Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Smart Flower

August 11, 2017

The Smartflower is currently on the market in other northern countries with weather patterns similar to Canada. We are currently testing the device at the Energy Control Centre in Marysville to see how well it is able to perform in New Brunswick. The Smartflower is the first of its kind in New Brunswick and will supply energy to the building while we measure its output and performance.
 
“The Smartflower product is an exciting development that provides a self-contained solution for consumers who want to invest in green energy to supplement their energy usage,” said Tony O’Hara, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering.

This is just one of the many forms of technology NB Power is looking at to meet the needs of our customers. In the future, we are looking to provide more and more products and services for New Brunswickers who want to integrate green energy in their households.
 
“It is very important that NB Power be a leader in the promotion of renewable energy sources.  This is a small example of how we are doing just that,” O’Hara said.

SmartFlower solar panels move on a dual axis so they continually face and follow the sun, making the system up to 40% more efficient than a rooftop installation.

One SmartFlower produces the equivalent of a 4 kW rooftop system – unprecedented for a stand-alone solar product. Its harvested energy can also be stored with integrated batteries and synchronized with smart home automation via mobile devices, freeing owners from reliance on the grid. Since launching in Europe in 2014, over 1,000 units have been installed in 20 European countries, and SmartFlower has won a collection of awards, including the Green Good Design award founded in Chicago, for exceptional engineering and inspiring a sustainable universe.

  • safety: at wind speeds of 54 km/h (33 mph), sensors tell SmartFlower to retract its petals to avoid damage. When the wind drops, the petals automatically unfold again.
  • mobility: it is self-contained and portable, allowing owners to take it with them when they move.  

Photo courtesy of SmartFlower.

https://www.nbpower.com/blog/en/posts/2017/july/flower-power/

 

EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

Read more: EFC NAFTA Recommendations...

 

CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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