Our Work

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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Resources from Waste

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

Resources from Waste

Province of British Columbia, 2014. Resources from Waste Policy Analysis. In collaboration with the Sustainability Solutions Group, Stephen completed an analysis of options for recovering energy and other resources from solid waste. The clients for the study were the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Energy and Mines, and the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development, and the analysis was completed in three parts. The first part of the analysis addressed the question: How can we compare the environmental, economic, and social...

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Project – Plan4DE

Posted on Jan 20, 2017

Project – Plan4DE

District energy is thousands of years old, and common in Europe. Given its many benefits, including greenhouse gas reductions, how can we foster its use elsewhere? Between 2014 and 2016 Farallon was part of a team that developed the Plan4DE, a modelling tool to accelerate district energy. Plan4DE is an interactive model, a kind of flight simulator for district energy planning. The model keeps the technical analysis in the background, and shows planners, modelers and decision-makers how they can optimize the design of a community for district...

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City of Courtenay District Energy Study

Posted on Jan 18, 2017

City of Courtenay District Energy Study

In 2012 Farallon was engaged by the City of Courtenay to study the feasibility of a district energy system which could replace fossil fuels in the North Island College campus, the Comox Valley Recreation Centre, and the planned Comox Valley Hospital in Courtenay. Farallon hired FVB Energy Inc. for this study, which concluded that a district energy system would be viable if its development is coordinated with the design of the planned Comox Valley...

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Comox Valley Regional Intgrated Resource Recovery Study

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Comox Valley Regional Intgrated Resource Recovery Study

In 2012 Farallon completed a comprehensive Integrated Resource Recovery study for the Comox Valley Regional District. The study examined opportunities for recovering energy and other resources from the potable water system, liquid waste, solid waste, and industrial waste heat. The study found that an integrated solution for regional solid waste based on source separation would reduce the capital cost of waste management to taxpayers by an estimated $20 million and also generate an estimated $1.9 million/year of revenues, rather than a cost of...

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