Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – Bombardier Inc. has been a corporate role model of energy efficiency for years, but recently the world’s third largest aircraft manufacturer took initial steps toward more green technology by using a solar energy retrofit to preheat outdoor air at its Mirabel, Quebec industrial building.
At the company’s 40,000-square-foot research and development facility at the Mirabel Airport, for example, Bombardier’s plant engineering group authorized the recent installation of a Lubi™, a wall-mounted solar air heater, supplied by Enerconcept Technologies of Quebec, that is amidst a two-year payback for that application. The Lubi supplements the existing natural gas-fired make-up air unit by preheating wintertime outdoor air for the 52-foot-tall, hangar style building as required by ASHRAE Standard 62-mandated commercial building requirements.
“In 2008 we analyzed all types of equipment with a goal of reducing our electric and natural gas consumption,” said Serge Dumont, P.Eng., plant engineering and tooling manager, commercial aircraft div.–Bombardier. “We decided only projects with a two-year payback or less would give us the most effective return on investment,”
The 145-foot-wide x 12-foot-high solar collector aesthetically simulates architectural windows and covers about 25-percent of the 7,600-square-foot masonry wall. It is delivering an annual 16-ton reduction of CO2 emissions and a $5,000 (CAD) natural gas savings. Over the course of its 20-year (minimum) lifecycle, the natural gas savings will undoubtedly rise well past $100,000 when considering inevitable fossil fuel price escalations. Lifecycle CO2 reductions is estimated at 320 tons.
Leave a comment
- Conserval Engineering Inc. solar air heaters for the commercial and industrial buildings, inventor of the SolarWall transpired solar collector, pioneer in the solar air heating industry
- The CA Group Ltd. (UK) Solar air heating system manufacturer and supplier. One of the premier metal roofing and cladding systems manufacturers, contractors and suppliers for the industrial, commercial, public sector markets.
- YourSolarHome For residential solar air heating applications