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Who Will Be There? All-Energy Canada Trade Show and Conference Toronto #AllEnergyCA

02/04/2014

Hello energy enthusiasts, I’m coming back after a long hiatus.  I’m back – back in an All-Energy mood.  Spring is here and the sun’s warmth reminds me how the clean energy landscape in Canada keeps growing – sometimes quickly, sometimes slow. But still growing.

My media creds now official for All-Energy Canada (April 9-10, Direct Energy Centre, Toronto) I get to enjoying supporting several organizations, including the show’s associates. ‘Nuff said.

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Here’s an advance on some of the exhibitors & speakers:

Biomass Innovation Centre

The BIC was established by Nipissing University’s School of Business in the spring of 2009 as a centre for knowledge and support in the development of an expanding clean technology industry.

Working with organizations and individuals to:

  • Identify biomass supply opportunities in the forestry and agricultural sectors.
  • Support projects that transform biomass into fuels and high-value products.
  • Develop market capacity and demand for bio-fuels and bio-refinery products.

Services include education, technical marketing, advocacy and research that spans from the forest to the marketplace. They focus on bridging the information gaps between knowledge and application and are dedicated to educating the industry as a whole.

Fronius Canada

Their technology boasts (solar) “… year-round autonomous energy supply involving photovoltaics was previously only possible by having environmentally-damaging diesel generators to fall back on. Fronius has found a new solution – the Fronius Energy Cell. In future, the energy cell can be used to convert excess energy into hydrogen for storage, converting it back into useful power when needed.”

Chiefs of Ontario

“The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario.  Guided by the Chiefs in Assembly, they uphold self-determination efforts of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples in protecting and exercising their inherent and Treaty rights.   Keeping in mind the wisdom of our Elders, and the future for our youth, we continue to create the path forward in building our Nations as strong, healthy Peoples respectful of ourselves, each other, and all creation.

The activities of the Chiefs of Ontario are mandated through and guided by:

  • Resolutions passed by the Chiefs in Assembly of the 133 First Nations in Ontario
  • The Political Confederacy made up of the Grand Chiefs of Political Territorial Organizations (PTOs) and Independent First Nations
  • The elected Regional Chief for the Chiefs of Ontario”

STEEP Building Systems Canada:

An Ontario based manufacturer of energy efficient structural panels, will display their building product. STEEP panels have been used in scores of large and small buildings built across urban and rural southern Ontario with this quick, durable and cost effective construction technique.

Working with Far North Developments, STEEP Canada will also demonstrate how the construction benefits of STEEP panels can be integrated with renewable energy and storage technology. This approach makes STEEP panel buildings suitable for use as housing, schools and offices in rural, resource based communities and remote First Nation locations.

More speakers (International):

DR. WOODROW (WOODY) CLARK II (Keynote Speaker)
Chief Executive Officer, Clark Strategic Partners/Nobel Peace Prize recipient

A noted lecturer and senior advisor to governments worldwide, Dr. Woodrow Clark was one of the contributing scientists to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC), which as an organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 2007 along with Al Gore and the film An Inconvenient Truth.

Professor Bassim Abassi from Al-Balqa’ Applied University in Jordan, to discuss the use of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Mediterranean basin (case study).

Donnadelliah Maluleke, Consul Political at the South African Consulate General in Chicago.

More speakers (Canada):

William Lahey, Chairman of Efficiency Nova Scotia, from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to discuss consumer demand management and saving energy.

Elisa Obermann, Atlantic Director of Marine Renewables Canada, from Halifax, Nova Scotia, will be providing an overview of the Canadian marine energy market.

Matt Jameson, Director of Economic Development from Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest First Nation in Canada.

Martin Damphousse, Mayor of Varennes, Quebec, to discuss their leading role in community energy projects.

This is by no means a complete list.

The Trade Show part is free but you should register.  Please visit by clicking => All-Energy and come out.

Lots of companies to connect with, pose questions, get answers, network and support All Energy in Canada.

