WADE Canada: Project Enablement Sessions


Calgary, Alberta (June 15, 2012). Through its Innovation to Commercialization Program (I2CP), WADE Canada provides project enablement support to the decentralized energy (DE) industry. The objective of the Project Enablement Sessions is to create a dynamic setting for project development and one-on-one project implementation meetings.

In June, WADE Canada started these sessions with six projects delivered in two days.
June 7
  • The Anzoic Loop Energy Generation Project
    Owen Hoffman, Vice President at Anzoic Energy Inc.
  • The Piikani Nation "Green" House Project
    Natoshia Bastein, Chief Executive Officer at Piikani Nation
    Cory Krygier, President at Jigsaw Homes Inc
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"It was great to meet new people and hear about their initiatives and challenges. Super way to establish networks", Natoshia Bastien, Piikani Nation



June 14
  • Wind Walk - a MIKE HOLMES Inspired Smart Community
    Vu Tran, VP Development at Wind Walk
    Jim Floyd, VP Energy Solutions at Wind Walk
  • Hydrofaction™ Commercial Demonstration Plant
    Perry Toms, President at Steeper Energy Canada.
  • Grow the Energy Circle: A responsible farm scale bio-energy venture
    Chris Perry, Founder and President at Growtec
  • Energy Optimization for Building and Community Applications
    Milton Kiehlbauch, President and CEO at GeoSpectrum Energy
"Meeting with WADE Canada was, for me, an opportunity to network with a community of professionals that can learn from each other, build capacity together and address common issues to advance our own unique objectives", John Andersen, Lloydminster Economic Development





During these two days 44 people from utility companies, research institutions, SMEs, DE experts and students participated. It was a very open and honest discussion that gave the opportunity to understand the challenges for the projects. Some of the topics raised during the presentations were economic feasibility, technology, funding, and legal frameworks.

"I'd like to thank WADE Canada for hosting the Project Enablement Session and for bringing together such a knowledgeable group. We left with great advice and new contacts", Jim Floyd, Wind Walk





Next Steps:

Providing project enablement support to the decentralized energy (DE) industry, WADE Canada's Innovation to Commercialization Program objectives were fulfilled in the following ways:
  • The connections made at these sessions have opened new collaboration opportunities including project partners, investor leads, and government funding dialogue.
  • The importance of these sessions is rooted in collaboration between customers and suppliers. The DE industry grows through a stronger interface between buyers and sellers. The diversity in technologies that exist in the DE industry makes integration a pivotal area of focus. WADE Canada works to reduce project risks by bringing the relevant experts to the table to help project proponents navigate through the challenges and delays that have traditionally ‘killed' DE projects.
  • WADE Canada will continue to develop the opportunities that were initiated in these sessions with a focus on implementing new DE capacity in Canada.
"These Project Enablement sessions are unique and valuable. Innovators from our membership are on the cusp of project realization and have been given an opportunity to bring together all the key parties who can help remove implementation barriers. A roomful of the right people can really leverage off each other to collaborate and ‘move mountains'. There is enormous value in how all the various contributions are integrated in real time. The power of these synergies is spectacular!", Kevin Frankowski,
WADE Canada








In addition, the Project Enablement Sessions were a forum for four industry update presentations:

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition highlighted the training, accreditation and certification programs they have been implemented. The presentation was given by its President and CEO, Denis Tanguay.

CETAC-West shared the success of their Entrepreneur to CEO Workshop and provided a unique and innovative retreat format to encourage entrepreneurs to think about their business in a new and objective way in their Best Management Practice Workshop. The presentation was given by its Vice President, Margaret Kelly.

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, AITF, joined the presentations with Brent Lakeman, General Manager of the Environment and Carbon Management Division. He explained the work done by AITF, which provides an integrated, end-to-end support needed to turn ideas into commercially viable products and services.

Canadian Oilsands Network for Research and Development, CONRAD, presented the organization's goals and objectives to promote shared research to improve technology development to the future growth in oil sands. The presentation was given by Carolyn Preston, Executive Director

PROJECT SUMMARIES

Anzoic Loop Thermal Energy Generation Project
Presented by Owen Hoffman, Vice President at Anzoic Energy Inc.

The Anzoic Loop Thermal Energy Generation Project uses an innovative borehole design, advanced drilling techniques, hybrid systems design and BIM software for building modeling and analysis, and heat source and sink utilisation with new flow and pumping technologies. The borehole design, which generates more energy per meter of borehole in a reduced surface area, increases installation options making GeoExchange an attractive alternative for more consumers.

Piikani Nation "Green" House Project
Presented by Natoshia Bastein, Chief Executive Officer at Piikani Nation and Cory Krygier, President at Jigsaw Homes Inc.

The Piikani Nation "Green" House Project is an 1198 sq. ft. "green" house design. The energy systems highlighted in the design include a modular solar thermal system designed to offset space heating and domestic hot water needs, a solar PV array, and an integrated energy management system with remote monitoring and controls. The project aims to showcase clean technology applications and to increase the capacity of Piikani Nation's personnel in clean technology installation, utilization and application. This project is part of the Piikani Nation's comprehensive 15 year housing strategy which is transforming the quality of life for its band members.

 Wind Walk - a MIKE HOLMES Inspired Smart Community
Presented by Vu Tran, VP Development and Jim Floyd, VP Energy Solutions at Wind Walk

The Wind Walk - a MIKE HOLMES Inspired Smart Community is an integrated, sustainable community development initiative in the Municipal District of Foothills in Southern Alberta, the first and only development of its kind in North America. It is establishing a new approach and standards of development for a new model of sustainability. Sustainable Systems include: combined heat and power systems, micro-generation (solar and wind), advanced distribution design, high speed communications, community energy storage, automated demand management, smart grids, electric or hybrid vehicles, and community based security.

 Hydrofaction™ Commercial Demonstration Plant
Presented by Perry Toms, President at Steeper Energy Canada

The Hydrofaction™ Commercial Demonstration Plant is a fourth generation technology using "super critical" or "hydrothermal" chemistry to transform low-energy density fuel feed stocks into high-energy density and valuable energy products. The Commercial Demonstration Plant uses the Hydrofaction™ process to upgrade peat, timber waste and agricultural residues into a middle distillate synthetic crude oil. The synthetic crude oil can be used directly in a two stroke diesel for power generation or marine applications, or it can be upgraded at a refinery into diesel and jet fuel.

 Grow the Energy Circle: A responsible farm scale bio-energy venture
Presented by Chris Perry, Founder and President at Growtec

The Grow the Energy Circle: A responsible farm scale bio-energy venture is innovative on farm waste to energy system utilizing IMUS™ technology from Himark bioGas Inc.. This technology utilizes agricultural waste as a resource to produce 100% renewable energy. Feedstock includes feedlot manure, cull onions and cull potatoes, municipal biodegradable waste diverted from landfills and more, to produce 633KW of continuous base load power. Growtec's goal is the creation of a "first of its kind" diverse agricultural / renewable energy / ICT and precision agriculture industry cluster.

Energy Optimization for Building and Community Applications
Presented by Milton Kielhbuch , President and CEO at GeoSpectrum Energy

The Energy Optimization for Building and Community Applications projectis a data storage and metering interface for energy management that supports technologies that measure, monitor and record gas, electricity, water, fire, security and heating. The technology and software make buildings smarter by integrating a user friendly and publicly accessible dashboard for building owners and tenants to measure, monitor and interact with their energy utilisation.

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