Heads Up CIPEC – Volume 20 No 8

In the news

Green Jobs Youth Internship Pilot Project Launched

Natural Resources Canada is now accepting applications for a new “Green Jobs” youth internship pilot project to encourage employers to hire young graduates for positions that will help them reduce energy use and benefit the environment.

  • Eligible companies receive 80 percent of an intern’s salary, to a maximum of $10,000.
  • Interns must be under 30 years of age and have graduated from a college or university.
  • Internships are four to six months. The work terms must finish by March 31, 2017.
  • Hiring organizations must provide environmental and/or energy management experience under the supervision of experienced staff who act as mentors and coaches.
  • The work should support innovation and the use of green and energy-efficient technologies and processes.
  • Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2016.

To apply or for more information, contact Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency, Industrial Programs administrator.

Three-day process integration training using INTEGRATION software

Date: November 8 to 10, 2016

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Duration: 3 days (offered in English only)

Cost: $1,490

Reduce energy consumption in complex, energy-hungry industrial plants by 10 to 30 percent with process integration (PI) techniques. This course for engineers and plant managers, developed by Natural Resources Canada, provides the theory and tools necessary to perform basic process integration studies. You'll learn to identify cost-effective heat recovery opportunities using pinch analysis; the course also covers heat recovery from steam, refrigeration, and compressed gas systems. Download a training brochure for more information on the course.

Software supplied with the course: NRCan's powerful INTEGRATION software. CanmetENERGY’s INTEGRATION software combines sophisticated engineering models for pinch analysis and steam, refrigeration, and compression heat recovery with a friendly user interface. Practical, powerful, and free for course participants.


DAY 1: Intro to industrial process heat integration

  • Principles of global energy and pinch analysis
  • Graphical representation of process streams and heat exchanges
  • Determining minimum energy consumption and heat recovery potential of a process
  • Identifying sources of energy inefficiency

DAY 2: Process heat integration (continued)

  • Pinch analysis of heat exchanger networks
  • Heat integration for process and utility systems

DAY 3: Steam system, refrigeration system and compression system. For each utility system:

  • Overview of main equipment/principles
  • Evaluation of energy performance and sources of waste heat; influence of operating parameters
  • The utility system in a global analysis context: evaluation of heat recovery potential

To register or to receive more information, please contact training@rerinfo.ca or 514-564-9089.

A PI course, customized for the forest industry, to be offered in Prince George, B.C is in planning for fall 2016. To receive more information, please contact training@rerinfo.ca or 514-564-9089.

Canadian Energy Efficiency Distinction Points Available for Dollars to $ense Participants

Have you previously attended a Dollars to $ense workshop? If so, you could be eligible to be awarded two Canadian Sustainable Energy Practitioner (CSEP) Distinction points for each one-day workshop attended.

The Canadian Institute for Energy Training (CIET) offers the distinction to recognize Canadian sustainable-energy leader achievements, awarding points for each training course attended and completed. Once achieved, recipients are listed in CIET's CSEP Who's Who database, which aims to display records of the relevant training completed. More than 2000 professionals are currently listed in the database, which can be used to look for energy professionals in your province or territory or to validate credentials.

To claim your points, fill in the application form (you’ll need to upload scans of your attendance certificates in JPEG or Adobe PDF format): www.surveymonkey.com/r/D2Sense.

Schneider Electric achieves ISO 50001 certification and SEP designation

Schneider Electric Canada, a CIPEC Leader in the Electrical and Electronics sector, achieved ISO 50001 certification and Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Platinum designation for the company’s Keating Building in Saanichton in November 2014, and in doing so, reduced the facility’s energy consumption by 30.6 percent over the measurement period. The ISO 50001 designation and the SEP Platinum recognition are the highest certifications possible. “We are in the business of helping our customers become energy-efficient, so it is important for us to lead by example,” said Dave Clark, Manager, Safety, Environment & Facilities at Schneider Electric Canada.

Schneider Electric’s Keating Building is located near Victoria, British Columbia, and specializes in electricity distribution, automation management and produces installation components for energy management. Two facilities, comprising a total of nearly 7,000 square metres, house office space, a high-tech manufacturing area, a software test lab and a data centre simulator. The annual electricity consumption in 2014 was over 1.2 million kilowatt-hours (Kwh) while natural gas consumption was 800 gigajoules (GJ).

To achieve SEP Platinum designation, the company’s priority was to replace an older building automation system (BAS) with the company’s own StruxureWare Building Operation (SBO) solution. “This yielded immediate results,” according to Clark.

At the same time, the rooftop HVAC units were reconfigured to fully control the economizer system. The company also leveraged the SBO to write custom scripts to control the rooftop units and hot water reheat boilers. Clark notes that when this was coupled with the Schneider’s electric energy meters that were already in place, he saw almost instant feedback on energy savings.