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Kudrinko’s Grocery Opens It’s Sustainable Doors to #GEDO13

26/09/2013

The KudrinkosNeil Kudrinko from Kudrinko’s Grocery, Sustainable Building & Busines

Neil Kudrinko from Kudrinko’s Grocery,  Sustainable Building & Business

What were the motivations, or inspirations surrounding how Neil became involved or how Kudrinko’s vision of ‘green’ came to be?

Neil’s main inspiration or his “aha” moment came while at Carleton University.  He gives much credit to Professor Patricia Ballamingie of the Geography and Environmental Studies Department.

“Professor Ballamingie opened my eyes to the possibilities and potential that exists in building efficiencies into our built environment so that our buildings would be more efficient in light of the exterior climate.”

Neil goes on to say that it was very important to look at all the different systems at Kudrinko’s.  HVAC, refrigeration, air quality inside etc. – all these systems had to be made efficient and were done at the same time, in order for the building to gain the maximum investment potential & energy efficiency & savings.

“All of the systems need to work together – in a holistic way.” Neil says.

Neil enjoys being involved, he likes to share information and knowledge, and encourages peers in investing in sustainable building and business practices.

Neil’s Message of Renewable Energy Inspiration

“Your success will only be measure in your desire to make it happen.  Have faith in your understanding of what is possible and go for it.”

Please visit the Kudrinko’s on October 5th for Green Energy Doors Open (click it for the website).

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NOAA Report on Solar Geomagnetic Storm that Partially Hit Earth – Coinciding with Earthquake & Volcano Activity

27/09/2011

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has been reporting on high solar activity for the past while.  Here is the news for the past 3 days, updated today.  It is important to note that the September 26th report emphasizes that “aurora watchers in Asia and Europe will be favourably positioned” and we now have had reports of much earthquake and volcanic activity, most notably the swarms in Spain (see El Hierro Volcano Article), Greece and Turkey, as well as the ones around the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, (see Cleveland Volcano Article) as well as the 5.3 MAG that hit the North West Territories (see 4 Significant Quakes/NWT Article). There are many more places that have been affected – all along the Pacific Ring of Fire.  Drop in news of earthquake drills and we have a bit of a rocky road perhaps ahead (see Earthquake Drill in US, NZ, BC Article)? (Hey, I’m just saying, but what do I know?)

If you would like to see what an Aurora looks like from space, here is a video take from the International Space Station around September 19th 2011 and its quite spectacular to see.  The path taken here is eastwardly from Madagascar along to northeast Australia, hence the term ‘aurora australis’. Aurora borealis north & aurora australis south hemisphere.

REPORTS FROM NOAA – PAST 3 DAYS

2011-09-27 17:33   Update on the September 26/27 Geomagnetic Storm

The Geomagnetic Storm that began yesterday is quieting down, though we aren’t quite back to quiet conditions yet.  High speed solar wind is coming in behind the Coronal Mass Ejection and these winds are keeping things slightly active on the space weather front.  The region on the Sun that produced this activity is in a favorable position to cause further problems, but it is starting to weaken.  It remains a threat, though diminishing.  Yesterday, there would have been problems with high accuracy GPS and there was a noted issue with the FAA’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), where the Vertical Error Limit was exceeded.  WAAS is used to provide high accuracy GPS in the areas around airports.  Much more information about this storm is available on the SWPC Facebook page.

2011-09-26 19:00   

The fast Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) that erupted from NOAA Active Region 1302 arrived this morning at 1237Z (8:37am Eastern Time).  It has kicked off moderate (G2) geomagnetic storms for low latitudes, but high latitudes are seeing severe (G4) levels of activity.  Aurora watchers in Asia and Europe are most favorably positioned for this event, though it may persist long enough for viewers in North America.  The bulk of the CME missed the Earth, meaning the storm intensity and duration are less than what they would have been in the case of a direct hit.  We are posting frequent updates on the SWPC Facebook page, which you can follow (here).

