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From left to right: Mr Ju Ning, WADE China General Manager; Mr David Sweet, WADE Executive Director; Mr Wu Jingjian, Vice Mayor of Qingdao; Mr. Chen Shuguang, VP of CECIC; Dr Wu Xiaohua, Vice Director of Strategic Management, CECIC; Mr Sridhar Samudrala, WADE Asia Director

Two workshops were recently organized in Qingdao and Dalian China on ‘Combined Heat and Power and Decentralized Energy in China.’ The workshops were conducted through collaboration between WADE and China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC). The workshops were supported by the seven-nation Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate and funded through a grant from the US Department of State.

Key speakers included Zhang Jun, Vice Director, Business Cooperation Department, CECIC; Chen Shuguang Vice President of CECIC; Ju Ning, China General Manager, WADE Foundation; Prof Wang Zhenming, Chinese Society of Electrical Engineering, CHP Committee; Xing Bohua General Manager, CECIC Biomass (Suqian) Power Generation Co; Bob Chen, Area Sales Manager, Solar Turbines; Fred Xiong, Area Sales Manager, Solar Turbines; Simon Xu, China Country Manager, Capstone Turbine; Song Li, General Manager, Shenyang Anrong Environment Energy Co; Wei Minle, General Manager, CECIC, Weifang Huawei Thermal Power Co; Gao Jin, General Electric; Wang Xiaoping, GE Energy Marketing Programs Manager; Zhou Xiaozhong, Sales Director, Thermax China; and Ashish Vaishnav, General Manager, Thermax China.

The topics presented were quite diverse and covered CHP/DE alongside case studies. Some of the topics presented were:

  • introduction of the practice of CECIC in energy conservation and environmental protection fields
  • the status, barriers and recommendations for CHP/DE in China (prepared for US Department of State)
  • new developments in decentralized energy
  • case study – biomass CHP project
  • CHP equipment selection – gas turbines versus reciprocating engines
  • overview of current microturbine technology
  • the technology and case study of a 4.2 MW non-electric biomass air conditioning system at Shenyang Dongyu Mansion
  • exploring the green, low carbon path of CHP/DE
  • GE Aero energy, products and solutions for DE/CHP
  • trigeneration solution in design: innovation in applications.

Sridhar Samudrala, WADE Director for Asia, presented the Best Practices Handbook on CHP and DG for China. Included in the handbook were specific examples from California and the Cement industry on the maximum utilization of energy and heat for CHP, and utilization of absorption chillers in trigeneration.





The Energy Conservation Center of Thailand (ECCT), WADE, and Full Advantage Co (FA), Thailand organized a workshop on 5 March, funded by the European Commission (EC) to further the Thailand-EC Cooperation. The European Commission promotes more efficient energy generation and profitable energy practice which mitigate the environmental impacts of energy production, and increases decentralized energy access within Thailand.

Over 35 executives from the Thailand Government, Provincial Electricity Authority, EGAT, and private sector companies participated in providing valuable input. The focus of the workshop was to gather information required for running the WADE Model which simulates the economic scenarios comparing central generation and decentralized energy. Samudrala, Director Asia for WADE and Pure Supasit Amaralikit, Senior Program Manager for Full Advantage, discussed the WADE model and the various parameters which affect the outcome. Through the discussions, critical information and knowledge was gathered that could be helpful in the future to input into the WADE DE Model which was demonstrated during the seminar.

For more information, contact Sridhar Samudrala at ssamudrala@localpower.org or Pure Supasit Amaralikit at ssa.fulladvantage@gmail.com.



The University of Calgary took a lead from its sustainability policy in 2005, when it started construction on its Child Development Centre (CDC). It was the University’s primary goal that the design of the building would attain LEED Platinum certification, which it did in 2007, becoming Alberta’s first LEED Platinum building, Canada’s second, and the world’s first in a cold climate. The university partnered with Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning, RC Peterson and construction managers and Ellis-Don Construction, to realize its vision.

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The Child Development Centre, Alberta’s Firts LEED Platinum Building

The CDC achieved the highest LEED standards for energy efficiency and other LEED areas. The 11,600 m2 building had the largest photovoltaic array in Western Canada at the time of construction, which can produce 40 MWh of electricity annually. Located above the building’s windows, the solar panels have the double function of serving as shades, which lessen the peak cooling load during summer months. WADE Canada member Sedmek Inc was the contractor in charge of the solar PV installation.

‘Because the Child Development Centre was designed to use about one third the energy of a conventional building of its size, the 325 m2 photovoltaic array offsets about 10% of the CDC’s annual building system energy costs,’ said Dr. Jim Love, Chair in Sustainable Building Technologies at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. Dr Love was the energy engineer for this project.

Considerable detail was considered in the CDC’s building and design, including energy efficient construction materials such as the concrete mixed with 50% fly ash from Alberta’s coal fired generation plants, contributing to an overall 75% post industrial recycled content for building materials. To reduce the urban heat island effect, the CDC has a ‘cool roof’ with high emissivity and reflectance properties to redirect solar radiation into the atmosphere.

