Power Up
Nov. 14, 2013

The holidays are approaching...
Both the Calgary Electric Club and Capital Region Electric Club will be spreading the cheer this holiday season, and putting on Christmas events over the next few weeks.

Calgary Electric Club's 26th Annual Afternoon Luncheon & Entertainment
November 28, 2013
12:00–3:00 pm
Deerfoot Inn & Casino
$65 per person
$520 per table of 8

Electric Industry Christmas Luncheon
December 6, 2013
11:30–2:30 pm
Marriott at the River Cree Resort
$65 per CREC member/$80 per non-CREC member
Tables of 8 available

To learn more about both events, and to buy your tickets today, please click here.More

The Art of Leadership
Canada's number one leadership and innovation conference is being held in Calgary on November 22, 2013. Special offer for AEL members — Save up to $100! Click here for details.More

Taking a new approach to energy management
Journal of Commerce
The future of energy management could look a lot more practical and manageable for building owners and managers, according to experts. In the Buildex Calgary seminar, A New Approach to Energy Management, Alan Jenke, a senior energy engineer, and Tim Hobson, energy efficiency specialist with Convergint Technologies, will show that there's a way to do energy management and energy retro-projects that makes it part of the basic functioning of the building. More

Net-zero homes wave of future thanks to cool technology
Beacon News
What do net-zero homes, Star Trek and William Shatner have in common? The highly entertaining documentary "How William Shatner Changed the World" is a must-watch for any Trekkie or technology geek. In it, William Shatner hosts and narrates two hours of exploring the real-life advancements that were inspired by Star Trek. When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, AB. A home that produces as much energy as it consumes — well that's just crazy.More

Fort Saskatchewan 'passive house' a real energy miser
Edmonton Journal
You could call Jim Zeibin a brave man. He's building his dream home with no furnace, no electric heat and no solar panels — despite the shivering cold of a Prairie winter. Zeibin, a retired chemical engineer, is building what he says will be Alberta's first "passive house." The super energy-efficient technology developed in Europe relies on extra thick insulation in the walls, tight sealing, and big windows facing the sun.More

Catching solar energy with salt balls
The Globe and Mail
To Florida's big utilities, the Sunshine State isn't as bright as its nickname indicates. Too cloudy. Too hazy. Too much darkness. It just doesn't have the pounding rays of, say, Arizona or parts of California. As such, the reasoning goes, the Sort of Sunny State isn't great for solar energy — unless someone develops storage technology to overcome those limitations. Enter Yogi Goswami, an internationally renowned mechanical engineer at the University of South Florida.More

Medicine Hat's solar project stalled until spring
Medicine Hat News
The city's solar thermal project is nearly complete but won't be operational until at least next spring. The one-of-a-kind Canadian solar project broke ground earlier this year with it anticipated to be commissioned by November. However, Energy Services spokesperson Wilbur McLean said there will be a slight delay in meeting that project commission deadline. "In terms of erecting the actual site," said McLean, "that's well on schedule and will be done [shortly].” More

Transmission boom for Alberta
Facilities owner AltaLink is gearing up to build five transmission projects in southern Alberta in part to integrate more wind power into the electricity grid. The Alberta Electric System Operator forecasted that wind generation in Alberta will increase by about 1600MW, to a total of approximately 2500MW by 2019. Construction planning and preparation is expected to get underway shortly with work anticipated to begin in early 2014. More

Electric utility execs see analytics as a priority
IT World Canada
The increase in the cost of natural gas and oil have pushed electrical utilities around the world towards smart grid and smart meter strategies, which promised to lower the cost of energy and make power grids more reliable. That movement accelerated here when a huge North American power outage in 2003 affected some 55 million people in Canada and the U.S. More

Which reference electrode for which environment?
By Sasha Viasasha
Understanding the role of various reference electrodes is fundamental to performing electrochemical testing for corrosion. The reference electrode carries a fixed potential against which the working electrode in the surface being tested is measured. There are many choices in reference electrodes, though, and the environmental stressors are key in deciding which one to use. Here is a quick look at the six most common reference electrodes used for electrochemical corrosion evaluations.More

National action needed to support projected growth in Canada's renewable electricity workforce
Electrical Line Magazine
Electricity Human Resources Canada recently released findings from Renewing Futures, a national renewable electricity human resources research project. Results indicate strong growth in future employment opportunities in Canada's renewable electricity workforce and calls for national human resource collaboration amongst industry participants to meet future labour requirements. This project included over 400 representatives from wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal, marine/tidal, small and large hydro, as well as, transmission, storage and distribution industries. More

Usability a key factor in modern medical electrical equipment
Electronic Products and Technology
The third edition of the international basic standard IEC 60601-1 is being applied across the world. It requires manufacturers to avert the risks of poor usability in equipment. The most efficient way to address usability in an organized manner is to apply the methods of standard IEC 62366. Most medical mistakes are not due to individual carelessness, but rather to faulty processes, conditions, and systems that cause people to make errors or fail to avoid making them.More

Industrial Heartland plant home to hydrogen-producing technology
Edmonton Journal
An innovative pilot plant near Fort Saskatchewan is producing hydrogen — the key to powering fuel cells and upgrading bitumen — with frontier technology brought from a U.S. government laboratory in Idaho. "I look at this as the holy grail, something everybody has been seeking, a way to produce hydrogen from any carbon. And we are doing it," said Neil Camarta, chief executive of Western Hydrogen, the private firm he owns with partner Guy Turcotte.More

Solar power on your roof? Costs are dropping fast
Beacon News
Has solar power passed the tipping point? Is it ready to compete with traditional forms of generating electricity, like the coal-fired plants so common in Alberta? When you pass from one geologic age to another there is very little fanfare. There is no commemorative ceremony and no plaque. When you're talking millions of years you're not going sweat the exact year the Neolithic age began. But it was on the roof of a new office building, hard hat on my head and camera around my neck that I had a moment of clarity.More