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Some of our Projects

Renewable Energy in Vancouver

»Posted on Sep 22, 2020

Cypress Village Development, 2018-2019. Farallon completed three feasibility studies on behalf of the Sustainability Solutions Group for a planned development in Vancouver. The studies evaluated the costs and benefits of on-site electricity generation from micro-hydro and solar-PV, including battery storage, and also the feasibility of providing heat to buildings in the village from biomass and from ground-source heat pumps. The studies included business cases with estimated capital costs, ongoing costs, cost savings, revenues, and the Levelized Cost of Energy for various renewable energy options.

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Clean Energy in Western Nova Scotia

»Posted on Sep 22, 2020

Nova Scotia Western Regional Enterprise Network, 2020. The goal of this project was to provide input to an Energy Investment Plan which is being developed by the Nova Scotia Western Regional Enterprise Network. The Plan is intended to stimulate employment in an area of Nova Scotia which is constrained for growth by the limited capacity its electrical transmission and distribution systems. Farallon investigated ways of producing Renewable Natural Gas and biodiesel from waste streams in the area, the costs and benefits of cellulosic insulation, R744 heat pumps for water heating, and district energy based on...

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Low Carbon District Energy in Ottawa

»Posted on Sep 22, 2020

Government of Canada, Energy Services Acquisition Program, 2019-2020 As a member of the Sustainability Solutions Group team, Farallon evaluated options for various configurations of district energy systems, with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from Federal buildings in Ottawa. Farallon also developed a novel hybrid district energy concept, in which distribution piping designed for conventional hot water and chilled water distribution would be used to exchange energy among heat pump/chillers installed in individual...

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District Energy in Chile

»Posted on Aug 4, 2017

District Energy in Chile

United Nations Environment Program. In 2017 Stephen completed a “Rapid Assessment” to find ways to reduce air pollution and reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by burning firewood to heat buildings in Chile. The assessments included the City of Temuco and the Santiago suburb of Renca. The work was part of United Nations Environment’s District Energy in Cities Initiative, and was completed under contract to the Sustainability Solutions Group. In the community of Temuco, the challenge is that 93% of the air pollution comes from burning firewood for heat in single homes. Current heating practices cause significant health issues, as well as other forms of suffering such as energy poverty. These homes are distributed over a wide area of the city, and the assessment...

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The Time Value of Carbon

»Posted on Aug 4, 2017

The Time Value of Carbon

The Time Value of Carbon. Stephen was the lead author of the report The Time Value of Carbon: Smart Strategies to Accelerate Emission Reductions, which was published by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada in 2017. The report describes the strong effects on climate change of Near-term Climate Forcers such as methane and HFCs, and explains how current greenhouse gas accounting and reporting methods underestimate these effects. For example, the current greenhouse gas reporting practice is to account for the effects on climate of all greenhouse gasses over a 100-year time horizon. The choice of 100 years is arbitrary, however, and masks the very strong near-term effects on climate of gases with much shorter lifespans. Over a 20-year time-frame, methane...

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Integrated Resource Recovery Analysis

»Posted on Aug 4, 2017

Integrated Resource Recovery Analysis

Integrated Resource Recovery Analysis. In 2016, Stephen completed an Integrated Resource Recovery Analysis under contract to the Sustainability Solutions Group, to find opportunities to recover resources from waste in the Region of Waterloo. The Analysis compared options for the 100,000 tonnes per year of organic waste available in the region, and uncovered the following hybrid resource recovery concept: Organic waste could be diverted to a “Regional Bioenergy Centre”, where it would be processed in an anaerobic digester to produce biomethane and fertilizer which would be sold to generate revenues. If the Regional Bioenergy Centre is located near an existing industrial organization, it could be possible to use waste industrial energy to heat the digester as a...

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