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Clean technology gets a boost in Nova Scotia


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April 20, 2015

Over $8 million from the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan investment in Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund will be dedicated to two clean technology projects in Nova Scotia. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley made the announcement in Parrsboro, NS on April 15.

Green Power Labs Inc. in Dartmouth is receiving $1.7-million to develop SolarSatData for Buildings (SSDB), a building energy management system that uses high-resolution climate forecasts to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Enhanced predictive building control systems for heating and cooling will improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. SSDB is expected to reduce energy consumption in buildings by an additional 6.5 per cent on top of the 11.5 per cent energy savings being offered by the emerging predictive building control systems.

“Buildings in Canada are responsible for 33 per cent of total energy use and emit 35 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas. Our technology will reduce the release of hazardous emissions, increase the efficient/effective use of resources, and will make these benefits accessible to Canadians through better management of commercial buildings in Canada. SDTC’s support is instrumental in reaching these results,” said Dr. Alexandre Pavlovski, president and CEO, Green Power Labs Inc.

Green Power is part of a consortium, which includes McKinstry, Acadia University and Dalhousie University.

OpenHydro Technology Canada will receive $6.4-million for the Bay of Fundy Tidal Stream Project. Situated at the FORCE facility in the Bay of Fundy, the project is composed of an array of turbines that will simulate the cost and performance of a commercial tidal farm in harsh conditions.


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