Ongoing projects at Schneider Electric include the continuous fine-tuning of HVAC controls and energy modeling using the company’s own software, PowerLogic ION EEM (Enterprise Energy Management), to further reduce both electric and gas consumption. Moreover, the company has installed exhaust fan interlock controls on its manufacturing equipment, allowing the fans to run only when machines require it, reducing reliance on individuals to turn the fans off at the end of their shifts. Exterior lights (250 Watts) were replaced with 14W LED units and 32W fluorescent lamp tubes are being replaced with 28W tubes as they are serviced. The company’s 2016 sustainability goals include reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills by a significant amount.

Superior Energy Performance (SEP)

The U.S. Department of Energy Superior Energy Performance (SEP) builds on ISO 50001 and focuses on measureable savings using a transparent process. To become SEP designated, facilities must implement an EnMS that meets the ISO 50001 standard and demonstrate improved energy performance of up to 30 percent over three years that is third-party verified. Applicants can qualify at the silver, gold or platinum level.

Data mining training benefits pulp and paper sector

A data mining workshop held in early 2016 and hosted by NRCan’s CanmetENERGY, the Conseil Forestier du Québec (CIFQ), Hydro-Québec and the OEE’s Building and Industry Division, gave representatives of the pulp and paper industry a greater understanding of a tool that can help them achieve significant energy savings. The tool, data mining, offers an interesting low- or no-capital cost solution that has a relatively short turnaround time.

Data mining benefits facilities that have a fair amount of historical data. This data represents a wealth of information to which the software can add more value by allowing the analysis of processes by identifying areas for improvement thereby leading to increased productivity and decreased energy consumption.

The idea for a targeted data mining workshop came from the significant interest expressed by the CIFQ energy committee and the need to have specific case studies applicable to the sector.

The two-day workshop took place was attended by 15 people, of which 10 were pulp and paper facility engineers. All found the workshop extremely useful and wanted even more information.

Mouloud Amazouz, Senior Project Manager at CanmetENERGY facilitated the workshop. On the first day he introduced data mining and the software tool, EXPLORE. On the second day he says, “We discussed case studies on digesters and boilers in the pulp and paper sector, using factual data from plants with real issues that need to improve performance.”

Marc Paradis, Director Operational Excellence, at Resolute FP, was keen to incorporate EXPLORE into the suite of energy saving solutions that engineers in Resolute FP plants use and would like to have them all trained. Bruno Poulin, the second trainer from CanmetENERGY, later provided technical support to Marc in solving boiler issues in one Resolute facility using EXPLORE. 

Amazouz noted that CanmetENERGY is hoping to work with provinces and utilities to offer on-site data mining workshops to larger companies. Generic data mining training would be offered for small, more diversified companies. Amazouz notes that other sectors, such as mining and oil refining, have already profited from on-site data mining training and others including food and beverage are interested.

For more information about data mining, contact Mouloud Amazouz, Senior Project Manager, CanmetENERGY at mouloud.amazouz@canada.ca.

Québec greenhouses are going green

As with all Canadian greenhouse cultivation, greenhouse production in Québec is strongly dependent on an uncontrollable and unpredictable factor: climate. Climate has an enormous influence on the productivity of cultivation activities, business competitiveness, and ultimately growth opportunities for the industry as a whole. It’s hard to grow vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants in an uninsulated, heated building...in the winter.

Over the past few years, Québec producers, with assistance from Les Producteurs en serre du Québec (PSQ) and other industry stakeholders, have been able to perfect their ability to optimize and precisely regulate the environment in production greenhouses. Their motivation is understandable: their energy bill represents 15 to 30 percent of their annual operating expenses.

To heat greenhouses, a wide variety of energy sources are used, including (in order of importance) petroleum products, biomass, natural gas, electricity, and decentralized energy (particularly geothermal energy). To reduce their ecological footprint while remaining competitive and profitable, businesses are progressively turning away from petroleum products, thereby contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – many of them have already chosen to use renewable energy to heat their installations.

With Québec’s widespread ability to provide quality biomass and abundant green hydroelectric energy, many installations with biomass-fuelled boilers and vertical and horizontal geothermal wells are being studied or are under construction. Heat from industrial activities and biogas combustion from landfill sites – or controlled composting of organic waste – is still sparsely used for heating greenhouses, although there is considerable potential for their use.

As for the energy efficiency of production activities, a multitude of appropriate technological solutions are used by greenhouse growers in Québec, such as heat preservation using thermal screens, heat storage using hydroaccumulation, injection of recovered carbon dioxide (CO2) to accelerate plant growth, and lighting using light-emitting diodes (LED). Obviously, computerization of climate control in greenhouses is essential for optimal energy-efficient operation. 

