MRO Magazine

Pulse Energy-led project to further develop energy-efficiency software


March 15, 2010
By PEM Magazine

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has awarded up to $2.5 million in funding to a project led by Vancouver-based Pulse Energy to develop and demonstrate an intelligent energy management platform.

Working with its consortium partners Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls (BLJC), Cisco, University of British Columbia (UBC), Grouse Mountain Resorts and the Village of Hartley Bay, Pulse Energy will develop and demonstrate the second generation of its Pulse software platform, which will use innovative software to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings.

"The technology developed by Pulse Energy will help building owners and operators to have a better understanding of their energy consumption and to eliminate inefficiencies, therefore greatly helping to reduce their energy costs and consumption," said Vicky Sharpe, SDTC president and CEO. "This is a great example of a technology solution that can be adopted by Canadians in the short term and have a clear impact on their wallets and on our environment."

"Companies like Pulse Energy and its partners are taking important steps to improve the environment and health of Canadians," said Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis. "By helping to bring innovative clean energy technologies from idea to marketplace, our government is generating significant environmental benefits and providing new opportunities for communities across the country."


"UBC played an integral part in the development of the original Pulse software and this SDTC grant matches UBC’s research excellence with the green energy technology sector to take the software to the next level," said John Robinson, Executive Director, UBC Vancouver Sustainability. "It is an exciting example of UBC’s efforts to use the campus as a living laboratory, where sustainability solutions are applied, tested and improved for the benefit of all."

"With this funding, SDTC has recognized the increasing need to invest in smart connected infrastructure. As a part of this consortium, Cisco is focused on providing the underlying network platform and Cisco Network Building Mediator technology, enabling real-time control and access to information about building energy use. Together with Pulse Energy software, we can help utilities deliver electricity demand response for optimizing energy delivery. In collaboration with consortium members, we can help building owners, communities and consumers improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and contribute to sustainability," said Rick Huijbregts, vice-president of vertical industries for Cisco Canada.

"BLJC is delighted to be part of this opportunity, the move to real-time energy management represents a significant opportunity in improving the efficiency of commercial real estate portfolios," said Gord Hicks, President of BLJC, the Canadian leader in the provision of workplace management services for real estate portfolios.

"The Pulse Energy team is lucky to be working with this group of industry-leading organizations, and we are looking forward to reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20%." said David Helliwell, Pulse Energy co-founder. "The SDTC funding will help us further the reach and capabilities of PulseTM software to dramatically improve energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings in Canada and around the world."