Janaury 2008 – Volume 2, Issue 1

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Welcome to the first Energy Management e-newsletter of 2008. The release of this newsletter comes a short time after the launch of our first, fully interactive digital edition of Energy Management Magazine. This edition of the newsletter includes highlights from the magazine — I encourage you to check it out at www.energymanagementcanada.com.

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LEED Complete set to change the face of green building

The LEED green building rating system is a useful guide for building owners and developers who want to create greener, more environmentally friendly workspaces. LEED Canada Complete is now taking the certification to a new level, making it easier for developers and owners to apply for certification, and offering more effective feedback on how buildings perform over time.

Full story: LEED Complete set to change

New version of RETScreen adds critical energy efficiency tools and more

The fourth version of RETScreen, the web-based energy management tool, was released in December 2007 with a whole host of upgrades that make it that much more useful for facility owners and managers considering the adoption of energy efficiency measures.

Originally developed by Natural Resources Canada’s CANMET Energy Technology Centre, to determine the feasibility of renewable energy projects, the tool has gone through several iterations in the past 10 years.

Full story: New version of RETScreen


Canada needs economy-wide price on carbon emissions: NRTEE report

Canada can achieve deep greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions by 2050, but only by putting a price on carbon emissions throughout the entire Canadian economy beginning as soon as possible, concludes the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) in a new climate change report released Monday, January 7, entitled Getting to 2050: Canada’s Transition to a Low-emission Future.

Full story: NRTEE report

Siemens and E.ON cooperate on climate-friendly power plant tech

Siemens and E.ON Energie have announced a partnership to develop climate-friendly power plant technology. The aim of this partnership is the development of an economic and efficient method for carbon capture — an important aspect in the development of low-carbon power plants. The starting point is a solvent with special characteristics that provide the basis for a new process to capture CO2 from the flue gases of power plants. A pilot installation on an E.ON power plant site in Germany will be operational by 2010. Further developments will follow, up until 2014. The mid-term target is to develop this new CO2 capture process ready for large-scale, commercial deployment by 2020.

Full story: Siemens and E.ON

Nanowires hold promise for more affordable solar cells

Millions of nearly invisible wires may hold the answer to making solar cells a more affordable source of alternative energy.

The Department of Engineering Physics at McMaster University, Cleanfield Energy and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) have formed a partnership to pursue the commercialization of nanowire technology in the production of solar cells.

Full story: Nanowires hold promise

Aegis SGR Bearing Protection Ring
The new split-ring version of the AEGIS SGR Bearing Protection Ring comes in halves for easy field installation with little or no disassembly of equipment. For VFD-controlled AC and DC motors, the SGR Split Ring protects bearings from electrical damage caused by circulating or shaft currents, dramatically extending motor life as well as preventing bearing noise, downtime, and costly motor repairs/replacements. The SGR Split Ring simplifies predictive/preventive maintenance programs for motor repair shops, maintenance contractors, HVAC service contractors, and in-house plant maintenance departments. Unlike conventional shaft grounding brushes, the ring is maintenance-free and lasts for the life of the motor, regardless of RPM. Its conductive microfibers work with virtually no friction or wear and are unaffected by dirt, grease, or other contaminants. The SGR Split Ring is available from stock with mounting hardware in sizes to accommodate motor shafts up to 6� in diameter, and larger rings can be specially ordered.
IDEAL 806 Power Analyzer
IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has taken a major step forward in making power quality analysis easier, safer and more accurate with the introduction of its Model 806 Power Analyzer. This rugged, hand-held test instrument performs all the measurements needed by large-scale commercial and industrial enterprises to create an effective energy management program. The learning curve for the 806 is not steep, so it represents a gateway product for the industry. Sought-after features of the new tester include: single- and three-phase measurements with auto-configuration to the electrical system specified; true-RMS readings for error-free testing; data logging with 1MB of internal memory and optional FIFO memory to allow continuous recording; a fourth current channel for neutral current measurements; auto-detect clamps for easier setup; a backlit 160 x 160 pixel LCD; and an RS-232 interface for fast data downloading to IDEAL PowerVision analysis software.
AC/DC Resistive Load Bank Service
Ohm Loads Inc. introduces its new custom built AC/DC resistive load bank service for those involved in plant equipment maintenance and building electrical systems that require high quality Resistive Loads built in a timely manner with value pricing (more cost effective than in-house built Loads) for their electrical testing requirements. Ohm Loads specializes in designing and manufacturing Variable Resistive Load Bank solutions. Loads are enclosed in a rack mount/bench top chassis from 25W to 30KW in a single chassis and three of our 30KW loads can be combined to create a Load of 90KW. A custom user manual is included with each unit.

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