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Urban Agriculture for Food Production & Energy System Innovation trending idea Edited

Sunspring Farms - Urban Agriculture for Food Production & Energy System Innovation

Food security is a growing challenge. Over the next 20 years, the global population will rise to over 9 billion people, with close to 80% of us living in urban areas. This increased density will place further stress on local food security and challenge us to create innovative solutions for producing safe and sustainable food supplies for... more »

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The Future of Farming





Modern society has found itself based around sprawling urban hubs. These dense cities, often far from where our food is grown, pose gargantuan logistics challenges, often costing lots of time, money, and fuel. Through urban farming, we are able to not only slash this logistics chain, we are also able to localize the economy, more efficiently... more »

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Net-Zero Community Association Buildings + CCG

Let's make a net-zero (or near-net-zero) demonstration building for every neighborhood in our city. We can use our community centres to show Calgarians how buildings use energy and how energy efficiency retrofits work.

Calgary's 151 community association buildings are built on leased City land with open field space surrounding them. These are perfect buildings to lead the way in showing Calgarians how we can retrofit... more »

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Calgary Holistic Actions for Renewable Microgrids (CHARM)

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International team including Calgary inventors, entrepreneurs, investors… wants to demonstrate how to standardize microgrids so that they can all talk to each other and interact. That's an absolutely critical step if microgrids are going to be as important and valuable as we think they can be. We suggest that Calgary could show that microgrids can be implemented cost effectively to provide resilience and... more »

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Cost-Effective Long-Distance Conveyance of Heat Energy

Lochterra's innovations and inventions will unlock immense opportunity to utilise GHG-emission-free heat energy from sources such as deep aquifer geothermal, thermal solar, and residual heat otherwise stranded by enabling energy networks to convey heat energy long distances at ambient temperatures via cost-effective systems installable with minimal surface disturbance.

They will change the way green energy is viewed.... more »

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Shalimar Garden: An Islamic Persian Style Sustainable Garden

Building a sustainable cultural park that tells the story of Muslims in Calgary and signifies inclusivity by showcasing the rich history of Islamic Heritage, and offering a naturally therapeutic space for people to gather, while preserving biodiversity, and protecting environment is a step forward towards transforming Calgary into a smart city with net-zero emissions. Thus, the proposition is to build Shalimar Garden:... more »

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Low Carbon & Climate Resilient Building Standard

In Calgary, roughly two-thirds of measured city-wide greenhouse gas emissions come from energy use in buildings and infrastructure, and as the impacts of climate change increase in Calgary, our buildings will need to be able to withstand greater shocks and stresses. It is not possible to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 without taking bold and transformational action to address the emissions from buildings. The most... more »

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Online Bid Platform for Residential Energy Efficiency Projects trending idea

On May 17th, 2021 the Government of Canada announced a $10 million commitment to recruit, train, and mentor up to 2,000 new energy advisors across the country to support the Canada Greener Homes Grant, which will provide as many as 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 each to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes, supported by an EnerGuide evaluation. The evaluation will give the home an EnerGuide... more »

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Outdoor Clothes Drying

Many communities have a blanket ban on outdoor clotheslines or dryers. Changing City policy to ensure that communities cannot ban these would allow people to use outdoor drying, reducing significantly the energy consumption of electric dryers for much of the year.

https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/drying-clothes-with-less-energy

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Urban Rooftop art that doubles as mini bladeless windturbines Edited

Rooftops in Calgary are often underutilized. We have seen from the success of places such as the City Centre Parking lot roof art part called High Park, that these spaces can be optimized for better uses. One opportunity to step this up is to add in artwork that also serves through energy creation. Cities around the world are starting to use mini bladeless wind turbines as functional, educational pieces to create beauty... more »

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Innovative Strategies for Procurement of Renewable Power

1. Legislating New Clean Energy Options- In 2017, the City of Philadelphia released a municipal energy master plan laying out a roadmap to drastically reduce the city's carbon emissions and transition municipal energy use to 100 percent renewables by 2030. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the city needed to locate new sources of renewable energy to meet increasing demand. City staff began exploring the potential for... more »

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Energy Benchmarking for an Action Plan Edited

Existing buildings in Calgary account for one third of city's GHG emissions. That's great information to start, and access to more refined data could enable the City to create effective policies and incentives to address GHG emissions in the buildings sector. Emissions can largely vary within the buildings sector according to their attributes such as year built, type of occupancy, construction type, systems, etc. With... more »

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Vanadium Redox Battery for Energy Demand and Grid Stabilization Edited

Challenge: In the city of Calgary, electricity and natural gas are used to cool, heat, run appliances, and keep the lights on in buildings, and as a consequence, release almost 65 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Calgary. The City's climate resilience plans in Buildings and Energy Systems proposes investments in building energy efficiency and renewable energy, presenting an opportunity for energy savings... more »

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Clean Hydrogen to Reduce Emissions at Shepard Energy Centre

A steam methane reformer hydrogen production facility with carbon capture and storage to supply clean hydrogen (a blend of 5% to 30% with natural gas) for electricity generation at the Shepard Energy Centre. This will reduce CO2 emissions per MWh by up to 10% and sequester 170,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Steam methane reforming (SMR) and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are proven technologies with decades of reliable... more »

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Greenhouse heating using existing oil wells

Greenhouses, fish farms and grain drying industries utilize several 1000's GJ of natural gas per year, making heating one of the top operating expenses. With introduction of carbon tax this expense is further increased. We propose utilizing the geothermal potential of suspended oil wells for direct heating purposes. 

Our simple thought is, "When the need is heat, why not use heat directly". Alberta has over 6,000 suspended... more »

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