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.

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.

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.

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.

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