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Enerworks Inc. recently has been selected as the first winner of the 2012 Intersolar North American Award. Intersolar is the largest solar trade show in North America with shows also in Germany and Asia. Enerworks “Oxford Gardens Solar Project” was selected by a jury of experts for its innovations and excellence in solar thermal technology, system design and efficiency. The Oxford Gardens Solar Project located in Woodstock, Ontario, successfully integrates solar thermal cooling and solar thermal space, water and pool heating into one project.
Founded in 1998, Enerworks Inc. is located in Ontario and is a leading North American manufacturer and integrator of solar thermal equipment. Product offerings include unglazed, glazed and evacuated tube solar thermal collectors along with fully integrated pump stations with built-in heat exchangers and controls.
“We are honored to win this award. All of us at Enerworks are excited and grateful to be selected by Intersolar,” Suni Ball, General Manager of Enerworks said. “The project is truly innovative and we’re very pleased it was recognized as one of the best solar installations in North America.”
The installation is currently Canada’s largest solar thermal heating and cooling project. This solar project provides the energy for the heating, cooling, domestic water and pool heating for the 5,594 sq. ft. facility. This highly efficient energy source will save the Oxford Gardens retirement community 40 percent of its annual cooling costs and up to 60 percent of its annual heating costs.
Solar thermal installations consist of solar thermal collectors on a roof, a control unit with a pump and a potable water storage tank. The collectors absorb the light from the sun and convert it into heat. This heat is transferred to a liquid which circulates through the collectors and down into the solar storage tank. The Oxford Gardens Solar Project has 162 solar collectors with a total of 3,240 evacuated tubes installed, covering approximately 526.5 square meters.
Enerworks Inc. is the first of three companies to receive an award for innovation and quality in the field of solar thermal technology at the 2012 Intersolar North America conference held in San Francisco, California.