Technologies

Green Energy Technologies for Greater Efficiency and Cost Savings

 

To deliver your home and/or business maximum energy efficiency at the lowest possible cost, the people at Energhx are committed to developing and offering a comprehensive list of green technologies.  Each of them are targeted to serve the specific needs of various kinds of housing and commercial establishments, so everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the revolution in green energy.

Zero Energy/Emission Buildings

Energy use in homes, commercial buildings and industrial facilities is responsible for a large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions.  Energhx can help homeowners and business owners in Ontario convert residences and commercial and industrial structures to zero net energy buildings (ZNEB) by generating energy onsite with renewable energy projects.  The goal is to generate enough energy onsite that equals or exceeds the total amount of energy used.  Zero net energy buildings not only contribute to a cleaner environment, but also can save homeowners and business owners a considerable amount on their energy bills.  In addition, converting older structures to zero net energy buildings drives new development of clean energy technology and creates new employment opportunities.  

Solar Photovoltaic and Hot-water Systems

Solar thermal collectors were the initial “green energy” method for heating water for residences and business.  These collectors were positioned to receive sunlight, the heat of which either heated water directly or an appropriate fluid that then heated water.  Today, however,  a solar photovoltaic (PV) system costs less to operate and heat water.  A PV system converts the light of the sun directly to electricity.  They have fewer moving parts, require less maintenance and can be mounted on a pole to follow the sun.  With Energhx Green Energy Credit, homeowners and business owners in Ontario can receive credit for the extra electricity their systems produce during summer months. 

Concentrated Solar Power Systems

Concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies use mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers that collect solar energy and convert it to heat.  This thermal energy can then be used to produce electricity via a steam turbine or heat engine that drives a generator.  CSP systems can be large-scale for utility company distribution or small-scale, located at a home or business where power is needed, in the form of a dish/engine system.  This system will produce 3 to 25 kilowatts of electricity and is mounted on a structure that tracks the sun continuously throughout the day to capture a maximum amount of sunlight.

Biomass Energy Conversion Systems

Biomass is defined as plant material and animal waste, and it is human’s oldest source of renewable energy...and it is manageable and sustainable.  Many agricultural operations have been using it for years and now many countries and local municipalities have introduced pilot projects to demonstrate the efficiency and cost savings of biomass energy conversion systems.  A school system in Montana reduced its fuel bill 43% during just the first year by converting 500 tons of woody biomass per year.  Development of chip, pellet and briquette combustion technology is advancing quickly, making it possible for more homes and businesses to install such systems.

Wind Power Systems

Wind power systems are proving to one of the most efficient methods for producing electricity on both a large-scale and for individual homes and businesses.  Whether as a large array or a single system, wind power can lower electric bills by 50%–90%, are an excellent solution for buildings in remote locations and will provide continuous power during utility outages.  A wind power system also has the versatility to be connected to the local electric grid, or to work off-grid.  Most home wind power systems use a guyed tower, which are the least expensive and are easier to install than self-supporting towers, but guyed towers do require sufficient space to operate.  Energhx has the expertise in wind power systems to show how easily and cost-effectively they can be installed and operated, and be unobtrusive on your property and in your community.  

Enhanced Heat & Mass Recovery Systems

Many industrial processes generate waste heat that has been typically allowed to vent into the atmosphere.  With an enhanced heat and mass recovering system much of that waste heat can be captured and “recycled” for additional uses, which lowers energy costs and helps to reduce various emissions.  The same principle works on a smaller scale for homes and commercial buildings.  For example, water heating accounts for 20% of an average home’s energy consumption.  Once used for showering and other cleaning needs in the home that hot water simply goes down the drain.  A drain water heat recovery system retains some or most of this energy, which can be used to heat the cold water supply coming into a home or business.  Savings on water heating costs can be as much as 40% and typically these systems are maintenance free, require very little space and are easily installed.

Cloud Computing and Software Development

Energhx is also a leader in developing computer-based remote control and automation technologies to bring build a “Smart Grid” network for Ontario.  For approximately 100 years, utility company personnel have been gathering much of the data needed to provide electricity by reading meters and inspecting equipment for repairs and upgrades.  Even today, much of electricity is still delivered with the use of analog devices.  As Energhx continues to develop these digital technologies, residences and commercial properties can be converted to “smart” buildings. They will become totally integrated with the Smart Grid to improve energy efficiency at both the points of generation and consumption. 

As a member of LEED®, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Energhx fully supports the organization’s mission.  LEED provides Energhx with online project management tools that are accessible to the network of Energhx professionals.  To demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility, this tool is also available to our commercial clients with certification opportunities, including LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors, LEED for Retail, LEED for Schools and LEED for Core & Shell rating systems.

Contact Energhx Centre of Excellence to request additional information about our research and development programs.