August 14, 2018
The Natural Gas Innovation FundTM (NGIF) announced an investment of $200,000 in Toronto-based Enersion to support the testing and demonstration of new cooling technology.
Conventional cooling systems for buildings and industry consume significant amounts of electricity and use chemical refrigerants. Enersion’s Quantum 500 chiller technology uses wasted heat generated from industrial processes, combined heat and power (CHP) systems or solar hot tubes to power cooling, and only water as the refrigerant. The chiller units range from 5 ton to more than 100 tons of cooling power and they can be connected in line to add cooling power. The chiller units will be ideal for use at manufacturing sites, data centers, and commercial and residential buildings in Canada.
Funding from NGIF will support the first pilot demonstration of Enersion’s technology at an industrial site. The data collected and the results from this demonstration will be used to further refine and improve the design.
By using significantly less electricity than traditional cooling systems, Enersion’s technology will reduce emissions and help customers save on energy costs. Integrating a CHP system with Enersion’s technology, data-centres or manufacturing plants can save up to 45 per cent on total energy costs annually and commercial and residential buildings can save up to 20 per cent annually.
NGIF funding is being contributed by Canadian Gas Association (CGA) members ATCO, Enbridge Gas Distribution, FortisBC, Pacific Northern Gas Inc., SaskEnergy and Union Gas Ltd.
Natural gas has a central place in Canada’s energy mix meeting over 37 per cent of the country’s energy needs. Today seven million customers representing well over 20 million Canadians rely on natural gas for heat and power in homes, apartments, buildings, businesses, hospitals and schools.
“Since the invention of the modern air conditioning systems in 1902 by Willis Carrier, the cooling industry has seen very little change. Just like any other old technology, the cooling industry needs a technology breakthrough towards more efficient and greener solutions; and this is what NGIF decided to support. Enersion is thankful for NGIF’s support and commitment to help commercialize the latest scientific discoveries.”
Dr. Hanif Montazeri
Co-founder / Chief Executive Officer, Enersion Inc.
“I am excited to see Hanif continue to advance the work at Enersion and for the Natural Gas Innovation Fund to be supporting their project. This is potentially transformative technology that could pave the way for year-round use of combined heat and power systems and using natural gas for cooling.”
Managing Director, Natural Gas Innovation FundTM
“The Enersion technology offers exciting potential to help businesses and other customers save on significant energy costs associated with cooling – a new market for natural gas.”
Timothy M. Egan
President and CEO, Canadian Gas Association
NGIF Enersion Inc. Technologies Project Funders
Vice President, Corporate and Strategic Affairs
Canadian Gas Association
613-748-0057 ext. 341 or 613-614-3280
Co-founder/Chief Executive Officer