Energy

Canada: Federal carbon charge increasing April 1

Effective April 1, 2020, the federal carbon charge for natural gas in Canada will increase from 3.91 ¢/m³ to 5.87 ¢/m³. The federal carbon charge rates are established in the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Act and are set to increase every year until 2022. You can see the projected increases in the…

Canadian energy companies introduce measures to help customers

Niagara Peninsula Energy is working with association partners and  MPPs to support customers during the difficult time caused by the COVID-19 Virus. They have extended their Winter Relief Program, so no customers experiencing any hardship have to worry about potential disconnection during this time. Therefore,…

Semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar panels for energy-autonomous greenhouses

Over 60% highly transparent quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) with dimension of 50x50 cm 2 were fabricated via inkjet printing process using nanocomposite inks as raw materials and tested under outdoor illumination conditions. The cells were electrically characterized, and their…

Can cannabis be environmentally sustainable?

While Californians and residents of other temperate climates may wonder ‘why indoor?’, for the rest of our planet, indoor agriculture represents a solution to complex…

New low-temperature condensing boiler helps saving on energy costs

Kaleo is an Icelandic rock band and a small town in Ghana - both might not interest you too much. Yet Kaléo is also the name of the new condensing boiler launched by Richel. This highly efficient boiler makes it possible to save on energy costs. Condensing boilersCondensing boilers have gotten more and more…

Minimizing wastewater in commercial cannabis grows

According to Cannabis Training University, two key resources are essential to any successful cannabis grow, regardless of whether its private or commercial: water and light: Full-spectrum lighting can come from either the sun or indoor grow lights, but the water for your grow will most likely come from…

Recycling breweries’ carbon dioxide

Colorado hopes to make cannabis industry more eco-friendly

In an effort to make Colorado’s cannabis industry more eco-friendly, the state’s health department and energy office launched two new pilot programs Wednesday focused on reducing carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency at local cultivations. Both programs support Gov. Jared Polis’ mission to cut…

US (CO): State wants to make cannabis industry more eco-friendly by recycling carbon dioxide

In an effort to make Colorado’s cannabis industry more eco-friendly, the state’s health department and energy office launched two new pilot programs Wednesday focused on…

Exploring the cannabis industry's energy problem

The cannabis industry has exploded across North America in the past five years amidst a new wave of optimism and legalisation, with the combined CBD and recreational cannabis industries set to be worth more than $47.3 billion by 2025 in America alone. However, the emerging industry has been experiencing…

Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath. The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers…

The energy-intensive cannabis industry

The $344 billion cannabis industry is one of the country’s most energy-intensive in the world, frequently demanding an array of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, fans and 24-hour indoor lighting rigs at multiple growing sites. Just how much electricity does the entire US marijuana…

Rolls-Royce takes majority holding in power storage specialist Qinous

Rolls-Royce will hold a 73.1% majority stake in Berlin-based electricity storage specialist Qinous GmbH from 15 January 2020. The Group is acquiring the shareholdings of all other current financial investors, including that of investment holdings company IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (Berlin). The…

US (NM): Cannabis farms affect state's water reserves

More medical cannabis plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever before. But two rural water systems in Sandoval County say the crop may be depleting local water supplies, and they say they have been left powerless to stop it. The Peña Blanca Water and Sanitation District and Sile Mutual Domestic…

Environmental impacts in the cannabis industry

As cannabis use for medical and recreational purposes, including products containing THC and CBD, becomes more ubiquitous across the United States, business sectors from farming to processing to distribution may be required to navigate complicated regulatory landscapes that are sometimes contradictory.…


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