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Heads Up CIPEC – Volume 19 No 12

A must-attend event: Energy Summit 2016: From ideas to action

Energy Summit 2016 will expand the level of knowledge and engagement of manufacturers in energy efficiency and sustainability,” says Scott McNeil-Smith, Director of Strategic Planning and Communication at Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC). The event, to be held in Niagara Falls from May 17 to 18, will bring together Canada’s leading energy subject-matter-experts to share best practices and new innovation in industrial energy efficiency.

A partnership between EMC and CIPEC, Energy Summit 2016: From Ideas to Action builds on the success of the Energy Summit held in 2014 with another rich palette of sessions and opportunities for networking and learning from early adopters. “Specifically the event will provide the latest resources, tools and information essential for Canadian businesses to maximize growth and improve profits, while including energy as a value stream,” says McNeil-Smith.

Summit sessions will cover a wide range of topics including energy procurement strategies, manufacturing and the factory of the future, ISO 50001 success stories, making the business case for energy efficiency, sustainability best bets, and an energy efficiency Dragon’s Den. The event will culminate with the CIPEC Leaders Awards Dinner Gala, which recognizes CIPEC members as well as individual and emerging leaders in energy efficiency and solutions.

Moreover, an energy showcase will feature the latest innovations and valuable energy efficiency tools. McNeil-Smith adds that EMC and CIPEC are still looking for exhibitors and sponsors, noting that, “the value for both is tremendous with exposure to hundreds of companies.”

Everyone interested in discussing opportunities in terms of energy management and sustainability best practices with business leaders and energy efficiency experts should attend the Summit. As McNeil-Smith notes, the Summit is not only great value for the money but the learning and sharing among attendees will be invaluable. Furthermore, he expects companies to walk away with ideas that will save them thousands of dollars soon after the meeting is over.

Register at to learn how to put energy saving ideas into action now and into the future.

Those who register as CIPEC Leaders between now and January 31st, can take advantage of the early bird rate of $395 (regular rate is $695).

For more information, contact Anita Kuipers, Senior Industry Officer, Office of Energy Efficiency, NRCan at

Second paper mill sludge-to-energy system to be installed at Atlantic Packaging

Atlantic Packaging, a CIPEC Leader in the General Manufacturing sector, is preparing for the installation of an additional paper mill sludge-to-energy system at its Whitby, Ontario paper mill.  This will be the second such system; with the first one installed at one of its two Scarborough facilities in 2012. Desiree Laparra, Environmental Services Coordinator, notes that on-site conversion of sludge was a logical step for the company given the significant annual costs incurred by transporting and disposing an average of 90 tonnes of sludge per day for all three facilities.

All three of Atlantic Packaging’s facilities produce recycled paper products, and the company uses 405 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) and 55 million cubic metres of natural gas annually. The Whitby facility’s steam needs are currently supplied by a nearby cogeneration plant while the two other facilities produce steam from on-site natural gas boilers.

Adam Murree, the company’s Energy Manager, notes that the soon-to-be-installed system is similar to the previous ones installed at the company’s Scarborough site on Progress Avenue. This system, provided by Precision Energy Services, uses a fluidized bed of hot sand to combust the sludge, which provides steam to the plant. The combustion system at the Whitby mill is expected to generate 40,000 lbs per hour of steam from about 50 tonnes of sludge per day. This will save the company about 10 percent of the mill’s steam supply costs. The system is designed to accommodate around 240 tonnes of sludge per day at a moisture content of up to 60 percent.

Murree explains that multiple sources contribute to the sludge at the mills. Clarification of the mill process water through effluent and deinking from adjacent tissue mills are the two main sources of sludge to be processed. In preparation for combustion, the sludge is mixed, flocculated and pressed to about 50 percent moisture content. He adds that about 95 percent of the sludge is burned to generate steam. Laparra notes that the fly ash produced from the combustion is sold as a cement additive.

In addition to saving transportation, disposal and natural gas costs, Murree says that the system has prolonged boiler life at the Progress Avenue facility, as well as reduced maintenance costs for associated equipment; he expects to see similar improvements to equipment life and maintenance benefits at the Whitby facility.

This second sludge-to-energy project has been approved internally and the engineering phase is complete, notes Laparra, adding that the system will likely be in operation by summer 2016.

Ferme Bois Mou wins Dairy Farmers of Canada Sustainability Award

Ferme Bois Mou recently won the fourth Dairy Farm Sustainability Award. The farm, based in St-Félix-de-Kingsey in Quebec, is owned by Mario Lefebvre and Denise Joyal. The $2,000 award is given out annually by the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) in recognition of sustainable farm practices.

The couple implemented a number of best practices to sustainably manage their dairy herd, land and water resources, and farm waste. For example, Lefebvre and Joyal recover water from their plate cooler for drinking water for their cows. Furthermore to prevent any water waste, a timer has been installed to turn off power to the pump if a pipe in the barn breaks. To reduce transportation fuel costs and waste volume, silage plastic waste from the farm as well as neighbouring farms is compacted prior to being transported to the depot.

