It is understood for a cold northern climate like Canada effective management thermal energy is required to keep our homes and workplaces warm and confortable especially through our long cold winter season. In addition, thermal energy is required for a variety of other facility applications including to produce hot water for washing as well as for numerous commercial and industrial processes.
With some exceptions, most heat in Canada is produced from the combustion of carbon based fuels. For building heating and hot water production, natural gas is a dominant fuel of choice where it is available by pipeline, especially in the southern and urbanize areas of southern Canada.
Northern Off-Grid Energy
Many rural and nothern communities, especiall in the far north, rely on diesel fuel, delivered by truck. Canada’s northern fly-in Indigenous communties, which have neither road nor rail connections to the developed south, as well as isolated mining developments and remote government operations, rely on flown in diesel. This topic is covered sepeately in our Off-Grid Communities webpage. Read More
Thermal Energy and Greenhouse Gases
Because in Canada most thermal energy is generated through the combustion of carbon intensive fossil fuels, this a major source of Greenhouse Gases (GHG). Approximately 40% of Cananada GHG production is for thermal processes associated with buildings, primarily heating space and domestic water. Another 40 of our GHG is produced by vehicles. The balance of 20% is generated through industrial and agricultural processes. We need to reduce all three of these sources of GHG in order to reach Canada’s commiment under the Paris Accord on Climate Change.
Enbridge Gas Distribution, the dominant natural gas supplier in Ontario, and Enegir the dominant player in the Quebec market offer a wide array of incentives for natural gas conservation initiatives. Gas suppliers in other provinces such as Fortis BC also offer incentives.
Chromagen Solar Hot Water
Chromagen, which essentially invented solar hot industry in 1962, and since then has created a dominant market position globally. Solar hot water is the most widely distributed renewwable energy technology. In some countries up to 80% of buildings have rooftop solar hot water systems to produce domestic water for building occupants and residents. Wasser Resources distributes Chromagen solar hot water systems in Canada. Chromagen produces both small systems for homes, but excel with larger systems for farming, industrial and institutional applications. Read More
Energy from Waste
Another source of renewable thermal energy is from the combustion of a variety of organic waste marterials, especial bio waste from agriculture and forestry operations. Sophistically systems produce both heat and power, and are normally called CHP or Combined Heat and Power systems. Read More