Mr. Stuart Torr, E.I.T., and Ms.
Christina Dingman, E.I.T., lead Komex’s Renewable Energy Group with
their ongoing research into solar energy technology.
Their accomplishments represent a critical step in uniting
action on climate change with ongoing economic activity
in Alberta. By offering Alberta’s industries a
versatile, renewable and low-emission power source, Mr.
Torr and Ms. Dingman have made significant progress in
promoting the efficient and responsible use of energy
and natural resources.
In 2001, Komex’s Renewable Energy Group adopted
an initiative to develop solar power energy technology
for off-grid industrial sites. At the time the decision
was made Komex was involved in the installation of contaminant
remediation systems at a number of facilities where direct
electrical power was unavailable and the use of propane
and diesel generators was often required. It was observed
that these generators require a high degree of maintenance,
both in terms of fuel transportation and upkeep of mechanical
equipment. More critically, it was known that petroleum-powered
generators can be a source of site contamination through
leaked fuel and increased air emissions. Komex’s
solar technologies were designed to provide an alternative
power source that was both low-maintenance and low-emission.
Toward this end, a mobile solar power station was developed.
The system, contained in a small 21 foot trailer, is
designed to provide both electrical power and a source
of pressurized air for remediation system pumps. The
system requires no fuel, has no emissions and is convenient,
low-maintenance and completely portable.
Komex’s Renewable Energy
Group uses this technology to provide customized solar
power energy solutions for
oilfield remediation systems. The mobile solar power
station and other solar power equipment can be used for:
dewatering, recirculation, leak detection, chemical injection,
environmental monitoring, cathodic protection, tank level
signals, sparging, aeration, biopile oxygenation irrigation,
evaporation, soil vapour extraction and air stripping
By emphasizing simplicity, reliability
and the leave no trace ethic as design philosophies,
Komex is developing
cost-effective and socially-acceptable technologies that
complement traditional remediation applications. These
energy solutions allow Alberta’s industries to
operate at sites across the province in a manner that
is both economically-viable and environmentally-friendly.