Back in the early 1970‘s, Canada led the world in the development of Solar Thermal energy. Then the oil embargo ended, prices came down, and the incentives and grants dried up. More than a decade passed before what had once been Canadian technology resurfaced in Germany. It became part of that nation’s “energiewende,” a state mandated green energy policy that has transformed Germany into the world’s foremost producer of solar energy. Yet, according to Canada’s only NABCEP Certified Solar Thermal Installer, James Smyth, there is more potential for solar thermal technology on the West Coast... Read the whole article here!
Solar Colwood hopes to turn a corner with a new, locally developed solar hot water heater set to save money for homeowners. James Smyth developed the system over two years at Camosun College, where he also teaches the solar renewable program. The design itself isn't particularly innovative, but the modifications are. Due to the West Coast's temperate climate Smyth realized he could simplify the system and replace non-freezing heat transfer fluids, such as glycol, with potable water. This means there's no need for a heat exchanger, an extra pump or the anti-freezing liquid. "The idea of the system is to reduce the costs without the affecting the performance," Smyth said. "This system does as much or more than most other systems on the market, but for about half the price." Read the whole article here!
Colwood, BC – More solar innovation came to Colwood this week with the installation of a new, locally-developed solar hot water system. “The new system requires fewer parts, less maintenance, and is much more affordable,” says James Smyth with Pacific Solar Smart, who developed the new system. Read the whole article here!
According to a provincial government study called the Potential for Solar Power in British Columbia: 2007 to 2025, BC’s climate is much more amenable to solar than either Germany’s or Japan’s. The average production of a PV solar array in Kamloops, for example, is 1160 kWh/kW of PV installed. Even Vancouver (1009) has much more solar potential than Tokyo (885) or Berlin (only 848). Ben Giudici, of Kamloops based Riverside Energy Systems, provided a copy of the study. Read the whole article here!
The "CamoSun" Solar Heating System was developed by Pacific Solar Smart Installer and Camosun Solar Thermal Heating Instructor James Smyth along with Camosun Plumbing/Pipe Trades Instructor Darren Vaux, both certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Smyth and Vaux also received assistance from Camosun Mechanical Engineering Technology Chair Ross Lyle and the college's Centre for Applied Research and Innovation. Read the whole article here!
Solar Saturday was the result of an idea brought forward by Darren Vaux of the Pipe Trades Dept. A brainstorming session was held in August to include other departments across the College and local industry representatives. Coordinated by Ybo Plante and the Trades & Technology CE/CT team, Solar Saturday was geared towards the local building community to help builders, installers, and homeowners learn more about solar and other renewable energies, and how to they can access training courses and certification. Read the whole article here!
You’ve heard of Camosun, but have you heard of CamoSun? Um, it’s the capitalized “s” thereÉ anyway, Camosun’s plumbing/pipe trades department, working with Pacific Solar Smart Homes, is developing a solar thermal heating system for residential housing, called CamoSun. The system was developed by Camosun solar thermal heating instructor James Smyth and Camosun plumbing/pipe trades instructor Darren Vaux, with help from mechanical engineering technology chair Ross Lyle. Because this sort of thermal heating is only starting to gain popularity in Canada, Camosun looks set to help lead the way.- See more at: http://www.nexusnewspaper.com/2013/07/17/news-briefs-camosun-solar-leaders-tour-de-disaster-first-nations-underfunded-cool-aid-rewarded-and-copper-owl/#sthash.2FfFPtQR.dpuf
Camosun a solar leader
You’ve heard of Camosun, but have you heard of CamoSun? Camosun’s plumbing/pipe trades department, working with Pacific Solar Smart Homes, is developing a solar thermal heating system for residential housing, called CamoSun. The system was developed by Camosun solar thermal heating instructor James Smyth and Camosun plumbing/pipe trades instructor Darren Vaux, with help from mechanical engineering technology chair Ross Lyle. Because this sort of thermal heating is only starting to gain popularity in Canada, Camosun looks set to help lead the way. Excerpt from NEXUS
Homeowner, Tom Lundrigan watched, as James Smyth of Pacific Solar Smart Homes Inc. installed the first solar hot water system of the Solar Colwood program, triggering triple energy incentives for Lundrigan from Solar Colwood, LiveSmart BC: Energy Efficiency Program and ecoENERGY Retrofit - Homes. Read the whole article here!