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31 05, 2016

Solar Thermal Power From China To Antarctica

By | 2016-05-31T13:56:54+00:00 May 31st, 2016|SunPump, Clean Tech, solar thermal|Comments Off on Solar Thermal Power From China To Antarctica

Solar thermal power has been a key member of the renewable energy industry for years now, far outshining solar PV in terms of efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Taking the solar thermal industry as a whole, the main uses of solar thermal power are space and hot water heating (for homeowners and businesses) and, on a more industrial scale, electricity generation. It's funny then, that when I have a conversation [...]

30 05, 2016

Solar Thermal Energy A ‘Complete’ Fuel Solution

By | 2016-05-30T13:50:37+00:00 May 30th, 2016|SunPump, Solar, solar thermal|Comments Off on Solar Thermal Energy A ‘Complete’ Fuel Solution

No-one can question that solar PV has become the face of the solar industry worldwide. The advantage of solar PV is the same as the advantage of the electricity it generates - it's flexible. You can stick a handful of solar panels on virtually any roof anywhere, and the system will start ticking away, quietly offsetting the bills you pay for taking power from the grid. If you need [...]

27 05, 2016

Renewable Energy Industry Employment At New High

By | 2016-05-27T12:34:52+00:00 May 27th, 2016|News, Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on Renewable Energy Industry Employment At New High

Record numbers of people are now employed in the renewable energy industry, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has claimed. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016, was released this week, and shows a global increase in employment of 5% over last year to a global total of over 8.1 million. A further 1.3 million people are estimated to work in the [...]

26 05, 2016

Canadian Clean Tech Grows And Calls For Support

By | 2016-05-26T14:11:18+00:00 May 26th, 2016|Clean Tech, Canada|Comments Off on Canadian Clean Tech Grows And Calls For Support

If you tried to think of a Canadian industry that had more firms (774) than Canada's aerospace industry (700), employed more people than the Canada's forestry and pharmaceutical industries, and was growing at four times the pace of the overall national economy up until just a couple of years ago, Canadian clean tech probably wouldn't be your first thought. “It’s the silent industry in Canada; we’re not even [...]

25 05, 2016

Energy Independence At Home Is A Great Feeling

By | 2016-05-25T13:44:33+00:00 May 25th, 2016|SunPump, Clean Tech, Home Heating|Comments Off on Energy Independence At Home Is A Great Feeling

Energy independence is something you tend hear when talking about whole countries and their efforts to stop importing so much oil. However, for decades individual homeowners have been getting in on the act too, reducing the amount of fossil fuel they burn and/or electricity they pull from the grid. The idea is simple; to replace these external sources of energy with renewable energy that is generated on-site [...]

24 05, 2016

Solar Panels More Efficient Than Ever

By | 2016-05-24T13:41:11+00:00 May 24th, 2016|SunPump, Solar, Clean Tech|Comments Off on Solar Panels More Efficient Than Ever

Solar panels are the beating heart of virtually every solar energy system out there, and it's important that they work proficiently. Whether you're talking about a SunPump for home and hot water heating or a full-scale solar power plant for generating electricity, the efficiency of the solar panels used will largely define the efficiency of the system as a whole. The ideal solar panel would convert 100% of [...]

20 05, 2016

Global Temperature Records Broken Again In April

By | 2016-05-20T13:34:32+00:00 May 20th, 2016|News, Climate Change|Comments Off on Global Temperature Records Broken Again In April

Global temperature records continue to be broken on a monthly basis, with this past April now officially the hottest April on record. April was 1.10°C (1.98°F) warmer than the 20th-century average for April of 13.7°C (56.7°F) and 0.28°C (0.50°F) above the previous record for April, set in 2010. This marks seven months in a row where the respective monthly temperature record has been broken. All seven [...]

16 05, 2016

Ontario Climate Plan To Change Province Forever

By | 2016-05-16T12:15:36+00:00 May 16th, 2016|News, Climate Change, Canada|Comments Off on Ontario Climate Plan To Change Province Forever

Ontario Climate Plan: A $7 billion climate plan will bring sweeping changes to Ontario, tipping the scales away from fossil fuel and towards clean, renewable sources of energy. The plan, unveiled today by an exclusive in The Globe And Mail, would fundamentally change how Ontarians consume and create energy on a day-to-day basis. "We are on the cusp of a once-in-a-lifetime transformation. It’s a transformation of [...]

6 05, 2016

Green Building Certificates Pay Off

By | 2016-05-06T12:11:27+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Green Building, Design, Energy Efficiency|Comments Off on Green Building Certificates Pay Off

Whether it's LEED, ENERGY STAR or BOMA BEST, green building certificates are gold standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Properties designed with the goal of receiving certification in mind are usually built to the highest quality - efficient heating, insulation, even the basic layout of rooms, windows and corridors all come into consideration. It's about maximising efficiency in all aspects of the building. Now, personally I used to [...]

5 05, 2016

How To Estimate Solar Heating Savings

By | 2016-05-05T12:06:02+00:00 May 5th, 2016|Home Heating, Solar Heating, Affordable Solar|Comments Off on How To Estimate Solar Heating Savings

In a perfect world, if you were buying a new solar heating system you could look on the manufacturer's website and read: "Solar heating savings: our system will save you $500 per year and pay for itself after 6 years." Of course, things aren't that simple. This is because figuring out how much a new heating system will save you compared to your old system mostly depends on [...]

4 05, 2016

Five Advantages of Solar Heat Pumps

By | 2016-05-04T12:16:50+00:00 May 4th, 2016|Heat Pump, Home Heating, Solar Heating|Comments Off on Five Advantages of Solar Heat Pumps

Solar heat pumps are high-efficiency home heating systems that have left energy enthusiasts dumbfounded that nobody invented them sooner. Solar heat pumps combine two proven technologies together (solar thermal panels and a heat pump), creating a home heating system greater than the sum of its parts. Most people are familiar with solar thermal panels (they capture heat from the sun for space or hot water heating), and even if you've never [...]

2 05, 2016

Support Clean Tech In Canada: Report

By | 2016-05-02T12:09:23+00:00 May 2nd, 2016|Clean Tech, Canada|Comments Off on Support Clean Tech In Canada: Report

As an industry, clean technology is what is called 'high innovation'. A High innovation industry simply means that new inventions and innovations tend to drive the industry forward more than normal. Small startup companies can have genuine success, so long as their product is solid. When a country becomes famed for a high innovation industry, as Canada has become known for clean tech, things can get very exciting. High [...]

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