In the fields, Joyal and Lefebvre have virtually no soil erosion thanks to a five-metre buffer strip that prevents erosion and keeps manure, fertilizer and herbicides from entering the local stream. In addition, the couple has been practicing zero tillage on the fields since 2006. Ferme Bois Mou developed an agri-environmental fertilization plan in 1998 that is regularly updated. In 2014, the couple started using a satellite map service to efficiently apply lime and fertilizer for optimal soil health and reduced input costs. Moreover, cover crops are planted to improve soil nutrient retention and decrease herbicide use and costs by reducing weed pressure.

Two finalists for the award, who received $1,000 each, were Dwayne and Becky Perry from Perryhill Farm Inc. in Perry Settlement, New Brunswick, and Nelson Dinn from the University of B.C. Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz, British Columbia.

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Mining industry workshops tackle comminution energy efficiency issues

A number of recent workshops addressed the issues of energy efficiency and the use of waste energy from mining comminution processes. Carl Weatherell, Executive Director and CEO of the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC), says the workshops intended to advance the development of technologies to address these challenges.

Comminution accounts for about four percent of the world’s energy consumption, yet it is at best five percent efficient with waste-heat representing most of the lost energy. Due to the high capital cost for existing grinding circuits, modifications to these systems are not feasible but, as Weatherell explains, waste energy recovery may be. However, the capture and conversion of this low-grade energy has remained ‘a holy grail’ given the lack of technology and the physical or chemical restrictions related to the state of the waste-heat vector (i.e. liquid or air).

The first in the series of workshops, held in September, in Toronto, was a joint effort between CMIC and the Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution (CEEC). According to Weatherell, the workshop was designed to initiate a strategic alliance between the two organizations and achieve alignment on energy efficiency in comminution. “The workshop was meant to move from today to the possible future,” notes Weatherell.

Fifty-seven attendees from the mining industry were first presented with CEEC’s energy curve, which provided companies with a benchmark of where they stand internationally in terms of energy efficiency in comminution. This was followed by a discussion on advanced controls including current technology and innovations being developed that can increase energy efficiency now and in the future. The third part of the workshop examined the recovery of low-grade waste energy and highlighted measurement work being conducted by NRCan’s CanmetMINING. CanmetMINING is investigation in which processes energy is lost, and how it could be recovered.

The workshop concluded with a preliminary look at a CMIC technology appraisal study. Weatherell said that the study is trying to answer the question, “What technology or combinations of technologies, both existing and emerging can provide us with a comminution circuit that operates at 50 percent energy efficiency?”

Weatherell says that the September workshop created more interest in the CEEC energy curve project and in the waste energy recovery challenge. “We are also discussing potential national approaches to this difficult challenge with Sustainable Development Technology Canada, venture capitalists and others.”

The second and third workshops, both held on November 4 in Markham, Ontario, were delivered in association with the Canadian Association for Mining Equipment and Services for Export (CAMESE). The first aimed “to change the conversation between the mining industry and its suppliers,” says Weatherell. Presentations from senior mining industry representatives focused on increasing supplier understanding of the mining business and particularly, the business case for technology; the major issues in the industry; and, the fact that a partnership with the industry is needed to move relevant technologies forward.

The third workshop consisted of discussions around the traditional procurement process and was led by CAMESE. Weatherell notes that the planned fourth workshop between suppliers and industry representatives on the development of technology for low-grade waste energy recovery from comminution circuits did not occur given that there are virtually no technologies that address the issue.

The November workshops forged important alliances, which as Weatherell explains, are essential to “change the conversation and approach between suppliers and industry in order to solve the current challenges.” Based on the positive feedback of these workshops, CMIC and CAMESE are planning a larger event next year. All the meetings increased the recognition that the energy recovery issue is bigger than anticipated and requires additional players.

Join CIPEC’s new LinkedIn Group

CIPEC is making networking and best practices sharing even easier for its members. The organization has established a managed LinkedIn community. Many CIPEC Leaders already use LinkedIn and benefit from this social media tool.

The goal of the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) LinkedIn Group is to offer an additional venue for discussions on industrial energy efficiency. The LinkedIn group will answer questions, promote programs, services, tools, energy efficiency and related conferences, workshops and webinars.

Please sign in using the following hyperlink to become a member of this new group:

New CIPEC Leaders

General Manufacturing Sector

Pro-Flange Limited – Cambridge, Ontario
Toronto Stamp Inc. – Toronto, Ontario

Upstream Oil and Gas Sector

Encana Corporation – Calgary, Alberta

Dollars to $ense Energy Management workshops – winter schedule

Workshops offered in collaboration with Langara College
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
To register, call the Langara College’s Continuing Studies Registration Office at 604-323-5322

Spot the Energy Savings Opportunities
Date: January 29
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Energy Monitoring
Date: February 26

Recommissioning for Buildings
Date: March 11
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia

Energy Efficiency Financing
Date: March 25

Notice: Please allow eight to 10 weeks from the planning to the delivery of a customized Dollars to $ense workshop.

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