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Stelpro Products Recognized for Outstanding DesignFebruary 18, 2019

Once again, Stelpro is recognized for the design excellence of its products, this time in the latest edition of the Good Design Awards. The Maestro smart thermostat range was recognized in the electronics category, while Orléans and Oasis fan heaters were recognized in the household category.

The Good Design competition is the most prestigious and recognized nationwide design competition in the world. It is organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in collaboration with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The awards recognize excellence in all facets of design, from aesthetics to materials, technology and user interface. Stelpro products were selected from a record number of submissions from 47 countries.

Stelpro’s Maestro smart thermostats are the most complete and advanced solution for electric heating management. They offer total comfort control thanks to their various features, including activity-based management and grouping rooms into zones. Geofencing, which automatically lowers the temperature when occupants are away, colour codes that provide useful feedback and consumption reports can generate up to 25% in energy savings. The Maestro application lets users manage their home’s heating anytime, anyplace, in a simple and intuitive way. The ecosystem also includes the Orléans family of convectors and fan heaters, which connect directly to Maestro through an integrated thermostat.

Stelpro’s Orléans and Oasis fan heaters also garnered awards at the 11th edition of the Grands Prix du Design and have redefined industry standards with their distinctive design that features clean and fluid lines. Thermodynamic analysis led to the development of an innovative architecture that ensures optimal comfort is achieved and maintained, as well as a silent and efficient operating mode. 

 


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ESA Powerline SafetyThe invisible impact of powerlines should never be underestimated. In the past decade alone, 19 people in Ontario have lost their lives from overhead powerline contact. May 13 to 19 is Powerline Safety Week, which is meant to inform people across the province to stay vigilant of powerlines when doing work at home or on the job.

"Our work in raising awareness of powerline safety won't be finished until there are zero injuries or lives lost from contact," says Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Public Safety Officer, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). "All it takes is a misstep or careless error to change the life of you, your colleagues or family."



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ABB Eco FactoryABB has an extensive portfolio of eco-efficient solutions and services that can help decouple economic growth from environmental impacts. In fact, over half of ABB's worldwide revenues are generated by technologies that combat the causes of climate change. The company’s goal is to increase this contribution from 57 percent in 2018 to 60 percent by 2020.

The company’s commitment to combatting climate change includes limiting the environmental impact of its own operations. ABB’s current target for climate action is to reduce its own GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from a 2013 baseline.



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Wind Energy

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The six wind energy projects that were powered up in 2018 added 566 MW of installed capacity — a continuation of steady growth that contributed to an average annual growth rate of 20% per year since 2008.

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