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Passive solar greenhouses

A solar powered greenhouse that makes sense in Canada’s climate Passive solar greenhouses are an idea whose time has come. What is a passive solar greenhouse, you ask? And don’t they already use the sun’s energy? Well yes, but with the traditional Dutch glass box greenhouse design all that heat leaves once the sun goes down. Because they are uninsulated, they don’t store any of that heat. As a result they need a lot of energy to heat the building … Read More

Tesla battery could power big changes

The future could be looking sunnier after Tesla founder Elon Musk last week unveiled a suite of batteries for homes and businesses. It’s uncertain how the batteries might affect the energy sector as a whole,  but there’s a lot of chatter about their potential for big changes. The problem with sun and wind is there has been no practical way to store the energy they produce. And the Tesla batteries could solve that problem. Widespread availability of affordable battery storage … Read More

Automation and analytics can help sustain a manufacturing revival

Automation  to the rescue (This article is condensed from blog post at ComputerWorld UK) With demand picking up for industrial equipment manufacturers, they are exploring how they might apply technology to existing assets as they wait to see if the demand is part of a long-term trend. For years, they have relied on automation to improve the output and efficiency of their plants. Today is no different:  Research shows that more than a third (39 percent) of industrial equipment companies … Read More

Solar: a great long-term investment

As oil prices go down, so do solar energy stocks. Oil prices have fallen by about 40% since mid-June, while solar stocks have fallen about 20% in that time. This is not new, solar stock prices have reacted to rising or falling oil prices in the past. Investors fear cheap oil will bring down demand for alternative energy. Fears unfounded But in reality, those fears are completely unfounded. Here are a few things to consider: Solar energy and energy from … Read More

Premier Wynne ends electricity separatism

Quebec-Ontario alliance underscores lack of leadership in Ottawa… Last Friday Premier Wynne signed a breakthrough agreement with the Premier of Quebec that will end Ontario’s 100-year old policy of electricity separatism. Starting next year Ontario will provide Quebec with 500 megawatts of electricity supply in the winter when Quebec power demand peaks, while Quebec will provide Ontario with the same in the summer when air conditioning drives up our electricity usage. Even more importantly, the two provinces have agreed to … Read More

Batteries (and other energy storage) – the next big challenge

We are in a period of transition with renewables. With prices coming down and research ramping up, it feels like are starting to turn a corner. We need a flexible grid One of the biggest puzzles is how to store electricity, as we shift to using more and more renewable energy sources. The electricity grid needs to be able to be more flexible to the fluctuations in supply of wind, solar, etc. Larger institutions are starting to seriously look for … Read More

Solar will soon be cheaper than fossil fuels

When oil and gas prices drop, as they are doing now, people’s interest in solar energy seems to drop as well. That’s because solar has been more costly. But that’s changing. In the U.S., solar electricity is on track to be as cheap or cheaper than average electricity-bill prices in 47 US states … in 2016. (That’s assuming the U.S. maintains its 30 percent tax credit on system costs, which is set to expire that same year.) Solar is already … Read More

Wind Turbines: A look at who builds the blades

Clean Energy Review recently published a great photo essay by Joan Sullivan looking at how wind turbine blades are built. Here’s an exerpt: Birth of a Blade PowerBlades opened last year in Welland, Ont, to support the growth in renewable energy in Ontario spurred in turn by the province’s Green Energy Act. As of October, the company will have fabricated 78 fiberglass blades, each 45 meters long and up to three meters wide, for dozens of 2.05 MW Senvion turbines. … Read More

Save the date: Plug’n’ Drive celebrates the EV (electric vehicle)

Plug’n Drive is marking the 10,000th electric vehicle sold in Canada with a five-day celebration, including a display of every make and model of EV, along with some great presentations.. It will happen January 12 – 16, 2015, in the Atrium at Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, across from Union Station in downtown Toronto. This 5-day showcase provides the opportunity for visitors to get up and close with the latest models of fully electric and plug-in hyrbid electric vehicles on … Read More

Welcome to SNDI

SNDI is a  Multi-Trade Contractor that offers Industrial, Commercial and Renewable Services SmartNet Developments is a Contractor servicing Ontario’s construction industry in the industrial, commercial and renewable sectors. We are a multi-trade contractor so our customer only need on phone number to call. We are also branching out into infrastructure and sustainable energy projects. SmartNet Developments undertakes projects varying in size and scope across Ontario. Performing work under Division 16 Electrical furthered to Division 25 – Integrated Automation, Division 26 … Read More