Canadian Consulting Engineer

Green, Alternative Energy

  • News Energy

    Floating tidal power in B.C. is eco-friendly

    October 21, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Natural Resources Canada announced in October that it is investing $1.5 million in a new tidal power technology that could operate in remote offshore areas.

  • News Energy

    Researchers find ways to make solar more efficient

    October 7, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    University researchers in Canada and the U.S. are coming up with promising ways to draw on the sun for energy. These solar technologies will eventually mean energy savings for buildings and could even help to clean up the oil sands.

  • Award of Excellence Heat-Seeking Sewer Model

    October 1, 2014 by Kerr Wood Leidal Associates

    A significant amount of renewable heat flows through Metro Vancouver’s sanitary sewers each day as warm sewage. This excess energy can be recovered and used to heat buildings and is an economical means of displacing natural gas and…

  • News Energy

    Wind turbines causing radar problems

    September 17, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Wind turbines are being developed for a large French wind farm to overcome the problems they cause for radar.

  • Canadian SolarWall ranked with top inventions in New York

    June 3, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Canadian solar technology is being honoured as one of the best 80 inventions of the past two centuries in an exhibit in New York City.

  • News Energy

    Doors Open to raise awareness of sustainable energy

    May 15, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association is looking for venues to be part of their Green Energy Doors Open event being held on Saturday, October 4.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    Energy Retrofits at Lakeridge Health

    May 1, 2014 by By Olivier Matte, ing. and Josephine Pham Ecosystem Energy Services

    In November 2013, the Ontario Hospital Association named Lakeridge Health the Green Hospital of the Year. The award recognizes the hospital’s multi-faceted energy efficiency and waste reduction measures.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    Geoexchange Systems: Next Steps

    May 1, 2014 by By Ruben Arellano, P.Eng. GeoExchange BC & Associated Engineering

    Geoexchange and heat pump technology is long established, with the first systems developed and implemented in the 1950s. With increasing awareness, improved equipment and industry expertise, and the rising cost of energy in recent years, the…

  • Feature Energy

    Renewable energy promises great future for First Nations

    May 1, 2014 by Bronwen Parsons

    Renewable energy promises

  • News Energy

    Stanford researchers find way to make ethanol without corn

    April 29, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Scientists from Stanford University have found a promising technology that could help in the search for more environmentally benign fuels.

  • News Energy

    Big name partnership to develop large-scale battery storage for power grids

    April 23, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Hydro-Québec and Sony and have announced a joint venture to develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids.

  • News Energy

    First Nations want control over renewable energy projects

    April 15, 2014 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    At the All-Energy Conference in Toronto last week, a panel of speakers from First Nations showed how important they are becoming in developing Canada’s renewable energy sector.


    October 1, 2013 by Stantec

    Juror Comments:  “Well integrated into a growing community, this project makes possible a large reduction in greenhouse gases that is a model for future projects.”

  • News Energy

    Stacked solar cells and 70,000 suns

    September 10, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Researchers at North Carolina State University have found a promising way to drastically improve the energy efficiency of stacked solar cells, and indirectly reduce their costs.

  • News Energy

    Artificial trees and salt water clouds invented to cool the planet

    June 25, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    An article in Maclean’s magazine’s June 24 issue covered some of the latest inventions by green scientists to produce renewable energy or reduce global warming.

  • News Energy

    Wind generators don’t devalue homes

    April 30, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Having a wind turbine near your property does not devalue it — or at least there is no evidence to show it does — said an Ontario Superior Court Justice earlier this month.

  • News Energy

    E-coli could turn out to be liquid gold

    April 30, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A team of researchers at the University of Essex in England is developing a way of producing diesel fuel on demand. To do so the researchers led by Professor John Love are using what we might flush down the toilet and through a sewage treatment…

  • News Energy

    Wind energy has a bad week

    April 16, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Wind energy came under attack last week in a report published by the Fraser Institute. The report, “Environmental and Economic Consequences of Ontario’s Green Energy Act,” finds that Ontario’s efforts to encourage renewable energy sources will…

  • New cooling panel radiates sunlight back into space

    April 2, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A team of researchers at Stanford University has designed an “entirely new” radiative cooling panel that could be used on buildings. The online newsletter, reports that the panel reflects the vast majority of sunlight back into space,…

  • News Energy

    U.S. digs into old files to tap into enormous geothermal energy potential

    March 19, 2013 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Universities and federal agencies in the U.S. are collaborating on a project to gather old data on over 1.25 million oil, gas, water and thermal wells.

  • News Energy

    Solar City pilot approved in Halifax

    December 17, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    About 1,000 residences in Halifax, Nova Scotia will be heating their hot water with solar power, thanks to a program approved December 11 by the Halifax Regional Council.

  • News Energy

    Canada funding research on PV panel standard

    December 4, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Natural Resources Canada is investing $1 million through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative for a research project that will verify a new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard (61853) for solar photovoltaic (PV) module power…

  • Looking to the day when windows are power generators

    November 13, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    According to a nano-energy expert who spoke in Toronto last week, in the future the glass walls on our buildings could be generating the energy we need to run those buildings, while “e-boxes” would enable us to transmit that power wirelessly…

  • News Energy

    World’s largest wind turbine turns

    October 10, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    A wind turbine with the largest rotor in the world went into operation on October 6. Siemens began field testing a 154-metre rotor as part of its 6-MW offshore wind turbine in Osterild, Denmark.

  • News Energy

    Compressed air to be used for energy storage

    September 25, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    With green energy companies bursting with ideas to find an answer to our energy needs that don’t involve carbon combustion and greenhouse gases, the latest technology gaining attention is energy storage. Storing energy means it can be collected…

  • News Energy

    Hatch and U of T researchers tackling wind turbine noise issues

    September 10, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    Engineers at Hatch have teamed up with researchers at the University of Toronto to find the best layout for turbines on wind farms. The approval of wind farm sites has become difficult in Ontario where opponents complain that they produce…

  • Farms could farm their own energy

    August 20, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The agricultural industry deserves more attention insofar as energy savings are concerned. “Farms and ranches have the potential to become completely energy independent due to available resources and space for their development,” says a student…

  • News Energy

    First Nations in B.C. get funds for green energy

    July 10, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Canadian government has announced its support for 16 “ecoENERGY” projects in First Nations communities in British Columbia.

  • News Energy

    Growing algae from cement manufacturing

    July 3, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The federal government and a group of private angel investors are funding a pilot project in Ontario to produce biofuels using industrial emissions.

  • News Energy

    Nova Scotia to foster local expertise for tidal energy

    May 15, 2012 by Canadian Consulting Engineer

    The Government of Nova Scotia released a plan this week that outlines how it intends to develop its fledgling tidal energy industry, which in the Bay of Fundy, for example, has the potential for delivering 2,400 MW of power.