Solar Air Heating

Via Solar Daily, an interesting report on solar air heaters

“…Enerconcept Technologies is executing plans for a U.S. market penetration that will make solar air heating available and affordable to commercial, institutional and industrial facilities.

The 12-year-old, privately-held firm makes a variety of solar air heaters, including the Lubi, a wall-mounted solar collector with a patent-pending, perforated glazing technology that provides the highest efficiency ever measured for a solar air heater, according to Canadian Standards Association (CSA-International) certification tests.

Other members of Enerconcepts’ solar air heating product line includes the Luba GL–a rooftop glazed modular collector; and the Unitair–a metal wall-mounted, economical option for preheating outdoor air.

“With the continued challenges of carbon-based fuels and increasing concerns with nuclear energy safety, we see 2011 as an opportunity to enter the U.S. market with our solar air heating technologies that offer proven higher efficiencies and shorter paybacks than any other solar products,” said Christian Vachon, P.Eng., M.Sc, president, Enerconcept Technologies.

The U.S. market strategy is targeting consulting engineers and architects of plan/specification work, and building owners looking for new construction and retrofit solutions to curb rising energy prices.

To expedite the plan, Enerconcept is recruiting a network of U.S. HVAC manufacturer’s representatives, which will be trained to provide sales, planning, specification, energy analysis and sizing information for projects supported by the company’s in-house support and custom-engineering expertise.

Enerconcept, which offers optional turnkey design and installation services in Canada, will also be recruiting mechanical and general construction contractor dealers interested in performing similar services in the U.S.

While administrative and design services are performed at the Magog headquarters, all products are manufactured, warehoused and shipped from Enerconcept’s Thetford Mines, Quebec, production facility. In preparation for the U.S. market, Enerconcept has invested heavily in the facility’s production capacity and inventory to assure product availability for any sized U.S. project.

Enerconcept’s Canadian business has grown exponentially in the last decade with large solar air heating projects for hundreds of prestigious Canadian clients including Bombardier, Montreal, the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer; shipbuilder, Groupe Maritime Verreault, Quebec City; and Sobeys, Canada’s second largest grocer with 1,300 locations and the owner of Canada’s first LEED certified supermarket store, St. Pascal, Quebec, which features a Unitair solar air heater.

“We have positioned our company with products that complement conventional HVAC equipment and provide a much better return on investment than other alternative energy methods such as photovoltaic, solar water and wind power,” said Vachon.

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Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation. He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”