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  • W2 Energy seeks SolarBug road certification

    August 26, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    The solar-powered SolarBug carries two passengers and a small amount of cargo.Photo: W2 Energy GUELPH, Ont.:  W2 Energy Inc. has become a research affiliate of the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE), which will certify the first commercially available

  • Ontario power supply steady for next 18 months

    August 25, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    TORONTO: Ontario has sufficient electricity generation and transmission resources available to maintain reliability over the next year and a half, according to an outlook report by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). The Ontario agency reports 3,400 megawatts of new

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    AbitibiBowater settles NAFTA suit with Ottawa

    August 25, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    MONTREAL: The Newfoundland Labrador government’s expropriation of AbitibiBowater assets and natural resource rights in 2008 will cost Canadian taxpayers $130 million. The Montreal-based pulp and paper giant currently under bankruptcy protection has settled a $500-million complaint with the federal government

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    Noveko makes ultrasound breakthrough in China

    August 24, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    MONTREAL: Noveko International Inc. has made a breakthrough selling its next generation ultrasound scanners into the Chinese market and in North America. The Montreal-based medical products company said its subsidiary SAS ECM has signed an exclusive distribution agreement for the

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    Copper prices on the rise as supplies tighten

    August 23, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    TORONTO: Tightness on the supply side is improving profit margins for copper on the world market after prices dipped in the spring. LME copper prices were resilient in July, according to Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index. They rallied from US$2.95 per

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    How provinces handle your taxes

    August 23, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    HALIFAX: There’s no escaping taxation, no matter where your business is located, but how much you pay varies by province, according the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). The consultancy has released its annual Tax Facts and Figures report. Here are some highlights of

  • June manufacturing sales edge forward

    August 19, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    OTTAWA: Manufacturing sales edged up 0.1% in June to $44.8 billion, the 11th increase since manufacturing sales bottomed out 13 months ago, while the composite index slowed in July. Statistics Canada reports constant-dollar manufacturing sales rose 0.7% to $41.7 billion

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    Enigma to make IOS modules for Lyrtech in $28M deal

    August 19, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    QUEBEC CITY: Enigma Interconnect, a Canadian electronics manufacturing services company, will be manufacturing intelligent motion detection modules for Lyrtech Inc., a developer of digital signal processing (DSP) technologies based in Quebec City. The $28-million OEM contract will involve Enigma designing,

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    Industry supports Ontario's new electricity plan

    August 18, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    OTTAWA: Industrial power users in Ontario are happy with the province’s revised electricity plan, which allows them to switch some of their consumption to off-peak hours. The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada said it supports the Ontario government’s move to

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    Voith to replace BC Hydro turbines

    August 18, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    MONTREAL: BC Hydro has awarded Voith Hydro in Montreal a contract for the complete overhaul of five Francis turbine units for the Gordon M. Shrum hydro power plant, located near Hudson’s Hope, BC. Although no financial details were provided, Voith

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    Nexterra system to heat and power UBC

    August 17, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    An artist’s rendering of the UBC biomass power system. Illustration: Nexterra Nexterra system to heat and power UBC 20100817_115955_4652VANCOUVER: Nexterra Systems Corp. has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to supply and install a

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    Zero Race launches with Canadian Solar backing

    August 16, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    Zero racer from the Orlikon Solar Racing Team in Winterthur, Switzerland.Photo: Zero Race KITCHENER, Ont.: Canadian Solar Inc., a global solar module producer, is sponsoring a zero-emission, around-the-world electric car race. The Zero Race (for zero emissions) started Aug. 16

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    Ballard launches world's largest fuel-cell generator on wheels

    August 12, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    An exterior view of the CLEARgen generator on wheels destined for Eastlake, Ohio. Photo: Ballard BURNABY, BC: Ballard Power Systems and Ohio’s FirstEnergy Generation Corp. are powering up the world’s largest fuel-cell generator. Called the CLEARgen and based on Ballard’s

  • Trade deficit widens with June stats

    August 11, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    OTTAWA: Merchandise imports and exports took a bit of a tumble in June widening Canada’s trade deficit with the world from $695 million in May to $1.1 billion. The Statistics Canada trade report released Wednesday, coupled with a similarly weak

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    D-BOX adds movie-motion to Scottsdale theatre experience

    August 11, 2010 by PLANT STAFF

    LONGUEUIL, Que.: Cinema patrons in Scottsdale, Ariz. will soon be able to see and feel film presentations thanks to a Quebec manufacturer of motion systems. D-BOX Technologies Inc. will be shaking it up in UltraStar Cinemas’ new Scottsdale theatre with