Cascara Energy’s vision is to develop an alternative, economically competitive energy network within a community to enable a pathway to decarbonization and provide a rapid reduction of GHG emissions - including Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) and Methane (CH4) - by increasing the aggregate energy efficiency of the community’s energy usage.
Cascara Energy’s Mission is to become the utility of choice for Community Energy networks by providing a scalable, economical and technologically advanced alternative to the existing natural gas and electrical distribution systems.
Cascara Energy’s systems will enable the rapid decarbonization of a community’s usage of fossil fuels for domestic hot water, space heating and cooling while enabling increased penetration of renewable electricity production independent of current electricity grid limitations.
Cascara Energy’s systems will facilitate the rapid decarbonization of the community by enabling:
the development of extensive solar thermal capacity for space heating and domestic hot water usage
the development of seasonal thermal storage for renewable thermal energy (further reducing grid peak demands).
recovery of waste heat from “free cooling” systems such as data centers, cold storage, supermarkets, waste heat from gensets (i.e. landfill), and waste water effluent streams (offsetting of electricity required, reducing peak grid demand)
In 2013, Ontario used 1052 PJ of fuel (891 PJ from Nuclear, 161 PJ from Natural gas) to generate 307 PJ of electricity which resulted in 720 PJ of waste heat. There are significant energy losses in the current energy system.
Cascara was formed to implement a next generation energy system using a Hybrid District Energy System which Cascara’s team has developed.
By moving the natural gas generation closer to the consumer, the waste heat can be used for thermal requirements within the community. This waste heat can be stored in a thermal energy storage (TES) system or in a seasonal thermal energy storage (STES) facility.
Cascara’s goal is to increase Aggregate Energy Efficiency to over 80% within its network and to commercially demonstrate its HDES.