By Anna Smith, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Dandelion Renewables, headquartered in Alberta and with an office in Maple Creek, looks to help provide the agricultural industry with new and innovative ways to be energy efficient.
Offering their services to British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, Dandelion Renewables offers primarily solar and wind energy consultations and contracts for both large and small scale projects, such as electric car charging stations.
Large projects have included work with pork and dairy producers, as well as beekeepers.
“When Alberta Pork engaged us, as we looked at the different technologies and opportunities to improve efficiency, one of the big things that had been identified is that they needed much better technology for ventilation, especially for the winter. Late winter ventilation when the fans operate at the minimum speed, can be very costly energy wise,” said Mikhail Ivanchikov, president of Dandelion Renewables. “We researched manufacturers out of Europe, who produced fans that consume significantly less energy when they run into slow speeds compared to conventional Fan manufacturers,” said Ivanchikov. “Even though these electric fans cost more money upfront; however, in terms of energy saving, you save a huge amount, especially if you have the barn designed well. With good energy efficient fans, you end up actually wasting less heat, because you don’t throw too much heat outside, and you can control the barn more efficiently, making sure that the temperature is set exactly as the room requires and they don’t need to heat and ventilate at the same time.”
Other improvements include radiant floor heating to offset costs, and even using the heat the animals inside produce in other areas.
“In the wintertime, bees actually produce very large amounts of heat, and that heat often needs to be ventilated. Which is exactly at the time when our society needs the heat, right? So The interesting application is, how do we integrate the bees into something more useful,” said Ivanchikov.
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