It can be a scintillating tale and a brilliant message for protests to declare a climate emergency.
But the cold hard facts of dealing with climate change mean that people have to do things differently, and that partially means reducing waste and dealing with sewage in new ways.
According to the SHARC Energy Systems of Port Coquitlam, an average person uses more than 220 litres of water per day— although some reports put the figure at a third higher than that — 50% of which is heated and falls down the drain.
What if you stored it and used it to heat more hot water and cool buildings instead of letting the wasteful heat dissipate in the sewer system?
Using a wastewater heat recovery system built in Port Coquitlam, a new development in Vancouver will do just that.
In the new Ella condo building to be built in East Vancouver, the Piranha HC wastewater heat recovery system built by PoCo’s SHARC Energy Systems will be used.
Lynn Mueller, CEO of SHARC Energy Systems, and Trevor Funk, North American operations manager, have built a Piranha heating and cooling wastewater heating and recovery device that can take wastewater from a building and use the energy produced for hot water and air conditioning. Strandberg Diane
It will use warm water drained from kitchen sinks and bathrooms to heating more water, removing carbon entirely, and it is also possible to use the energy produced to cool the house.
CEO Lynn Mueller and operations manager Trevor Funk said a greener low-carbon energy future would not be able to come as soon as possible.
We point to the need for architects, businesses and communities to look at reducing the costs of carbon and electricity and claim their Piranha heat recovery system and larger SHARC wastewater heat exchange system can support those pursuing innovation to reduce costs and greenhouse gases.
The Piranha HC can reduce carbon emissions caused by natural gas by around 500 kg of Co2 per person per year, according to Mueller.
“We’re seeing thousands of people at climate change rallies, the vast majority are between the ages of 25 and 40 years, they’re asking what we’re doing and that’s very inspiring.” Motivating the two is a dedication to a sustainable future for their children and grandchildren, something Mueller said most people can relate to, while the need for energy-efficient low-carbon solutions is essential.
He has travelled around the world, including the Arctic, and seen the effects of climate change.
“Today underwater are the locations I used to go to.”