CSA Group | October 27, 2020
CSA Group has a suite of training products to help you understand and apply the standards you use every day. In either self-guided online or instructor-led virtual format, you and your colleagues can still benefit from the expertise of our instructors and the quality training developed by technical committee members. Energy Efficiency Training Online training for the National Research Council of Canada’s National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2017 is now available in English and French on the CSA Store. Furthering knowledge and adoption of the NECB 2017 contributes to the improved energy efficiency of new buildings and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
GP JOULE North America | April 29, 2021
GP JOULE North America, a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH and a leader in utility-scale solar Engineering, Procurement and Construction, with proprietary racking solutions, has broken ground on a 106-megawatt solar PV portfolio for Concord Pacific, Canada's largest community builder. Experience building projects in challenging climates with durable technology that provides a lower cost of energy were key drivers in GP JOULE being awarded the three PV projects, each 35 megawatts in size.
"GP JOULE is proud to work with Concord Pacific to bring enduring reliability and strong returns to their projects," said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE North America. "Our high-quality standards in design, system optimization, material selection and skillful installation coupled with our tough PHLEGON© racking solution allows us to deliver great value to owners of merchant plants."
Technology at all three project sites, which are located within one hour of Lethbridge, Alberta, must sustain the province's highest wind speeds at 140 kilometers per hour. GP JOULE's proven PHLEGON® Fixed racking system was determined best suited for the area's exceptional conditions.
"GP Joule was the logical choice as they had recent experience in building merchant plants and furthering utility scale projects during the pandemic," said Terry Hui, President and CEO of Concord Pacific. "We are also pleased to be working with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation as we expand our portfolio in Alberta."
GP JOULE is known for building a network with local workers transitioning to renewable energy. It is estimated upwards of 150 skilled and professional trade workers will be hired with about 60% likely hailing from the fossil fuel industry.
"Our track record across Canada and the US shows we're committed to local partners, including indigenous communities," said Pichard. "Local hiring agencies and contractors help us boost job creation wherever we can. We always strive to secure all our partners and staff within a 90-kilometer radius of a project site."
To serve our ongoing partnerships in Western Canada, Alberta's talented energy workforce was tapped by GP JOULE with over 35% increase in area staffing since the beginning of 2021. We further expanded our business footprint with a larger office in Calgary to accommodate new business and team members.
Concord Pacific has an established renewable energy portfolio including solar power plants operating in Ontario, wind turbines in Saskatchewan and the Skookum run of river power plant in British Columbia. They also have more than 500 megawatts of renewable energy projects in their pipeline. As Concord Pacific embarks upon its first time developing a solar PV site, GP JOULE is proud to support the corporation's milestone, leading to significantly lower carbon footprint across its residential and commercial neighborhood property developments.
About GP JOULE North America
GP JOULE is a global renewable energy company headquartered in Reußenköge Germany, with GP JOULE Canada Corp. and GP JOULE USA Inc., servicing the North American market. In this region the company provides EPC turnkey services and a full range of solar PV racking solutions which combined focus on delivering a long-term, lowest cost of solar power. GP JOULE's in-house capabilities include civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering and construction execution in the commercial and utility-scale market. The company has installed more than 76 MW of solar PV across North America, with over 100 MW under construction and another 100 MW in its pipeline. Globally, GP JOULE has installed over 800 MW of solar and wind energy projects. Visit gp-joule.com.
Concord Pacific and Concord Green Energy
Concord Pacific created Concord Green Energy to explore and support future communities with a variety of zero carbon energy producing projects. Concord Green Energy has projects of scale in wind, solar and hydro at various stages of planning, development, and operation across Canada. Concord's current green energy projects can power more than twice the needs of all its communities. Visit concordpacific.com
Re-Teck | May 10, 2022
Re-Teck, a leader in electronic waste recycling, held a launch event at The Original Pancake House DFW as they partner with restaurants nationwide to serve as electronic waste (e-waste)recycling collection points and to launch their new gaming app, Recycle Avengers. The game character Kit was on-site signing posters and assisting Guests in downloading the educational game to be entered to win an electric car.
"The Original Pancake House DFW is excited to partner with Re-Teck by placing an e-waste collection bin at our Northwest Highway location. We hope to help educate our Guests and Associates about the dangers of dumping electronics in landfills, Re-Teck's gaming app, Recycle Avengers, will help educate players about the opportunities that exist when an old device is recycled."
-Mark Davis Bailey, Co-Owner of The Original Pancake House DFW.
The Recycle Avengers game concept was created by kids for kids. Re-Teck worked with high school students and developed game concepts that mobilize young adults to make a difference. Students from R.L. Turner High School worked with developers to create an interactive game that allows players to complete challenges as they progress through the game.
Re-Teck is in communication with schools, businesses, restaurants and government facilities who are seeking ways to proactively create a more sustainable environment by reducing the need for raw materials and safely dispose of electronics.
Zendure | January 21, 2022
Zendure USA Inc. announced that it has hired Jim Haflinger to the role of Chief Technical Advisor. As the Silicon Valley portable charger company expands into the sustainable energy sector, Haflinger will lend his decades of electrical engineering experience to Zendure's research and development team.
Prior to joining Zendure, Jim Haflinger was a Senior Principal Engineer at Nortek, where for 11 years he designed many products for home automation, security, personal safety, and solar backup power. He served Kodak for over six years as a Lead Electrical Engineer for the company's printer division, designing printheads and multi-protocol interfaces. The role had him coordinating product design and manufacturing in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He was also the engineering representative for the Customer Experience team to make the products more user friendly and easier to install and use.
In total, Jim Haflinger has over 30 years of experience designing a wide variety of products, including SCSI interfaces and diagnostic equipment, data management tools, and switching power supplies for medical applications.
Haflinger holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University and owns over a dozen patents on a variety of technologies. He is a member of IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and the Electric Auto Association and is the author of the 2nd edition of "Making SCSI Work".
Recently, the company raised over $1.3 million in crowdfunding for their new SuperBase Pro power station. This year at CES, Zendure set up a high-tech camping experience for visitors and debuted even more energy storage solutions and solar power generators and has plans to further expand into sustainable energy and home power management.
With Jim Haflinger's product development and engineering expertise, the company hopes to come up with innovative solutions to bolster and accelerate the green energy revolution, including next-gen solar power and energy storage products.
We are elated to have Jim advising our team, and the timing couldn't be better. With his immense experience in all things electric, Jim will help us lead the global charge toward a sustainable future."
Bryan Liu, Zendure CEO and founder
Zendure is a sustainable energy company located in Silicon Valley in the United States and the Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macao Greater Bay Area in China. Since its establishment, Zendure has continuously launched innovative products, made rapid breakthroughs in the core technologies of energy storage and power supplies, and continues to bring pleasant surprises to the user experience. The company recently received a multi-million dollar series-A round of funding from a joint investment from Shanghai GP Capital and YOTRIO group.