Why us

We believe that by exploring innovation and new energy sources, we can meet the growing demand for clean energy and generate environmental, economic and social wealth for all stakeholders.

At SolarSteam, sustainability is at the heart of all that we do.

We aspire to be a guardian for our environment, our community and our economy. Sustainability is all about how we operate in a safe, responsible and efficient manner. It's about creating a long-lasting economic value style and protecting our environment and society at large.

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Vision

We aspire to become the leader in low-cost renewable heat in extreme climates. 

Mission

To enable industry to adopt a plug-and-play renewable heat technology.

BHAG

Deploy 500 MWt, reduce 400Mt C02 and generate $800M in revenue by 2030.

How it all began

Apostol Radev

Apostol, born and raised in Bulgaria, has been a Canadian resident since 2011. Apostol has been passionate about developing clean technology that inspires people to see themselves standing in the future and being proud they were part of creating a better story for our world. This has been his mission since he took his first course in environmental science over 15 years ago. His obsession with learning and knowing more took him on a journey to Canada to pursue trades education and a graduate degree to better understand the areas of renewable technology that will have the greatest impact on slowing down and reversing climate change.

Apostol is an operations management specialist by nature, power engineer and water treatment operator by trade, sustainability leader and facilitator by passion. Apostol’s vision is to provide a channel of understanding between complex interdependent energy systems. In fulfilling SolarSteam’s mission to build the bridge to one unified, sustainable energy sector, he advocates a holistic approach to solving global challenges by making systems better. Prior to his career in sustainable energy development, Apostol worked as a manager, leading a 35-member team in one of the most demanding sectors, the hospitality industry.

Apostol has a BBA from City University of Seattle, a MSc in Sustainable Energy Development from The University of Calgary, is a ABSA Certified Power Engineer and a Water Treatment Operator (SAIT). In 2017, Apostol was the recipient of the SEDV Excellence Award, Transformative Talent Scholarship and the United Nations Association in Canada internship award.

As a new Canadian, Apostol has come to understand and be proud that Canada is blessed with vast reserves of natural resources, a rich Aboriginal history and a culture that has made its people resourceful, persistent and hospitable to others.

Apostol, born and raised in Bulgaria, has been a Canadian resident since 2011. Apostol has been passionate about developing clean technology that inspires people to see themselves standing in the future and being proud they were part of creating a better story for our world since. This has been his mission since he took his first course in environmental science over 15 years ago. His obsession with learning and knowing more took him on a journey to Canada to pursue trades education and a graduate degree to better understand the areas of renewable technology that will have the greatest impact on slowing down and reversing climate change.

Apostol is an operations management specialist by nature, power engineer and water treatment operator by trade, sustainability leader and facilitator by passion. Apostol’s vision is to provide a channel of understanding between complex interdependent energy systems. In fulfilling SolarSteam’s mission to build the bridge to one unified, sustainable energy sector, he advocates a holistic approach to solving global challenges by making systems better. Prior to his career in sustainable energy development, Apostol worked as a manager, leading a 35-member team in one of the most demanding sectors, the hospitality industry.

Apostol has a BBA from City University of Seattle, an MSc in Sustainable Energy Development from The University of Calgary, and an ABSA Certified Power Engineer and a Water Treatment Operator (SAIT). In 2017, Apostol was the recipient of the SEDV Excellence Award, Transformative Talent Scholarship and the United Nations Association in Canada internship award.

As a new Canadian, Apostol has come to understand and be proud that Canada is blessed with vast reserves of natural resources, a rich Aboriginal history and a culture that has made its people resourceful, persistent and hospitable to others.

established 2017

Upon completing his graduate studies, Apostol recruited David as a CTO, and coFounder of SolarSteam Inc. SolarSteam was officially incorporated on November 1, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. Shortly after, SolarSteam raised its first private and public funding of $50,000. In early 2018, SolarSteam started collaborating with a multi-billion-dollar company with significant operations in Canada. This company contracted SolarSteam to develop a conceptual design for a utility-scale 220 MWt facility in central Alberta.

Upon completing his graduate studies, Apostol recruited David as a CTO, and coFounder of SolarSteam Inc. SolarSteam was officially incorporated on November 1, 2017, in Calgary, Alberta. Shortly after, SolarSteam raised its first private and public funding of $50,000. In early 2018, SolarSteam started collaborating with a multi-billion-dollar company with significant operations in Canada. This company contracted SolarSteam to develop a conceptual design for a utility-scale 220 MWt facility in central Alberta.

David Babich

David began his Power Engineering career in 1972 in the power plant of the Castlegar pulp mill. During the 70’s and 80’s, David worked in heating, power and petrochemical plants in western Canada and achieved his BC and Interprovincial First Class Power Engineering certificate in 1985. During the 1980’s David advanced from power plant operations to power plant management. In the 90’s David received a BCIT Diploma of Technology in Operations Management and attended Simon Fraser University in pursuit of his Executive MBA.