In doing so, the industry is changing quickly. Consumption of quality greenhouse fruits and vegetables is constantly increasing, and to benefit from this interest, the PSQ have created a growth strategy, the main objective of which is to double the amount of space used to produce fruits and vegetables by 2020. For ornamental production, they estimate that their collective efforts will increase household expenses in Québec to $400 by 2021, an increase of almost 200 percent compared to 2015.

To do so, since the winter of 2016 the PSQ have been implementing a Market Garden and Greenhouse Competitiveness improvement project. Overall, this project consists of administrative and technical assistance to carry out energy efficiency improvement projects and to transition toward the use of renewable energies to heat greenhouses. Monitoring for grant and funding opportunities is also offered. In doing so, the PSQ are aligning themselves with the objectives of the Government of Québec’s 2030 Energy Policy, which calls for a 40 percent reduction in the use of petroleum products and a 15 percent improvement in energy efficiency by 2030. To transition toward the use of renewable energy and to improve the energy efficiency of production activities, the industry is being visibly proactive.

More information on the activities of the PSQ and greenhouse production in Québec can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SyndicatDesProducteursEnSerre/ in French only).
You can also contact the PSQ at psq@upa.qc.ca for more information on their actions and projects.

You can also sign up for monthly newsletters. Here is the bulletin for August 2016: http://eepurl.com/cewm5T in French only).

Image of Serres Fleuri-Cap greenhouse

Photo of a wood pellet reservoir and a section of a greenhouse at Serres Fleuri-Cap (a Québec business producing ornamental plants)

Image of Les Serres Lamarche greenhouse

Photo of a greenhouse growing lettuce at Les Serres Lamarche (a Québec business producing greenhouse tomatoes and lettuce)

Hydro-Québec’s Energy Savers’ Circle honours customer energy achievements

Hydro-Québec recognizes customers who achieve significant energy savings by welcoming them to its Energy Savers' Circle as members, elite members or members of distinction. Hydro-Québec highlights members’ energy efficiency successes in press releases, media advisories and presents them with a certificate at a special event.

Most recently Rio Tinto Aluminum, a member of the Energy Savers’ Circle since 2006 and elite member since 2011, was awarded a membership of distinction after the company achieved annual electricity savings of 343 gigawatt-hours (GWh). To gain these savings, Rio Tinto carried out several electricity consumption analyses to identify and implement energy efficiency measures.

A number of organizations joined Hydro-Québec’s Energy Savers’ Circle this past year. Air Liquide, a leader in the production of cylinder gases, gas technologies and services, reduced its annual electricity consumption by 6 percent by enhancing its nitrogen charge process and upgrading its lighting system to LED lights.

Similarly, ArcelorMittal was welcomed to the Circle for energy efficiency measures at its Longueuil bar mill. The organization also achieved a 6 percent annual electricity reduction by carrying out a major indoor lighting retrofit.

New member Chantier Chibougamau, a forest product manufacturer, was able to reduce its electricity consumption by 18 percent annually as a result of a facility-wide energy analysis. From this analysis, the company identified several opportunities for improvements including the optimization of its debarkers, the retrofit of its indoor and outdoor lighting systems, and the installation of variable speed drives on its compressors.

Hydro Québec also welcomed Goldcorp’s Éléonore mine to its Circle. The company realized annual electricity savings of 17 percent by conducting two electricity consumption analyses and installing a double-stage compressor system with variable frequency drives.

These companies have joined the growing Energy Savers’ Circle, which already includes Agnico-Eagle Mines, Balcan Plastics, Bombardier Aerospace, Bridgestone Canada, Cargill Ltd., Cascades Canada Group, Ciment Québec, IBM Canada Ltd., Labatt Breweries, Lantic Sugar, Molson Coors Canada, Norampac, Parmalat Canada Inc., Sanimax Lom Inc., Saputo, Tafisa Canada Inc. and Technocell Inc.

New CIPEC Leaders

Food and Beverage sector

Frito Lay Canada – Taber, Alberta
La Rocca Creative Cakes – Markham, Ontario
Mother Parker Tea and Coffee Inc. –  Mississauga, Ontario
Westcoast Greenhouses Holding Ltd. – Delta, B.C.
– Westcoast Produce DT Ltd.
Westcoast Vegetables Ltd.

Petroleum Products Sector

McAsphalt Industries Limited – Toronto, Ontario
– Calgary, Alberta
– Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
– Dieppe, New Brunswick
– Langley, B.C.
– Perth-Andover, New Brunswick
– Port Stanley, Ontario
– Regina, Saskatchewan
– Saint-John, New Brunswick
– Thunder Bay, Ontario
– Winnipeg, Manitoba

Calendar of Events

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