As Canada works toward total carbon neutrality by 2050, a future rich in renewable energy moves ever closer. Canada’s largest renewable-energy constructor, Borea Construction, is making renewable energy more accessible and smaller in size and environmental impact than ever before.
Innovation in Alberta: Bringing New Technologies to Solar Power
Tapping into Talent
Canada's Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI)
As we enter Year Two of the worst pandemic in a century, the news, fortunately, isn’t all doom and gloom. For too long, forestry has been largely regarded as dominated by white males but now, in a new dispensation, the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) is challenging that notion.
Sustainable Energy Wherever There's a Little Sun
The Smart Energy Company™
The Smart Energy Company™, New Brunswick’s first utility-scale solar developer, proudly announces the NOREASTER, specifically designed for cold harsh climates where energy is needed most…
Flexible and Sustainable Power Solutions
FlexEnergy Solutions has a lot to be proud of these days.
The Energy May Be Alternative – But These New Products are All-American
MidNite Solar’s product launch in September to January is set to shake up the U.S. alternative energy industry. Even better, the Barcelona and Hawke’s Bay charge controllers, the Rosie inverter, and the unique B17 modular inverter are made right here by Americans, in Arlington, WA.
Shine On – How DIY Solar Power Pays Off
While Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson are sending rockets to explore space and make Mars habitable for humans, there’s a strong argument to be made for housekeeping changes on Earth, especially if you can’t afford to relocate to the Red Planet.
New Name, New Mandate, New Outlook
Capstone Green Energy
Capstone has expanded its offerings and completed a rebrand since Business in Focus spoke with the company back in late 2017. Originally called Capstone Turbine Corporation, the Van Nuys, California-based firm changed its name to Capstone Green Energy Corporation on Earth Day—April 22—of this year. While it is as committed as ever to cost-saving, eco-friendly energy solutions, the name change reflects the company’s much bigger vision.
Greener and Cheaper
The Renewable Energy Revolution
The necessity of reducing smog, an overwhelming global demand for power, and electrical grids stretched to the breaking point are the factors pushing utilities to make the switch to renewable energy sources.
Clean Mining for Clean Energy
The Necessary Components
The move toward making energy generation as clean as possible remains a slow shift in some industries. In mining, several contributors are making inroads toward a brighter, cleaner future for mineral extraction. How do they mitigate the environmental and even social impacts of extracting the minerals needed to get there? In this feature, we take a look at some of the aspects surrounding the issue.
New Owner, New Horizons, Same Commitment
The company that would become Cogent Power started out of a garage around 1973 and, in the ensuing five decades, has become a trusted Canadian supplier to the electrical energy industry.
New Office, New Outlook and New Markets
There have been significant developments at CTLGroup since Construction in Focus profiled the Skokie, Illinois firm in October 2017. In addition to opening a New York City office, the company has adapted to the challenges of COVID and the opportunities presented by renewable energy and possible federal infrastructure funding.
Bringing Innovation and Affordable Solutions to the Solar Energy Market
Solar energy engineering company Sol-Ark specializes in designing, testing, and supporting hybrid inverter systems. These units blend the aspects of a typical solar inverter with those of a battery inverter and can be used to sell energy back to the electricity grid or to provide backup power should the grid fail.
Wise Wastewater Management
From the trickle of water we use at home to brush our teeth to the millions of gallons consumed daily by the resource sectors, agriculture, and manufacturing, every drop is precious. Fortunately, water is far from being a single-use commodity. Depending on contamination, water can be cleaned, recycled, and re-used. From industrial laundromats running their grey water through pipes to heat facilities, to homeowners using dishwater to flush toilets or irrigate gardens, water can be used far more efficiently than we may think.
Things Are Heating up For Geothermal Energy
Geoexchange is how geothermal energy, generated and stored below the Earth’s surface, provides efficient and cost-effective heating, cooling, and hot water to a home or structure. Because the temperature below the surface of the earth remains constant, exchanging heat is more efficient, making geoexchange more sustainable than conventional HVAC, at a fraction of the financial and environmental cost. Known as geothermal heat pumps or ground source heat pumps, these systems use the stable temperature of the ground to store heat energy so it can be pulled back out and distributed into a building using minimal electricity.
A Growing Alternative to Resource-Heavy Waste Solutions
Many international initiatives have been in place for some time to reduce the global demands of waste collection and promote wiser waste management – but one such strategy aims to eliminate the very idea of waste itself.
Clean, Smart Storage for Solar Energy
Pennsylvania-based Fortress Power got its start when electrical engineer Jing Yu and longtime business manager Barry Moore decided to provide a better solar energy storage solution. The industry insiders recognized the need for a reliable battery to store solar energy produced during the day, when most people are not at home to take advantage of the power. By the time most consumers come home from work, the sun is going down and the time for harnessing solar energy is waning. “There is a need to store the excess power during the day and use it when you need it,” Yu says.
Going Off the Grid
New Options in Residential Energy
When turning off the lights every time we leave the room and doing laundry at 2 a.m. doesn’t seem to make any difference to our utility bills, energy self-sufficiency becomes more appealing. Now, after years of paying soaring household electrical bills, many homeowners dream about going off the grid.
The Limit Does Not Exist
The Bright Future of Renewable Technology
Demand for energy is unrelenting, and will only increase as populations grow. But coupled with the desire for affordable, endless energy is the need to reduce the harmful resulting emissions as well, and this is where harnessing renewable technology will be paramount.
Powering the Future
Nuclear’s Green Reality
Nuclear power. Say those words and you can conjure up all sorts of images in people, from a lethal mushroom cloud to the power source of the future.
Into the Woods
Sustainable Forestry Practices
Without forests, life on earth would cease to exist. Absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, forests are home to Indigenous persons and countless species of wildlife, and are a valuable source of wood for lumber, fuel, furniture, medicine and more.
The World is Yours
The Economics of Influence
The Ups & Downs of Crypto