David has international experience both managing power plant operations and working as a project engineer. In Indonesia, he was operations and maintenance superintendent, where he recommissioned the power plant of a rayon mill to design standards and kept safety a #1 priority. In Australia, he worked as a project engineer designing and building the power plant for the world’s first 100% effluent-free pulp mill. In Taiwan, he was a project engineer on the construction, commissioning and start-up of a 1,320 Megawatt coal-fired power station that met the very stringent California pollution control standards.

David returned to Canada in the early 2000s and joined UBC as the Chief Power Engineer, where he managed a staff of 33 power engineers and tradesmen. David is also the founder of the Metro Vancouver Chief Power Engineers Association and continued his involvement with the BC Institute of Power Engineers (BCIPE), serving as its 1st Vice President in 2008. During 2006 and 2008, David was employed as a Boiler Safety Officer for BC Safety Authority (BCSA). In 2009 David co-founded Ecomizer Consulting Group Inc and worked with many industrial and commercial clients in western Canada to bring superior performance to their power plant operations.

While on assignment in 2012, David developed a strong interest in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). David has always been a maverick among Power Engineers. His passion is bringing new innovative, entrepreneurial and safe approaches to Power Plant Operations Management.

David began his Power Engineering career in 1972 in the power plant of the Castlegar pulp mill. During the 70’s and 80’s, David worked in heating, power and petrochemical plants in western Canada and achieved his BC and Interprovincial First Class Power Engineering certificate in 1985. During the 1980’s David advanced from power plant operations to power plant management. In the 90’s David received a BCIT Diploma of Technology in Operations Management and attended Simon Fraser University in pursuit of his Executive MBA.

David has international experience both managing power plant operations and working as a project engineer. In Indonesia, he was operations and maintenance superintendent, where he recommissioned the power plant of a rayon mill to design standards and kept safety a #1 priority. In Australia, he worked as a project engineer designing and building the power plant for the world’s first 100% effluent-free pulp mill. In Taiwan, he was a project engineer on the construction, commissioning and start-up of a 1,320 Megawatt coal-fired power station that met the very stringent California pollution control standards.

David returned to Canada in the early 2000s and joined UBC as the Chief Power Engineer, where he managed a staff of 33 power engineers and tradesmen. David is also the founder of the Metro Vancouver Chief Power Engineers Association and continued his involvement with the BC Institute of Power Engineers (BCIPE), serving as its 1st Vice President in 2008. During 2006 and 2008, David was employed as a Boiler Safety Officer for BC Safety Authority (BCSA). In 2009 David co-founded Ecomizer Consulting Group Inc and worked with many industrial and commercial clients in western Canada to bring superior performance to their power plant operations.

While on assignment in 2012, David developed a strong interest in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP). David has always been a maverick among Power Engineers. His passion is bringing new innovative, entrepreneurial and safe approaches to Power Plant Operations Management.

2020 and beyond

Despite the raging pandemic across the globe, 2020 was an excellent year for SolarSteam. After a successful 2019 with the first O&M revenue generated, SolarSteam further expanded its O&M services, leading into 2020. SolarSteam was accepted into the Foresight CAC program, where Apostol met and recruited Jeff Reading as a CDO. By the end of 2020, SolarSteam was invited to participate in GreenSTEM and Energia Ventures, which helped raise an additional $350,000. SolarSteam started 2021 with appointing Wendy Hennel as CFO, hiring six new employees, and receiving an award for research lab time with NREL to support advancing commercialization.

Despite the raging pandemic across the globe, 2020 was an excellent year for SolarSteam. After a successful 2019 with the first O&M revenue generated, SolarSteam further expanded its O&M services, leading into 2020. SolarSteam was accepted into the Foresight CAC program, where Apostol met and recruited Jeff Reading as a CDO. By the end of 2020, SolarSteam was invited to participate in GreenSTEM and Energia Ventures, which helped raise an additional $350,000. SolarSteam started 2021 with appointing Wendy Hennel as CFO, hiring 6 new employees, and receiving an award for research lab time with NREL to support advancing commercialization.

There is great entrepreneurship and innovation in Canada’s energy industry, and the local spirit and skill set can help build the bridge to one unified sustainable energy sector.

— Apostol Radev —​​

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At SolarSteam, we define our success by our people. Our team is a tight-knit, multicultural melting pot of competent and knowledgeable industry experts, with just the right amount of overzealousness when it comes to success.

 

The SolarSteam team’s pride for the work we deliver is shared amongst all team members and comes from the knowledge that any obstacle can be overcome when this powerhouse team comes together.

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Emma Gmazel

University of Ottawa

Andrew Tuckey

SAIT

Anthony Patton

SAIT

Daniel Benner

University of Calgary

Marcus Kennedy

Mount Royal University

Aleesa Prom

Mount Royal University

Sharmaine Corpus

Mount Royal University

Sophia Tiang-Leung

Mount Royal University

Colin Murphy

Mount Royal University

Moh Abrar

George Brown College

Matthew Tchir

SAIT

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