2011-09-24 22:00   

NOAA Region 1302 remains impressive and active as it continues its transit across the visible disc.  As shown in the GOES X-ray plot below, 1302 produced an R3 (Strong) and multiple R2 (Moderate) flares today.  Intermittent degradation to High Frequency communications occurs on the daylight side of the Earth during each respective flare.  Also, the slow rise of energetic protons near Earth has flattened out and we are hovering right around the S1 threshold (NOAA Solar Radiation Storm Scales).  A fairly fast Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) associated with the long duration R2 flare is partially directed at Earth (long duration meaning long-lasting in time and wider in the graph below, as opposed to the impulsive flares that spike quickly).  We won?t see the bulk of this CME, but a glancing blow is predicted for late evening Eastern Time on the 25th (or right around start of day GMT on the 26th).  Geomagnetic Storm levels reaching the G1 (Minor) level are likely with isolated G2 (Moderate) possible, particularly at high latitudes.  1302 remains active so stay tuned for further updates.

source: NOAA

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Wind Power Without Blades: Images of New Technology

22/09/2011

Wind Power Without Blades: Images of New Technology

22/09/11 via Discovery News – Noise from wind turbine blades, inadvertent bat and bird kills and even the way wind turbines look have made installing them anything but a breeze. New York design firm Atelier DNA has an alternative concept that ditches blades in favor of stalks. Resembling thin cattails, the Windstalks generate electricity when the wind sets them waving. The designers came up with the idea for the planned city Masdar, a 2.3-square-mile, automobile-free area being built outside of Abu Dhabi. Atelier DNA’s “Windstalk” project came in second in the Land Art Generator competition a contest sponsored by Madsar to identify the best work of art that generates renewable energy from a pool of international submissions.

The proposed design calls for 1,203 “stalks,” each 180-feet high with concrete bases that are between about 33- and 66-feet wide. The carbon-fiber stalks, reinforced with resin, are about a foot wide at the base tapering to about 2 inches at the top. Each stalk will contain alternating layers of electrodes and ceramic discs made from piezoelectric material, which generates a current when put under pressure. In the case of the stalks, the discs will compress as they sway in the wind, creating a charge.
“The idea came from trying to find kinetic models in nature that could be tapped to produce energy,” explained Atelier DNA founding partner Darío Núñez-Ameni.
In the proposal for Masdar, the Windstalk wind farm spans 280,000 square feet. Based on rough estimates, said Núñez-Ameni the output would be comparable to that of a conventional wind farm covering the same area.
“Our system is very efficient in that there is no friction loss associated with more mechanical systems such as conventional wind turbines,” he said.

Each base is slightly different, and is sloped so that rain will funnel into the areas between the concrete to help plants grow wild. These bases form a sort of public park space and serve a technological purpose. Each one contains a torque generator that converts the kinetic energy from the stalk into energy using shock absorber cylinders similar to the kind being developed by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Levant Power .
Wind isn’t constant, though, so Núñez-Ameni says two large chambers below the whole site will work like a battery to store energy. The idea is based on existing hydroelectric pumped storage systems. Water in the upper chamber will flow through turbines to the lower chamber, releasing stored energy until the wind starts up again.

The top of each tall stalk has an LED lamp that glows when the wind is blowing — more intensely during strong winds and not all when the air is still. The firm anticipates that the stalks will behave naturally, vibrating and fluttering in the air.

“Windstalk is completely silent, and the image associated with them is something we’re already used to seeing in a field of wheat or reeds in a marsh. Our hope is that people living close to them will like to walk through the field — especially at night — under their own, private sky of swarming stars,” said Núñez-Ameni.

After completion, a Windstalk should be able to produce as much electricity as a single wind turbine, with the advantage that output could be increased with a denser array of stalks. Density is not possible with conventional turbines, which need to be spaced about three times the rotor’s diameter in order to avoid air turbulence. But Windstalks work on chaos and turbulence so they can be installed much closer together, said Núñez-Ameni.

Núñez-Ameni also reports that the firm is currently working on taking the Windstalk idea underwater. Called Wavestalk, the whole system would be inverted to harness energy from the flow of ocean currents and waves. The firm’s long-term goal is to build a large system in the United States, either on land or in the water.

source: Discovery News, Alyssa Dangelis

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Dirty Clean Renewable Energy Joke (Video)

14/09/2011

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Have fun kids. Stay CLEAN & GREEN.

