment; significantly expanding renewable natural gas for customers; and strengthening partnerships to advance projects such as district energy in Burlington and Middlebury, and a net zero home pilot program.  Ratepayers will be part of the process and would see an average ...
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Andrew Sasser, The Dartmouth Summary As students walk across the Green over the next few days, they may notice another fenced-off, ongoing campus project. Earlier this week, the College commenced drilling wells on the Green to learn more about the viability of a geoexchange system at the College, which would be a renewable energy option to meet up to 30 percent of the College’s heating needs.   According to facilities operations and management associate director Tim McNamara, this drilling was done to test the viability of geoexchange heating as an alternative to the current steam-powered heating system.  Geoexchange heating is a mechanism of heating ...
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Municipal World Summary The   City of Richmond ’s award-winning district energy project, at least as Jason Kita sees it, strongly positions the British Columbia municipality as a North American leader in finding innovative solutions to the growing climate change emergency. Kita, Director of Richmond’s Corporate Programs Management Group, shared his thoughts on the   district energy project , the award, and the municipality’s environmental commitment when he sat down with Municipal World CEO Susan Gardner in Quebec City. “It really highlights our City of Richmond council, their contribution, and their dedication toward climate change,” Kita said. ...
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Power Engineering International Summary The World Bank has signed a deal to fund the new  Sustainable Energy Scale-Up Project , an initiative designed to improve energy efficiency in Belarus. The $99.3m in World Bank funding will be coupled with $99.3m from the European Investment Bank and $3.65m from the Global Environmental Facility to implement energy efficiency retrofits. The $202.25m project will focus on helping Belarus to switch heating plants from gas to woodchips, renovating the heating systems of multi-apartment buildings and by providing technical assistance to the national thermal renovation programme. The project will kickstart with ...
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WWT Online Summary Heat harnessed from wastewater from Scottish Water's treatment works in Forthside is being used to heat a number of buildings in the Forthside area of Stirling. The first of its kind in the UK, the £6 million scheme uses a unique mix of cutting-edge technologies to take heat from wastewater and turn it into low carbon, low cost heating. Heat harnessed from wastewater is processed through an on-site energy centre and then distributed along Stirling Council’s district heat network. The network also provides heating to nearby The Peak Leisure Centre, Forthbank Stadium Conference Centre and St Modan’s High School. The network was ...
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The Inverness Courier Summary A new study showing that existing renewable technology could be used to heat more than 450,000 homes in Scotland by 2030 has been published. The research, commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables, found 46 potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities. The networks would initially serve 45,000 homes but Scottish Renewables says that number could grow ten-fold by 2030, with the right Scottish Government support. The industry body is calling on the Scottish Government to back the technology in its Heat Networks Bill, arguing that it has the potential to cut emissions from heat by 10 per cent and ...
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RAC Summary Networked cooling systems, paired with energy storage technology and renewable power are seen as vital steps to becoming a more sustainable sector A combined focus on district cooling solutions and embracing low carbon energy and storage solutions are identified by the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) as a vital component for improved sustainability across the industry.  A   white paper   published by the HVACR association, entitled ‘Count on Cooling: A five-step approach to deliver sustainable cooling’ sets out five priorities to ensure a Europe-wide transformation of HVACR. These recommendations include ...
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Energy Efficiency Business & Industry Summary Eric Alström, VP of Danfoss Power Solutions, proudly tells about the increasingly environmental-friendly measures and solutions the company has adopted and developed over the years. EEBI: COULD YOU GIVE US SOME INFORMATION ON THE HISTORY OF DANFOSS? WHAT ARE THE FIGURES AND TRENDS OF THE COMPANY? E. Alström:   Danfoss   is a family-owned Danish company, founded over 80 years ago. Today, we are still headquartered in Denmark, but we are a global company. We have over 6 billion euros of revenues. Our key markets are Germany, China and the United States and we have four business segments: Danfoss ...