The CDC’s elongated east-west footprint allows more effective shading of south-facing glass (buildings typically have a daytime excess of heat from internal gain from lights, people and equipment during the daytime) and increases the amount of low glare illumination via north-facing windows.

As a result of these energy efficient materials and DE installations it was estimated the CDC’s energy costs would be reduced by 64%, compared to a building of the same size, thus also saving 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

The university is expecting to complete its cogeneration plant in 2011. This will reduce heating and cooling carbon dioxide emissions by 123,000 tonnes. Combined with the energy efficiency of recently added buildings and retrofit measures, this will reduce the University’s 2012 greenhouse gas emissions to 30% below 1990 levels.

In addition to the CDC, the University of Calgary is targeting LEED Gold and LEED Silver for five new buildings currently under construction.

For more information, please visit: https://ucalgary.ca or contact: Patricia Faucher, Director of Communications: pfaucher@wadecanada.ca,


WADE Contributes to the Final Advisory Committee Meeting of MASSIG

Market Access for Smaller Size Intelligent Electricity Generation – popularly known as MASSIG – conducted its final Advisory Committee meeting recently on 25 April. WADE is a key member of the MASSIG project team.

The AdCo meeting saw the screening of three key presentations on the work being done by MASSIG. A very detailed presentation was given by T Siewierski on the gain-loss evaluation tool developed in Work Package 5. The principal structure and application of the tool were also discussed vis-à-vis selected showcases. It was suggested in the meeting that the tool could be made available for download (long-term perspective) through the MASSIG homepage coupled with a brief manual on its usage.

A. Andersen followed up with a presentation on ‘How-to: Experience and lessons learned from the MASSIG showcases.’ He presented comprehensively the results from work package 6. The discussion led to a suggestion that additional showcases could be included in the how-to publication. Some suggested showcases were:

  • Denmark wind turbines going for negative tertiary control
  • Denmark 1 MW CHP going for the spot market and tertiary control power
  • Germany badenova showcase (6 MW CHP going for spot market and tertiary control power)
  • Poland GOS showcase (wastewater treatment plant, CHP with 2.7 MW and biogas store)
  • UK (smaller RES going for spot market and STOR).




Alberta’s SWAY Energy Inc is a progressive power generation company that is changing the way we think about Click to Enlargeutilities. SWAY’s business model is designed to provide commercial, institutional and industrial clients with viable energy options tailored to their specific operations.

The SWAY Energy team defined its vision and mission through a strategic planning process that focused on the question: ‘How do you challenge the status quo, meet the growing demand for more environmentally responsible power and provide power stability and security for business consumers in a deregulated electricity marketplace?’

The SWAY team customizes solutions for its clients using its proprietary economic and technical model. Among its suite of technology solutions are cogeneration and trigeneration systems that defer transmission and distribution capital investment costs.

SWAY Energy has gone beyond providing technical expertise. It also designs, owns, installs and maintains its cogeneration plants. Its clients benefit from up to 20% reduction in utilities costs, reduced maintenance costs, avoided additional capital costs, and reduced on-site greenhouse gas emissions.

‘In-situ generation is a key component of Canada’s blend of energy solutions and SWAY is positioned to be a leader. We focus on what we do best – provide our customers with all the benefits of on-site/decentralized generation – allowing them to remain focused on what they do best. Our solutions come with the assurance that clients have access to a secure supply of efficient energy. It’s a win, win, win business model,’ said Dr. Corbett- Lourenço, President of SWAY Energy.

For more information please visit https://swayenergy.com




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From left: Ken Hogg, WADE Canada RETScreen Trainer; Geraldine Byrne, Vice President of WADE Canada; Tim Edwards of Shell and Bill Overend, President, Overview Business Consulting

WADE Canada hosted a champagne reception and dinner in February, bringing together clean energy leaders to discuss the government-industry partnership in research, innovation and thus positioning Alberta as a leader in the low carbon energy economy.

Over 30 of Calgary’s senior level executives from ENMAX, Shell, Lakeland College, the DeVry Institute of Technology, Calgary Technologies, the City of Calgary and many other leaders from the clean energy industry, attended the event.

Dr. Eddy Isaacs, shared his vision of ‘Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions’ and invited feedback from dinner guests.

There was a general consensus that a strong low carbon economy in Alberta will rely on clean and decentralized energy business success and commitment from all sectors of the economy including energy and building infrastructure, the various Alberta ministries, technology developers and utilities.




WADE is pleased to announce the election of Jim Crouse, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Capstone Turbine Corporation, as its new Chairman of the Board.

Jim joined Capstone in 2007 and leads the company’s sales and marketing efforts globally. He has helped the company bring several new clean energy and renewable products to market.

Prior to joining Capstone, Jim spent more than 20 years developing renewable and decentralized energy projects.

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