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A Map of Investments in Ontario (January – June 2011)

16/08/2011

Here is a visual map of publicly listed investments in Ontario that have been reported for the period January 2011 – June 2011. These investments are only ones that are either under study or new builds. There are also refurbishments etc. and if interested, the information is available at Who’s Investing in Ontario?

When clicked, the icons will display all information relating to that investment.

Just keeping track for all those interested.

But what do I know? 🙂

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Sustainability in Canada 101 – Part 1

09/08/2011

Sustainability

You may already be familiar with the terms ‘sustainability’, ‘sustainable’ & ‘sustainable development’ and if not, it is important to become familiar with them now. These words are becoming some of the most important buzz words you have ever heard. And it is very important to note at all times that technology & science are walking hand in hand with sustainability.

Definitions Under the Federal Sustainable Development Act of Canada

  • “sustainability”“sustainability” means the capacity of a thing, action, activity, or process to be maintained indefinitely.
  • “sustainable development”“sustainable development” means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

The FSDA was implemented in 2008. There are many reasons why this Act came into law, including Agenda 21 & the United Nations and the North American Free Trade Agreement. along with the entire ideology & desire of saving the environment.

Why is this Important?

“Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. It is about improving standard of living by protecting human health, conserving the environment, using resources efficiently and advancing long-term economic competitiveness. It requires the integration of environmental, economic and social priorities into policies and programs and requires action at all levels – citizens, industry, and governments.”

The FSDA is guided by the “precautionary principle”:

means the principle that where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation

In a nutshell, the sustainable development model is designed to change the way we perform our activites, in our working & everyday lives.  We have clearly seen some of these goals introduced into our society which really started with the basic concept of recycling.  Now we are into the information technology & renewable, sustainable & clean tech energy age.

Our working lives are as important to us as are our everyday lives.  Right now, businesses, companies, plans, designs, infrastructure, you name it, are all adapting the sustainable development model.  Much of the concepts in this model revolve around technologies and how their uses “protect & enhance” our environment.

Our work, functions, tasks, duties, responsibilities are and will be affected by sustainable development.  It is here that it is important to think about what the possibilities could be in the near future & even later, so that whatever regulations, laws & expectations & technological economies according to the sustainable development model are introduced, our working lives are also able to “protect & enhance”.  This does require considering expanding our personal skill levels & knowledge.

Everything is being and will eventually be evaluated for ‘sustainability’.

sustainable future

I Want to Know More About Sustainable Development.

As we have seen in Canada in places like B.C. & especially in Ontario, with its Green Energy & Economy Act, the use of energy producing technolgies has increased massively. A focus has been placed on solar, wind, water & biotechnologies, but it does not stop there.  Infrastructure around us is being redesigned & recreated, and as the bridges, roads, electrical grids etc. change, it’s all based on technology that for now, we are calling “environmentally friendly”, “renewable”, “cleantech”.  It’s all really part of sustainability.

The best way to start is at the beginning. Becoming familiar with documents such as Agenda 21 & the North American Free Trade Agreement will help but be warned, they are long! Understanding Ontario’s Green Energy & Economy Act is a great benefit because this is law and we must be responsible enough to understand it so that we may best move forward.

Becoming familiar with the Ontario Power Authority’s website is also important for a number of reasons.  The OPA shapes the way energy looks in Ontario by creating plans & goals for energy & influences the energy laws that can & do change the way we act in our lives, working & personal.  All of the rules & applications for the Feed-In-Tariff (& MicroFIT) & Standard Offer Program are there as well.

In Part 2 of Sustainability in Canada 101, we’ll explore what the “precautionary principle” means. Or at least try to. I am always open to learning more, so if I’m not getting it, I hope one of my knowledgeable readers might intervene with good info.

And do some homework, because it will help you to understand. Sort of.

But what do I know?

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