Feds help Green Power Labs power on with building energy management system
April 17, 2015 - Over $8 million is being channelled into two cleantech projects in Nova Scotia, the federal government announced recently, including Green Power Labs Inc. in Dartmouth through Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund.
By Renée Francoeur
Green Power Labs will receive $1,700,000 to develop an advanced building energy management system. Through the use of enhanced predictive building control systems for heating and cooling, this project will improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Green Power.
“Buildings in Canada are responsible for 33% of total energy use and emit 35% of the nation’s greenhouse gas,” said Alexandre Pavlovski, president and CEO of Green Power Labs. “Our technology will reduce the release of hazardous emissions, increase the efficient/effective use of resources, and will make these benefits accessible to Canadians through better management of commercial buildings in Canada. SDTC’s support is instrumental in reaching these results.”
Current automated building management systems (or BEMS) can achieve up to a 13.5% reduction in energy consumption, Green Power Labs said.
The company added that predictive building control systems have the “potential to achieve additional reduction in energy consumption, however, by only 11.5% because they utilize low-resolution weather forecasting technology (technology that does not provide frequent data and gives that data for a large area).”
Green Power Labs is developing a system that uses high-resolution climate forecasts—frequent forecasts for a smaller area—provided by SolarSatData for Buildings (SSDB). SSDB is expected to reduce energy consumption in buildings by an additional 6.5% on top of the 11.5% energy savings being offered by the emerging predictive building control systems, the company said.
Green Power Labs said its technology could enable a cumulative reduction in emissions of over 72 kT CO2e/year in Canada and 752 kT CO2e/year in the rest of the world by 2023.
OpenHydro Technology Canada also received a chunk of money ($6,353,000) for its Bay of Fundy Tidal Stream Project.