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Smart Energy International Summary The   Power Systems business unit of technology group Rolls-Royce sealed a contract of cooperation with 2G Energy, specialist in gas-powered generator sets and CHP modules based in Heek in North Rhine-Westphalia. The contract covers the mutual supply of gas-powered gensets. Rolls-Royce is to procure from 2G gas-powered generator sets and cogeneration modules in the 250 to 550 kW power range with and without heat extraction. After adding its own controllers and other specific components, the group will then market the systems under its MTU product and solution brand. In return, Rolls-Royce will supply 2G with ...
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Smart Energy International Summary Over the past years, Energy markets in developed economies have started a deep transformation. The appearance of new power generation sources based on renewable technologies, motivated by the efforts of the governments and public administrations are changing the energy models known to date. The way energy is nowadays produced and consumed is changing, and the technological advances are questioning the standards and creating opportunities as well as new challenges. The policies that promote and incentivize the implementation of renewable power are creating an unprecedented growth, to which the current participants ...
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Utilities Middle East Summary Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, announced developing of a new system that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to operate Thermal Energy Storage (TES) tanks at its district cooling plants. As per the results of a test run conducted at Empower’s Business Bay plant, it has been estimated that approximately 6,880 MWh of electricity will be saved annually in the operation of the district cooling plant. Empower currently depends on past data and individual experience to guide operators to select the best time for charging and discharging of the TES tanks. ...
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Smart Energy International Summary Swedish power company   Vattenfall   has partnered with   Eliq   to trial new technology for   customer engagement   and optimisation of   district heating   in homes . District heating networks can contribute to a smart and decarbonised energy system. Today a majority of Swedish apartments are heated by district heating but most users have no clue of how much energy is used, or how they can optimise their heat apart from turning the radiator valve. “People who live in a centrally heated building don’t understand that their behaviour can help improving network efficiency and reduce  carbon emissions ”, ...
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Travis Dosser, RIPPLE Summary A Sherwood Park-based company is becoming a well-known name in alternative energy solutions. GSS Integrated Energy LTD. has been in the community since 2007 when it started as a geothermal company that began evolving into a thermal micro-grid developer for community projects. “We had to create a web method of modeling and simulating how it would perform and over the course of that we developed our own internal software and a couple of years ago someone suggested other people might enjoy using that software,” explained Michael Roppelt, president and CEO of GSS Integrated Energy LTD. “We basically, over the last few years, ...
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Peter Maloney, Microgrid Knowledge Summary An airport microgrid is moving forward on the far northern coast of California that could provide relief for planned utility power shutoffs and be a template for other, similar projects. The Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid began about two years ago when Humboldt County’s Board of Supervisors gave the green light for the project to seek up to $5 million in funding from the California Energy Commission. The project originated at the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC), an affiliate of Humboldt State University’s Environmental Resources Engineering program. Other partners on the project include the county’s ...
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Julian Spector, Green Tech Media Summary Bankrupt California utility Pacific Gas & Electric has   come under fire  on many fronts for the scope and execution of its self-imposed blackouts last month. The blackouts will continue as the company pursues a decade-long grid-hardening project. Electric utilities bear the solemn mission of keeping the lights on, but PG&E's intentional shutoffs leave customers to fend for themselves. That divergence from standard operating procedure poses a question for the embattled utility: How will it take care of its millions of customers who lose access to power when the risk of starting a wildfire gets too high?  ...
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Anne Ward Ernst, Index-Tribune Summary The region’s recent round of PG&E-forced power outages caused long lines at gas stations, demand for bags of ice and generators, and spurred more conversation around the concept of electrical microgrids. The microgrid concept is broad and can be utilized in a variety of ways, but the basic idea is to create an island of electricity self-reliance, of sorts, as it pertains to powering neighborhoods and succinct communities. In some cases, microgrids are created as back-up electrical power sources when public utility power outages occur. In other cases microgrids are intended for self-reliance and as a way to reduce ...
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