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investment company Envirotek, working with an international team of experts, successfully deployed a 62 k W
SCHOTTEL Instream Turbine (SIT) in the waters off the
Sentosa Boardwalk in Singapore, showcasing the viability of tidal energy in the region.
Based on the trial, the company intends to develop commercial tidal instream projects in
Southeast Asia with an initial
focus is on the Philippines.
With more than 7,000
islands, many of which are isolated communities that still
have limited access to electricity, a signifcant opportunity exists in the Philippines
to harness the power of the
oceans to provide a reliable
supply of energy. Most of these
communities use diesel generators to provide electricity. Due
to high costs of fuel, transportation and handling, the supply is limited to only 4-6 hours
a day. Tidal currents regularly fow past many of these
islands, providing a readily
accessible energy resource.
Embarks on Geothermal Plan
According to Malini Girdhar,
Vice President, Market Devel-
opment, Public & Govern-
ment Affairs at Enbridge Gas
Distribution, her company
is interested in developing geothermal heating and cooling
solutions in Ontario and offering those solutions to homeown-
ers. There are two key drivers for the company’s interest. First,
Ontario has aggressive carbon-reduction goals and second, there
is a signifcant heating load in the region.
Ontario is already using a good chunk of renewables and the
province shut down the last of its coal plants in 2014. However,
the heating load is still met mostly with gas, propane and oil.
“Moving to all-electric heating does not make sense across the
board because of the cost implications but geothermal is very
attractive to us in meeting the energy needs of the region,” said
Girdhar in an interview.
The company plans to target the new construction market frst.
Because it is a regulated company, Girdhar explained that
Enbridge could “rate-base” the up-front cost of installing the geothermal loops underground, spreading that cost over a much longer period than homeowners could do on their own.
“If we can put it in our rate base, we can spread that over 40
years so that brings the cost down signifcantly,” she said, add-
ing “because natural gas is so much cheaper you’ve got to use
every means at your disposal today to bring that cost [of geo-
Girdhar estimates that there are approximately 40,000-50,000
new housing units constructed in Ontario annually.
“So getting a small portion of them initially just to demonstrate the technology, the market, and get user acceptance and
then grow from there, we think over the next 10 years it should
become quite viable,” she said. à
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