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Calgary thermal heat plant opened

C ity Hall is in hot water and Enmax is to blame, but the leaders of both groups were smiling and shaking hands Friday at the grand opening of the Downtown District Energy Centre.The inner-city facility, more than a decade and $31.8 million in the making, supplies thermal heat to the municipal building, replacing seven aging boilers. In the future, the gas-fired plant will provide both heat and power to buildings downtown, increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions.The district energy operation will be integral to the future -- and long anticipated -- development of East Village complexes and a significant investment in the long-term future of downtown Calgary, Mayor Dave Bronconnier said at the opening. (more) Read More

Watts Water Tech plans to buy Austrian pipe maker

Watts Water Technologies Inc. said late Thursday that it plans to buy an Austrian pipe-making company, Austroflex Rohr-Isoliersysteme GmbH, by the end of June. Watts said it has not signed a definitive purchase agreement with Austroflex and did not disclose a price, although it said the deal will not have a significant effect on its financial standing or its cash resources. Austroflex makes PEX pipes, which are a type of durable pipe. It makes pre-insulated pipes for carrying hot and cold water, and stainless steel pipes used in solar and high temperature applications. Watts makes valves for plumbing, heating and water needs. Its stock fell 4 cents to $31.33 in afternoon trading Friday. (source) Read More

Sanyo announces world's most efficient solar module

Sanyo is a major manufacturer of solar panels, with three factories in Japan, one in Hungary serving Europe, and a fifth in Mexico that serves the US market. The N series of modules are produced in Japan and consist of solar cells of the Hetero-junction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) type. HIT solar cells contain a single thin crystalline wafer of silicon surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous layers of silicon. They are characterized by high efficiency at high temperatures, and increased output power even during high summertime temperatures. The high conversion efficiency of HIT cells means more capacity can be installed compared to conventional crystalline silicon solar cells. (more) Read More

A. O. Smith Enters Into a Tankless Water Heater Joint Venture With Takagi

MILWAUKEE, Wis., June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE: AOS) and Takagi Industrial Co. Ltd. of Fuji-city, Shizuoka, Japan, today announced that they are establishing a joint venture to market and manufacture tankless water heaters in North America. As part of the joint venture, A. O. Smith will take over the management of Takagi's existing North American sales and distribution organization, maintaining Takagi's North American headquarters in Irvine, Calif. The companies expect the transaction to close in the third quarter. (more) Read More

German Solar-Heating Market ‘Collapsing,’ Industry Group Says

une 3 (Bloomberg) -- The German market for solar-heating systems is “collapsing” after the government cut incentives for making heat from renewable energy, an industry lobby group said. Demand for equipment that warms water using radiation from the sun fell an annual 33 percent last month, the German BSW solar industry lobby group said today in an e-mailed statement. Demand for geothermal heat pumps and wood-burning heaters has also suffered, the group said. (more) Read More

Carrier Corp. unit acquires RCMS Controls

Carrier Corp.'s Automated Logic Corp., which makes control systems for heating, ventilation and energy management of buildings, said Wednesday it bought RCMS Controls. (more) Read More

Utility firm banned from claiming gas power is greener than electricity

Jersey Gas has lost a battle with utility rivals Jersey Electricity Company (JEC) over claims that electric power costs three times more carbon equivalent than gas. In a regional press ad, Jersey Gas publicly challenged a decision by the island's Environment Department to rely on electricity as the sole source of heating. The advert claimed: “...the States of Jersey Environment Department think that electricity is low carbon and good for the environment. They are wrong. On island electricity generation is high carbon. about 3 times that of gas. The JEC will confirm this. (more) Read More

China to Subsidize Makers of Energy-Efficient Motors, Generators

une 2 (Bloomberg) -- China will provide financial subsidies for the manufacturers of high-efficiency electric motors and power generators, according to a statement today by the Ministry of Finance. (more) Read More

Star Gas buys Hoffman Fuel

Stamford-based Star Gas Partners has acquired Hoffman Fuel and its sister companies of Champion Energy Corp. for $50.2 million and estimated working capital of $11.3 million. The deal was finalized May 10 and announced in Star Gas' second-quarter earnings release. Hoffman Fuel has offices in Trumbull, Danbury and Rye, N.Y. It has been in business for more than 100 years and provides heating oil and related services to residents and customers throughout the region. Star Gas bought Hoffman as part of the Champion family of companies, which includes five other heating oil companies serving New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maryland and northern Virginia. (more) Read More

Broken HIPS 'to cost 10,000 jobs'

Tory plans to ditch the controversial Home Information Packs will cost up to 10,000 jobs. The coalition government has made it a "top priority" to scrap the packs, designed to speed up the property-selling process. Former Tory party chairman Eric Pickles, now Communities Secretary, is thought to be drawing up plans to suspend HIPs within days. But industry experts warn the move will dump 3,000 people on the dole "overnight", with a further 7,000 at risk as work dries up. They include an army of selfemployed inspectors who spent thousands of pounds gaining professional qualifications. (more) Read More
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