Innovation

Will PACE-style financing home energy efficiency upgrades work in Alberta?

Will PACE-style financing home energy efficiency upgrades work in Alberta?

The City of Edmonton is pursuing PACE as part of its energy transition strategy By David Dodge, GreenEnergyFutures.ca Currently, the biggest barrier to people and organizations investing in energy-efficiency upgrades and renewable energy on their buildings is access to affordable financing. That’s according to Brian Scott, an Edmonton developer and Leigh Bond, an entrepreneur who […]

By September 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Oilfield services giant Schlumberger invests in crude production to beat out rivals

Oilfield services giant Schlumberger invests in crude production to beat out rivals

By investing in its customer projects, Schlumberger does not have to bid for work, all but excludes competition Schlumberger NV, the world’s largest oilfield services company is spending billions of dollars to invest in its customers’ oil and gas projects. The arrangement means the company will have a say in drilling decisions, oilfield management and […]

By September 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gordon Howell installed first grid-connected solar system in Western Canada

Gordon Howell installed first grid-connected solar system in Western Canada

Solar capacity has doubled in Alberta since 2015 By David Dodge Gordon Howell is a solar pioneer. He installed the first grid-connected solar system in Western Canada on his home in Edmonton, Alberta in 1995. Today Gordon is at the heart of a growing community of people getting involved with solar energy. He foresees a […]

By September 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
BMW EV mass production geared up by 2020, 12 models available by 2025

BMW EV mass production geared up by 2020, 12 models available by 2025

Advances in battery technology, pressure to reduce GHGs propel BMW EV development By 2020, BMW EV mass production will be geared and the German automaker says it will have 12 different electric vehicle models available by 2025. The company joins many other auto manufacturers racing to catch up with Tesla’s technology.  Advances in battery technology […]

By September 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Spill-resistant bitumen ‘pellets’ could mean more rail shipment, fewer pipelines – professor

Spill-resistant bitumen ‘pellets’ could mean more rail shipment, fewer pipelines – professor

Breakthrough technology means pellets can be rapidly produced without polymers or other additives Ian Gates describes each pebble of bitumen as resembling a liquid-filled headache capsule and, for an Alberta struggling to build pipelines, this tiny package could spell pain relief, indeed. Freshly patented and weeks away from pilot-scale production, the professor’s revolutionary heavy oil […]

By September 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
2nd generation Nissan LEAF electric car makes North American debut

2nd generation Nissan LEAF electric car makes North American debut

2018 Nissan LEAF starts at $35,998 in Canadian dealerships Nissan debuted the LEAF in North American following the LEAF’s global launch in Tokyo, Japan. The next-generation of LEAF, the world’s best-selling affordable, mass-production electric vehicle, goes on sale in early 2018 at all 97 Nissan electric vehicle certified dealerships in Canada, according to a Nissan […]

By September 6, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Power plants, grid unable to accommodate British EV plan – Part 2

Power plants, grid unable to accommodate British EV plan – Part 2

British EV plan could cause capacity problems for residents The British EV plan calls for the sale of gasoline and diesel powered cars and vans to end by 2040.  England announced this plan in July and says its goal is to reduce air pollution and help Britain cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent of […]

By September 5, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Power plants, grid unable to accommodate British EV plan

Power plants, grid unable to accommodate British EV plan

British EV plan calls for ban on new diesel, gasoline vehicles by 2040 The British government’s plan to stop the sale of gasoline and diesel powered cars and vans by 2040 requires billions to be spent on new power plants, grid networks and electric vehicle charging stations if England wants to avoid local power shortages. […]

By September 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Floating solar farm produces energy atop flooded coal mine

Floating solar farm produces energy atop flooded coal mine

Floating solar farm in Chinese city of Huainan largest in the world In the coal-rich city of Huainan, China, a renewable energy company has turned a former coal mine that has been flooded with groundwater into the home of the world’s largest floating solar farm. The company running the project, a branch of the Sungrow […]

By August 29, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
UK to begin testing of self-driving truck platoons

UK to begin testing of self-driving truck platoons

Truck platoons tests begin on UK public roads in 2018 In 2018, the British government will begin testing self-driving lorry platoons on public roads in the UK. The lineup of wirelessly linked trucks will be shepherded on UK motorways by a lead vehicle driven by a human. “We’re going to build a system that’s robust […]

By August 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →