A Second Life for Leftover Heat

By Jeff Cowan, President and CEOHamilton Community Enterprises Everyone, everywhere likes to reduce waste. It’s how we conserve resources, save money and prepare for a rainy day. Affordability concerns, uncertainty in energy markets and the growing threat of climate change are all driving us to reduce the amount of energy we consume. This is especially […]

Inside Innovation: Capturing, storing and reusing lost heat becomes a global phenomenon

John Bleasby February 7, 2024 Across Canada, the number of days that buildings of all sorts require heating far outnumbers those that require cooling. According to data gathered by James Cotton, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University and associate director of the McMaster Institute of Energy Studies, the ratio in Toronto, for […]

Three innovative McMaster startups awarded seed funding

AUGUST 24, 2023 Three McMaster startup companies – HARvEST, A.I. VALI Inc. and Esphera SynBio – have each received $256,000 in the third round of McMaster Seed Fund investments. Co-founded by mechanical engineering professor, James Cotton, and research lab manager at the McMaster Institute for Energy Studies, Jeffrey Girard, HARvEST aims to support decarbonization of […]

HARvEST Systems demos waste heat recovery from Pizza Pizza ovens

By Canadian Pizza  August 14, 2023 Hamilton, Ont. – HARvEST Systems has successfully demonstrated its innovative waste heat recovery systems within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The company’s clean technology system, installed and commissioned at three Pizza Pizza locations, enables the restaurants to efficiently manage their energy usage, cut down on operating costs and reduce […]

Why we need to reuse waste energy to achieve net-zero heating systems

James (Jim) S. Cotton Published: July 31, 2023 1:08pm EDT As we move toward a cleaner energy future, there is a growing push to electrify everything, from cars to home heating. While that sounds ideal, it is also much more than a matter of simply plugging in. The grid is nowhere near ready to satisfy our […]

HARvEST SYSTEMS SUCCESSFULLY DEMONSTRATES WASTE HEAT RECOVERY FROM PIZZA PIZZA OVENS

June 22, 2023 HAMILTON, ON (June 22, 2023): HARvEST Systems has successfully demonstrated its innovative waste heat recovery systems within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. HARvEST’s clean technology system, installed and commissioned at three Pizza Pizza locations, enables the restaurants to efficiently manage their energy usage, cut down on operating costs, and reduce emissions. Developed […]

Pizza Ovens Power the Future in Canada

Eric Butterman Mar 16, 2018 Several years ago, James Cotton, professor of mechanical engineering and associate director of the McMaster University Institute for Energy Studies, Hamilton, Ontario, started a project on thermal electric generators. At the time, he never imagined that it would end up involving pepperoni. “When you look at this issue [of energy […]

McMaster University is converting heat from pizza ovens to electricity

A McMaster project captures wasted heat that escapes from commercial ovens and converts it to electricity RAMISHA FAROOQ NOVEMBER 28, 2016 They say that if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. But what if you could capture that heat and put it to use? That’s what engineering students and faculty advisers […]