Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

 May 21, 2017

Scientists Map BC’s Wave Energy PotentialGlobal wave energy inventories have shown that Vancouver Island’s west coast is one of the most energetic wave climates in the world, and researchers with the University of Victoria’s West Coast Wave Initiative have now mapped the true potential of its wave energy.

Among the findings: integrating a 500 MW wave energy farm could reduce Vancouver Island’s dependency on annual electrical transmission from the Lower Mainland by up to 11%, and reduce peak winter demand by up to 15%.

In response to international attention on Vancouver Island, the West Coast Wave Initiative at the University of Victoria was mandated to develop a “wave-to-wire” numerical modelling effort to understand the feasibility, impacts, and possible structure of future wave energy conversion opportunities in Canada. The resulting report, Wave Energy: A Primer For British Columbia, provides an overview of the spatial and temporal distribution of the gross wave resource, and the methods utilized to characterize the resource. The report presents an objective vision of both the opportunities and challenges for a future wave energy industry in Canada.

Via the gross resource assessment process, researchers have identified multiple locations on Vancouver Island’s west coast that would be suitable for future wave energy development. For example, Amphitrite Bank provides a very attractive opportunity for wave energy conversion with mean energy transport values of 34.5 kW/m only 7 km from shore. This compares favourably against the leading international wave energy development sites in Europe. The wave energy resource varies dramatically over the year. 

The greatest challenge to the future development of wave energy is undoubtedly the cost per unit of energy, says the report. Wave energy costs need to be significantly reduced to compete for market share against other renewables. But the scale of the technological challenge is no greater than that which faced wind and solar energy up until the last few years, and both are now enjoying rapid and ongoing cost declines. With similar government support for research and incentives for deployment, there is no reason why wave energy cannot attain similar success. If anything, wave energy may achieve even greater triumphs, given how much more dependable a resource it is.

Policy recommendations made by the report include:

  • investigating the international market place for marine energy and determine how BC might leverage its natural competitive advantage, in terms of resource scale and diversity, to be a significant player
  • developing the necessary infrastructure to allow BC and Canadian companies to test, operate and maintain WECs and ancillary technologies in BC, rather than losing them to international markets
  • developing relevant legislation to support the nascent wave energy industry when it matures to deployment. This includes access to priority locations, streamlining of permitting and co-operation of electrical utilities
  • providing seed capital to help develop and manufacture WEC technologies designed for the Canadian wave climate
  • continuing financial support for academic research efforts to help better understand and accelerate the pace of development in the marine energy sector

Download Wave Energy: A Primer For British Columbia: http://pics.uvic.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/WaveEnergy Primer WEB 03_31_2017a_0.pdf.

Find out more about the West Coast Wave Initiative: www.uvic.ca/research/projects/wcwi/  

Photo source: Wave Energy: A Primer For British Columbia.

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Top Recurring Revenue Business Ideas for Electricians

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We’ve all heard the saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Sadly, there’s no way to plant dollar bills for your electrical business that will grow into hundreds overnight (wouldn’t that be nice?).

While I can’t gift you a money tree, after talking to dozens of our electrical customers, I can tell you that one of the best ways to grow your business is through recurring revenue.

What is Recurring Revenue and Why Should Your Electrical Business Have It?

Recurring revenue is predictable, stable revenue that comes into your business at regular intervals. It helps you better maintain cash flow, reduce reliance on one-time sales and most importantly, allows you to forecast revenue so that you can make better decisions for the future of your business. 

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The EPLAN AdvantageWhat is EPLAN?

One platform, multiple solutions – the Eplan Platform offers engineering software such as Preplanning for systematic preliminary planning, Electric P8 for preparing circuit diagrams and Pro Panel for 3D enclosure planning, all from a single source. Standardised interfaces and integration processes enable continuous data flows throughout the value chain, with additional links to various system solutions from Rittal.

This year, EPLAN has introduced its new EPLAN Platform 2022 to help address challenges in the design, engineering and manufacturing phases of the panel building process...

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EIN NECA ECAO 400ECAO and NECA have announced that on January 1 ECAO officially joined NECA as their 119th Chapter. Executive Director Graeme Aitken joined NECA CEO David Long on LinkedIn Live to announce the partnership.

Given the similarities between the two organizations, ECAO is looking to create more opportunities for its electrical contractor members and this further collaboration will allow them to facilitate that. As well as drawing on the educational opportunities that NECA can offer.

“What we’re looking for is integration, professionalism, but most importantly to expand our community."

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Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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