Energy Efficiency Programs
are initiatives that lower your consumption of electricity (KWH) and gas (CM or GJ). Many of these programs are supported by generous grants by various levels of government.
EEL – Energy Efficient Lighting
This involves the replacement off old lighting technologies (Incandescent, Fluorescent, Compact Fluorescent, Metal Halide, etc) with modern LED technology. Besides reducing energy consumption dramatically, LED technology offers other advantages such as dramatically longer life, eco-friendliness, labour savings, zero UV emissions and greater functionality/control. Specific procedures need to be followed to qualify for government grants.
ACT – Advanced Cooling Technologies
Chillers are widely used in industry and buildings. These machines contain two fluids - coolant and oil. Over a period of time the oil permeates into the coolant - a process which is known as oil- fouling. Since oil is more viscous, it has a higher co-efficient of friction. As the fouled-coolant circulates through the heat-exchanger, the oil sticks to the inside of the exchanger tubes. This diminishes heat transfer by as much as 30% in less than 6 months resulting in higher energy consumption, reduced life, increased maintenance, etc. Traditionally this has been remedied through the use of toxic and corrosive cleaners, which have to be used repeatedly because oil fouling cannot be prevented. The correct solution is to prevent the oil from sticking to the insides of the exchanger tubes. RTO ( Refrigerant Treatment Optimizer) is a patented liquid which when injected into the oil penetrates throughout the insides of the chiller and coats it with a Teflon-like layer which is only one molecule thick (Nanotechnology) and dramatically lowers the coefficient of friction. Oil cannot stick to the inside of the chiller anymore. Specific procedures need to be followed to qualify for government grants.
VFD – Variable Frequency Drives
Variable frequency Drives offer several advantages such as Energy Savings, Variable Torque, Tighter Process Control, Extended Equipment Life and Reduced Maintenance. Specific procedures need to be followed to qualify for government grants.
GHL – Green House Lighting
A variety of abiotic factors (Temperature, Humidity, Carbon-dioxide, etc.) have been traditionally used to stimulate plant growth. Light as an abiotic factor is the new frontier. Each plant variety needs a specific spectrum (wavelength) of light at each stage in its growth. – this is known as the Light Recipe. LED lights can be programmed to provide a specific spectrum on an hour-by-hour basis for the entire length of the grow-cycle (which may be as long as a year from rooting to harvest).Additionally these lights can help to induce pest-resistance and other beneficial substances (phytogens) in the plant. The end result is a larger crop of a better quality in a shorter grow-cycle.
ESS – Energy Storage Systems
Energy Storage Systems typically consist of Batteries and Fuel Cells. Besides protecting a vital asset against an outage, Energy Storage Systems can be programmed to charge during off-peak hours and discharging during on-peak hours, effectively flattening the peak load significantly. The largest application of these systems has been for the purpose of qualifying for government incentives for load-shedding (e.g. Class A Global Adjustment, in Ontario)
BEC – Building Envelope Coatings
Modern high rise buildings are usually clad in an envelope of glass. Glass has the problem that it allows heat to pass outside during the winter and pass in to the building the summer. The result is increased energy consumption in the winter for heating and increased energy consumption in the summer for cooling. While modern glass cladding is highly energy efficient, older ones are not. To remediate this Building Envelope Coatings are applied to the glass from the inside which results in insulation at R8 level, without affecting the visual characteristics of the glass in any way.