In Canada, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development is partnering with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) on an energy efficiency pilot.
The pilot includes the use of micro-combined heat and power technologies to reduce energy use and costs in residential homes.
The trial will include the development of a demonstrational residential home with onsite natural gas-powered energy generation resource, before being expanded to multiple households in western Canada.
The ministry has provided $38,500 for SAIT to purchase equipment required to pilot the micro-CHP technology.
The trial will be conducted in partnership with ATCO Gas and Brookfield Residential.
The heat generated in producing energy will be stored using the micro-CHP technology for use in heating homes, hot water tanks and other applications.
Use of the micro-CHP technology is expected to reduce consumer reliance on the main grid especially during peak periods and help reduce the region’s overall carbon emissions.
Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, said: “SAIT, with its industry partners, is helping to bring clean technologies to market. These technologies will promote sustainable development and address the issues of climate change. Micro-CHP technology may help to make our communities more energy efficient and make net-zero energy a more realistic option for families in Calgary, and all of Western Canada.
“SAIT is one of Canada’s top applied research colleges. SAIT’s Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre is another example of how our industry and technology focused applied research and education builds careers and helps fuel our economic prosperity. SAIT appreciates Western Economic Diversification’s support in the way we build, educate and develop a skilled workforce.”